Sacha Z. Scoblic
Ellen Was the Perfect Host
March 03, 2014
For one thing, that Liza Minelli bit was amazing.
Could Drug-Replacement Therapy Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman's Life?
February 04, 2014
Science says that abstinence-only detox treatment doesn't work. But the culture of rehab has yet to catch up.
Friend of Bill
July 07, 2013
What we mean when we say “friend of Bill W.”
Roger Ebert's Other Illness
April 08, 2013
The film critic wrote candidly—and controversially—about his alcoholism.
Why Rehab Fails
January 29, 2013
Almost all rehabs in America adhere to the intransigent dogma promoted by AA. Some just have better views and higher thread counts.
Gangsta’s Paradise: Dennis Lehane Goes One Noir Too Far
October 05, 2012
Unfortunately, Live by Night is not a prickly, tight Lehanean crime-thriller.
My Alcoholic Holiday Season
December 21, 2011
If you’re like most folks, you’ll be spending a fair chunk of this month in a tipsy haze as you flit from one holiday party to the next in a halcyon glow of seasonal intoxicants. And who can blame you? December in America is when we happily mistake the Christmas spirit for the Christmas spirits. Spiked eggnog, of course, flows as freely as organically farmed pine needles across your living room floor. Hot toddies welcome flushed cheeks in from the cold and novelty tipples—from winter ales to peppermint punch—dot the holiday landscape.
To the surprise of no one with the slightest sense of irony, singer Amy Winehouse, who earned a spot on iPods everywhere for saying no, no, no to rehab, died last weekend of an apparent overdose. Earlier this year, two other (less famous) celebrities, alumni of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab,” also died unsurprisingly from presumed overdoses: Mike Starr and Jeff Conway. Starr, formerly of the band Alice in Chains, had at one point achieved six months clean—an eternity in sobriety; but, then, it’s an insidious thing, this disease.