Zoned Out: Needles and NIMBYism

“Can you come to a meeting at 6 tonight?” The text came from my fiancé, Colin, on a Monday afternoon. He had just learned that a proposed zoning ordinance focused on syringe exchanges was going before our city’s Public Safety Committee that night. Although he ran the only syringe exchange in town, Twin City Harm …

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What Church and AA (Should) Have in Common

I recently learned that the purpose of 12-step meetings is different from what I thought. For many in recovery, meetings are an essential part of staying sober—but going to meetings is not equivalent to working a program. Plenty of people go to meetings and even stay sober without making any real change in their minds, …