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Adam Fout

I'm an addiction / recovery / mental health blogger and a speculative fiction / nonfiction writer. I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Professional and Technical Communication. I'm a graduate of the 2020 Odyssey Writing Workshop. I'm a regular contributor to Recovery Today Magazine, and I've been featured on numerous recovery podcasts. I have personal experience with addiction and mental health. I have Substance Use Disorder (SUB), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar II, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), among others. I have been in numerous drug rehabs, detoxes, and mental institutions, so I understand from personal experience how the mental health system works. I have been published in numerous literary magazines, including December, J Journal, and Flash Fiction Online, among others. I LOVE when readers reach out to me! Always feel free to send me an email at awfout at gmail dot com. I can't wait to hear from you!

Fear of Relapse

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I recently wrote an article for InterCoast Colleges about the biggest fear in recovery. The fear of relapse. You can read the entire article here.

AA Step 8 | How to Make Your 8th Step List

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In AA step 8 is, “Made a list of all people we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” What scares most people is step 9—the actual making of the amends—and they usually let that fear keep them from doing the writing that step 8 requires. Remember—you’re not doing step 9 when you get to step 8. You’re just writing. It’s… 

AA Step 7 — Humility

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In AA, step 7 is closely aligned with step 6. They’re very similar. In AA, step 7 says, “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.” A shortcoming is just another word for a character defect, which is a phrase that means, “a fault in the way we act.” This could be lying. It could be cheating. It could be stealing. It could be gossiping. So… 

AA Step 6 — Become Entirely Ready

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In AA, step 6 is one of most misunderstood and misinterpreted of the 12 steps. Step 6 in Alcoholics Anonymous reads, “Were entirely ready to have god remove all these defects of character.” (Remember, that’s a god of your understanding. You can work the 12 steps without god). When we talk about step 6, we talk about horrors—the horrors of ourselves. We have a list… 

AA Step 5 — Confession

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In AA, step 5 is often looked at as one of the hardest steps that exists. Why? Because the 5th step in AA is confession—and confession is incredibly humbling and humiliating. If you’ve gone through confession before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Talking about your deepest, darkest secrets isn’t exactly fun—it’s horrible. You feel small. You feel ashamed. You feel humiliated. You feel… 

7 Causes of Substance Abuse

The causes of substance abuse are broader than most people understand. It’s not just about the genetic component. It’s not just about mental health issues. Rather, it’s about all kinds of issues combined into a sort of mishmash of craziness. Here are some of the causes of substance abuse: Environment Using when you’re young The drugs you choose Anxiety Depression Stress Genetic predisposition In my… 

My Nonfiction Story “I Am an Abscess” Was Published in J Journal

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This true story, “I Am an Abscess,” is about a time when I sold drugs to high school kids with a heroin addict who was dating one of them. He was in his twenties. It was a pretty fucked up situation. Here’s a snippet. I Am an Abscess I am dopesick and coked up in my apartment—four bedrooms and a loft I share with five… 

My Story “Gravity Pulls Down” Was Published as a Podcast in StarShipSofa

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I’m pretty proud of this podcast story. A lot of work went into this short story. “Gravity Pulls Down” is about an addict addicted to a new drug called Gravity that has some strange effects. Here’s a snippet of the story. Gravity Pulls Down Big four-eyed bastard with a chest like a moon tug what calls himself Red pushes the Gravity dish into my fingers.…