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HOLLY WHITAKER - Quit Like a Woman
Wednesday, February 26 at 7 PM
speaking & signing
Quit Like a Woman
In conversation with Sondra Primeaux
Presented in partnership with Sans Bar
ABOUT QUIT LIKE A WOMAN
The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical, new path to sobriety.
We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn’t drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don’t imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but.
When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What’s more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. Fueled by her own emerging feminism, she also realized that the predominant systems of recovery are archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women and other historically oppressed people, who don’t need to lose their egos and surrender to a male concept of God, as the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous state, but who need to cultivate a deeper understanding of their own identities and take control of their lives. When Holly found an alternate way out of her own addiction, she felt a calling to create a sober community with resources for anyone on the drinking continuum who is questioning their relationship with alcohol, so that they might find their way as well. Her resultant feminine-centric recovery program focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge and provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, showing us what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it.
Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking examination of drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.
ABOUT HOLLY WHITAKER
Holly Whitaker is the founder and CEO of Tempest (formerly Hip Sobriety). With years of experience in the fields of healthcare and tech, she created a human centered recovery modality and virtual platform offering education, community and support services, in 2014. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Mary Katherine.
ABOUT SONDRA PRIMEAUX
Sondra Primeaux is an artist, maker and writer and is cohost of the Unruffled Podcast. When she fell into recovery in 2014, she was grateful to have her creative work to fill the hole she was left with when alcohol was removed. In an effort to serve the recovery community, she started theunruffled.com, where she shares ideas and anecdotes to help others find their own mid-life solution. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.
ABOUT THE UNRUFFLED PODCAST
The Unruffled Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas that explores all topics related to creativity in recovery. When an addiction is removed, there is a void that is left and this show digs into all of the ways to fill that void.
ABOUT SANS BAR
Sans Bar was founded in 2017 by Chris Marshall a former substance use clinician. In addition to a brick and mortar location in Austin, Sans Bar is currently on a 15 city US tour in partnership with DRY Soda Company.
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