The recovery community is vast and diverse, and it can’t be defined by just a single stereotype, group or point of view. Getting to know more of these community members is an important (and quite interesting!) task.

One of the more well-known recovery community members is Holly Whitaker, founder and CEO of Tempest (formally known as Hip Sobriety) and author of the upcoming book Quit Like A Woman.

Whitaker wants to bring an empowered approach to recovery, especially for women. Her book has been called a “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.”

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We recently had the chance to get to know Whitaker and learn more about Quit Like A Woman.  Read ahead and see what we discovered!

In The Rooms: In your bookyou mention that the alcohol industry markets itself specifically towards women can you tell us more about that?

Holly Whitaker: From the introduction of Jane Walker, a “feminist” whiskey, to the marketing of pink drinks and slogans such as “Rosè All Day,” to the sponsoring of female-focused events such as the Goop podcast, women are targeted by Big Alcohol the same way they were by Big Tobacco.

ITR: What do you want readers to take away from your book?

HW: Empowerment. I want them to draw connections, to get angry, to understand they have choices. I want them to learn the truth about how much Big Alcohol, drinking culture and recovery frameworks stack the deck against their well-being.

ITR: What inspired you to write Quit Like A Woman?

HW: I would have died if anyone else wrote it first. I couldn’t not.

ITR: Do you think alternative recovery methods will continue to play a larger role in the recovery community?

HW: Absolutely. Women For Sobriety, SMART, Rational Recovery they have been for a long while, and they are beginning to get their day in the sun.

ITR: And finally, a fun one: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? 

HW: A Course In Miracles, because who wouldn’t want Jesus to write a book through you? (Actually, probably lots of people wouldn’t.)


Quit Like A Woman will be released on December 31st, 2019. Preorder it here!

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash.

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