EFF’D UP #2: $?, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 48 pgs.

This is the second installment of Robin’s serial resource both for her own efforts at sobriety as well as anyone else who could use some help. The format of zines as a resource and semi-public forum makes a lot of sense, especially for this subject matter. Both (zines, substance use/abuse) run deep through punk and counterculture, and so having an easy and accessible way to pick many brains and experiences from our own ranks produces pretty helpful results. This issue packs a lot more muscle than the last one, with interviews, stories, tips for socializing, essays, and art that present a fairly wide spectrum of experience and subject matter, rather than one simple, linear, “This is how you quit drinking/using drugs.” For example, one interview concentrates on the interplay between the subject’s mental health and community activism, both of which are in no way tangential to substance use, either as concern or as constructive activity. Another interview goes from the (thankfully) established practice of needle exchanges, towards brainstorming up a dog-walking service explicitly for people to get clean through. And sitting over all this are the efforts of the editor herself, whose writing for this issue demonstrates a more acrid, visceral clarity (first issue was at the beginning of her sobriety, this one comes one hundred days in), as she, through compiling and writing this, once again works furiously at something new that is useful and fulfilling, rather than surrendering to old, destructive patterns. A great resource and highly recommended. –Dave Brainwreck ([email protected])