About The Temper

The Temper explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery—with an unapologetically intersectional feminist approach.

We acknowledge that whatever we struggle with has fundamentally changed the way we exist in the world. That’s often alcohol, but is just as likely to be food, smoking, social media, overspending—all the things we do to numb ourselves.

We also recognize and interrogate the institutions, cultural forces, and histories of oppression that impact our sense of self, agency, and power.

We believe what’s wrong in addiction recovery is that power has been stripped from the people: the power to trust ourselves, find our own paths, question authority and tradition, make up our own minds. We’re calling bullshit on the structures that keep us down, that keep us less than, that keep us sick. We say fuck permission, fuck perfect, and fuck the status quo.

The Temper exists to show people in all of their power, and as agents of their own recovery. We are authoring and owning a new, very real narrative that positions sobriety as a viable, radical, and empowering lifestyle. We reject dogma and embrace evolution. We stand for vulnerability, complexity, and messiness. We champion those who try, and those who keep trying.

We believe womxn, Black people, people of color, queer people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people who are older. We believe in all who are underrepresented, undervalued, and kept at the margins of our society. We believe in the power of us, and the power of us to change everything.

The Temper was founded by Holly Glenn Whitaker, founder and CEO of Tempest (formerly Hip Sobriety).