Hi Temper Community,

First, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Nicole Slaughter Graham, The Temper’s interim editor. I’ll be covering for Irina while she’s out on maternity leave. I am thrilled to be editing the stories that you’ll read here over the next few months. 

I started this new position on March 23, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools started to close, businesses shuttered, and many of us were mandated to stay in our homes. I’m sure many of you can relate to the struggle of working from home, homeschooling, and trying to keep a couple of kids entertained. It’s been a wild ride, and like so many of you, I’m feeling the waves of emotion that come from such an experience. As a sober woman, I’m doing my best to adjust to the changes and maintain an equilibrium, just like all of you.

At The Temper, we recognize that the need for community and hope is so important as sober and sober-curious people, but it’s especially important at this moment. We need each other. 

That’s why we’ve put together this resource guide. We have published and will continue to publish stories to help you navigate this unprecedented time, and we want you to have access to them all in one place. 

Keep checking back. We’ll be regularly updating this post to include more personal stories, articles, and resources.

I hope you and yours are healthy, safe, and relatively sane. Know that you’re not alone. We at The Temper and Tempest are here for you, doing what we can to hold space and provide some support.

Thinking of you all,


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5 Books to Read During Uncertain Times

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How Isolation During the Pandemic Forced Me to Look Inward

7 Tips to Handle COVID-19 Anxiety Without Using

The Perfect Movie and TV Must-Watch List for When You’re Stuck at Home

10 Tips to Preserve Your Recovery When Working from Home

5 Ways to Stay Sober While Social Distancing

Fun, Unique, Sober Ways to Socialize During Quarantine

13 Online Recovery Meetings & Groups You’ll Want to Check Out

17 Ways to Stay Sober When You’re Stuck at Home

How People in Recovery Are Managing Their Finances

Mental Health: How and Where to Find Affordable Resources

The Dangerous Rise of Drinking Culture in Quarantine

5 Active Ways to Reduce Stress During Stress Awareness Month (and COVID-19)

How You Can Stay Sane, Sober, and Be of Service Without Meetings

10 Tips for Navigating Relationships During Quarantine

It’s Time To Stop Touting Productivity During the Pandemic

Hang Onto Your Eating Disorder Recovery Through the Triggers of COVID-19

I Broke Up With My Quarantine Boyfriend and Didn’t Have a Drink

Why Now is Actually the Best Time to Quit Drinking

New Podcasts to Listen to in Quarantine