AA Challenger Offers New Path for Treating Alcohol Dependence

There are more than 50m problem drinkers in this country—people who binge drink or regularly harm themselves or others by overindulging. Yet only 1m of those people seek treatment for alcohol dependence.

Holly Whitaker is on a crusade to close that gap, providing inspiration to thousands of families struggling with one of America’s most misunderstood diseases.

Four years ago, Whitaker, a former health-care executive who struggled with alcohol and drugs, started Hip Sobriety, an eight-week positive psychology and community-building program designed to help people overcome unhealthy relationships with alcohol.