I first found Amanda White on Instagram, as she’s the therapist behind Therapy For Women – a popular Instagram mental health group. But then I learned more about her. Her book came out early in 2022:  NOT DRINKING TONIGHT: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love, where she calls herself a retired-party-girl-turned-therapist. She became sober herself in her early 20’s, but speaks candidly how frightened she was to do so – that suddenly she’d be the one left out, the one that’s weird or simply not “fun.” She encourages others to consider how any addiction you might have, but especially alcohol addiction, may be creeping up on you. The pandemic has certainly caused many to find escape in booze – with many drinking more than 14% of their normal, and women’s drinking increased by 41%.

Amanda also has many years of treating those who are trying to decrease or stop their drinking completely, having founded The Therapy For Women Center in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in dozens of publications including The Washington PostForbesShapeWomen’s Health, and more  She wants you to not only figure out the true “why,” and more importantly, when and how to set boundaries around your choices – maybe even how to be the one “not drinking tonight.”

Her book is NOT DRINKING TONIGHT: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Loveretired-party-girl-turned-therapist Amanda White does just that. I’ve read it and heard wonderful wisdom.

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