Episode 35: Quitter: A Story of Relapse and Recovery ft. Erica C. Barnett

Episode 35: Quitter: A Story of Relapse and Recovery featuring Erica C. Barnett

Five trips to detox, two inpatient rehabs, two outpatient programs, and getting fired from her dream job as a journalist for an alternative newspaper didn’t ultimately keep Erica C. Barnett from drinking again.


She didn’t experience a “rock bottom” moment that kept her from relapsing, a point of no return like the kind portrayed in movies and novels. It wasn’t until she lost almost everyone and everything she cared about that she was finally able to stop.

Sober now for over five years, Erica joins Ronit to talk about her new memoir Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery, share what she’s learned about addiction, triggers and twelve-step programs, and why she, like so many facing addiction, will always need to actively do the work of recovery.

Erica C. Barnett is an award-winning political reporter. She started her career at The Texas Observer and went on to work as a reporter and news editor for The Austin Chronicle, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. She now covers addiction, housing, poverty, and drug policy at her blog, The C Is for Crank. She has written for a variety of local and national publications, including The Huffington Post, Seattle Magazine, and Grist.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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