And every recovering alcoholic I know makes recovery (emotional and spiritual safety) the center of his or her life, lest it be lost. I get your point and agree that we cannot hide from drinking, and yet I can, and do, arrange my life to avoid places where there is a lot of drinking. Making my own safe and serene space is a key part of what I do to recover and care for myself. I have been sober a long time and been in the presence of drinkers and drinking many times — weddings, concerts, happy hours. I am not triggered by the presence of alcohol in the same way other people who have experienced trauma may be triggered in the way this author describes. Nobody ever held me down and forced me to drink. I think it’s a false analogy.