I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.
The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and manageable to him.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you've already slacked off on your New Year's resolutions, right? If not, congratulations! If so, guess what: Every day is ...
Charles consulted with me because his wife of 18 years had threatened to leave him if he didn't stop blaming her all the time. He admitted to frequent...
As a parenting expert and author, I'm fortunate enough to work with some of the premiere universities and hospitals currently conducting research on this very subject. So shouldn't I be inoculated against this type of unwelcome infiltration in my own home? Um, hell no. No parent is.
I was a little over a year sober when I really started the dating thing. I was confident with my sobriety, the person I was becoming, and thought for the first time in years that I may actually have something positive to offer to a relationship. But why was dating so uncomfortable?
There will be some people reading this who shrug when members of this minority die, and say they brought it on themselves. I am talking about addicts. I would like to propose today the hashtag #AddictsLivesMatter, because we need to change how we think about them.
Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.
I hope our president in his State of the Union gives a voice to all Americans suffering from the disease of addiction. The millions of citizens affected by this disease deserve our attention and our action on the national stage.
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.
For the last 15 years I have had the honor of witnessing people journey through some of the most difficult times of their lives to emerge as happier, ...
Like most people, I too have been blindsided by life's curve balls that at times have left me feeling battered, despondent, and alone. And through all that, no matter how far I've fallen or how high I've rebounded, running -- my constant companion -- has never left my side.
I'm 22, I've never consumed a legal drink and I never plan to, for better and worse. Being in recovery at any age elicits both challenges and rewards, but being young and at a pivotal, sometimes confusing point in life even without worrying about sobriety makes said challenges and rewards even more prominent.
That's not to say we aren't responsible for our choices as adults. We are. Responsible for telling the truth and getting the support we need. We are responsible for our feelings and taking action on our own behalf. Responsible for making amends. Responsible for learning to nurture our own hearts when we've never felt nurtured.
Remember that your beliefs are powerful self-fulfilling prophecies. The bottom line of this is that if you change your beliefs, you will change your experiences. You are not a victim unless you choose to be. Health and well-being in adulthood is not achieved through the accumulation of external successes, but rather through cleaning out your internal emotional closets.
There were moments during my drinking that I would stop and look at myself and wonder what I had become.