Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.
As the older pictures finished floating up to their new safe haven in the cloud, the more recent photos -- the ones from after my son got clean and sober -- queued up and got ready to follow. Let me tell you, the difference between the "before" and "after" photos is stunning.
Sobriety mostly takes place during one afternoon in a treatment facility. Five addicts share their "using" stories and emotions about their arduous journeys through flashbacks and sometimes flash forwards into comic book-style fantasies.
Imagine learning that your terminal illness could be cured only to be told that you were going to denied access to the medication that could save you. This is precisely the situation facing thousands of people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
The hardest part has been the self-esteem blow that gaining 100 pounds has given me. I am learning, slowly, to be kinder to myself, and not beat myself up. I was taking that medication in the hopes that I could become better.
I am new kindergarten mom. I believe in community and wanted to become involved right away. I got lucky and became the coordinator for Red Ribbon Week (RRW). I had a lot to learn, because although RRW has been around since 1980, I really didn't know much about it. I am finding that many people either do not know what it is or they just don't know its importance.
As I turn the page on a new chapter of my life -- sober, aware, present, instinctual -- it only made sense that I search for a new place to hang my hat.
You deserve to be treated with love, honor, and respect. Never settle for less and continue walking toward actions that lead you closer and closer to healthy love.
Campbell's life is much more complex and interesting than this film could ever hope to cover. His eldest daughter, Debby, writes that she was unceremoniously fired from the touring band. She also calls to task how Glen has been treated since the end of a grueling tour.
Texting bans do not go far enough. For starters, in the eyes of everyday drivers, these laws are vague. Does texting at a red light count? What about reading a text, as opposed to sending one, or surfing the internet?
John Silverman, who will receive the 2014 President's Award at the gala, has an inspiring story of resilience and recovery and is now celebrating 30 years of sobriety.
There is no doubt in my mind that I desperately needed some sort of pattern interruption, and treatment did that for me. But I also know that I am doing better in large part because the entire experience of rehab was so horrible that I never want to relive it.
I am humbled by and grateful for the help I was given and hope that these programs continue to get support and funding so more people have a chance at being able to rejoin society at a level where they too can give, to help the next person.
I'd been engaging in compulsive eating behaviors since I was 8 years old. Eating was my way of coping with everything in life -- stress, sadness, boredom. It was as if, somewhere deep inside, I believed that an extra layer of flesh would protect me from the big, bad world.
One U.S. death from Ebola and every media outlet around makes it their lead story, treating it as if it's a health crisis of monumental proportions. Meanwhile, nearly 42,000 people die in this country every year as a result of drug overdoses.
Not everything is perfect but in recovery I have learned that life isn't fair. All I can do is take it on the chin, keep my head up and stay positive. I try to keep my life balanced so that I can deal with any situation better.