Despite what some of us--including myself--have been taught, God really can't be trusted--at least not for specific outcomes. No matter what a parent does, or how hard we pray, anything can happen, including our worst nightmare.
I wasn't a perfect match for anything other than rehab, and that didn't come until years later. These guys would soon figure that out. If not on the first date, then definitely by the second or third. Then, on to the next one.
During the eight-plus years of those up-and-down, back-and-forth attempts to get sober (the true nature of which were mostly hidden from her), she remained my rock -- loving me, helping me and most importantly, not judging me.
"This the first year we're going to really celebrate and have something to be thankful for," she said. "We're all together, in a good place."
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict. February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor...
For anyone with personal or professional experience in dealing with addiction, none of this comes as a surprise.
I do think the church could learn something from recovery groups about how to create safe places where intimate community can happen.
I'm a smart girl, I figured, and I've been working the steps for years. Now that I am aware of my pattern of self-destructive behavior, surely I will do it differently? I will set bottom lines. I will take contrary action. Turned out, I just made a whole bunch of fresh new mistakes.
I was a police officer for 20 years, enforcing drug laws in California and thinking I was doing my part for society.
In Brazil, the government ensures that mental health is understood as a fundamental part of overall well-being, and therefore promotes diagnosis and treatment in coordination with other health services, never in isolation.
Los Angeles therapist, Rose Grakal, M.A., MFT, and I had an interesting discussion about codependency. What is it? More importantly, what to do, if yo...
Blunt-smoking, gun-crazy 18-year-old superstar rapper Keith Cozart -- aka Chief Keef -- hates sobriety. If it was up to him, he would blaze weed around the clock. It's a problem for a lot of dudes who love to smoke weed and get caught selling drugs, because the only deal on offer from the courts that keeps them out of jail puts them in drug treatment, where they do not want to be.
Sitting in meetings, or just talking to people outside of them, I'd hear stuff that some could say was were nearly cliché-like in its simplicity but it made so much sense that I couldn't help repeating it to nearly everyone I came into contact with.
How high was Shakespeare? Research published in 2001 revealed residues of cocaine, marijuana and myristic acid, a nutmeg-derived hallucinogen, in 17th-century clay-pipe fragments dug up from the garden of his home.
So, I'm outing myself here. Here is my impossible dream: I want to inspire people, with the coaching, the shows, with every gift and talent I have
My parents, though they were filled with their own, very apparent pain, continued to speak respectfully of each other to me. They did not run each other down, understanding that if they did, they would be running down not only each other, but my ideals and dreams of love as well.