By outright pretending someone isn't there, we are essentially stripping them of their importance, identity, and humanity. Just to acknowledge the people we pass by on the street could be the beginning of something so much bigger. Even at our worst no one deserves to feel invisible.
Playing the victim is one of the most damaging character defects you can have because it affects your relationships, ambitions and success. You can't move forward in life!
Without the shame and stigmatism that accompany addiction, I believe more families would come forward sooner. More children would be saved with early detection. Addiction does not have to become that bottomless pit with eventual death. There is hope; we create hope every time we come forward.
When I left the doctor's office, I went back to my office, went in the bathroom, took one last cigarette out of the pack I had, and smoked it. I flushed the rest of the cigarettes down the toilet. I was done.
I had the amazing experience of attending both The Fed Up Rally and the unbelievable Unite to Fa...
The longer I stayed sober, the more confident I was about what I wanted in a guy. I actually had standards and, to be honest, they were pretty high. I had made a lot of changes to better myself and started realizing that I wanted the same in a guy. For the first time in my life, I believed that I deserved that.
Are you having a love affair with your cell-phone? Nearly two-thirds of adults sleep with their cell-phone in their bed or within arm's length every night, according to Pew Research. An astounding 90 percent of teens and young adults are sleeping with their cell-phones.
We Mormons often find ourselves explaining to people why we can't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea and why we don't smoke. It's part of a revelation that the prophet Joseph Smith had called "The Word of Wisdom" which is part of Mormon scripture.
The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.
Normally it's unusual to see a White House official member joking with a member of Aerosmith, but this day was a coupling of pop stars, government leadership and average people who have formed a cooperative trifecta -- the first organized national response to addiction in this country's history.
The shame of being divorced twice before 30 drained my will to live.
"I feel so used!" I cried to his retreating back. The man I'd been dating five years and living with for two years was walking out our front door carr...
Dear Dad, I still remember you. The memories shift and fade over the years, but you are not forgotten. I remember the Thai restaurant where everyone knew your name. I remember your sleepless nights, and the days when you cried.
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Addiction takes a terrible toll on families, on our health care system, on the economy and on the vitality of our youth. Currently we treat addiction like a moral failing, like an issue of personal responsibility rather than treating it like the disease it is.
I hugged the young woman and told her to keep up the fight and let her light shine, and promised her that I would make sure that it did. Join me in being the voice of change and end the silence. Share your story of your personal path from addiction to recovery or celebrate a loved one who has. It's time.