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15 Shocking Alcohol Statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Often times, people get caught up in the glitz and glamour of alcohol. Cocktails for every occasion, drinks that smell good and look pretty, and the f...

The Night a Gay Don Draper Called Peggy Lee

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

She let her words lie there for a beat. And then with a twinkle in her voice she said, "But I've still got the voice." I could almost feel her breath in my ear."Yes, Peggy, you've still got the voice."

Spirituality vs. Science? A Rebuttal to The Atlantic Article, 'The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous'

Tommy Rosen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Tommy Rosen

While I absolutely believe that AA is far from perfect, please trust me when I suggest that we would not want to wake up tomorrow in a world without it.

10 Things I Wish I Knew At The Beginning Of Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I loved getting drunk because the high allowed me to forget about everything else pressing or shameful in my life. I don't have that problem today. It is refreshing to have nothing to hide from in my life. I'm proud of where I am and who I am, because I put a hell of a lot of work into becoming that person.

6 Challenges and 6 Rewards Of Being Young In Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

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.

10 Things I Don't Miss About Drinking

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

There were moments during my drinking that I would stop and look at myself and wonder what I had become.

Holiday Drinking: Starts Classy, Ends Trashy

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

In fact, I can be anyone I want to be as long as I'm sober, but I don't have to try and pretend to be anyone. I'm just the girl with the sparkling water who smiles and laughs and really loves knowing how her night is going to end: happily.

Lowering My Standards to Match My Behavior

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

"Want to have some self-esteem?" she asked. "Do estimable things." That was a novel idea. But little by little it is exactly what I did, and then one day I looked in the mirror and really liked the person I was becoming.

'My Drunken Daughter Will Die If She Doesn't Stop Drinking Hand Sanitizer'

Posted 11.24.2014 | Dr. Phil

Kristine, 42, has been abusing alcohol for the last eight years, and her mother and sisters say her out-of-control behavior is destroying their family...

The 5 Stages of Grief: Sobriety Edition

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I'm beyond grateful to be sober today, especially as the holidays approach. Sobriety has made me healthier and happier, has improved my relationships and has taught me about my strengths and weaknesses. The pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. But that doesn't mean the cons don't rear their heads once in a while.

Intervention With Alcoholic Reality TV Star Suffering A Relapse

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

One year ago, Todd Herzog, winner of Survivor: China, entered a rehab program after his family, with help from Dr. Phil, attempted to save his life. A...

I Am Not Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Addiction is wretched, but recovery is righteous. Recovery is possible. Recovery is living up to the spirit that is me. I can't imagine why I would I ever choose to keep that anonymous. It's who I am.

From Meth & Sex Addiction to Recovery: Chelsea in the Sober Hot Seat (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In addition to Nicholas Snow Live, I am honored to produce Intervention 911 with Ken Seeley, also featuring Chelsea Edwards, Steven Richitt and Eric McLaughlin with compelling guests. Their focus? Talking about addiction and recovery while dissecting the issues and creating solutions.

11 Warning Signs You May Have A Problem With Alcohol

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Probably the biggest tell-tale sign of the alcoholic is the inability to stop drinking once we have started. "One more, one more, one more" is always running through our minds.

Lessons From a Skinhead

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. Frank Meeink beat the odds; he survived. An Irish-Italian kid, he grew up in the slums of Sou...

Elaine Stritch: My Drunk and Sober Lodestar

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

When I met Elaine Stritch, she was sober, and I was drunk. It was 1998 at a book party for Joan Collins at the bygone social X-ray hangout Mortimer's. At 30, I thought I was jaded when it came to bending elbows with the rich and famous. Until I saw Her.

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.

17,000 Sober Hours

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Not one of those hours was spent wasted drinking at a bar, being drunk, or hung over. I didn't make any trips to the emergency room. I didn't spend any nights in jail. I didn't waste one hour in court. I haven't wasted an entire day sleeping it off and feeling miserable because of drinking the night before.

Sobriety: My Joyful Second Act

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

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.

Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

When Did Alcohol Become a Part of Everything We Do?

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

It sometimes amazes me that I enjoy life so much sober. I don't have anything against people drinking. I think some things should remain innocent and wholesome. Time with kids is one of them.

'When I Grow Up, I Want to Be an Alcoholic,' Says No One Ever

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

We were all kids at one time who had big dreams. None of us grew up thinking it would be fun to struggle with addiction. But the thing is, you don't see it coming. And by the time you do it's usually too late.

See the Ball, Hit the Ball -- See the Bottle, Don't Hit the Bottle

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

In the real world, these statements help baseball players about as much as telling a heavy drinker to "keep it simple," or just take it "one day at a time." Not much. While these can be profound life suggestions, the ability to put them into action can be brutally difficult.