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Loving Someone With A Mental Illness

Melissa McCarty | Posted 12.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa McCarty

In all my years covering social issues, I've learned some simply need a little more love and support then others. It may be draining at times, let's acknowledge that but you can handle it, you'll see your much stronger than you ever gave yourself credit for.

Researchers Promise New Genetic Test for Alcoholism for Which They Found No Scientific Evidence

Cecile Janssens | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This is an unexpected claim, because the study itself shows that the genetic test did not predict alcoholism at all; the researchers demonstrated that the predictive ability of their test was not better than tossing a coin. This incorrect interpretation of genetic prediction studies is common, unfortunately.

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.

How I Caught Alcoholism

Anna David | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I announced that I finally understood what everyone had been saying about how alcohol was a clear gateway to drugs, a fact I'd never known before because I'd always done drugs all the time -- without ever needing alcohol to ease the transition or give me the idea.

Coming Out to My Children About My Alcoholism

Kathleen Scott | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Kathleen Scott

It's not that I have any doubt that I'm an alcoholic. I know what alcoholics look like, and they look a heck of a lot like me. And my mom, and my aunt, and my grandfather. The specter of all those slurry words and empty, glassy stares loom large in my childhood memories.

I Wanted to Be the Perfect Mom

Colleen Greene | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Colleen Greene

I began drinking more often and little by little, I was out of control. But, I couldn't admit it to anyone. If I said it aloud, it would be an admission that I was a failure. At the time, I felt that I'd rather be dead than a failure -- a less-than-perfect mom.

Learning Friendship on the Street

Taj Hall | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Taj Hall

When I approached Jimmy in the parking lot that evening, my heart sank. He was alone, slumped against the front steps, his bags scattered around him.

Almost Alcoholic?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force just issued a report and an advisory that all sensible men and women would do well to take heed of. This panel reviewed a large body of research on drinking patterns among adult men and women.

Key To Fearlessness: Understanding!

Amanda Gore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

I knew that my father had been an alcoholic, but as my parents divorced when I was 5 and I had no memory at all of any of my early years (a clue!) and only remembered a mother who adored me, I really thought I'd had a great childhood. I always believed I was unaffected by his drinking!

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Adult children of alcoholics (ACoAs) can and often do suffer from some features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are the direct result of living with the traumatizing effects of addiction.

Taking a Break from Drinking (on Mondays)

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 10.09.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

I'm not an alcoholic. At least I don't think I am. But I'm trying to figure out when fun drinking becomes serious drinking -- like it did for my mother.

Women Who Drink

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Women are becoming the new face of alcoholism for the 21st century and we need to find a way out of this "ad campaign."

40% Of College Students Are Alcoholics, According To New Guidelines | Posted 07.14.2012 | College

Are you or have you ever been a college binge drinker? Welcome to alcoholism, a diagnosis your college self could qualify for under the changes propos...

Author: Telling The Truth About My Addiction

Dan Barden | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Dan Barden

Recently, my eight year old son asked me if I'd ever been in jail. We were talking after dinner about what happened to "bad guys," how society dealt with them, where they ended up. He had been allowed some cable TV, and this is, apparently, what he learned.

Sweet Or Bitter Hereafter?

Brenda Wilhelmson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Brenda Wilhelmson

When the doctor told my father prostate cancer was going to kill him, it leveled us both. My father, an alcoholic, like me, was my friend, mentor, and drinking buddy.

Alcoholic Fallout

Brenda Wilhelmson | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Brenda Wilhelmson

I knew I was stomping on toes when I was writing Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife. I wasn't just telling my story, I was telling other people's stories, too--or at least my side of their stories.

The Doubled-Edged Sword Of Religion And Alcoholism

David Briggs | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

The strong norms against alcohol abuse, particularly in conservative congregations, might deter a lot of people from admitting they have a problem and seeking help.

Russia 'Demon Squirrel' Stars In New Anti-Alcoholism Campaign (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A new Russian campaign targeting alcoholism and drunk driving has sparked controversy by featuring an unconventional new anti-hero: an animated squirr...

The Perfect Love Song Is an Early Christmas Gift

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jackie K. Cooper

Patti Callahan Henry's novella The Perfect Love Song is an early Christmas present for readers who like their love stories short and sweet.

Female Alcoholics: Their Secret Lives | Elizabeth Weise | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The numbers are troubling: An estimated 17.6 million adults in the USA are either alcoholics or have alcohol problems, according to the National Insti...

We're Paying For Winos To Live There and Get Drunk?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Providing housing for chronic alcoholics, who are still drinking, can save taxpayers more than $40,000 annually, per alcoholic, according to the study released this week.

Children of Alcoholics Week

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Research both in animals and in people show that stress or trauma early in life, like the stress of living with addiction or relationship trauma, can hyper-sensitize neurons and receptors.