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Alcoholism

Why Father's Day Is So Difficult for Me

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Dean Dauphinais

As parents, I think we're constantly learning. After all, parenting is one of the most challenging things in life. So I will continue to learn as I go along, and I will most definitely try to do better. Because no matter how good you are -- or think you are -- there's always room for improvement.

Being Drunk And In Love Aren't All That Different

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

The effects of alcohol and the "love hormone" oxytocin aren't all that different, according to a study review done by researchers at the University of...

Where Hope Grows, Is a Heart-warming Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

I guess it is old-fashioned to call it that, but "Where Hope Grows" is an old-fashioned kind of movie in that it harkens back to a time where movies promoted positive values.

My Story of Alcoholism, and the Hell it Took To Become Aware

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ravishly

Google tells me that "awareness" is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of something. It's to be conscious of events. It means knowing one's thoughts and feeling one's emotions. The irony of Alcohol Awareness Month is that alcohol's primary function is to make a person unaware.

6 Things I Learned During Two Years Without Alcohol

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Here I am two years sober; on May 6, 2013 I took my last drink. Since then my life has done a complete 360. I am a different person. Here are six things I've learned so far.

What the F Is Wrong With Parents Who Buy Booze for Their Kids?

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Parents need to provide teens with guidance and the proper tools to make good decisions, not a six-pack.

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

Rob Lowe Marks 25 Years Of Sobriety With An Inspiring Message For Others

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty

Rob Lowe has come a long way since his days as a notorious playboy in the '80s. In fact, the 51-year-old actor just celebrated 25 years of being sober...

My Husband And I Stopped Drinking -- And Now We Have Better Sex

High50 | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
High50

Miranda's husband James wasn't an obvious alcoholic, but he drank too much at parties and could get out of control. So she made him stop, and quitting the booze had benefits for both of them (names have been changed), including the bedroom.

Happy, Sober and T

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

I took a celebratory coin to mark my seventeenth year from my sober friends, yesterday; embossed on one side are the words "to thine own self be true." There is no cure for being who we are; being who we are is key to recovery -- any recovery.

Mother's Day Tribute: Feeling Mama Jean's Love Long After She's Gone

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

I always dreamed that when I finally gave birth and held my first baby, the moment would be divinely special. I'm not a new mother, nor even a father, but a first-time author who delivered a book.

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

Grieving My Brother's Death in Sobriety

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I don't take for granted that the people I love are going to be here forever. My brother's absence is a constant reminder of that. My life has changed and it will never be the same, but sobriety gives me the opportunity to live my life in such a manner that my regrets are fewer and my love is bigger.

Redefining Success in Sobriety

Elisa Hallerman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Hallerman

As the epidemic of addiction grows, it's imperative we do not "debunk" the spirituality of AA just to raise up the scientific community.

Kim Richards On What Induced Her To Drink The Night Of Her Arrest

Posted 04.27.2015 | Dr. Phil

Kim Richards, one of the stars of the reality TV show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, opens up about her arrest on April 16, explaining to Dr. Phil,...

What I Learned About Leadership From Addiction Recovery

Paul Schmitz | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

The recent loss of an important early mentor has focused that reflection on something unexpected -- how much my recovery from addiction shaped my approach to leadership and social change.

The Alcohol Risk For Older People May Be Greater Than You Think

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Excessive drinking can be a problem for older adults. The most common estimate is that a bit over 15 percent of older adults drink more than is advisable. Unfortunately, the drinking problems of older adults often go unnoticed because usually they don't look like the drinking problems of younger people.

10 Reasons Why Being Alone Is Awesome

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

I finally love my alone time, in fact I cherish it and I need it. I also meditate! Imagine that. Everyone can benefit from alone time and here are some reasons why.

Why I Don't Drink

Erin Bahadur | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I thought about every possible scenario in which it would be impossible for me to cope without alcohol. At that time, alcohol was my closest friend. We did everything together, and I violently rebelled at the the thought of our separation.

Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

If you're someone who enjoys the "affordable luxury" of a beer after work, or sometimes even a few, reasonably-increased taxes aren't going to kill you. What can kill you though, is excessive alcohol use.

12-Stepping on Tinder

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I started to get message after message from guys wanting to know about my tagline. I have always been open and honest about my sobriety, so I was happy to answer them. The most common question I would get was: "Does it bother you to be around drinking?" And the answer is no.

Alcohol Dependency in Our Family and How We Struggle With It

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Nelson

For many of us who may struggle on a daily basis with anxiety, depression, addiction and self-worth, all we want to do is just get to first base. Sometimes, that's as far as we can go on any given day, month, or year. Hitting a home run isn't really something we are able to do just yet. But be patient with us. Give us the gift of time, and a maybe a little more than three strikes.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

15 Shocking Alcohol Statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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."