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What Do You Mean I Have To Date Without Drinking?

Allison Hudson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I was a little over a year sober when I really started the dating thing. I was confident with my sobriety, the person I was becoming, and thought for the first time in years that I may actually have something positive to offer to a relationship. But why was dating so uncomfortable?

To Thine Own Self: The Psychology of Authenticity

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.

More Evidence That Alcohol Ads Are Linked To Teen Binge Drinking

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Young people who are more receptive to alcohol ads on TV may be at higher risk of problem drin...

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.13.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped in a cage of thin clear plastic. Anthony Cardillo releases it and holds it in front of his body like a warrior's shield.

The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year

Dr. Karuna Sabnani | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karuna Sabnani

Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or not. Is life nourishing you or eating you alive? Are you satisfied and fulfilled with the life you have created?

America, We Have A Binge Drinking Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living

America, we have a binge drinking problem. Every year in the United States about 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning -- that's six deaths each ...

The Russian Vodka Culture

Phil Latessa | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Phil Latessa

During the time I managed these two exchange projects, my U.S. volunteers were surprised at the low state of investment in the health system. Hospitals were run down and poorly equipped. They were even more surprised at the vodka culture.

Christmas in Rehab: 5 Things My Brother Learned

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

My brother Scott spent this Christmas in rehab thousands of miles away from home. In my book I share what it's like to be his sister and to witness hi...

Bishop Heather Cook, Sobriety, and the Question of Who Should be Clergy

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I believe that the church is sick when it makes people who need treatment hide out of fear for their professional lives.

Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

I'm Pretty Sure the Grinch Is a Dry Drunk

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Showing up to AA was like being surrounded by a bunch of happy-ass Whos -- all smiling and laughing and seeming like they didn't have a care in the world. Yes, I am convinced the closest place to Whoville is within the rooms of AA -- where there is a fellowship, friendliness and indescribable understanding that is unlike anything I have ever seen.

Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

Richard Taite | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...

Something That Almost Works

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For years, I've wrestled about what recovery is supposed to look like. Are we ever really recovered from an addiction, or are we treading a path of recovering, of which we are given a daily, and sometimes hourly reprieve?

How to Not Be a Bitter Old Queen

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I'm in my 40s; that's about in the middle of life if I'm so lucky. As I look back through time, I sense the 20-year-old version of me back there in the past, judging me. I was cocky then. It's easy to imagine oneself as the winner before the contest has even started.

Holiday Drinking: Starts Classy, Ends Trashy

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

5 Tips From Your Sober Holiday Guest

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

When people first learn that I don't drink alcohol, they often request an explanation. Mine is rarely consistent. Sometimes I say I don't like the taste. Sometimes I say I'm Muslim. Sometimes I say I have a medical condition. All are true, but none in isolation contains a full explanation.

Lowering My Standards to Match My Behavior

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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.

A Lot Of Americans Are Heavy Drinkers, But Only 10 Percent Of Them Are Alcoholics

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoh...

Gay Men and Their Quarter-Life Crises (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-11-17-20141115thumbnail7asmall.jpgIn this last episode of Go-Go Boy Interrupted, Danny reflects on 12 years of partying in L.A. with nothing to show for it. Now he is jobless, friendless, and, worst of all, not in his 20s anymore. What he does next will surprise you.

Divorce Confidential: Tips for a Healthy Marriage

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.14.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Just because you're married, doesn't mean dating goes out the window. It's easy to find yourself in the same monotonous routine once you're married, especially given all the new responsibilities you may face as a couple and as parents.

What May Trigger This Reality TV Star To Drink Excessively

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Todd Herzog was just 22 years old when he won Survivor: China in 2007, and he was on top of the world with his million-dollar winnings and newfound fa...

I Got Sober When the Pain of Staying the Same Was Greater Than the Fear of Changing

Allison Hudson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

So now I am 29 months sober. I know, right? That seemed impossible 883 days ago, but I must say, life is so unbelievably good today. So, what does life look like for me 29 months sans booze? Well...

Burdened With Guilt Over Past Parenting Mistakes

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

There is no way to undo the actions of your past. But if you do the work of mourning for what you and your children have lost, you will find yourself more available to fully enjoy the life you are living with your children now.

Recovery With a Laugh Track

The Fix | Posted 01.11.2015 | TV
The Fix

The idea that recovery and darkness must go hand in hand is just not true, which is why CBS's year-old sitcom Mom is such a refreshing change to the small-screen landscape.