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Alcoholism

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 04.08.2015 | 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."

I'm Not Sally Draper, But I Could've Been

Mary Novaria | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Mary Novaria

The Drapers lived in Ossining, N.Y., and so did we beginning in 1963. Before that, we lived in a Bronx apartment building on Fordham Hill, a place I hadn't thought of in years.

1,000 Sober Days

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I heard someone say that you have two lives; you start living the second one when you realize you only have one. And that's what I've been doing the past 1,000 days. Life is for living, and I can't do that if I am not present for it, and I can't be present for it if I'm not sober.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

Lorraine Roe | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics An...

How to Know When You've Reached Bottom

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

What I later found out was that people's "bottoms" are all over the board. Some high. Some low. Some short. Some long. Some hit what they think is their bottom and find trap door after trap door of even lower bottoms. I guess I never gave the term "rock bottom" any thought until I hit it and even then, all I knew was my own rock bottom.

Brian Williams, David Carr, and My Fear of a Misremembered Life

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

So how does someone avoid such a derailing estrangement from the events of their past, as they actually happened? As a universal matter, I don't have an answer. But for many people who are maintaining a recovery, it involves never becoming too unfamiliar with your own story, facilitated by an ongoing willingness to share it with others in some capacity.

The More Friends At The Bar, The More You'll Drink

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

If you've succumbed to sticking around at the bar for "just one more," you're not alone. A new study published in the journal Addiction reveals tha...

Saying Goodbye to My Former Best Friends

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I had no idea that getting sober would allow me the opportunity to not be a bitch or a control freak, but it has. I came into the rooms of recovery to clean up. I had no idea of all the positive changes that seem to be common side effects of recovery.

Lower the Drinking Age Back to 18: We Don't Have Students Teach Each Other to Drive, Why Is Alcohol Different?

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 04.19.2015 | College
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Learning how to drink socially and responsible was not just part of the college experience, it was an at least partially supervised college experience. Students would drink with faculty and staff, who could model appropriate alcohol-related behavior.

Episcopal Church Takes A Hard Look At Alcohol After Bishop's Drunken Driving

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hundreds of American bicyclists die in collisions with cars each year, but a fatal December crash in Baltimore has triggered some ser...

Cartoon Humor: The Real Difference Between Men and Women

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Martha Rosenberg

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Mom's Theory About How Her Privileged Son Ended Up Homeless

Posted 02.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

Christopher, 27, grew up in a well-to-do family, went to college and landed a good job with a six-figure income. He lived in a beautiful home and drov...

Why a Mom Blames Her Family And Being A Suburban Housewife For Her Struggles With Alcoholism

Posted 02.12.2015 | Dr. Phil

Linda, a mom and wife who says she's an alcoholic, says her family contributes to the problem. Watch the video above as Dr. Phil reviews a list of why...

3 Sisters Open Up About Growing Up With A Mom Who Drinks

Posted 02.23.2015 | Dr. Phil

"My mom is an alcoholic, and it's really gotten out of hand. My mom drinks every day, all day ... I would definitely classify my mom as a hostile or m...

The Ambivalence of an Addict

Andrea Wachter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

If you are struggling with an addiction and considering giving it up, you will likely have to deal with some ambivalence. With help, willingness and positive changes, you can learn to feel your emotions fully until they pass, retrain your brain till it's filled with kinder thoughts, and fill some of the spaces that addiction attempts to temporarily fill. You can challenge the powerful voice of addiction until your ambivalence turns into clarity, conviction and compassion.

New Feelings Two Years After My Father's Death

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Two years ago today, my dad passed away. He was 86 years old and his body finally succumbed to the wear and tear he inflicted on it with alcohol and c...

18 States Set to Legalize by 2020

Joe Schrank | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Joe Schrank

Will we walk through Cheech-and-Chong-density marijuana smoke? Is it a risk to public safety? What about the kids, isn't it always about the kids?

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and manageable to him.

What Do You Mean I Have To Date Without Drinking?

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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.