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Alcoholism

Dear Baby Girl: I'm Sorry I Let Alcohol Lie to Us

Natalie Rountree | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Natalie Rountree

You were only eight years old when the police spoke to you outside their vehicle while I was in the backseat of another, crying for you while you were crying for me. All you knew was that your mommy was very sick -- but you know now that I was very drunk. And I was terrified.

Am I Worthy of Recovery?

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Today I believe I deserve all that I receive. It's up to me to decide what I do with my life and I choose to radiate love, tolerance and kindness. I choose to show the world just how amazing recovery can be. I choose to show the world that anyone is worthy of recovery, including me.

Living IN the Reaction: Self-Medicating and Learning to Live Before the Reaction

Matthew Taub and Felicia Taub | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Matthew Taub and Felicia Taub

The second hardest thing to do is admit there is a problem. The hardest part is actually doing something about it. I knew there was a problem. I knew...

Mission Over Margin

Jason Wahler | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Jason Wahler

I have always been extremely vocal about my goals in the field of treatment and recovery. I have never waivered from the fact that I will do anything ...

I Felt Like a Terrified Virgin Having Sex Sober

Natalie Rountree | Posted 04.20.2016 | Women
Natalie Rountree

At first alcohol seemed to please me and in turn whomever my partner for the moment was going to be. I was uninhibited, I was eager to do what they requested and be ravished myself.

Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a childr...

The Journey Of An Alcoholic Mother

Natalie Rountree | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Natalie Rountree

I wanted to raise her perfectly, I wanted to be like all the other mom's. I wanted to be better than my mom, and her mom's mom, and every other one out there because she was the most precious child on earth and deserved it. But the problem was with me.

Bipolar Recovery: How to Survive a Mauling

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Note: The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. My psychiatrist has a life-sized stuffed tiger in his waiting room. At the big cat's...

Talk Early, Talk Often

Winged Victory | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Winged Victory

Although I've always had an open dialogue with my kids about alcohol and drugs I've also known that my behavior would have a more lasting effect than my words. When my daughter and son learned in third grade social studies that alcohol was an addictive drug I found myself in the uncomfortable position of trying to explain why I often drank more than I should.

It's Alcohol Awareness Month: So What Does It Do to Your Insides to Live With an Alcoholic?

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

April is "Alcohol Awareness Month." On the surface this appears to be about alcohol, its use and abuse, it implies that we need to learn more about wh...

ADVICE 08: My Husband's an Alcoholic

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller To send in a question, please complete this short Google form. All submissions are anonymous, even to the author. ***** ...

Adjusting My Lens: Shifting Out of Survival Back Into Life

Christine Suhan | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Christine Suhan

When I was arrested and taken to jail, I thought my life was over. But what I found in that cell saved me. What I found was hope. It was the smallest little speck of hope at first, so small I didn't recognize what it was.

How to Say Yes to the Universe

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Even when I'm standing still, I'm still moving. When I'm awake at night in bed, paralyzed by fear and regret, sure that my life is going nowhere (i.e...

Coming 'Out' Sober

Winged Victory | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Winged Victory

If you drink moderately and enjoy it that's great! But please don't question it if a former drinking buddy has suddenly gone teetotal. Alcohol addiction is a killer and you don't have to hit rock bottom to know it's time to stop.

My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

Camille Williams | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Camille Williams

Photo credit: George Doyle When I quit drinking, outer appearances said I still had it all together. My life, family and career were intact and fully...

When You're Sober and Your Partner's Not

Kerry Neville | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kerry Neville

When I got sober, I didn't ask my then-husband to quit drinking. In the foggy, shame-filled logic of early sobriety, I felt guilty.

Teen's Drinking Has Me Worried

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Although there are stacks of books with advice for talking with teens about worrisome drinking and/or partying, they all assume one thing: that teens will take to heart what their parents have to say.

Why Relapse Doesn't Work

Tommy Rosen | Posted 03.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tommy Rosen

I was a little over one year sober when I relapsed at a college graduation party. I had completed treatment for drug addiction at Hazelden a year b...

My Journey to Sobriety Wasn't Easy, But It Was Worth It

Brittney Taylor | Posted 03.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittney Taylor

Sobriety has given me everything that alcohol took away from me. I have a great job, which I show up to. I am finally finishing college (better late than never) and pursuing a degree that I am passionate about. I learned to love myself, which has made me capable of loving someone else the way a human being actually deserves to be loved because I had that all wrong in the past.

5 Ways to Survive an Alcoholic Parent

Vivienne Mayer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Vivienne Mayer

Together we have put together our top five tips for surviving an alcoholic parent:

Divorce and the Ex-Husband Tattoo

Kerry Neville | Posted 03.09.2016 | Divorce
Kerry Neville

In the year since my divorce, I've been visiting a plastic surgeon every month. Not for Botox, though maybe that would help the mid-forties creases a...

Alcohol and Aging: What We Can Do to Help

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Older people who struggle with alcohol dependency face particular challenges. Alcohol is a depressant -- producing effects that, for older individuals facing isolation, limitations in mobility, and loss of friends or family, can deepen a downward spiral in health and well-being.

Yes, Connections Are Harder to Make Sober

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

I've lost the false sense of ease and naivety that led me to believe that every person I met should be my friend and would have my best interest at heart, because that's just not true. Relearning how to communicate, how to engage in supportive relationships and be there for my friends and loved ones hasn't been easy, but it sure beats believing I'm besties with my drug dealer.

Why I Still Call Myself an Alcoholic

Sarah Galla | Posted 02.23.2016 | Women
Sarah Galla

I have not had a drink in over a decade. Yet, I still refer to myself as an alcoholic. An alcoholic in recovery, but nonetheless, an alcoholic. I am also many other things. I am a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a yogi, and yes, even a huge Monopoly enthusiast.

How Author Joyce Maynard Broke Up With Her Old Friend -- The Wine Bottle

Joyce Maynard | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Joyce Maynard

Nobody was calling me an alcoholic. Just a person who enjoyed her wine. I just did what countless numbers of women do all around me. And part of the danger lay in that: how totally acceptable it all looked.