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Mom Who Admits She Is An Alcoholic Blames Family And Being A Suburban Housewife

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

“I am absolutely, without a doubt, an alcoholic. I drink way too much,” says Linda, a mom of three. “There are times I do choose beer over them....

3 Sisters Open Up About Growing Up With A Mom Who Admits She's An Alcoholic

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

"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.

More Evidence That Alcohol Ads Are Linked To Teen Binge Drinking

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 for...

Something That Almost Works

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.18.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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...