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Texas Lawmakers Must Address Shortage in Mental Health Workforce

Colleen Horton | Posted 08.16.2016 | Home
Colleen Horton

We have a mental health workforce shortage in Texas. Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychia...

Why I Gave Up Alcohol At 22

Seamus Kirst | Posted 02.05.2017 | Home
Seamus Kirst

Warning: Some readers may find parts of this post to be triggering.Three years ago, when I was 22, I decided to stop drinking. Considering my history,...

Organizations Are Serious About The 'No Jerks' Policy When Hiring

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

One bad apple can disrupt a work environment and wreak havoc on communication, trust, and collegial relationships -- not to mention productivity. Protecting your team with a "No Jerks" hiring policy is smart and goes a long way to cultivating and preserving a harmonious and high functioning workplace.

What To Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

Allen Frances | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
Allen Frances

At the very dawn of modern medicine, 2500 years ago, Hippocrates made its most important and robust finding: 1/3 of patients get better without treatment; 1/3 don't get better even with treatment; and only 1/3 actually benefit from treatment.

What Happens When A Killer Is Celebrated Every Day

Laura Ward | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home
Laura Ward

People need to stop telling me I should have a drink. Seriously. Not because it makes me want to drink. Because it makes them look like complete idiot...

This Group Proves That, In Recovery From Addiction, Community Is Everything

Ryan Hampton | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Ryan Hampton

The third stop on our 2,500-mile trek to the DNC in Philadelphia was Denver, Colorado. During the past two weeks we’ve crossed five state lines. As ...

Stepping Out of the Shadows in Facing Addiction Across America, On the Road to the DNC -- Part 2

Ryan Hampton | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Ryan Hampton

My second stop on the road to Philadelphia was San Francisco. A town synonymous with revolution and liberal ideals. A place where people have fought t...

Facing Addiction Across America, On The Road To The DNC

Ryan Hampton | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Ryan Hampton

18 months ago, I wasn’t sure if I was going to live or die. But because I was able to access treatment for addiction, and now live in sustained reco...

How to Live a Recovery-Centric Life

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.12.2016 | Home
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition You might not be aware, but in eve...

The gifts of fear and anxiety

Matthew Sandusky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Matthew Sandusky

For the past two and a half years I have dedicated my life to being a voice for the voiceless and fighting for justice for those who have been hurt. A...

I Used To Think Sober People Were Aliens

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Kelly Fitzgerald

Today, I know I make some drinkers uncomfortable just by being in the same room, especially because I am public about my sobriety. Oh how the tables have turned. But my experience has taught me to be compassionate to those who are still out there drinking and using, because I know exactly how they feel.

What Others Think About You Is None Of Your Business

Mara Shapshay | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Mara Shapshay

One of the greatest things I learned in recovery is that it is none of my business what others think about me. Now, in theory not caring what others think is easy but putting it into practice is hard. Let's just say I fall short on many occasions.

I Could Have Been The Stanford Rape Victim

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Kelly Fitzgerald

Yes, blacking out is a sign of an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, but when drinking heavily we ask for a hangover, a sleepless night, or a lost purse. We don't ask for our bodies to be violated by men who think it's okay to commit a crime.

Can We Solve Addiction?

David Whitesock | Posted 06.14.2016 | Home
David Whitesock

What does it mean to solve something? In mystery novels, "whodunnits" are solved when the detective figures out who committed the murder. In mathe...

It'll Be Two Months... A Fight For Sobriety; A Fight For Redemption

Kevin Hines | Posted 06.14.2016 | Home
Kevin Hines

I am so grateful that my hopeful story has inspired and moved Travis swiftly toward change. He knows that the strong network of people who have been where he's been before -- and overcame have guided his new path.

"I Will Be Dead Soon"

Allyson Aabram | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
Allyson Aabram

While I was waiting for the elevator, I read a five-word text that tore apart my heart and left my stomach in knots. The elevator ride provided under...

Recovering Addicts Can Party Safely At This Alcohol-Free, Sober Bar

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home

Recovering addicts in Crystal Lake, Illinois, have spot to chill without temptation, thanks to one nonprofit. The Other Side is a sober bar where rec...

Open Heart Living

Kerry Neville | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Kerry Neville

I live with an open heart. A difficult vulnerability as my heart is mostly scar tissue, and just like the tender scars underneath a chin -- from a re...

Lessons Learned From My Mother in a Family With Alcoholism

Dennis C. Daley, PhD | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Dennis C. Daley, PhD

Despite my mother's personal limitations (which we all have), I choose to remember her as someone who gave a lot to me, my siblings, and others. I appreciate that taught me more than she would ever imagine.

The Unexpected Benefits of Those Embarrassing 'Uh-Oh' Moments

Jason Powers | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Jason Powers

So which mistake are you going to learn from today? In truth, your only mistake is simply not trying. Success or failure, it's a win-win.

After Divorce: Wanderlust

Kerry Neville | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Kerry Neville

Wanderlust. The skin between me and the world has dissolved. Instead of retreating from pain and joy and vulnerability, I'm consumed with farsickness. Why wait for a traveling companion? Do I fear the loneliness inherent to my soul ranging the universe on its own? Yes, of course.

What The Strange Bond Of Sharing An Abuser Taught Me About Recovery

The Establishment | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
The Establishment

Before, I used to say that my best quality was my sincerity. Now, after, I face the world with an affected persona. I rely on irony to put a comfortable distance between myself and the reality where others can hurt me. Where they can warp me into someone different than who I was when I met them.

You Can Still Squat!

Leona deVinne | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home
Leona deVinne

How can this be happening to me? As I roll over to turn off my alarm to get up for boot camp I feel this excruciating pain tear through my upper back...

Why I Choose Recovery Every Single Day

Rachel Brehm | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home
Rachel Brehm

In a life with infinite options and endless possibility, I choose recovery. I choose it in the face of adversity, I choose it under pressure, and I choose it when my brain tells me to do otherwise. I choose it for the authenticity, I choose it for the self-acceptance, and I choose it in the name of freedom.

What I've Learned as a Student in Recovery at The George Washington University

Tim Rabolt | Posted 05.19.2016 | Home
Tim Rabolt

As I enter my sixth year of recovery and sixth and final year at The George Washington University (GW), I thought I'd take the time to write what I've...