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A Few Simple Tools for Working with Obsessive Fear

Josh Korda | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

This is where Metta practice comes in handy; if we can feel the presence of this frightened inner experience--perhaps as a tightness in the abdomen, or an unsettled quality of mind--we can send it thoughts of good will.

When Adult Children of Alcoholics Become Moms

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

Sis Wenger, CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics wanted to specifically focus on moms for Counselor Magazine. She asked me some questions on how growing up with one or two alcoholic parents might impact mothering.

12 Weird Ways My Life Changed Because Of My Chronic Illnesses

The Mighty | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
The Mighty

I believe chronic illnesses can change your life in some weird ways, but sometimes they are the best ways ever. For instance, I wouldn't have met some of the amazing people I've become such close friends with.

Buddy, Can You Spare a Trillion Dollars? The Cost of Veteran Health Care

Dawson Church | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

"Are you a Vietnam veteran?" I asked "Stan," an auto mechanic I'd met a few minutes earlier in the course of a routine car checkup. He nodded affirm...

Recovery: Lessons Learned in My Alcoholic Family

Dennis C. Daley, PhD | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dennis C. Daley, PhD

Life at the University of Alcoholism During my early life, for many years my dad did not have a car. When I turned 16 and he had one, I was so excite...

Recovery on the Road

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Wray Herbert

My wife and I decided to set off on a road trip to see what's invariant in the Alcoholics Anonymous experience, regardless of region and culture, and what's novel. We want to catalog the forms of AA, and explore what the differences reveal about the shared experience of sober living.

Unite Against Addiction

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

Rockers Set to Rally for Addiction Awareness Ever since I got sober, I have dedicated my life to doing anything and everything to bring awareness to ...

7 Things That Get Me High Today (Instead of Booze)

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Since getting sober two years ago, I've had to find a number of replacements. The upside of these replacements? They don't negatively affect my decision-making abilities or get me into trouble with the law or anyone else. The downside? Well, there really isn't one.

Infidelity -- Looking Beyond the Ashley Madison Scandal

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

The words sex addiction get thrown around a lot when it comes to cheating, especially with all eyes on the recent Ashley Madison hack. Society is still trying to understand the difference between sex addiction, an illness, which inspires a certain amount of compassion, and the moral character defect of dishonesty, which tends to inspire condemnation.

How to Deal With Traumatic Experiences in a Positive Way

Emma Goddard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Emma Goddard

A positive attitude really can have an effect on our entire body making the recovery process easier. Whenever we have things to look forward to, family and friends encouraging us, and a good life we want to get back to, it makes it easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

When Your Truth Makes Others Uncomfortable

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I know my story is hard. I know it makes you sad, and maybe even angry. And, it makes you really uncomfortable. And yet, I won't go away. Because I do matter.

5 Strategies To Help You Sleep Your Way To Success

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

If you're one of the millions of people who have a difficult time either falling asleep or staying asleep, try one of these strategies:

When You Feel Frozen and Alone at Church

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

So many of us are walking around with a judge and jury in our heads. We don't believe that we're enough as we are. Instead, we're putting ourselves on trial, and the "verdicts" leave us feeling unworthy and isolated. But what happens when we embrace freedom, even though we're afraid? It's revolutionary.

Let's Talk Recovery... Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

M/R Johnson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
M/R Johnson

I'm an addict -- wrong, right or indifferent, I will always be an addict. Yet what makes me understand my addiction more is that I suffer with a men...

On a Mission

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

Every day I wake up and it is my mission to do everything possible to make sure that I make a difference when it comes to addiction and recovery. If you asked me five years ago if this would be my life, I would've laughed at you.

On The Mend: Grappling With Resilience

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

I teach in a school where we take great pains to teach girls about the components of resilience; we encourage growth mindset; we celebrate risk-taking and mistakes. We encourage girls to remember that persistence and effort lead to improvement.

An Interview With Jason Smith, Author of "The Bitter Taste of Dying"

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

When I reviewed Jason Smith's addiction memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying, I called it "a gripping, no-holds-barred memoir," "a riveting story of addiction and recovery," and "a story of self-discovery and hope, too."

My Messy, Beautiful Detour

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

They say that all good things come to those who wait. But what for?

From Homelessness to Cirque du Soleil

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I had been struggling with heroin addiction for nine years and tried everything to get clean. I was barely keeping a job and frequently going to twelve-step meetings, but I could not stop using heroin because every time I did, I would end up with terrible physical withdrawal.

How to Recover in an Appearance-Obsessed World

Keara Hozella | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Keara Hozella

This is the reality of recovering from an eating disorder, whether you've just been diagnosed or have been attempting to survive with it for years. The good news is that you certainly can recover, no matter how short or long the duration of your eating disorder has been.

Love at First Flight: The Story of Ammed and Estefani Tuniziani

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.

The Bitter Taste of Dying... and Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

At the age of 14, Jason Smith got his first taste of addiction. Literally. While his parents were away for the weekend, his uncle--a heroin addict who was living with Jason and his family--overdosed, and Jason had to perform CPR on him.

Untreated Mental Illness: A Matter of Life and Death

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Policy makers must not be guided by crisis, but must overcome it. President Kennedy was right. Perhaps, his vision of recovery was ahead of its time. Yet, if timing is everything, it is beyond time to end our nation's mental health crisis -- it is a matter of life and death.

Has the Internet Killed Compassion?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am not sure I will ever understand how people can be so hateful to one another. What I do understand is the power of the anonymity of the internet. I understand that most of these people would never say these words to my face or even in front of the people they care about.

A Letter to My Pre-Bipolar Self

Emily Grossman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Dear 17-year-old Em, I know that high school has not been easy on you. Although your peers would never know it because you are a great actress, alw...