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10 Things I Wish I Knew At The Beginning Of Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I loved getting drunk because the high allowed me to forget about everything else pressing or shameful in my life. I don't have that problem today. It is refreshing to have nothing to hide from in my life. I'm proud of where I am and who I am, because I put a hell of a lot of work into becoming that person.

What Is Active Acceptance?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I actively work my acceptance of my life without kids, but do not be confused by the word acceptance. Definitely do not miss the words actively work.

A How-To For a Life

Richard L. Burns | Posted 02.19.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

Be prepared because frustration, anger, personality problems come with the territory. Learning to face-up to a new existence is critical. And therapy, physical and mental. It's necessary to rebuild the body and the mind to operate acceptably to you and others.

Veterans Finding a New Outlook Outdoors

Ben Klasky | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Ben Klasky

The path forward for returning veterans can be bolstered by treatment, therapy, and medication; but is also too often marked by addiction and suicide. Ultimately, Brandon would find his footing in the same place that his relentless sense of adventure took him as a boy growing up outside Cleveland - the outdoors.

Daily Meditation: Your Journey

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Just Like When We Were 3 Years Old, Saved by a Nighttime Routine

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As adults this need for winding down both the body and the brain is only greater. Our lives are demanding, we go to bed often times feeling like we didn't get enough done. Some of us may even go to bed feeling like we are never enough.

Where Do I Belong?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It is now, as a 35-year-old woman without children, where I'm struggling, thankfully, for the first time in my life, with the sense of not belonging. I have learned there are two major things no one tells you when you begin the journey of IVF.

Lessons From A President's Day Accident

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 02.17.2015 | Good News
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Now a year older than Mom was when she and Dad crashed, I am more viscerally aware of life's fragility and finitude, and of the importance of savoring daily gifts.

The Antidote to Wounded Deerism: A Superwoman Named Emily

Margaret Hession | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Margaret Hession

Little, yet fierce. That's precisely how Emily Dickinson, a poet first appeared to me in the pages of an anthology when I was 11-years-old. She would appear again later when my life was splintering away in trauma due to divorce (and I felt like eleven again).

The Hammer

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ken McLeod

When that hammer comes down, your life changes. You are not the same person. You learn things about life, about people and about yourself that you didn't know before, whether you wanted to or not.

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP

Until the '80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance...

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.

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.

How This Woman Bounced Back From 'Spiritual, Emotional And Physical Bankruptcy'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living

For the longest time, Lauren Stahl lived her life according to the traditional definition of success, one that those around her seemed to appreciate. ...

Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

So as we move ahead in this new year, let's all resolve to look for the other side of the story when it comes to addiction, and let's be willing to show that our intellectual and emotional capacities for discussing the issue go beyond the bad news.

Welcoming the Mentally Ill Back Into Our Community

Allen Frances | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental illness often interferes with a person's easy and spontaneous participation in a social unit. A therapeutic community heals hurts and teaches new social skills. It takes a community to help a patient. Virgil Stucker has been living with and for the severely mentally ill all his adult life. Perhaps better than anyone, he can tell us what works.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

The 6 Injustices of Cancer

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

Remission does not mean recovery. The medical community pronounces patients "done" once their final treatments of chemo, radiation or surgery are over. However, for most people with cancer this is where the real challenges begin.

Change the Why

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we all struggle with this mean inner dialogue from time to time. I see it every day with my clients. My challenge to us all is to be nicer to ourselves. Especially to take the why out of our self-talk and replace it with how come or what.

Breaking the Stigma: Honor Roll Heroin Addict

Erin Bahadur | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.

Taking Part in the Feast of Life

Temimah Zucker | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

My soul cried when I looked down at that poor excuse of a hot dog because I ached thinking of the girl that was once so consumed by food that she missed out on life and love. I was saddened by the years I lost to an eating disorder, devastated by the number of people I know still suffering.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

This Map Reveals Just How Unequal The So-Called Recovery Is

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama cheered rising wages. What he didn't mention is that much of the income gained sin...