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It's Time to Stop Killing People by Refusing Addiction Treatment

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

The idea that a person has to stop using all substances in order to engage in addiction treatment is one that is killing countless individuals, harming an immeasurable number of families and adversely impacting communities across our nation.

Addiction Aftercare Treatment Needs A Makeover

Lauren Stahl | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Lauren Stahl

As a grateful recovery addict and alcoholic, having spent time at a residential treatment facility and also, as the founder of a company that is revol...

Recovery Advocacy Action Week 2016: #RAAW16

Tim Rabolt | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

The start of May is an exciting time of year. School graduations, sports seasons beginning and ending, moving closer to summer, just to name a few of ...

Dear Children: Remember Our Scars

Christine Suhan | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Christine Suhan

Scars. Everybody has them. Some are hidden, some are not. Some are deeper than others. Some fade over time, others remain. Regardless of whether or no...

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.

The Everest-Sized Challenge of Recovery in Nepal

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

Featured Image: Mount Everest, by Gunther Hagleitner, Creative Commons Attribution License, on By Kat Fiske As I sat in the restaurant o...

A Therapist's Tips for Preventing Relapse in Eating Disorder Recovery

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

The following is a brief written exercise that you can do as a personal relapse prevention plan.

Addiction: A Disease That Does Not Discriminate, Part 2

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather C. Miller

Some people succumb to their demons, but not all people that struggle with addiction will lose their battle. Love can win. Family can win. Friendship can win. Life can win.

How I Found Healing from Abuse

Steve Austin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

I experienced my own personal Sodom and Gomorrah when I was three. Mine was not by choice. The monster reared his ugly head, raped and pillaged and bu...

Addicts and Entrepreneurs -- One Percent Coincidence?

Katey Olivia Smyth | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Katey Olivia Smyth

Growing up I struggled with confidence. Not the kind that makes you quiet. The kind that makes you stare at yourself in the mirror and wonder why you're here, and why you matter.

After Divorce: When a Fling Is Not Just a Fling

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.18.2016 | Divorce
Kerry Neville

I had my first adult fling (unaided by Jell-O shots) six months after the divorce, hopefully long enough so that it wasn't in angry reaction to his infidelity and my need to have my self-esteem buttressed. Because that was the default rumination long into the dark hours of night after learning about the affair.

Innovative Support Online for Eating Disorders

Wendy Adamson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adamson

While most medicine may need expert hands-on care to listen to a heartbeat or collect a urine sample, when an individual is dealing with eating disorders now they can get the help they need no matter where they are.

Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel Second Chances

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business
Robert D. Ashford

Finding role models in our communities, ones that truly give back and embody positive values, isn't always easy. When you do find one, like Cheri, you keep them in your lives as long as you can.

Rituals in Recovery

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Ashford

At the end of the day, being in "recovery" or being "normal" is really the exact same thing -- we are finding positive ways to live a life that is full of happiness and meaning. Our daily rituals don't set us apart; they bring us closer together.

Inspiration, Humanity and Humility In Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

The act of openly sharing one's recovery status with the world around them allows for some of the most extraordinary of things. When those of us in recovery talk or write about our journey through and past the difficulties associated with mental health and substance use challenges, we are then able to serve as beacons of hope and visible guideposts for others who seek to do the same.

How to Get a Clean Slate, Create a New Vision and Live Your Life Ferociously Again

Bill Douglas | Posted 04.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Bill Douglas

A clean slate and a brand new vision: the ideal result from moving beyond something that was ailing us is life or in business. Often this cleansing - ...

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...

Getting at the 40 Percent: Addressing the Greatest Determinants of Long-Term Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of good health is determined by social and economic factors such as family and social support, ...

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.

Why I Didn't Testify Against the Man Who Abused Me Before My Coma

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 04.06.2016 | Women
Amy Oestreicher

My secret made me sick. All that anger, guilt and confusion. I felt it in my stomach. And two weeks after I turned 18 years old, my stomach exploded due to a blood clot, which later was hypothesized to be caused from a stress ulcer. My molestation was a very stressful secret. Suddenly, my family could keep no secrets.

Is it Worth it? Reflections From Being Two Years Sober

Rebecca Weller | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Weller

I learned how to rely on myself, to self-soothe, and to take responsibility for my decisions. With this came a higher level of emotional maturity, leaving me better able to handle all of life's ups and downs. I'm more self-aware now and a much kinder and more considerate person to be around

Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Ashford

Recovery programs save lives, and more than just by keeping drugs and alcohol away. They protect recovery, sure, but they also give meaning and purpose for students like me... and without those, sobriety is but a transient event.

How I Regained My Humanity After A Brain Injury

Jeff Sebell | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Jeff Sebell

At the age of 19 I was busy developing my own personality: likes, dislikes and strengths. But then, a car accident and month-long coma seemed to obliterate everything I had been. Beyond the obvious -- needing to learn how to walk again, talk, tie my shoes and cut my food, etc., -- I lost the things I identified myself by.

Let's Finally Talk About It: Call For National Task Force on Privilege and Access to Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

With the President calling for a widely celebrated Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, the time is now to ensure that we are also bringing together stakeholders to adequately address the racial disparities that influence access to recovery.