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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.

My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

Camille Williams | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Camille Williams

Photo credit: George Doyle When I quit drinking, outer appearances said I still had it all together. My life, family and career were intact and fully...

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who's the Sickest of Them All?

Angie Viets, LCP | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Angie Viets, LCP

There is a disturbing tendency amongst individuals with eating disorders to compare their illness to another's.

Kickin' It With Glennon Doyle Melton (Sort Of): Why Women Need a Tribe

Angie Viets, LCP | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Angie Viets, LCP

So, I hung out with Glennon this weekend. And by hang out, I mean I bought a ticket to sit in the front row and soak up her every word while she talk...

I Didn't Cry When My Cancer Returned. But I Did When My Doctor Told Me This

Allyson Schieve | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Allyson Schieve

I don't think I cried immediately when the new doctors at Sloan told me my cancer was back less than a year after treatment; I suspect I already knew deep down. Despite the comforting words of my friends and family, I had this nagging in the back of my head that something wasn't right.

3 Things That Really Made My Addiction Recovery Possible

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'd love to tell you that my ability to initiate and sustain recovery from a substance use disorder has been as a direct result of how strong I am, bu...

Getting Help from Addiction When You're a Divorcing Dad or Mom

Lisa Helfend Meyer | Posted 03.22.2016 | Divorce
Lisa Helfend Meyer

With opioid drug abuse becoming as much a problem in small towns and rural areas as in urban centers and cutting across demographic lines, it's not surprising that its effects are increasingly being felt in divorce courts.

How to Bring Light to the Darkness

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 03.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Darren Littlejohn

I've been practicing meditation for over 30 years. I've had instruction from many masters and have logged thousands of hours of training and practice....

It Is Someone You Know: 14 Basics to Know About Infertility and Loss

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

You know someone affected by this journey, whether or not they speak about it publicly. They are your friends, your family and the person sitting next to you at church or at work.