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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.

The Honey Badger

Aaron Baker | Posted 03.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Aaron Baker

And now that I have pedaled my way to the top of the mountain, I pause for a moment of silence, gratefully thank my body, sip my water bottle and gaze out at the view, while I reflect on my journey.

Soul Sadness

Angie Viets, LCP | Posted 03.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Angie Viets, LCP

Soul sadness reminds me of the legend of Shadow Lake on Roosevelt Drive where I grew up. Lost are things and people into this bottomless lake never to be found -- or so they say. The brokenhearted reside there.

Confessions of an Addiction and Recovery Writer

Anna David | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Still, writing about recovery isn't without its serious drawbacks. I've felt embarrassed that I've made such a big thing about being an addict. I've had people I know write Facebook posts deriding me for certain pieces and God knows how many negative comments on different articles.

Empathy From the Devil: A Unique Perspective on Depression

Matthew Williams | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Matthew Williams

A sense of greater purpose in life, empathy and the opportunity to help others -- granted they're not the latest iPhone but the novelty soon wears off with one of them and anyway, you'd only need to change it every couple of years to make sure you've got the latest model. My gifts -- and these are just a few of them -- can last a lifetime. How's that for value?

Let's Get Men Talking About Suicide

George Bell | Posted 03.16.2016 | Healthy Living
George Bell

This isn't a problem that we can simply sweep under the rug and let it be dealt with by someone else.

Why Being in Addiction Recovery Could Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You

Sasha Tozzi | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Sasha Tozzi

Being in recovery from addiction does not have to mean your life is over. Actually -- it could very well mean your life has just begun.

5 Ways to Survive an Alcoholic Parent

Vivienne Mayer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Vivienne Mayer

Together we have put together our top five tips for surviving an alcoholic parent:

Surviving Spring Break While in Recovery

Angie Viets, LCP | Posted 03.14.2016 | College
Angie Viets, LCP

During college March means several things: midterms, green beer, March Madness and spring break. Weeks leading up to spring break the refrain during ...

We Need to Talk About... Suicide

Matthew Williams | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Matthew Williams

Blame and accusations cannot take away the pain, but maybe a greater understanding of what leads a person to that terrible place can go some way to helping them to learn to live with it.

A Promise to My Children From Their Recovered Mother

Angie Viets, LCP | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Angie Viets, LCP

Since you guys are getting older, I wanted to tell you something important about me. For many years I had an eating disorder.

How One Woman Overcame Her Heroin Addiction

Quora | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Quora

What happens to heroin addicts when they quit cold turkey, and why is it so unbearable? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network w...

Unplugged: What a Day At an Internet Addiction Recovery Center Taught Me

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Danielle Campoamor

There are places like reSTART, tucked away in the woods outside a major city known for its inclusion of technology, and there are people like Ryan and Peter. It's safe to say that I will be thinking of them and their recovery, for a long time to come.