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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

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.

'Recovery Road': Media's Opportunity to Portray Recovery the Right Way

Tim Rabolt | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Tim Rabolt

Recovery Road is noteworthy in that it is one of the first television shows to highlight the process of recovery without shining a permanent spotlight on the horrors of addiction.

Peering In: A Look at Mental Health Peer Providers and How They Help People Recover

Emily Grossman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

I believe that recovery is possible. Not just for me, but for EVERYONE. Does this mean that everyone recovers? No, because not everyone is taught the skills to recover. Also, once a person learns the skills, they have to choose to use them. My peer specialist colleagues and I can give you a flashlight so that you can see your way out of the darkness of mental illness.

The Identity Theft of Infertility

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Infertility and loss steals so much from us but most of us only realize how much it actually steals as life goes on. In the fight to become parents, many of us will become shells of who we once were, knowing we can never go back to who that was. It is the identity theft of infertility.

Yes, Connections Are Harder to Make Sober

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

I've lost the false sense of ease and naivety that led me to believe that every person I met should be my friend and would have my best interest at heart, because that's just not true. Relearning how to communicate, how to engage in supportive relationships and be there for my friends and loved ones hasn't been easy, but it sure beats believing I'm besties with my drug dealer.

Recovery, Transformation and the Search for Meaning

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Brooke M. Feldman

For many of us in recovery from a substance use disorder, we often cite our devastating experience with substance misuse as the catalyst for self-discovery and the facilitator of our own personal awakening.

Dear Eating Disorder, I Can't Erase You

Rachel Brehm | Posted 02.26.2016 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Dear Eating Disorder, I can't erase you. You are inextricably linked to my past, uncomfortably tied to my heart, and unpleasantly weaved into what used to be. I close my eyes, but there are reminders everywhere.

A Patient's Gratitude: A Video I Hope Every Healthcare Provider Will See

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a healthcare advocate and former ICU patient who has been transferred throughout the many divisions of the healthcare system, I would like to say "Thank you" to healthcare providers and all hospital personnel for choosing this path in life and for all that you do each day for your patients and their families.

In Over Your Head: 6 Important Lessons When You Love an Addict

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Constance Scharff, Phd

Too many people are dying from accidental overdose in America today. If you even suspect that a loved one might be using, educate yourself on addiction. Intervene early and often. "Help" is letting the addict know that you care that they get treatment, today.

Dealing With Disappointment

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 02.16.2016 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

We all know there will be times in our lives where you have to face and deal with public failure. The kind that literally knocks the wind out of our sail. The key is knowing it's okay to be disappointed, you just can't stay there.

How Do You Explain a Tracheotomy Scar to a Kid?

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

We all know that kids say the darndest things. When I was painting at outdoor Art Walk, a young child made a comment about my self-taught art (he...

We Are All in Recovery -- Recovery of Our True Selves

Rohini Ross | Posted 02.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rohini Ross

We are all in the process of recovering our true selves. The innate intelligence inside of us is facilitating that process whether we realize it or not. The timing is not ours to decide so we may as well relax and enjoy the ride.

After Divorce Dear Valentine

Kerry Neville | Posted 02.12.2016 | Divorce
Kerry Neville

Yes, this is self-addressed, so no need for the stamp. Maybe you will allow for a momentary grace period so that your kinder, sweeter (though not Confectioner's sugar sweet) voice can speak on this day given over to L-O-V-E.