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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.

The Leg Up My Whiteness Provided Me In My Addiction Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

There was a time when I attributed my recovery from addiction solely to God or a "higher power." I was grateful to have been saved from the hell of l...

Joy After Anorexia: The Marie Kondo Method

Kerry Neville | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Kerry Neville

Last night, I saw a picture of myself at CrossFit on a friend's Facebook page: I am mid-deadlift and my growing muscles strain at the weight. My expression is one of intensity and fear. Will I die? Not anymore. I'm certain that after I set the bar on the ground, as always, my muscles trembled with the righteous fatigue of joy.

5 Reasons Why It's Never Too Late to Quit

Deni Carise | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Quitting drugs and alcohol can save your life. Literally. And there are plenty of reasons to want to stick around.

Unhelpful Labels

Kathleen B. Duncan | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathleen B. Duncan

My son served five years in the United States Marine Corp, including two tours in Afghanistan. David still serves in Marine Reserves while enrolled at...

Why I'm On A Mission To Make A Positive Impact In Healthcare

Brian Boyle | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Boyle

I am not a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, specialist, EMT, paramedic, or healthcare professional. However, I do have some medical knowledge -- and...

3 Reasons Why I Am Out of the Closet About My Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I have been asked many times to explain why I have chosen to be so "out of the closet" and open about being a person in long-term recovery from a subs...

Interview: If Yoga Can Save Me, It Can Save Anybody

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 01.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

I got the chance to sit down with local donation-based yoga teacher Amanda Reh to talk about life before yoga, practice, vision and how her kind of eq...

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Wendy Adamson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adamson

Let's face it: Any way you look at it, detoxing is not an easy thing to do. Whether you're coming off cigarettes, sugar, alcohol or crack, who wants t...

Finally, You Can Now See Recovery -- and Not Just Addiction -- on the Small Screen

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

Recovery Road is a long overdue show that will finally give faces and voices -- and a primetime slot -- to the struggles of millions of Americans whose story is too seldom told, but too often told through the lens of stigma, shame, embarrassment and otherness.

The Invisible Children: It's COA Awareness Week So Listen Up, This Matters

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Great strides have been made in bringing the shame of addiction out of the shadows and getting America and the world to believe in recovery. However, ...

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

Allen Frances | Posted 01.15.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Far too many people who need drugs don't take them -- either because treatment is unavailable or because they don't realize or accept the fact that they need it. So we are trapped in the cruel, dumb, and sometimes tragic paradox that the wrong people often take meds, while the right ones don't.

Inside the Mindset of an Eating Disorder

Temimah Zucker | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

We can brush aside the harsh reality that is mental illness. We can reduce it to that -- just a harsh reality. Or we can work to help one another understand. To create clarity and enlightenment to not only provide much-needed support, but to prevent further mental illness, like these deadly eating disorders.

Divorce: Happy (Dis)Anniversary

Kerry Neville | Posted 01.12.2016 | Divorce
Kerry Neville

I was driving with my daughter, Sophia, a forty-five minute ride of monotony. She was lost in the world of Instagram and YouTube, and I wanted to dra...

Alcohol Was But a Symptom

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Everything fits together like a puzzle now. Sobriety has shown me that alcohol was just one symptom of my disease of "more." Today I'm grateful for my struggle with drugs and alcohol because it pushed me to my breaking point. This allowed me to find recovery.

The Wrap-Up: North Carolina and Recovery Oriented Sustainability

Tim Rabolt | Posted 01.08.2016 | College
Tim Rabolt

Recovery is exciting, empowering, and essential. The movement that's happening nationwide attracts more support every day. 2016 truly could be a turning point for the recovery movement as momentum builds from 2015 and our country turns its attention towards the next presidential election.

My Son Is A Heroin Addict, And I Am Without Answers

Allyson Aabram | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Allyson Aabram

Every day, I wish and pray this chapter of our life will pass. But I cannot control when the page turns. I can at least put the secrecy behind me. I believe our power cannot be usurped by things outside of our control. However, shame can immobilizes us when we hold it close.