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My Messy, Beautiful Detour

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

They say that all good things come to those who wait. But what for?

From Homelessness to Cirque du Soleil

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I had been struggling with heroin addiction for nine years and tried everything to get clean. I was barely keeping a job and frequently going to twelve-step meetings, but I could not stop using heroin because every time I did, I would end up with terrible physical withdrawal.

How to Recover in an Appearance-Obsessed World

Keara Hozella | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Keara Hozella

This is the reality of recovering from an eating disorder, whether you've just been diagnosed or have been attempting to survive with it for years. The good news is that you certainly can recover, no matter how short or long the duration of your eating disorder has been.

Love at First Flight: The Story of Ammed and Estefani Tuniziani

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.

The Bitter Taste of Dying... and Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

At the age of 14, Jason Smith got his first taste of addiction. Literally. While his parents were away for the weekend, his uncle--a heroin addict who was living with Jason and his family--overdosed, and Jason had to perform CPR on him.

Untreated Mental Illness: A Matter of Life and Death

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Policy makers must not be guided by crisis, but must overcome it. President Kennedy was right. Perhaps, his vision of recovery was ahead of its time. Yet, if timing is everything, it is beyond time to end our nation's mental health crisis -- it is a matter of life and death.

Has the Internet Killed Compassion?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am not sure I will ever understand how people can be so hateful to one another. What I do understand is the power of the anonymity of the internet. I understand that most of these people would never say these words to my face or even in front of the people they care about.

A Letter to My Pre-Bipolar Self

Emily Grossman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Dear 17-year-old Em, I know that high school has not been easy on you. Although your peers would never know it because you are a great actress, alw...

The Power of Perspective

Corinda Lubin-Katz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Corinda Lubin-Katz

Perspective can be the key to maintaining autonomy of your thoughts, and that is where many seeds of meaningful growth find the will to blossom.

Why 'At Peace' Will Never Describe Survivors of Infertility

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Surviving through infertility changes us forever. Choosing to thrive thereafter simply means we figure out how to live the rest of our lives with our forever scarred soul, and yet do the work of healing every day

Sasha Bronner

Meet The Man Who Helps Hollywood Stay Sober | Sasha Bronner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Until two years ago, Jon Paul Crimi kept his career, and his client base, mostly a secret. He has a 20-year background as a fitness traine...

The First Play About the Community History of A.A.

Ben Rimalower | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Ben Rimalower

Alcoholics Anonymous is turning 80 this year and its 14th International Conference will take place over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta, GA.

Meditation and the Power of the Big Quiet

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

When we think of teens and 20-somethings, we think of people in constant motion. They're growing, changing, moving toward the next big discovery abo...

Why We Need a Paradigm Shift in Mental Health Care: The Case for Recovery Now!

Leah Harris | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Leah Harris

We need sound policies that promote recovery for all Americans affected by mental health conditions. We don't have the luxury of continuing to get this wrong. Too many individuals, families, and systems are in crisis, and it doesn't have to be this way. We need recovery, and we need it now.

Horses Don't Get Divorced ~ Healing Today's At Risk Youth

Tim Hayes | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

After nine years of marriage, when Kyle was seven, his parents John and Sandy divorced. As divorces go, it was relatively amicable, and after about two years both parents were in new committed relationships.

Are You Running Too Much? 5 Warning Signs

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

If you don't rest enough, your body can't adapt. A little "prehab" outweighs rehab any day.

Live And Live A Life

Richard L. Burns | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You're prompted to move in your hospital bed. Simple things like moving arms and legs. Sitting up and lying down. Changing positions. Rolling over.

10 Birthday Reflections From a Sober 30-Year-Old

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

So much happened in my 20s -- lost relationships, lost friendships, my alcoholism peaked, I got sober, moved countries, started my writing career, and found the love of my life. The lows were low and the highs were high. I am embracing the pain of letting go of the last decade of my life.

Is Your Over-Thinking an 'Addiction'? Here Are 8 Steps to Recovery

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

I like choices. Nearly every one of my decisions is carefully researched to maximize the greatest number of benefits. When buying, I like to know ...

What I Think About Your Body

Alexandra Allam | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Allam

As a female on this planet, I am more than aware of my body. My physical presence has brought me many outfit changes, unseemly anti-wrinkle creams, ...

How I Learned to Manage Bipolar Disorder

Dan Seider | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Seider

Five years ago I was going into the second year of my undergrad at the University of Guelph. The semester was going well. I was living with friends an...

Practicing Recovery Is Choosing in Alignment

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

It has been a theme in my office lately, the frustration we can feel with recovery, well, really with ourselves. The frustration of falling off track...

The Ways the Untethered Soul Is Changing My Life

Alexandra Allam | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Alexandra Allam

There are days now where my consciousness absorbs me. There are hours where the line is blurred between who I am and what I am doing or seeing or thinking. I find difficulty in distinguishing the point I finish and the place my understandings start.

Lost in the Grips of Narcissism - An Excerpt From The Egotist

Jesse Bogner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

Back in New York, I had never felt so alone. I was angry at the world, a world that had failed to recognize my greatness. My inability to cope with discomfort led me to self-medicate to the point of assured self-destruction.

Coming Back to Life After a Couple Years of Living Intimately

Jarid Manos | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

While men do things to each other's bodies, and to women too, of course, women largely keep walking forward, shouldering all our mess.