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Red Meat for the Cancer Survivor's Soul

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After reading my essay written this past winter entitled The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Work, a friend and supporter of mine who is of ...

5 Times I Didn't Want to Stay Sober... But Why I Did Anyway

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

The majority of what I write has to do with the blessings that sobriety has brought to me, and most of the time that is truly how I feel about being sober. However, I wouldn't be an alcoholic if I didn't occasionally wish I could just throw caution to the wind and drink like everyone around me does.

The Only Way Over Is Through

Jessica Kahan | Posted 11.03.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

I am a work in progress. I have started the next chapter but the book is not yet finished being written. I am a sketch, not a masterpiece. I am still me at my core though. That me, she knows only ONE truth in this journey - the only way over is through.

Are You 'Shoulding' on Yourself?

Mara Shapshay | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mara Shapshay

I "should" on myself quite frequently, and it's always a messy experience. All of the constant "shoulding" is soiling my soul and putting too much un...

Youth, Addiction, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't care who you are, what you've done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled teen who is revealing his or her true self.

Music Legend Opens Up About His Two-Year Drug Trip

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.02.2015 | OWN

Like many famous musicians, Smokey Robinson went through a period in his life when drugs became a central focus -- but for the Motown great, this desc...

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade. What is new is that there is at last strong, sensible, non-partisan action at hand.

Thank God I've Never Had to Date in Sobriety

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

"You'll never meet a good guy in a bar or nightclub." That's what people say, right? Wrong. I met my boyfriend of 3.5 years in an after hours club i...

2 Surprising Ways to Disempower Crippling Shame

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 10.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

As a 12-step life coach I've got clients who come from all walks of life. Some are women, some are men. Some are professionals, others unemployed. The...

Pro Athletes: Where Is the Advantage?

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

It used to be that guiding a pro athlete toward better performance was easy. They would be missing some obvious component of a world class program: a...

Confessions From a Hugaholic: Or How I Accepted Change by Letting Myself Fall in the Flow of My Life

Jeff Pulver | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jeff Pulver

Today, October 28, 2015 is the one year anniversary of me having a seizure in Tel Aviv hours before being part of the 2014 Tel Aviv 10k Night Run. Lo...

It's Hard to Hate Up Close: Recovery Advocacy in North Carolina

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

We need more recovery advocates like Christopher Campau. As a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, he's been in recovery from a substance use disorder since May of 2006. He continues to share his story publicly in a manner that includes emotions, honesty, and a call to action.

What Is the Most Important Factor in Treating Mental Illness? Competence

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

It's been nine years this week since my late husband David died by suicide. Everything about this time of year releases a cascade of emotion that is u...

Chicks Unhitched: Why You Should Consider Leaving Home to Heal From Divorce

Natalie Gregg | Posted 10.26.2015 | Divorce
Natalie Gregg

My initial trek from Dallas to the Smoky Mountains last year was to explore options to help my divorce clients find retreat centers where they could heal. This time, my sole mission for taking a week off of my busy, divorce litigation schedule was to heal -- from my own divorce.

Even In Our Longing

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I've always wondered how our family portrait would ever be complete. How do I honor my three without my three here on earth? And then some photos from a few photographers starting showing up on my social media, a result of how much coverage Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is getting this year.

Unite to Face Addiction Highlights Treatment and Recovery Needs

Jason Wahler | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

A few weeks ago, I flew out to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Unite to Face Addiction concert. Tens of thousands of people were there, and it was incredible to see how many people's lives have been touched by addiction.

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Patrick R. Krill

While it may be tempting to dismiss me as a single-issue voter with a narrow view of the world, consider whether there is one other issue whose poisonous vines stretch so broadly across every inch of our national landscape: public health, the economy, national security, civil rights, crime, family life, and education.

What Is Safe Space in Yoga Studios?

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Safety and space to breathe freely are a right that should belong not just to the norm but to everyone -- people of color, queer, trans, healthy or unhealthy, all classes and all body sizes and abilities. Let's do this yoga community. It's time we put even more purpose to our practice.

WATCH: Tapping Into the Seventh Step Prayer

Brad Yates | Posted 10.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

I believe one of the greatest things we can be is useful. Years ago, while working with folks struggling with addiction, I was introduced to the 12 S...

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Putting a drug, whether alcohol or any other addictive substance, into our bodies in order to change our state of mind is the result of prior psychological, familial and social experience, experiences that then support and reinforce addictive behavior.

First in Flight: North Carolina and the Surge of Collegiate Recovery

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.14.2015 | College
Tim Rabolt

North Carolina is a prime example of unity, collaboration, and promoting recovery throughout the state. Unity within the community is how we beat addiction. What we can learn from North Carolina is that the principles of our personal recoveries should be present as we progress in the broader recovery movement.

United By Addiction: A Mother's Point of View

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

I had the amazing experience of attending both The Fed Up Rally and the unbelievable Unite to Face Addiction concert in Washington DC this weekend. ...

Dating Lessons From a Cut-Rate Flounder

Debbie Weiss | Posted 10.07.2015 | Divorce
Debbie Weiss

I was with my late husband for 32 years. After he died, I planned to melt into my sofa in a haze of dark chocolate gelato and Nicholas Sparks movies. I'd be the woman in the bourbon-stained bathrobe buying the giant, economy Bombay Sapphire gin and twelve Butterfingers at Bevmo. But I "got out there." Too much.

Eating Disorders: Four Reasons to Choose Recovery

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, it is important that you reach out for help. No one should have to fight this battle alone and seeking support is a sign of strength. Developing an eating disorder is not a choice, but it is never too late to choose recovery.