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7 Tips to Help Keep You Sober During the Holidays

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I am currently in my third sober holiday season, and each one has gotten easier. Along the way, I have come up with my own way of dealing with being around others who drink and feeling frustrated by this. Here are seven tips to keep you sober during the holidays.

The Right Book at the Right Time

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

A single book had the power to lift me out of the depths of despair. It felt like Kaui Hart Hemmings had written this book just for me and my best friend. Who knows? What I had found in reading the right book at the right time was indeed possibilities, a promise, and even a prayer.

The Social Cure For Mental Illness

Allen Frances | Posted 12.21.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

As Aristotle pointed out, we are social animals who can be fully human only when interacting with others. In the US, we worsen the symptoms of our mentally ill by neglecting their needs and excluding them from society. Fortunately, the reciprocal is also true -- we can heal by simple human acts of caring and inclusion.

Daily Affirmations for the Holidays

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Tian Dayton

There Is Music in the Air There is music in the air. There is joy in the streets. There is a lilt in people's steps. Even through the exhaustion, th...

4 Tips for Facing Fear Foods in Eating Disorder Recovery

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

For individuals who are recovering from a restrictive eating disorder, one important component of their treatment is to face their "fear" or "trigger"...

Finding Love in the Kitchen, All Over Again

Lauren DePino | Posted 12.15.2015 | Good News
Lauren DePino

"You might never find love like that in any relationship again," my therapist said. "The way your grandmother loved you is rare." I sat before her ...

I Got Sober, But I Didn't Stop Being Controversial

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Just because I'm sober, aware of my actions and making a conscious effort to be a better person every day, does not mean I can't be strong-willed and outspoken. Like so much in recovery, finding my new identity was all about striking a healthy balance.

What I Know To Be True On My 59th Birthday

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

Today is my birthday. I'm officially 59, and these are my last 12 months before the 60s begin. As some of you will agree, by this age birthdays are more about reflection than celebration, good company than pricey presents.

Yes, I Believe in God... Except When I Don't

Anna David | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

God was never a religious idea to me, nor was it something I thought about often. I just accepted the idea of God and put it out of my head. Cars need gas. Eggs need to be cooked or you'll get salmonella. God exists.

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays Sober

Erin Bahadur | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

With the holidays coming up, it's important to know what actions will help and harm you in maintaining your sobriety. Whether you've recently stopped drinking or have been sober for many years, these five tips are crucial to surviving the holidays sober.

The Criminalization of People With Mental Illness in America: The Need for a Collective Vision

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Americans deserve a dynamic and engaging approach to mental health care. This includes system change where governmental policy makers on every level are aware of the importance of the promotion of mental health.

5 Stretches Every Woman Should Be Doing

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

Get loose with these stretches recommended by David Reavy, founder of React Physical Therapy in Chicago. Do them three times a week, in order, before ...

Pete Carroll On Why Sleep Is Important For Recovery

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 01.11.2016 | Sports

Seattle Seahawks head coach and co-founder of Win Forever Consulting Pete Carroll recently spoke with HuffPost about the importance of prioritizing sl...

Millenials Open Up About Drug Addiction (video)

GVH Live | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

This night encourages aims to encourage millennials to have an honest and open conversation about their problem in order to tackle it at its roots and provide them with the tools they need to face addiction.

4 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

Eating disorders are the deadliest of mental illnesses but are often incredibly misunderstood -- even by some treatment professionals. I recently att...

A New Spin On the Old

Jason Wahler | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Wahler

The majority of my experience on TV hasn't always been great. Looking back all I remember is the negativity surrounding myself while I was active in m...

The 'Hidden Truth' Mental Health Professionals Don't Always Prepare You For

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

There's a bummer therapists, psychologists and life coaches don't like to tell. It's this: Recovery hurts. It is not all Zippity Doo Da, Zippity Yay....

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...