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To Achieve Your Dreams, Quitting is Not an Option

Brian Boyle | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

In the summer of 2004 I remember sitting on my hospital bed and trying my best to be positive in such a tragic situation, but it wasn't easy. Years later I achieved one of my goals and competed in the Hawaii Ironman.

'I've Been Gifted With an Alcoholic Father'

Karen Fitzgerald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Fitzgerald

I know what can await them, if they truly find recovery, because I have been blessed to witness the profound hero's journey that it can be. But first, like all addicts, they have to ask for help.

26 Going on 60

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer I was 26 years old. I wasn't the youngest person in the world to deal with such an ordeal, but I wasn't the oldest. And as many young cancer fighters would say, younger than they ever thought they would be to be diagnosed with a serious health problem.

Nation's Poorest Losing Help When They Need It Most

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

BALTIMORE -- Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying...

Solving veteran homelessness in the U.S.

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

In the last few years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revolutionized its service delivery, partnering with homeless services organizations lik...

Television Rehab: Treatment or Trauma?

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Reef Karim, D.O.

Why expose these individuals to a "faux" rehab experience chock full of dramatic television experiences that favors ratings over treatment?

Meeting the Emotional Challenges of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Part Two

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The physicians and other health professionals included me in the process of making medical and other plans. I felt I was not just a patient taking orders from a health care provider on high but a respected part of the health care team.

Emotional Challenges of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

As a social worker, social advocate, and teacher, making a contribution to the well-being of others has been my full-time job and given meaning to my life. Having to focus primarily on my own recovery felt like a loss of meaning.

The Day I Decided to Send My Daughter to Rehab | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents

I raced into the house and couldn't believe what I saw before me. My house had been burgled. Most of my valuables had been stolen and the place was a wreck. Presley looked strung out and hadn't even noticed things were missing.

Man Fired For Drug Addiction, Now Helps Addicts

Posted 12.12.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Former addict, Justin Hewitt joined HuffPost Live Thursday to discuss his past addictions with host Janet Varney. "What, at first, was a running j...

Should Bosses Fire Or Help Alcoholic Employees?

Posted 12.06.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Business owner Barry Weinstein came on HuffPost Live Wednesday to tell his story of firing an employee for having a drinking problem. Weinstein tol...

From Addict to Entrepreneur: How I Overcame My Greatest Obstacle

Per Wickstrom | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Per Wickstrom

No matter how bad it gets, no matter what mistakes you've made in the past, and no matter how old you are, you can overcome anything, become successful, and lead a respectable, healthy life. I say this because I overcame my battles with addiction, a battle that raged for more than 22 years.

Yoga and Addiction: What It Took a Brush With Death to Learn

The Chopra Well | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

Many people refer to a single point of awakening at which recovery and transformation begin. It may be a near-death experience, a rite of passage, or even a poignant word from a friend that makes us pause and re-evaluate.

$240 Changed Bikram's Life

Elizabeth MacNairn | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth MacNairn

In Nepal, people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals. They live in extreme poverty, are poorly educated, and generally excluded by the rest of society. Amid such stigma, they have to overcome so much to simply meet their basic needs.

Mom Breaks Down, Fears For Her Son On 'Rehab'

Posted 11.05.2012 | TV

This week on "Rehab with Dr. Drew," the patients' families came to visit, but did it do more harm than good? Drewbee admitted that he wasn't inter...

'Jersey Shore': The Situation Opens Up About Rehab

Posted 12.05.2012 | TV

"Jersey Shore" (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on MTV) is back for its sixth and final season, but things certainly have changed. Snooki is pregnant, and Mik...

Addiction and Reality TV

Sacha Z. Scoblic | Posted 11.24.2012 | TV
Sacha Z. Scoblic

Does an addict who uses 40 bags of heroin (!) per day really have the mental wherewithal to give informed consent to be filmed? How much desperation (I need help but I can't afford it, can you help, Dr. Drew?) goes into such consent?

'Once I Get There, It Will All Be Fine... Right?'

Braden Bochner | Posted 11.21.2012 | Teen
Braden Bochner

The past always finds a way to creep up on me. My mind won't stop wandering to last year, when I was at boarding school. I can't stop thinking about the people I met and the friends I made.

Dr. Kevin Sabet's Anti-Marijuana Legalization Arguments Debunked

Russ Belville | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Dr. Sabet says legalization of marijuana would increase abuse, thereby increasing arrests, thereby leading to more costs.

'Teen Mom': Amber Portwood's Daughter Visits Her In Rehab

Posted 06.27.2012 | TV

While the next chapter of their sad story is already known, Amber Portwood and her daughter Leah did share a touching moment this week on "Teen Mom" (...

Doctors Support Treatment, Not Additional Prison Time For Cameron Douglas And Others Who Relapse Behind Bars

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.22.2012 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Last year Mr. Douglas relapsed on drugs while serving his prison sentence. He was caught with very small amounts of opioids for personal use, including a single dose of a medication used to treat heroin dependence that he had obtained without a prescription.

'Not My Kid': When Parents are in Denial

Linda Durnell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
Linda Durnell

Families struggling with addictions are part of our community. We should strive to help, support and understand that which threatens any and all of our families.

'Nurse Jackie' Checks Herself Out Of Rehab

Posted 04.23.2012 | TV

Apparently, three episodes in rehab is about all Jackie can stand. In this week's "Nurse Jackie" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on Showtime), she was just shy of ha...

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Drug Abuse: 'Being A Celebrity Can Be Dangerous'

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 04.23.2012 | Latino Voices

Demi Lovato is in a really good place these days. The 19-year-old singer just released a new music video for her hit song, "Give Your Heart A Brea...

EXCERPT: Author's Painful Struggle To Sobriety

Bill Clegg | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Bill Clegg

Somewhere in the camaraderie and comfort and genuine usefulness to each other, we made our way first to ninety days clean and then, slowly, began to live sober lives.