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Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Walking Through Hell

Edie Weinstein | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

The first time I heard the 12 step concept that "Religion is for people who fear Hell, Spirituality is for people who have been there," it resonated ...

My Drug and Alcohol History Reads Like a Sad Handwritten Book

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

By the time I acknowledged my defeat, I had two choices. I could continue on the road I was on, unwilling to accept help, eventually ending with death, or I could accept help, admitting I was powerless over alcohol and begin a road of recovery. I chose the latter.

No Longer Selling My Soul for Love

Edie Weinstein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

I believed that unless I had an open-door policy, eventually no one would come knocking and I would be rendered lonely and isolated. I can laugh at that now, but back then, my "savior behavior" that had me believing that I needed to be spontaneously available to provide whatever was asked of me, as an insurance policy against abandonment.

Two Strangers on a Plane

Robin Korth | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of ...

Death by Detoxification

Adam Bisaga, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bisaga, M.D.

The "medication-free" approach cannot be justified as the only treatment of opioid addiction, where overwhelming evidence exists to support the greater success of a medication-assisted approach.

Atheist Wrongly Imprisoned Over Religious Rehab Dispute

Religious News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion

SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) An atheist parolee should be compensated by California after the state returned him to prison for refusing to participate in a rel...

Yoga: How We Can Address the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Disease of Addiction

Rob Schware | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Nikki Myers is an accomplished yoga therapist, addictions recovery specialist, and somatic experiencing practitioner. In 2004 she founded Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR).

Twelve-Step Meeting 'Steps' Into On-Air, Online Spotlight

Mike Kinosian | Posted 06.01.2013 | Media
Mike Kinosian

Surviving and thriving is beyond doubt the desired result of the storytellers featured in this gripping, riveting, and triumphant radio show.

Taking the 12 Steps in Stride... Again

Martha Pasternack | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

I love being able to experience the depth and breadth of midlife. I am fortunate to have been able to update my understanding of how powerful the 12 steps can be in my life. I am very different from the 28-year-old I used to be.

If Not AA, Then What? SMART Recovery And The AA Alternatives

Tom Horvath, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

The reality is that only a small percentage of those who have addiction problems attend AA. We need to have additional approaches.

Is This The Antidote To Reactivity?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Scientific research indicates that meditation practice can actually change our brain structure to ameliorate reactivity. But meditation is just one tool for what, at the extreme, is known as impulse control disorder.

Contemplation: Finding Ourselves, Finding God

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 12.30.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious -- it is about being emotionally and mentally honest... It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.

Getting Sleep In The 21st Century

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Not surprisingly, relentless waking is seductive and, arguably, addictive. It's highly valued, strongly encouraged and considered normal, if not exemplary, in our world.

Uncontrolled Substances

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Richards' description of his long road with drugs is wrenching; just when you think there can't be more, that no one could take anymore, there is more.

One Blog At A Time: The First Step In Buddhism And AA Is Letting Go

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

The starting point of both paths, then, is to see the truth: in 12 Step terms, to come out of denial; in Buddhist terms, to shed delusion.

Springs Diocese Adopts 12-Step Program For Gays

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Catholic Diocese in Colorado Springs has adopted a 12-step program that offers "support" for homosexuals. Despite striking similarities to Alcoho...

Do I Need a 12-Step Program for Serial Daters?

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Is there a 12-step program for serial daters? If so, sign me up for DA - Date-aholics Anonymous. Not, mind you, that I'm addicted to dating. I ca...

AA Isn't the Best Solution: Alternatives for Alcoholics

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Given that AA started in 1935, that it is still not proven to be successful is beginning to be a bit worrisome.

12-Step Program for America: Step 3

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

The road to recovery for any addict--whether we are speaking of an individual or a nation--happens one day at a time.

Twelve Steps To Equality

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

Much like addicts talk their way to recovery, so should women gather and speak about empowerment For six years now, I've had the privilege of attendi...

12-Step Program For America: Step 2

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

If there is a 'higher power' that can save us, it is the 'people'... it is us. We are the higher power that could return our national process and our Constitutional Democracy to sanity.

Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

As I've grown older, I see more clearly how difficult the holiday season can be for many people. I am trying to pay attention to these folks this year.