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I Dated an AA Newcomer

Anna David | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"I'm hot and you're hot," the message read. "Plus I'm sober and you're sober." This was a missive that appeared in my MySpace message box back when referencing MySpace didn't make you feel old. And look, I knew it was an incredibly douche-y introduction.

The Hope and Hurt: Living and Dying in Addiction

Chris Grosso | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Grosso

Two minutes, two days, two months, two years, 22 years... it's all a miracle when it comes to recovery, but in reality, and as cliché as this may sound, all we have is this moment, and it's up to us, and only us, to decide how we're going to live it.

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.

Dr. Drew Opens Up: Part 2

Anna David | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"When the addicts call the shots, they fail. So when someone says to me, 'I'm willing to do anything -- just not that 12-step thing,' I know that means it's someone who's not ready for anything."

Telling My Young Children About My 12-Step Recovery

Christie O. Tate | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Christie O. Tate

I knew one day my kids would ask me about the meetings I go to. I figured they would be about 10-years-old before they asked any probing questions. I was off by about six years. And I totally should have seen it coming.

Home Run Hits the Entertainment Bases

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.23.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This is the kind of movie that is uplifting and entertaining. With its baseball background and its family sensibilities it will appeal to a variety of audiences. Home Run doesn't knock it out of the park but it does touch a lot of entertainment bases.

10 Spiritual Ways to Get Through New Years Clean and Sober

Stanice Anderson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

If you are truly serious about your recovery and growing in faith, these are some of the things I've done through the years and continue to do:

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.

Would You Go On a Mirror Fast?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Is mirror fasting a fad? A useful learning tool? Or does it actually impede working through body image issues?

To Fight Addiction, Feed Your Brain

Drew Ramsey, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Drew Ramsey, M.D.

In my work with patients, I have seen how the 12-step approach can be very effective. But I have also seen that without dietary change an individual attempting abstinence and recovery is needlessly more vulnerable to relapse.

New Perspectives On Addiction And Recovery

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

For those scores of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of individuals world-wide who suffer the consequences of unchecked compulsive behaviors, there is hope; there are alternatives.

Does Acupuncture Have A Place In Addiction Treatment Programs?

Dr. Michael O. Smith | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael O. Smith

Acupuncture provides a foundation for recovery and psycho-social rehabilitation. It is a supportive component of a substance abuse treatment as well as in enabling job readiness.

Some Advice on Seeking Advice

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.23.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Shaffer

And if you come looking in my direction, I'll be careful not to offer any guarantees with my advice. I may deliver a few sparks of insight, but you have to build your own fire.

An Open Letter To Charlie Sheen

Laura Trice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Trice

Charlie: You have every right to do what you want within the bounds of what is legal, moral and ethical. However, I want to present some ideas for your consideration.

Suicide: My Reasons to Live

Barb Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Rogers

I was the invisible child who did all manners of crazy things to be noticed, the teenager who had suffered abuse, rape, and the suicide of her 30-year-old mother.

Recovering Obama Addict's 12 Step Recovery Plan

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

Do you find that you are already worshipping members of his inner circle and cabinet as well? For example: Do you think Rahm Emanuel is sexy? Do you yearn for three martini lunches with VP Joe Biden?