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This Is What It Is Like to Be an Addict With Triggers

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.

Why Are We Laughing at Rob Ford?

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

If we invest time and energy into laughing at what is happening to Rob Ford, we are sending a powerful message that alcoholism and drug addiction are not serious afflictions that are destroying families everywhere.

I Was a Cough Syrup Junkie

Substance.com | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

"We found all the cough medicine bottles in your desk," she said, flatly. "Either you drink as much water as you can until you throw up, or I'll be forced to take you to the hospital." Terrified of my secret getting more exposed, I opted for water. They fired me the next morning.

10 Ways College Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Beth Leipholtz

Because I am a college student and binge drinking is part of the culture, I think people assume that I didn't really have a drinking problem, that I wasn't an alcoholic, that I was overreacting to the situation. Hell, I was guilty of that thought process for a long time.

17,000 Sober Hours

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Not one of those hours was spent wasted drinking at a bar, being drunk, or hung over. I didn't make any trips to the emergency room. I didn't spend any nights in jail. I didn't waste one hour in court. I haven't wasted an entire day sleeping it off and feeling miserable because of drinking the night before.

Why I'm Breaking Up With the Word 'Addict'

Meghan Ralston | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

"Addict'" is one of those words that so many of us use, largely without pausing to wonder if we should. We just take for granted that it's totally OK to describe a human being with one word, "addict" -- a word with overwhelmingly negative connotations to many people.

Heroin Users: Not From Another Planet

Jim Anderson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

Methadone clinics are places that people with addiction to heroin and other opiates (pain medication) come to take methadone instead of heroin. All in all, it's a pretty darn good trade, and helps thousands of human beings break free of the shackles of heroin addiction and lead meaningful lives.

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

See the Ball, Hit the Ball -- See the Bottle, Don't Hit the Bottle

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

In the real world, these statements help baseball players about as much as telling a heavy drinker to "keep it simple," or just take it "one day at a time." Not much. While these can be profound life suggestions, the ability to put them into action can be brutally difficult.

How I Caught Alcoholism

Anna David | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I announced that I finally understood what everyone had been saying about how alcohol was a clear gateway to drugs, a fact I'd never known before because I'd always done drugs all the time -- without ever needing alcohol to ease the transition or give me the idea.

Cookies, Cocaine, and Culture

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The need for Oreos to be indicted of war crimes before we acknowledge we are eating too many of them, and foods like them, says something profoundly disturbing about our culture. How bad is bad enough?

Is Miley Responsible for Drug ODs?

Anna David | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Miley Cyrus didn't kill them. The Zoo Festival didn't kill them. But our society, which glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol and stigmatizes addiction and even recovery -- that expends outrageous amounts of energy on shaming Miley Cyrus while ignoring many of the issues worth getting upset about -- does play a part

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."

Dr. Drew Opens Up

Anna David | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"The only thing going on in an active addict's brain is, 'I've got to use.' And as a non-addict, I have to get re-directed on that all the time."

Who Hates the Addict?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

The addict's very existence is a rebuttal to a hard-nosed, individualistic conception of self upon which man Americans have built their hopes. Those of us fighting for enlightened drug policies need to be aware of this reality.

WATCH: How To Confront An Addict With Compassion

OWN | Posted 07.16.2013 | OWN

Addiction is a complicated subject. For family members of addicts who may think they have control over their dependence, it's especially difficult to ...

Dead Lawyers and Dying Young People

Don McNay | Posted 09.14.2013 | Celebrity
Don McNay

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night" -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee) My first news on Sunday was seeing...

Waiting to Hit the Elusive 'Rock Bottom'

Deni Carise | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

That addiction is a disease means that we can do something about it, to prevent it, to treat it and take responsibility to self-manage it. David Sheff captures this eloquently in his book, and I work each day to spread the message that successful treatment and recovery are possible.

Addiction: Everybody Has a Beast

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

We decide how we want to live and we decide what we want from our lives. But that's only possible once we've made a conscious commitment to stop being human piñatas -- stop being victims -- and truly take responsibility for our lives.

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.

Are They Really Clean and Sober Just Because They Have Stopped Drinking?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Let's think of our loved one's continued recovery by imagining a pie, and let's cut that pie into six healthy slices. Here is a list of what I believe represents each slice and the road to a clean and sober, all-encompassing lifestyle.

Am I a Slut or a Prude?

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter if you think me a slut or a prude, for it is how I view myself that matters most. The number of partners we have isn't as important as how respectfully we treat them -- and how we feel about our actions later.

A Rogue by Any Other Name

Emma Brodie | Posted 08.18.2012 | Women
Emma Brodie

As my cries of protest died against our neighbors' chants of "drankkk," the truth became evident: I'd been hitting the romance novels way too hard.

'Extreme Couponing' Woman Would Save Coupons Over Kids In A Fire

Posted 06.05.2012 | TV

While comparing the use of coupons to the use of drugs might seem like a stretch to most people, it makes a lot more sense after meeting Joyce on the ...