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Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Phone Addict

Ashley McDonald | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley McDonald

Perhaps I should put down my phone a little. Maybe we all should (fellow college students, I'm talking to you). Because yeah, life is moving pretty fast, and if we don't stop and look around once in a while, we could miss it (couldn't resist). Do they have AA groups for this sort of thing?

Why Moms of Addicts Can't Trust God

Heather Kopp | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

Despite what some of us--including myself--have been taught, God really can't be trusted--at least not for specific outcomes. No matter what a parent does, or how hard we pray, anything can happen, including our worst nightmare.

Holiday Gifts for the Sober Addict

Anna David | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

In recovery, we've entered this whole new world -- often a world people don't completely understand -- and those outside the circle can feel daunted by the task of trying to get how we now tick.

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?

A Culture of Denial: Myths About Addicts and Addiction

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

People don't abuse substances because they are bored, looking for stimulation, stressed, or prone to self-medicating. While these are the usual suspects promoted by psychology texts, media, even bloggers, they rarely bear fruit.

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."

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.

A Boundary Letter From the Parents to the Child

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

My clients often need reminding that the world does not revolve around what the alcoholic/addict is doing -- whether they are staying clean and sober, living up to their promises or are successful or unsuccessful living life on life's terms.

Ego: A Big Challenge to Sobriety

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

The other day I went to the movies and saw Flight, a wonderful expose of an alcoholic airline pilot portrayed beautifully by Denzel Washington. I knew I wanted to write about it, as it hit many similar chords in my life and my struggle with the alcoholic in my life.

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.

Stigmatizing Marginalized People Is Not Progressive

Katharine Celentano | Posted 12.12.2012 | San Francisco
Katharine Celentano

With ads like the one Courage Campaign insists on keeping up, which proclaims, "Every year my 'cokehead' brother ruins Christmas," society tells addicts and their loves ones that addicts, not addiction, are bad.

The Love of a Good Woman Will Not Change a Bad Man

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.30.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Even the sanest, most reasonable women among us seem to have the idea that their love, patience and support will save someone who can't or won't save himself.

Getting Rich In Supposedly Illegal Businesses

Don McNay | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Don McNay

As a society, it would seem logical that we would want drug pushing, loan sharking and corporate influence peddling to stop. At the very least, we could go back to making it against the law.

Judaism And Addiction Recovery

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

For "normal" people, spiritual fitness is a luxury. For the true addict, however, spirituality is the only effective means to bring about the complete remission of an illness that is progressive, fatal and incurable.

Could Memory Training Help Addicts Recover?

Psych Central | Rick Nauert, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Researchers know that people with addictions to stimulants tend to choose instant gratification or a smaller but sooner reward over a future benefit, ...

Third World America: Is Living a Normal Life a Political Statement?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

America is going through economic chaos. But a lot of other things are going on, too. There aren't enough of us living normal, stable lives.

Sentencing Kids to "Life or Meth"

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

"People don't you understand, the child needs a helping hand." - Elvis Presley. I walked by a car in a parking lot that had a sticker on it that...

What Are We Going to Do About Gambling Addicts?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.

Mission 2010: A Year Without Candy

Dana Kennedy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Kennedy

I live in one of the most sophisticated places on earth -- France -- but my vice is more suited to Sesame Street. I'm a candy addict.

The Deadly Ignorance of "Drug Warriors"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.