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Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

When Did Alcohol Become a Part of Everything We Do?

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

It sometimes amazes me that I enjoy life so much sober. I don't have anything against people drinking. I think some things should remain innocent and wholesome. Time with kids is one of them.

'When I Grow Up, I Want to Be an Alcoholic,' Says No One Ever

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

We were all kids at one time who had big dreams. None of us grew up thinking it would be fun to struggle with addiction. But the thing is, you don't see it coming. And by the time you do it's usually too late.

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.

5 Helpful Tips for Hanging Out With This Alcoholic

TueNight | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

It took me a while to come out of my safety shell and start to enjoy life as a sober person. To see people again, in the "going out" kind of way. No wonder my friends are confused. They probably have no clue what the hell to do with me. Or what's appropriate and/or safe to say around me.

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Does the Alcoholic/Addict Bring Out the Worst in You?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

If there is one thing that my clients have reported through my years of counseling is the common thread or hue and cry that they don't like whom they have become, what they have turned into since dealing with their loved one's addiction issues.

Childhood Trauma and Adult Alcohol Abuse: Shedding Light on the Connection

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

These findings are important for two reasons. First, they support the notion that genetics alone are not sufficient to account for a person's vulnerability to addiction. Prior experience also plays a role. Second, the results point a direction for areas that need to be explored in treatment.

Truth and Reconciliation for Alcoholism: Retract Anti-Harm Reduction Article in Science

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The important lesson gleaned from the attacks and counterattacks around controlled-drinking research was inescapable -- non-abstinence treatment for alcoholics would never be tolerated in America, and in fact it virtually entirely ceased in this country.

Moms Who Drink Too Much

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Heather Kopp

We're kidding ourselves if we think that our addiction to any mood-altering drug or activity isn't affecting our kids. And we're dangerously deluded if we conclude that it can actually improve our parenting.

'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.

I'm Sick of Alcoholism

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Boykin

I used to get really angry with the alcoholics who relapsed. I'd see them shirking their responsibilities just as my father had shirked his. But, as I got older, I began to see that no shirking was really involved. Alcoholism is a powerful foe.

Gary Zukav Reveals A Shocking Truth About Compassion

Posted 03.14.2013 | OWN

By Gary Zukav Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute, explains how to help an alcoholic and an...

Why I Went Crazy Outside Divorce Court

Andree Rachelle | Posted 04.28.2013 | Divorce
Andree Rachelle

I am still wishing that my children's father would love them the way children should be loved by their father. I guess there's no court in the world that can make that happen.

I Hate That I Still Love the Alcoholic That Was Once in My Life!

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

It is a heavy-hearted realization that you must go your separate ways; and you can lick your wounds, go on dating sites, even move 3,000 miles away, but the love, friendship and history you had with this person still takes up at least a little space in your soul.

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.

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...

'Intervenion': 64-Year-Old Alcoholic Lashes Out At Daughter

Posted 12.04.2012 | TV

"Intervention" looked at a 64-year-old alcoholic. Sandi drank gin, beer and wine several times a day to the point she'd been hospitalized over it. Doc...

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.

Why My Mother Won't Be At Our Table This Year

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 01.21.2013 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

While we talked Thanksgiving trivia and my son told some turkey jokes, friends began passing the bottles of wine to the other end of the table, trying to make the temptation a little less for my mom.

Life After Rehab: Stories of Success

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

These are wonderful stories of painful experiences that turned into joyous "Kodak Moments" of life. They are there for the asking, taking and are very doable.

'Intervention': Alcoholic Resents Daughter's Engagement

Posted 10.23.2012 | TV

Cher's pain stemmed back to her childhood, leading her to the alcoholism that saw her featured on "Intervention." She'd come from a background where s...

The Deluded Mantras of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Following are five key ways in which addiction experts demonstrate a detachment from the most self-evident truths about addiction, and what causes their addiction delusions.