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Alcoholics Anonymous

On 'Coming Out' As An Alcoholic

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.18.2014 | Women
Fran Moreland Johns

When describing myself list-wise, alcoholic would probably come after writer, wife, activist, mom etc; but I am still, and in a very public way, an alcoholic.

Musical Ambassador Gabriel Kahane Tells LA Stories

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

Taken as a whole, The Ambassador reclaims Los Angeles from Tinseltown stereotypes and celebrates the city's authentic culture while still paying homage to its Hollywood myths.

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

Substance.com | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Substance.com

All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more.

This Recovery Program Is an Increasingly Important Alternative to AA

Substance.com | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

Chances are, the vast majority of Americans struggling with a drug problem have never heard of SMART Recovery. And that's a shame, because this modern, evidence-based alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous might help many of them.

How I Cope When My Exes Are Everywhere

TueNight | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

It hasn't been easy, but I've learned to live with seeing my old flames about town -- alcohol is everywhere, after all. It was that drink-to-excess, all-inclusive vibe of the resort that threw me at first, but I used a key sober tool, remembered that, for me, these "ex-boyfriends" are literally toxic, and moved on.

Fridays at Enrico's, Don Carpenter's No-Longer-Lost Last Book

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

And so we are given, as lucky surprise, something no one thought to even wish for, as this is the great book of what it might have been when the West Coast's writing scene coalesced as something unto its own self in all its driving, original, dynamic and even belligerent childishness.

Clearing Up Codependency

Tara Fass | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

Los Angeles therapist, Rose Grakal, M.A., MFT, and I had an interesting discussion about codependency. What is it? More importantly, what to do, if yo...

My Journals Knew I Was an Alcoholic Before I Did

TueNight | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

I'm no longer living with booze-filled blinders on. My life may still not be what I've longed for (although it is getting close), but at least it's no longer a lie.

The Simple Modern Prayer That Captures Timeless Truths About Wisdom, Trust And Happiness

Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

If you are familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, have ever read Kurt Vonnegut’s 'Slaughterhouse Five' or saw the recent Denzel Washington movie 'Fligh...

To Everyone Still Suffering, I Am You

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Everyone in recovery has a story -- what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. You are at the beginning of the end of what YOU used to be like.

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.

'Dear Alcohol: It's Not You, It's Me'

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Whether I was sad or happy or bored or lonely, it was there to comfort me and make me feel all better. We started off really happy together. But like most relationships that end, it had a tendency to get ugly. This particular relationship, the one with booze, became destructive, unhealthy and toxic.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Thank You From a Sober Fan

Lorraine Roe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

My husband told me that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died. We were about to watch the Super Bowl. I had just returned from a memorial service for a b...

Son of 'Random Notes and Fripperies'

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchil...

How I Broke Up (And Eventually Got Back Together) With AA

TueNight | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
TueNight

Call it a "cult," call it a "clique," call it whatever you want. To me, AA is like a tribe, and I know that whatever I go through, for the rest of my life, someone from that tribe will always be there to hold my hand.

A Complete 180

Jason Wahler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Jason Wahler

Behind the scenes, my addiction had led me to the deepest, darkest places. I continued to get into legal trouble, and I even tried to take my own life. I was convinced that I had it all -- backpacks full of cash, girls, fame, cars, you name it.

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

Leaving the Rest

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Suffice to say that when I wrote the piece I was very single and engaging in a lot of wild sex to fill that illusive life void. The conclusion of the essay is deliberately open-ended, for at the time I was envisioning a hoped-for romantic life.

10 Positive-Thinking Books That Might Change Your Life

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

The gospel of positivity grew out of mystical and occult subcultures in America starting in the mid-19th century and went on to become closest thing America has to a national creed.

We're All Cheerleaders

Greg White | Posted 10.18.2013 | Celebrity
Greg White

It's my sobriety birthday and the day Lindsay Lohan sits down on national TV with Saint Oprah to talk about her struggle to stay sober.

Think You Have A Drinking Problem? Read This

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.20.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Sometimes too much Pinot Noir can be too much of a good thing. As daily consumption increases, the benefits of drinking alcohol are replaced by risks.

A Call to Action: Addiction in America

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Everyone has a demon to fight, and for some, it's simply not as easy as others because their brains operate differently. They are the addicts.

Recovery 2.0: Yoga and Meditation for People in Recovery From Addiction

Tommy Rosen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

Of course, one can stay sober without yoga and meditation. It's just that if you want to lift yourself up out of the energy of addiction and break through to a new level of strength and awareness, one will have to adopt a practice that continues the detoxification process on a much deeper level.

Astoria Characters: The Crownless Queen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.18.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Gold-hearted, bold and bodacious, Crystal is a warrior woman who wears her punked Medusa curls like a victory crown. So powerful is her will to do good that it puts the sun into permanent shade.

What Doesn't Kill You Can Only Make You Stronger

George Heymont | Posted 07.20.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

With nice supporting work from Mitchell Lewis and Gustav von Seyffertitz (I just love the sound of that man's name!), The Docks of New York proved to be a highly atmospheric surprise.