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Gay Men and Their Quarter-Life Crises (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-11-17-20141115thumbnail7asmall.jpgIn this last episode of Go-Go Boy Interrupted, Danny reflects on 12 years of partying in L.A. with nothing to show for it. Now he is jobless, friendless, and, worst of all, not in his 20s anymore. What he does next will surprise you.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Hitting Rock Bottom and How The Walking Dead Kind of Saved My Life

TueNight | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

Some people tell me I should take that post down: What if someone finds it when they Google you? What if they see it while researching you for a job interview? All valid points. But I'm not taking it down. I need it there to remind me of where I was, of how close I was to killing myself, and to perhaps help someone else who might read it and resonate with it.

From Meth & Sex Addiction to Recovery: Chelsea in the Sober Hot Seat (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In addition to Nicholas Snow Live, I am honored to produce Intervention 911 with Ken Seeley, also featuring Chelsea Edwards, Steven Richitt and Eric McLaughlin with compelling guests. Their focus? Talking about addiction and recovery while dissecting the issues and creating solutions.

Why Dating Sober Was Great for Me

Substance.com | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Substance.com

Mike wasn't the first guy to be put off by my drinking. In fact, I'd never been able to hold on to any guy for longer than a month or two.

Sober Chat: A Grindr-style Smart Phone App to Help People Stay Clean and Sober (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I interview two of the founders of Sober Chat, the first ever "location sensitive" mobile chat application for those in recovery from addiction/alcoholism.

On 'Coming Out' As An Alcoholic

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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.