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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.

Christian Hospitality Is Key To Being An Inviting Church

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Extending an invitation, setting up an appropriate site, preparing food and drink, and planning a program at home are all aspects of home-based hospitality that translate very well into church-based hospitality.

Not to Worry, My Sister, Not to Worry

Caroline Tredway | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline Tredway

During May, ALS Awareness Month, let's pay special tribute to my sister Nell, all the others living with this disease, and those who have gone before them. Think of them the next time you take a step. Embrace your child. Speak softly to your loved one.

Sober Spring Detox Challenge

Terri Cole | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

Since becoming a therapist, I inspire my clients (typically not to the severity that my therapist "inspired" me, unless it is necessary) to take a 21-day alcohol detox every year around this time.

Twelve-Step Meeting 'Steps' Into On-Air, Online Spotlight

Mike Kinosian | Posted 06.01.2013 | Media
Mike Kinosian

Surviving and thriving is beyond doubt the desired result of the storytellers featured in this gripping, riveting, and triumphant radio show.

Alcoholics Anonymous Wrestles With Its Spiritual Roots

Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey Macdonald Religion News Service BEVERLY, Mass. (RNS) For Alcoholics Anonymous to continue helping addicts find freedom in sobriety,...

A Church Of Non-Christians

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

An influential movement speaks beyond the confines of its origin, crosses tribal boundaries and touches people who might otherwise have no connection with each other. These communities do exist, they always have. But they are often hidden away and hard to track down.

Alcoholism and Hollywood: In Denzel Washington's Flight, Saving the Passengers Was the Easy Part

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 04.12.2013 | Entertainment
Stewart J. Lawrence

With Denzel Washington's gritty performance -- the most harrowing, perhaps, since Michael Keaton's in Clean and Sober -- and such a strong supporting cast, don't be surprised if Flight's final touchdown is somewhere in Oscar-Land.

A Quarter Century of Sobriety (Funny, It Seems Even Longer)

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.06.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

I'm not going to get all strident and righteous about 25 years of total sobriety, but I will tell you what it's meant to me. Relax, it's not a lecture. It's not poetic, either. It's a matter of simple arithmetic.

Stop the Binge Drinking, Ladies: Alcohol Killed My Sister

Deborah Swiss | Posted 04.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

I will always feel sadness and regret that I didn't do more to save my sister. By sharing her story, I want to honor the good and kind person that was taken away by the bottle. My fervent hope is that someone reading this will decide that today is the day to stop drinking.

Musings Of A 3 Percenter

Tara Fass | Posted 03.26.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Should Cindy follow through with her third divorce in 25 years, she'll be among three percent of other Americans who have married and divorced three o...

The Book That Let Me Know I Was Not Alone

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

As long as we continue to hide the dark parts of our lives and present a one-sided story to the outside world, there will be girls and boys like I was, aching to find characters that show them all the different ways of dealing with life's actual problems.

Making Amends Isn't Always Enough

Julie Elsdon-Height | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Elsdon-Height

Making amends doesn't mean that I can have relationships with the people involved, it doesn't mean they will forgive me -- or that the process will be sufficient for them to forgive.

When the People Lead, Leaders Will Follow

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

In The Power of Impossible Ideas, her book about helping to end the Cold War and to build a better Russia, Sharon Tennison tells one of the great hidden stories of our age.

Step Seven: Performing The Surgery

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

By the time we get to the Seventh Step in the Twelve Step recovery process, our denial has been ripped away and we've done some very deep soul-searching. We come to the Seventh Step in a vulnerable state.

'Rehab With Dr. Drew': Terrifying Back Alley Confrontation

Posted 10.15.2012 | TV

When counselors took some of their patents to an AA meeting on "Rehab with Dr. Drew," no one could have anticipated the terrifying events that would f...

Are Your Actions Determined By Your Thoughts?

Julie Elsdon-Height | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Julie Elsdon-Height

Each day we are met with temptation in our daily lives. For me these generally appear in the areas of money, materialism, judgements of myself, to hide from my emotions and the stressors of life.

Movie Review: Smashed

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The best films about recovery from addiction are not about reaching rock bottom and making that choice to stop. Rather, like Smashed, they're about the very real and difficult task of going on, in an emotionally unshielded and intensely vulnerable way.

Key To Fearlessness: Understanding!

Amanda Gore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

I knew that my father had been an alcoholic, but as my parents divorced when I was 5 and I had no memory at all of any of my early years (a clue!) and only remembered a mother who adored me, I really thought I'd had a great childhood. I always believed I was unaffected by his drinking!