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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!

If Not AA, Then What? SMART Recovery And The AA Alternatives

Tom Horvath, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

The reality is that only a small percentage of those who have addiction problems attend AA. We need to have additional approaches.

What I've Learned About Drinking

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 08.21.2012 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

Hearing so many women's stories has helped me put my own drinking in perspective and develop a healthier relationship with alcohol.

Indie Cinema Roundup: Parisian Take On 'Law & Order: SVU'

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 06.11.2012 | Miami

The next big movie to hit the Miami indie cinema circuit is the French film "Polisse," France's answer to American television favorite "Law & Order: S...

How to Turn Drinking from One of Life's Pleasures to a Habit in Three Easy Steps

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

If you find yourself mired in habits, it might be best to work backwards and ask yourself, what is it I really want?

Diving Into the Wreck, Admitting Our Wrongs

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

The Fifth Step represents a kind of baptism for people on the journey of recovery. It brings to mind the story in the Gospel of Mark of the baptism of Jesus by John.

EXCERPT: Author's Painful Struggle To Sobriety

Bill Clegg | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Bill Clegg

Somewhere in the camaraderie and comfort and genuine usefulness to each other, we made our way first to ninety days clean and then, slowly, began to live sober lives.

How To Deal With An Alcoholic Parent (VIDEO)

| Posted 04.12.2013 | Teen

We’ve all had embarrassing encounters of the parental kind. But this week, Gurl.com's advice vlogger, Meg, isn’t talking about your average embarr...