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Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

It's tempting to make fun of Hi, My Name is Jack, the melodramatic memoir of a now sober marketer for Christian ministries and publishers. The book is a soap opera, whose characters have no redeeming virtues.

Carol Burnett's Advice To People With Alcoholic Parents

Posted 01.11.2012 | Women

Comedy Legend Carol Burnett gives advice to children and people dealing with alcoholic parents. Do you know someone in your life who has struggled wi...

Al Smith: A Trip From Darkness to Glory

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Don McNay

What makes Wordsmith a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gut-wrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction.

Contemplation: Finding Ourselves, Finding God

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 12.30.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious -- it is about being emotionally and mentally honest... It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.

The Third Step: "An Unknown God" As Higher Power

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

By opening ourselves to the possibility of God and then the possibility of God's help in the Third Step, we open the door to an incredible journey of personal growth and discovery.

AA is Ruining the World

Stanton Peele | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Both the British and the Danish governments are increasingly buying into the AA line that abstinence is the best and most achievable goal. Here are four reasons AA is harmful and will hurt their societies.

Kentucky Man Accused Of Killing His Alcoholics Anonymous Sponsor

AP | Posted 11.29.2011 | Crime

COVINGTON, Ky. (Associated Press / The Huffington Post) -- A northern Kentucky man is accused of beating his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor to death wit...

We Came To Believe: Step Two On The Recovery Journey

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

People in recovery joke that in sobriety they "get their brains back." God helps us not only to become sober and stay sober, but also restores us to sane and sensible thinking.

Who Is Responsible For Amy's Death?

Stanton Peele | Posted 10.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Although a senior London police officer has urged the media not to speculate over the cause of Amy Winehouse's death (which is very wise), almost everyone assumes it is substance related.

Daniel Baldwin's Wife Gets 10 Days In Jail

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 09.20.2011 | Divorce

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- A contrite former model married to actor Daniel Baldwin promised a judge on Wednesday that she would begin Alcoholics Anonym...

Why I Pray

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I'm needful. Not of a winning football team. Not of a parking space at the mall. Not, in fact, for any special favors no matter how serious. But of light -- what the Quakers perhaps best call the "inner light" that comes from God.

The Galliano Conundrum

Abe Gurko | Posted 08.23.2011 | Style
Abe Gurko

When the Galliano Debacle first happened, I was quick NOT to judge the man while he was drowning in his addictions and subsequent sorrows. After all, ...

Today in History: June 10

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.10.2011 | Home

There's no denying it: the digital age is unforgivingly fast-paced. But how can we move forward if we never take a moment to reflect on where we've...

Sobriety Doesn't Deserve Stigma

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Howard Meitiner

Of the millions of people in recovery, few talk about it. The brave individuals who do speak up about their recovery journeys are taking important steps to remove this stigma.

Buddhism And Recovery: Anonymity As Spiritual Foundation

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

When you walk into a 12-Step meeting you drop a big part of your identity. The Buddha takes this idea even further when he declares that the very idea of a separate self is a misperception.

Sweet Or Bitter Hereafter?

Brenda Wilhelmson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Brenda Wilhelmson

When the doctor told my father prostate cancer was going to kill him, it leveled us both. My father, an alcoholic, like me, was my friend, mentor, and drinking buddy.

HuffPost Review: Everything Must Go

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everything Must Go is what a filmed short story should be: compact, deep with character but still contained in its action and settings. It's nice to see Ferrell stretching himself. Time for more of that career yoga, Will.

James Frey Discusses The Big O, His Blasphemous New Book Pre-Oprah Interview

The Fix | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

When she discovered that much of his memoir were fabricated, an irate Oprah Winfrey nearly drove the much-maligned writer to drink. Today he's back on...

Does Your Loved One Display Classic Addictive Behavior?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

The basic core of addictive behavior is pretty universal; so step back and look at the alcoholic/addict in your life from a neutral point of view and see if these characteristics hit home.

A Buddhist Approach To Recovery: Turning It Over

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

If we are to get and stay sober, we need to live less from the lower and more from the higher self. Turning our will and our lives over is the way we do this.

An Open Letter To Charlie Sheen

Laura Trice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Trice

Charlie: You have every right to do what you want within the bounds of what is legal, moral and ethical. However, I want to present some ideas for your consideration.

A Sensible Way to Deal with Addiction

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

One Pill Makes You Larger One Pill Makes You Small And the ones that mother gives you Don't do anything at all - Jefferson Airplane My first expo...

So... Am I An Alcoholic?

Limari Colon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Limari Colon

Alcoholics Anonymous, the largest 12-step program in the world, states alcoholism is a disease. They consider it a dual problem: a physical allergy and a mental obsession.

Why We Should Give Serious Thought To Wet Shelters For Alcoholics

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Compared with alcoholics not given this opportunity, those in wet housing halved their public health costs and drank less.

Rethinking Anonymity For Alcoholics

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

I am not against anonymity. I am for openness, honesty and non-judgment around the disease of alcoholism. I am for treatment options, dialog and communication that is not laced with fear and shame.