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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.

One Blog At A Time: The First Step In Buddhism And AA Is Letting Go

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

The starting point of both paths, then, is to see the truth: in 12 Step terms, to come out of denial; in Buddhist terms, to shed delusion.

Educating Yourself About Your Loved One's Addiction

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

I recommend to clients that they educate themselves about substance abuse to discover as much as they can on a personal level. We all know knowledge is power.

Alcoholics (Without Being) Anonymous

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

Why do alcoholics feel the need for anonymity? Because we're ashamed. Why are we ashamed? Because society told us we should be. We need to stop that. I'm tired. Shame is hard work.

Why I Celebrate My Ex on My Birthday

Ginger Emas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Ginger Emas

Today is my birthday, but I woke up thinking about another birthday, nearly six years ago.

Springs Diocese Adopts 12-Step Program For Gays

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Catholic Diocese in Colorado Springs has adopted a 12-step program that offers "support" for homosexuals. Despite striking similarities to Alcoho...

Rehab For "Terminally Unique" Lawyers

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Iris Erlingsdottir

Whether it is because they are members of a stressful profession or because personalities with a penchant for addictive disorders are drawn to the law, lawyers have twice the addiction rate of the general population.

WATCH: 'Harvard Psychedelic Club'

Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don Lattin

Here's some rare footage of an experimental LSD session that I came across doing research for my next book, a group biography of British writer Aldou...

Sober Travel: A Writer's Road Trip Of AA Meetings Across Seven States

chicagotribune.com | Kathy P. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

My goal for this trip in the winter of 2008 is to drive from California to a conference in Florida and back, attend AA meetings in seven states and se...

New Year's Resolutions Don't Work... Unless You Ask for Help

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

If you are ending the year with anything less than a "Wow, what a year," then the change you really need to make this year is to enlist help and support to achieve your goals. Shared goals are more likely to happen.

Meditation or Medication? Or Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

A decade ago, having recently begun Buddhist meditation practice, I attended a lecture/Q&A with a Tibetan master at a Buddhist center in Hollywood. Th...

Rush People Who Have 1-2 Drinks To AA?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Given that heavy drinkers often don't become "normal" drinkers on their own, the takeaway message for clinicians and family members is to help connect a problem drinker to a community social service agency or Alcoholics Anonymous.

Medicating Alcoholism: Alternatives To Abstinence

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

In recent years we have seen the use of a number of medications that have been scientifically shown to work.

Suicide: My Reasons to Live

Barb Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Rogers

I was the invisible child who did all manners of crazy things to be noticed, the teenager who had suffered abuse, rape, and the suicide of her 30-year-old mother.

The Alcoholic/Addict's Art Of Self Sabotage

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

The alcoholic / addict knows when they are on the road to self sabotage. They know that their behavior will result in substantial and probable irreparable damage.

Alderman Ricardo Munoz Discusses Battle With Alcoholism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago alderman Ricardo Munoz decided to publicly discuss his battle with alcoholism this week--even as he faces re-election in February. The Chica...

In Defense of Drinking Alone

Christine Egan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Egan

There's no better way to decompress after work than exactly the way the world tells you not to: drinking alone.