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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.

DC Damsel's Adaptation of a Twelve Step Program

The DC Damsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
The DC Damsel

In the spirit of all things recovery-related, I give you the original twelve steps juxtaposed with my own personally amended affirmations.

CBS and Hallmark Present: The Life of Al-Anon Co-Founder Lois Wilson

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

This movie represents more than just an interesting and respectful look at a pioneer. Al-Anon Family Groups have been a life line for years for millions of families struggling with a loved one's use of alcohol.

The Birth of Alanon: A TV Special of Lois W's Life

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

"They say that no fewer than four people are affected by someone's drinking, I counted seven," reflects Lois Wilson. Seven people whose lives were pro...

When Love Is Not Enough Explores the Story of the Founder of Al-Anon

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

When Love Is Not Enough is the perfect Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. It has a strong message wrapped up in an interesting story performed by superb actors.

Partying In The Hamptons, Sober

nytimes.com | SARAH MASLIN NIR | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In popular vacation spots like Fire Island and the Hamptons, the summer share is a time-honored tradition of weekend debauchery. The Long Island iced ...

Founder of Alanon, Lois W's Life Starring Wynona Ryder

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

The story of ALANON's beginnings and the life of Lois Wilson, wife of Bill Wilson the co-founder of AA, is scheduled to be aired as a Hallmark Hall o...

7 Ways to Recover From a Relapse

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

I prefer to use the term "set back" when I get sucked back into the Black Hole. Because it's certainly not the end of recovery. From depression or any addiction. A relapse merely gives you a new starting place.

Do You Have a 'Dry Drunk' in Your Life?

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

Do you have a "Dry Drunk" in your Life? 7 Characteristics might help you determine that disposition.

The Hills Recap: Some Stuff Happened and Stephanie is Not Familiar with Lacrosse

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Some stuff happened during The Hills' latest episode, called "A New Bird" but all I can remember is that Speidi was suspiciously absent and that Stephanie Pratt doesn't know what lacrosse is.