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Alcoholism

Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

The One Thing Boomers Need To Know About Alcohol

Next Avenue | Denise Logeland | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Denise Logeland Why do you drink? Is one reason the cancer-fighting antioxidants or heart-healthy properties of y...

Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

Understanding Habits Helps You Change Them

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

People repeat actions that are either rewarding or familiar, or both. In other words, people do things that feel worth it somehow. You might think i...

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

Praying a Broadway Baby Quits the Booze

Steve Schonberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

You were there for me (remotely, via DVD), and I'm here to offer it in return, if you ever need support.

My Journals Knew I Was an Alcoholic Before I Did

TueNight | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

I'm no longer living with booze-filled blinders on. My life may still not be what I've longed for (although it is getting close), but at least it's no longer a lie.

Margaret Nichols: Why Martinis and Meditation Mix

Margaret Nichols | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Nichols

With a gentle awareness and intent to be real, any pattern can be disrupted. We never fix anything that's broken, we only uncover the bliss we inherently are.

George Lopez: 'I Haven't Had A Drop Of Alcohol' Since My Arrest

Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.26.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

George Lopez exhibited an impressive amount of self-awareness when discussing his relationship with alcohol in an interview Tuesday with HuffPost Live...

7 Reasons to Risk an Intervention

Heather Kopp | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

Regardless of outcome, stepping in to urge treatment and set boundaries is a way of showing an addict just how far they've fallen at the same time that you're showing them how deeply you love them. Being part of such an event can be a profound, even sacred experience. If it doesn't change the addict, it might change you.

Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

My Adult Kids Think I Drink Too Much and Won't Let My Grandkids Spend the Night

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Although it may be painful to hear, it is possible that your kids are seeing what has become for you a blind spot with regard to your drinking.

Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wish I had been able to recognize and deal with my alcoholism before you died. I wish we could have gotten sober together. I wish I could have been the sister I should have been. I wish we could share recovery together. I wish you didn't have to die for me to acknowledge my own addiction.

Here's Why Your Brain Will Never Be The Same Again After Drinking Alcohol

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

David Lohr

Daughter's Search For Mom Goes On, 23 Years After She Disappeared

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

When Amy Kusaywa thinks about her mom today, she doesn't picture her as the gray-haired grandma she would now be, but, rather, as the loving mom she o...

Is Gratitude a Tool for Patience?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In AA and other recovery programs, willpower is an unreliable tool for abstinence. Effortful self-regulation can and does fail us, and such failures can leave us vulnerable to impatient decision making. A better alternative can be seen in another practice well known in the rooms of recovery -- the gratitude list.

12-Step-Style Yoga for Addiction and Depression

Rob Schware | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

Fortunately, I have experienced the miracle of recovery. I know that I can only keep what I have by giving it away. I now live a full, rich life that continues to fulfill and surpass my biggest hopes and dreams for myself.

To Everyone Still Suffering, I Am You

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Everyone in recovery has a story -- what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. You are at the beginning of the end of what YOU used to be like.

My Drug and Alcohol History Reads Like a Sad Handwritten Book

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

By the time I acknowledged my defeat, I had two choices. I could continue on the road I was on, unwilling to accept help, eventually ending with death, or I could accept help, admitting I was powerless over alcohol and begin a road of recovery. I chose the latter.

'Dear Alcohol: It's Not You, It's Me'

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Whether I was sad or happy or bored or lonely, it was there to comfort me and make me feel all better. We started off really happy together. But like most relationships that end, it had a tendency to get ugly. This particular relationship, the one with booze, became destructive, unhealthy and toxic.

The Addict's Perilous Bargain

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.

'When I Grow Up, I Want to Be an Alcoholic,' Says No One Ever

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

We were all kids at one time who had big dreams. None of us grew up thinking it would be fun to struggle with addiction. But the thing is, you don't see it coming. And by the time you do it's usually too late.

Addiction: The Sacred Disease

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Alcohol is a form of cheap grace, as are all drugs. What we addicts really yearn for is a connection to God, alignment with the Holy, reunion with the Divine. It is a deeply spiritual hunger.

"The Death of Bessie Smith" in a Brooklyn Hospital Speaks to Limited Health Care Access, Anywhere

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Dr. Elaine Schattner

In a hospital in Brooklyn, you might hear the voice of Bessie Smith. That's because the New Brooklyn Theater has set a rare production of Edward Albee's 1959 play, The Death of Bessie Smith, inside Interfaith Medical Center.