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The Gift That Should Have Killed Me

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Boykin

"24 years. 364 days. Today. Just for today." That was one of my first thoughts upon awakening this morning. You see, I am an alcoholic. Fortunate...

Astoria Characters: The Silver-Lining Pal

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.14.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's pouring cats and dogs. That's why Jill Parshley Cardillo and her sunny yellow umbrella are out. Jill likes to walk in the water, saving the drops on her tongue for a rainy day.

Q&A About Boozing

Bill Manville | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Manville

Sobriety is in the title; sobriety is the way I've run my life for over 20 years. My qualification is I've been through it myself. This is my second life. I represent no bullshit hope.

Could You Survive One Month Without Alcohol? Here's How I Made It

Mark and Debbie Abbott | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark and Debbie Abbott

After finding it difficult recently to enjoy myself or relax without a drink, concerned that I might be leaning towards alcohol dependency at age 50, I challenged myself, 32 years after my first legal beer, to quit drinking alcohol for 30 consecutive days.

The Vicious Cycle Of Stress, Insomnia And Depression

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

There's increasing real evidence -- not just anecdotal -- for the bio-psychosocial relationship between stress, insomnia and depression, and the recurring, circular nature of these three unhealthy and unhappy states of mind and body.

The Entire United States Is Going on the Wagon for #14Days Starting Monday

Tommy Rosen | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

Spread the word, challenge your friends and family to go on the wagon for #14DAYS and be in solidarity with those of us who walk this path perhaps first out of necessity, but then hopefully out of love.

Maybe Obesity Isn't the Problem

Kelly Coffey | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Coffey

In my case, obesity was a symptom, and not the problem itself. I wish someone had told me before I had gastric bypass surgery that my real issues were shame and addiction. Getting thin wasn't my solution -- it was what made me miserable enough to finally get well.

Forgiving My Alcoholic Father: Better Late Than Never

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Forty-plus years of resentment and hatred toward my father, and it all disappeared in what my wife described as "a God moment." I always thought my dad would die and I would feel the resentment and hatred until the day I died. But that all changed in a few seconds when I told my dad I loved him -- and actually meant it.

I Am Not Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Addiction is wretched, but recovery is righteous. Recovery is possible. Recovery is living up to the spirit that is me. I can't imagine why I would I ever choose to keep that anonymous. It's who I am.

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

My AA Sponsee Died Of An Overdose | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Not everyone I reach out to will stay sober, and some might never come back. But the moment with Kelly's family at her wake renewed my determination to keep being there, as much as I can, for anyone who asks for my help.

From Meth & Sex Addiction to Recovery: Chelsea in the Sober Hot Seat (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In addition to Nicholas Snow Live, I am honored to produce Intervention 911 with Ken Seeley, also featuring Chelsea Edwards, Steven Richitt and Eric McLaughlin with compelling guests. Their focus? Talking about addiction and recovery while dissecting the issues and creating solutions.

An Open Letter to Parents About Your Relationship to Alcohol

Allison Hudson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I know you probably think that if you love your children enough, teach them right from wrong, provide them with a good education, and keep them active in extracurricular activities, then that exempts them from becoming an alcoholic or addict. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you're wrong.

New Study Examining Kids' Alcohol Consumption Yields Big Surprise

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 08.31.2014 | Science

A young child's sipping or tasting alcohol may not be an early signal that they will have drinking problems or behavior problems later. Rather, sippi...

A Butterfly Effect of the Life and Death of Robin Williams: Compassion as a New Christian Response to Suicide

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The butterfly effect here is that this later-life suicide of one struggling person set in motion a public response including character attacks that, in turn, by extension, feel like an attack on all of us who struggle to stay sober and alive each day.

Anna Almendrala

We Don't Really Know How To Treat Depression And Alcoholism At The Same Time | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living

"You're standing at a precipice, and you look down. There's a voice -- and it's a little quiet voice -- that goes 'jump.' It's the same voice, the sam...

Suicide Is Far From Painless

Heather Risinger | Posted 10.14.2014 | Women
Heather Risinger

My tears are not because his time on Earth is over. My tears are for his friends, his wife and his children. They are the ones left behind. The "Genie" may be free, but his family is left here to wade through the pain, confusion and fog that is... suicide.

11 Warning Signs You May Have A Problem With Alcohol

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Probably the biggest tell-tale sign of the alcoholic is the inability to stop drinking once we have started. "One more, one more, one more" is always running through our minds.

The Fine Line Between a Casual College Drinker and an Alcoholic

Unwritten | Posted 10.13.2014 | College

For those of us who spend quite a bit of time flipping cups and shot gunning brewskis on our well-renowned campuses, it is important to acknowledge one of the most serious and misunderstood nicknames of our crowd: alcoholics.

Can't We Learn From the Death of Robin Williams?

Anna David | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Anna David

Whether it's the fact that I'm an addict or the fact that I have a chemical imbalance -- but most likely the combination of the two -- I know what it's like to be so depressed that I feel like I'd do anything possible to escape it.

We'll Never Know What Really Killed Robin Williams

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Annie L. Scholl

I hope we don't spend our time trying to make sense of the senseless. I hope instead we use it to find compassion for people who are suffering -- in the world and in our homes -- because of this and other mental disorders.

Comic Genius Robin Williams, Open Heart Surgery and Depression

Taylor Marsh | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Taylor Marsh

What a life Robin Williams led. We should all be grateful he fought so hard to remain inside the eye of his life's hurricane for so long. There won't be a talent like him again. He left it all on planet earth during his tour.

Minnesota GOP Official Politicizes Robin Williams' Death

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

Celebrities and fans alike took to Twitter on Monday to mourn the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. One Minnesota GOP official, h...

Why 'Mommy Juice' Scares the Hell Out of Me

Lauren Stevens | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

What bothers me about this term is that it is so often used in response to "relief" from the stress and demands of parenting, work, and running a household; that a term so benign could be used for something that has the potential to become a serious problem.

Time Release

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

After opens like a horror story. An ominous undertow pervades its early frames, giving us the feeling we are watching a scary movie that will tighten its screws and escalate our dread until something too terrifying to endure occurs.