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Alcoholism

I'm Pretty Sure the Grinch Is a Dry Drunk

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Showing up to AA was like being surrounded by a bunch of happy-ass Whos -- all smiling and laughing and seeming like they didn't have a care in the world. Yes, I am convinced the closest place to Whoville is within the rooms of AA -- where there is a fellowship, friendliness and indescribable understanding that is unlike anything I have ever seen.

Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

Richard Taite | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...

Something That Almost Works

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For years, I've wrestled about what recovery is supposed to look like. Are we ever really recovered from an addiction, or are we treading a path of recovering, of which we are given a daily, and sometimes hourly reprieve?

How to Not Be a Bitter Old Queen

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I'm in my 40s; that's about in the middle of life if I'm so lucky. As I look back through time, I sense the 20-year-old version of me back there in the past, judging me. I was cocky then. It's easy to imagine oneself as the winner before the contest has even started.

Holiday Drinking: Starts Classy, Ends Trashy

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

In fact, I can be anyone I want to be as long as I'm sober, but I don't have to try and pretend to be anyone. I'm just the girl with the sparkling water who smiles and laughs and really loves knowing how her night is going to end: happily.

5 Tips From Your Sober Holiday Guest

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

When people first learn that I don't drink alcohol, they often request an explanation. Mine is rarely consistent. Sometimes I say I don't like the taste. Sometimes I say I'm Muslim. Sometimes I say I have a medical condition. All are true, but none in isolation contains a full explanation.

Lowering My Standards to Match My Behavior

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

"Want to have some self-esteem?" she asked. "Do estimable things." That was a novel idea. But little by little it is exactly what I did, and then one day I looked in the mirror and really liked the person I was becoming.

A Lot Of Americans Are Heavy Drinkers, But Only 10 Percent Of Them Are Alcoholics

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoh...

Gay Men and Their Quarter-Life Crises (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-11-17-20141115thumbnail7asmall.jpgIn this last episode of Go-Go Boy Interrupted, Danny reflects on 12 years of partying in L.A. with nothing to show for it. Now he is jobless, friendless, and, worst of all, not in his 20s anymore. What he does next will surprise you.

Divorce Confidential: Tips for a Healthy Marriage

Caroline Choi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Just because you're married, doesn't mean dating goes out the window. It's easy to find yourself in the same monotonous routine once you're married, especially given all the new responsibilities you may face as a couple and as parents.

What May Trigger This Reality TV Star To Drink Excessively

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Todd Herzog was just 22 years old when he won Survivor: China in 2007, and he was on top of the world with his million-dollar winnings and newfound fa...

I Got Sober When the Pain of Staying the Same Was Greater Than the Fear of Changing

Allison Hudson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

So now I am 29 months sober. I know, right? That seemed impossible 883 days ago, but I must say, life is so unbelievably good today. So, what does life look like for me 29 months sans booze? Well...

Burdened With Guilt Over Past Parenting Mistakes

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

There is no way to undo the actions of your past. But if you do the work of mourning for what you and your children have lost, you will find yourself more available to fully enjoy the life you are living with your children now.

Recovery With a Laugh Track

The Fix | Posted 11.11.2014 | TV
The Fix

The idea that recovery and darkness must go hand in hand is just not true, which is why CBS's year-old sitcom Mom is such a refreshing change to the small-screen landscape.

This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

In effect, a candidate's recovery status can be a sort of shorthand for their value system and personal code. A shorthand that, when expanded, should mean a lot more to voters than the empty campaign promises and vitriolic attack ads we have come to settle for.

Book Review Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

Sobriety mostly takes place during one afternoon in a treatment facility. Five addicts share their "using" stories and emotions about their arduous journeys through flashbacks and sometimes flash forwards into comic book-style fantasies.

I'll Be Me: The Long Farewell of Glen Campbell

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Campbell's life is much more complex and interesting than this film could ever hope to cover. His eldest daughter, Debby, writes that she was unceremoniously fired from the touring band. She also calls to task how Glen has been treated since the end of a grueling tour.

Elizabeth Vargas Set To Return To ABC News After Rehab

The Huffington post | Jackson Connor | Posted 10.23.2014 | Media

Elizabeth Vargas will return to co-host ABC's "20/20" on Friday, Oct. 31, after taking a leave of absence this summer to treat her alcohol addiction, ...

At 10 Years Sober

Maureen Herman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Herman

I am humbled by and grateful for the help I was given and hope that these programs continue to get support and funding so more people have a chance at being able to rejoin society at a level where they too can give, to help the next person.

Emotional PSA Gives Disturbing Glimpse At Children Living With Parents Who Abuse Alcohol

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact

If children could choose their own mom and dad, they'd likely pick amiable, responsible folks over slurring, stumbling, angry ones. But children can't...

The Gift That Should Have Killed Me

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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.