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Alcoholism

'Rehab With Dr. Drew': Jasmen Doesn't Find Support From Her Mother

Posted 10.04.2012 | TV

Jasmen made a tough call for her future on "Rehab with Dr. Drew." She decided that after the three-week treatment she was receiving here, she needed t...

'Daddy Pulled Out One Of The Pistols'... Fearless Memoir: 'World's Fair,' Chapter 21

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy's expression was twisted with fury and madness. Suddenly the fiend in him focused in on the drawer beside the sink. With his one free hand, he reached over, opened the drawer, and pulled out one of the pistols.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 20)

James Stack | Posted 11.29.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

There we were, torn down the middle, loving our father but hating his drinking. We'd all seen the movie Days of Wine and Roses. Jack Lemmon had been able to quit drinking in the movie. Why not Daddy?

Almost Alcoholic?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force just issued a report and an advisory that all sensible men and women would do well to take heed of. This panel reviewed a large body of research on drinking patterns among adult men and women.

WATCH: Substance Abuse Rampant In Military

Posted 09.27.2012 | World

HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez explores why the Pentagon's methods for dealing with substance abuse aren't working and what soldiers need to help the...

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 19)

James Stack | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Daddy's been arrested for public drunkenness," Gee said finally. "The security man told me Daddy was sleeping it off, and that he'll be returned to us at the campsite in the morning."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 18)

James Stack | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

My feet refused to move; they were glued to the ground. I looked down at them and said out loud, "Move, damn it! Why won't you move?" But they wouldn't budge. It was at this moment that I realized I was terror-stricken -- gripped in the claws of fear.

1 In 3 Third Graders In This Survey Had Already Tried Wine, Beer Or Spirits

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.21.2012 | Parents

A surprising number of parents believe that early exposure to alcohol will discourage children from drinking in adolescence and help prevent alcohol a...

You Need Help!: A Book Review by Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Families and friends face extraordinary challenges helping a loved one enter and remain in mental health treatment. They also will face a bewildering mental health system and terribly uneven quality of care. They need information, support and coaching.

Shelter From the Storm

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Did you see the story last week about Theresa Christian, the woman found stuck in her freezer after five days? Authorities and family members are still speculating about this peculiar turn of events, but surmise Theresa became concerned about a possible tornado.

The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: What Is an ACoA?

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Old pain that gets imported into new relationships is the hallmark of the ACoA trauma syndrome.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 17)

James Stack | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Wait till you're older to try and smoke," he said. "There's no need to rush it. And please, whatever you do, don't smoke oval cigarettes in pink paper with a silver filter."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 16)

James Stack | Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee and I found ourselves in the camper with Matthew, who had assumed a prissy attitude. He restated that we had come to the World's Fair as a family and that we should go to the exhibits as a family. We agreed, but what could we do? None of us wanted to spend the day in a bar.

Guilt With the First Pour: How Is Your Relationship With Alcohol?

Julie Elsdon-Height | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Elsdon-Height

Taking the edge off with alcohol is a dangerous path to tread if you're not being cognizant of the potential effect it can have upon you. Take me as a prime example: I was an educated, loving wife and mother of two who would never have asked to be in the situation I found myself in.

Key To Fearlessness: Understanding!

Amanda Gore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

I knew that my father had been an alcoholic, but as my parents divorced when I was 5 and I had no memory at all of any of my early years (a clue!) and only remembered a mother who adored me, I really thought I'd had a great childhood. I always believed I was unaffected by his drinking!

'Intervention': Son Tries To Take Care Of Addict Mother

Posted 09.11.2012 | TV

A tragic tale of a son forced to try and take care of his mother on "Intervention." Zach found himself stepping up to try and help his mother out as b...

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 15)

James Stack | Posted 11.09.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I loved I Dream of Jeannie and always thought it would be great to have a genie in a bottle who would grant me three wishes. I'd probably end up forfeiting one of my wishes to get Daddy to stop drinking, because all that came out of his bottle was the devil.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 14)

James Stack | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy wanted to go back to the Brewers' Pavilion because they'd seemed to like people who drank, so he knew he wouldn't be cut off the booze chain.

The 'Lowdown' on Richie Sambora: His Music, His Struggle, His Triumph

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Dustin Fitzharris

Richie Sambora has gotten used to seeing his life through tabloid headlines. At any given moment these stories and much more about singer and guitarist for Bon Jovi have helped sell papers around the world. But what is the truth?

Did I Become A Musician So I Could Drink On The Job?

Posted 09.06.2012 | Women

Almost twenty years after the fact, I have to ask myself: Did I create a band and forge a career in music because it was a job at which one is pretty much expected to drink?

Resilience, Recovery and Optimism

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Nothing is black and white, and no one -- not even the most fortunate among us -- makes it through life unscathed. So what questions do we need to ask ourselves in order to find that invisible line between too little and too much focus on a painful past?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 13)

James Stack | Posted 11.02.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy ordered a beer as soon as we were seated, and a second one before we had ordered. He was on his fifth by the time we had finished eating. As he tapped on his empty glass, Gee said, "Daddy, I think you've had enough."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 12)

James Stack | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I let my pants drop to the floor and stepped out of them as I wrapped my towel around my waist and slid out of my boxers. I looked over to my right and there was a man with a big smile on his face. I was screwed. Even the adults were going to laugh at me.

'Almost Alcoholic': Diagnostic Overreach or Fair Warning?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

As a society it seems that we have, over time, come to think of drinking in terms of a dichotomy. In other words, we see the "drinking world" as divided into two categories of people: There are alcoholics, and then there are "the rest of us."

Are They Really Clean and Sober Just Because They Have Stopped Drinking?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Let's think of our loved one's continued recovery by imagining a pie, and let's cut that pie into six healthy slices. Here is a list of what I believe represents each slice and the road to a clean and sober, all-encompassing lifestyle.