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Recovering From Addiction

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

Substance.com | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Substance.com

All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more.

See the Ball, Hit the Ball -- See the Bottle, Don't Hit the Bottle

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

In the real world, these statements help baseball players about as much as telling a heavy drinker to "keep it simple," or just take it "one day at a time." Not much. While these can be profound life suggestions, the ability to put them into action can be brutally difficult.

A Culture of Denial: Myths About Addicts and Addiction

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

People don't abuse substances because they are bored, looking for stimulation, stressed, or prone to self-medicating. While these are the usual suspects promoted by psychology texts, media, even bloggers, they rarely bear fruit.

The Family Can Hit Their Bottom, Too

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

We have all heard from friends, neighbors, professionals, television shows and aliens from other planets that when the alcoholic/addict has hit his or...

The B.A.A.A.D. Scale: How I Rose to My Bottom

Abby Higgs | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Abby Higgs

Later that day, I spoke to a physician at a local rehab and said, "I've had my ADHD diagnosis since the Berlin Wall fell. I'm in my 30s. I have a professional job. I cannot afford to suffer the effects of being addicted to amphetamines anymore. Therefore, I think I might need help."

Is Miley Responsible for Drug ODs?

Anna David | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Miley Cyrus didn't kill them. The Zoo Festival didn't kill them. But our society, which glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol and stigmatizes addiction and even recovery -- that expends outrageous amounts of energy on shaming Miley Cyrus while ignoring many of the issues worth getting upset about -- does play a part

Death by Detoxification

Adam Bisaga, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bisaga, M.D.

The "medication-free" approach cannot be justified as the only treatment of opioid addiction, where overwhelming evidence exists to support the greater success of a medication-assisted approach.

Addiction: The Equal Opportunity Threat to Life

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Addiction is America's most neglected disease. Bravo to Christina Huffington and her family for speaking out, for baring their struggle, and for offering hope to so many others.

Dr. Drew Opens Up: Part 2

Anna David | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"When the addicts call the shots, they fail. So when someone says to me, 'I'm willing to do anything -- just not that 12-step thing,' I know that means it's someone who's not ready for anything."

Dr. Drew Opens Up

Anna David | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"The only thing going on in an active addict's brain is, 'I've got to use.' And as a non-addict, I have to get re-directed on that all the time."

A Call to Action: Addiction in America

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Everyone has a demon to fight, and for some, it's simply not as easy as others because their brains operate differently. They are the addicts.

Waiting to Hit the Elusive 'Rock Bottom'

Deni Carise | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

That addiction is a disease means that we can do something about it, to prevent it, to treat it and take responsibility to self-manage it. David Sheff captures this eloquently in his book, and I work each day to spread the message that successful treatment and recovery are possible.

Can We Please Stop Stigmatizing Addiction, Recovery and Lindsay Lohan?

Deni Carise | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

It has been almost two weeks since Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and, even with last week's horrific events in Boston, ...

Living Sober

Gabrielle Bernstein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Bernstein

I was recently interviewed by my friend Tommy Rosen for his conference, Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction. In this video, Tommy and I chat about my path to recovery and how living sober has supported my life.

Rejecting Addiction Over and Over Again

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

It's been 24 years since I used vodka like aspirin -- to numb my pain. In fact, I've been sober 22 years more than I drank, since I quit before I was old enough to buy the stuff. So my brain should be used to ordering Perrier and shaking my head politely as the Merlot bottle comes my way.

From Addict to Entrepreneur: How I Overcame My Greatest Obstacle

Per Wickstrom | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Per Wickstrom

No matter how bad it gets, no matter what mistakes you've made in the past, and no matter how old you are, you can overcome anything, become successful, and lead a respectable, healthy life. I say this because I overcame my battles with addiction, a battle that raged for more than 22 years.

Obesity, Repression, and Addiction

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I began working with NET for the sole purpose of finding out why I had been unable to remove and keep off my excess body weight. Essentially, what I found was that the repression of emotions is a survival mechanism held in place through addiction.

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Negativity-Based?

Laura Tompkins | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Tompkins

Alcoholics Anonymous pushes members into believing that any deviance from the program is a slippery slope and a relapse is a slow death. Negative? You betcha.

Soul-Talk: You Don't Have To Be An Addict To Recover

Russell Bishop | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

While the distinction between addict and addictive behavior may seem like splitting hairs, successful recovery may in fact lie in a seemingly-small distinction.

3 Steps To Transform Your Life

Gabrielle Bernstein | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Bernstein

On Oct. 2, 2005, I listened to an inner voice of divine guidance and became a "Spirit Junkie." I put down my fast-paced life, got sober and chose to turn inward for my peace. In this vlog I share gratitude for my six-year anniversary.

Swapping Out Addictions: Prescription Drugs During Recovery

Barb Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Rogers

When addicts in recovery are using, or often times abusing, prescription drugs to the same end we used and abused alcohol and illegal drugs, how much better off are we?

Addiction and the Perils of Intellectual Thinking

Deni Carise | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Convinced that "the new Deni" could control her drinking and drug use, I didn't realize that I was willing to risk losing everything I had worked so hard to accomplish.