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How Death Did Me a Favor

Carolyn Bass | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Carolyn Bass

I no longer took for granted the waking up every morning of myself, my husband, my children. If my sister could die, so could one of them.

Confessions of a Sober Egoist

Substance.com | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Substance.com

Being told to do things I don't want to do is very difficult for me. I think, Surely I deserve to chew on these lordly thoughts a bit before they go.

12 Steps to Help You Talk With Your Children About Suicide

Wendy Silvers | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Wendy Silvers

Death, dying, and grieving brings up fear and anxiety for many children and adults. Sometimes adults aren't sure how to talk about death, or, in this case, suicide with their children and the children in their lives.

Depression: The Everywhere And Everyone Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Some day we will look back and wonder how we did not measure and treat depression, and other behavioral health disorders more effectively. We are on the transformation road now. It will be uphill and bumpy. So is all change.

The Power of Willingness

Dean Opperman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Opperman

A year ago, confined to bed and at the mercy of the black dog of depression, I again "prayed for the willingness" to take action, whatever that was revealed to be.

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.

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.

Robin Williams... and My Dad

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

The shocking news about Robin Williams' apparent suicide isn't really shocking so much as it is commonplace. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control reported 39,518 suicides, which makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

The Last Six Months of Dying

Robin Korth | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

Ever since that day almost eight years ago, I have sought to come from this centered "I" -- with honesty, quiet bravery and ever-growing self-love. As I have learned to come from this source of me flowing always towards myself, I no longer judge me, I no longer see myself as "other."

The Art of Coming Completely Undone

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Four months ago, with the help of my wife and therapy team, I did something I never imagined I could do -- I walked into the police station and made a video deposition against one of the men who sexually abused me when I was a trusting child.

Why Dating Sober Was Great for Me

Substance.com | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Substance.com

Mike wasn't the first guy to be put off by my drinking. In fact, I'd never been able to hold on to any guy for longer than a month or two.

Do You Sink or Float?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a writer, I'm always looking for inspiration, and this can come from the strangest of places. My days are spent walking that tightrope between keeping my monkey mind quiet while simultaneously trying to be amped up and creative.

Elsa the Snow Queen and the Transformative Power of Self-Love

Jason Powers | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Powers

Elsa taught many valuable life lessons to a squirming assemblage of fifth-grade graduates, but could not have known how clear her message came through to many of the adults in attendance. Get yourself together. Accept who you are, connect to others and love and be true to yourself.

Live a Life That Matters

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When I watched the sunrise during my morning jog, I realized something. A smile came to my face because I realized that I'm alive, healthy and it has officially been ten years since my near fatal car accident.

This Recovery Program Is an Increasingly Important Alternative to AA

Substance.com | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

Chances are, the vast majority of Americans struggling with a drug problem have never heard of SMART Recovery. And that's a shame, because this modern, evidence-based alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous might help many of them.

Are You Stuck in the 'Resistance Syndrome'?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Do you find yourself stuck in your life, resisting doing what you really need to do? There is a good reason for this. Did you learn when you were gro...

5 Types of Men Not to Date When You're New (or Old) in Recovery

Anna David | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I know, I know. We're not supposed to date at all in the first year. Some people who are perhaps more sane than I was actually follow this suggestion....

How I Cope When My Exes Are Everywhere

TueNight | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

It hasn't been easy, but I've learned to live with seeing my old flames about town -- alcohol is everywhere, after all. It was that drink-to-excess, all-inclusive vibe of the resort that threw me at first, but I used a key sober tool, remembered that, for me, these "ex-boyfriends" are literally toxic, and moved on.

We're All in Recovery -- Here's Why

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.17.2014 | Women
Sahaj Kohli

Recovery takes many forms and has many causes, but the common denominator is realizing the need for change. It's the most powerful and human ability -- the ability to be aware, to choose, to change, to recover (and repeat). It's essentially the will to grow every day.

21 Lessons I Learned After One Year As A Sober 21-Year-Old

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

A little over a year ago, at 20 years old, I took my last sip of alcohol. That's right -- I've never even had a legal drink. Instead I've had lessons -- some of them obvious, others blessings in disguise.

Filipino Entrepreneurs Share Stories of Typhoon Recovery

Jomay Liu | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Jomay Liu

It's been six months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.

The Lawsuits Spread

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Chicago
Jason Wahler

Just two weeks ago, Orange County was making headlines for filing a lawsuit that blamed major pharmaceutical companies for unethically pushing sales of painkillers and other dangerous prescription drugs. Now, Chicago is filing an almost identical lawsuit against some of the same companies.

How Heartbreak Made Me More Mindful

Alena Hall | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

Young love is a funny thing. When you find it, you feel invincible. You think no one can comprehend the depth of the connection you feel to your person, let alone destroy it. But when you lose it, you feel like you've lost yourself. You realize you knew really knew yourself without it.

Still We Rise

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Berkowitz

Mental illness does not fight fair. For many years, it paralyzed my life, relationships, and health. Thankfully I'm well past that period, and the path of recovery inspired me to go to school for and work in the mental health field, helping others heal.

Alena Hall

This Man Sold Everything He Owned And Walked Across America To Find His Purpose

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact

After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Austin Shirley felt a sudden lack of purpose in his life. Deciding that he needed a change, the 25-year-old...