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Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Post-Polio Syndrome affects most survivors, in which the muscles become much weaker from overuse and I certainly am no exception. I gym daily, but use a cane often."

Drug Use Is Criminal?

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

As long as individuals are considered criminals for using drugs, and are not included in advocacy for drug education, harm reduction and recovery, stigma will continue to drive policy, access to health care, research and treatment options.

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 3

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When it comes to family planning, fertility, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery, there really can't be too much love.

Psychiatry and Recovery: Complementary or Competitive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

My clinical and research experience and reading of the literature convince me that medication is essential for most people with severe and chronic symptoms. It is equally clear that medication is way overused in many people who don't need it. The controversial question of coercive treatment also has to be understood in context.

The Paradox of Letting Go: 5 Things We Continuously Hold On To

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

Letting go is an art we must grapple with, I think, throughout our entire lives if we are going to have any sense of peace, contentment and happiness. A practice really. A practice, that I will admit, I must continually put effort into, sometimes daily.

Parenting, An Unexpected Trigger

Dawn Daum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I don't know what people picture when they think of someone who would dare admit that she was molested as a child, but I don't think it is me. Nor do I believe it is the face of the several female and male friends of mine who are also survivors living "normal" lives.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 2

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When we practice empathy we connect. When we receive empathy we feel seen, known and loved. In other words, we all feel not so alone in this huge, hard world.

Roadmap for Rercovery and Prosperity

Harry L. Langer | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

The primary cause of U.S. structural unemployment, economic stagnation, adverse balance of trade, shrinking revenues, and expanding debt is the export of our high and low tech manufacturing, services, and R&D.

What Some Old Photos Revealed About Depression, Addiction And Recovery

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

As the older pictures finished floating up to their new safe haven in the cloud, the more recent photos -- the ones from after my son got clean and sober -- queued up and got ready to follow. Let me tell you, the difference between the "before" and "after" photos is stunning.

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.

Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist

Allen Frances | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "sch...

Conceiving Our Chosen Family

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Never could I have imagined I would find myself, my home and my destined chosen family all from a woman I met online.

Though I Walk Through the Valley

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 10.28.2014 | Divorce
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Today I am still on the journey. I am learning to lean into and fully confront the depression and feelings of unworthiness that have controlled my life for many, many years. I am working to leave the lies that I have told myself about myself in the valley.

It Happened to Me: Infertility Treatments Didn't Work and I Defined My Own Motherhood

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

We must give ourselves permission to make our own family, however that may look. And, as a society we must all have more fertility compassion for whatever those means are.

The Anonymous People

Emily Liebert | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Emily Liebert

John Silverman, who will receive the 2014 President's Award at the gala, has an inspiring story of resilience and recovery and is now celebrating 30 years of sobriety.

At 10 Years Sober

Maureen Herman | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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.

Taking Off the Armor of My 'Choice'

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body and my surrogate's through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust in many doctors and other humans to be a mother.

Our Scarred Imperfections

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

We will suffer losses, traumas and tragedies in this life. When we lose one dream we must pick up the pieces and redefine. To wallow in the lost only defines us. To stay stuck on the never to be's only keeps us stagnant in life. To make our scarred imperfections our entire story misplaces them completely.

The Most Ironic Story of Ever Upward

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

FULL CIRCLE It was a full circle weekend for me returning to the Emerging Women conference, this year in New York City. Last year I attended EW as a ...

An Imposter and Fraud or a Forever Grieving and Healing Mother?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

They turned up the lights after one song. We usually sing four amazing rock band-like songs, which is one of the many reasons I love our church. The...

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Tale Of Suicide And Macaroni

Lianne Bornfeld | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lianne Bornfeld

Maybe it was a miracle. Maybe I'm just remarkably stubborn. But all I can say is before that Tuesday I was depressed, and every day after I was just very sad -- until I wasn't anymore.

Loss is Loss and Comparison Only Leaves Us Alone In It

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Does it hurt less that I have lost three, but she has lost five? Does it hurt less that you at least got a couple of years with him? Does it hurt less that she lived a longer life and mine never grew?

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.

4 Misconceptions Non-Sober People Have

Anna David | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

If you've been in recovery a while, you get pretty used to the fact that non-sober people seem to come to a lot of conclusions about "what sober people are like." And, bless their concerned hearts, many of these conclusions are woefully inaccurate.