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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.

The Shadow Demeter Complex: A Deeper Look at Codependency

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Demeter and Persephone, Asia Minor, 100 BCE The term codependency comes out of the recovery movement with the reliably frequent observation that ...

I Am Not Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Addiction is wretched, but recovery is righteous. Recovery is possible. Recovery is living up to the spirit that is me. I can't imagine why I would I ever choose to keep that anonymous. It's who I am.

"Normal" Is a Dryer Setting: We're All More Alike Than We Are Different

Debra Jenkins | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Debra Jenkins

I was honored to be a presenter at TEDxHuntsville on September 7 and am thrilled that the video of my talk has now been posted.

Life Lessons from an Eating Disorder Survivor

Temimah Zucker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

You can spend your time meeting society's standards but your confidence will not follow. When you wipe off all the makeup, when you can remove the mask and still smile back at your reflection -- this is when you can feel at peace. It is our actions and behaviors, our morals and characters that should provide self-worth, not someone's assessment or a number on a scale.

White House Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of National Recovery Month

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

The White House Drug Policy Office is hosting an event Wednesday to honor the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. ...

You Do You

Troy Byer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Troy Byer

Today, I know that needing a partner to compensate for what is lacking in my life, and wanting a partner to abundantly share my life, sets the stage for two very different relationships. It's the difference between having someone who completes you, and having someone who enhances you.

The Opportunity In The Difficulty

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Julie Fox Gorte

Climate change can bring out the best in us and help reinvigorate our economy. That's usually not the headline of a story about climate change, but it's a headline we can write if we want to.

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

The Coming Recession of 2017

Michael Moynihan | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Michael Moynihan

Recessions are notoriously difficult to predict. Like timing the stock market or predicting next year's weather, the ability to time the next recession is generally held to exceed the limits of human -- or machine -- intelligence.

An Open Letter to Parents About Your Relationship to Alcohol

Allison Hudson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I know you probably think that if you love your children enough, teach them right from wrong, provide them with a good education, and keep them active in extracurricular activities, then that exempts them from becoming an alcoholic or addict. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you're wrong.

People Need People

Emma Wright | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Emma Wright

It has gotten to a point where I've realized that I cannot play this game anymore. I need to be who I really am behind closed doors for people to understand and help me get better. It has taken me nine years to realize this, which is too long.

Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Veronica had a lot of reasons to be angry at the world. Born into a family with a history of domestic violence and incest, she never had anything even...

How to Recover From a Breakup the Healthy Way

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
Rebecca Lammersen

I am single again but something feels different this time around -- I'm content being alone for the first time in my adult life. I've decided to use this period, unattached to a male counterpart, to break the cycles I've been repeating for years.

8 Admirable People Who Transformed Tragedy Into Something Positive

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living

"All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." -- Helen Keller What makes some people more resilient than others? According t...

It's Time To Talk About Suicide

Jennifer Romolini | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Romolini

Suicide is still such a taboo that most people are afraid to open up about what's going on with them without fear of some kind of judgment. It's important to be able to confront these incredibly scary issues without so much fear.

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

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.