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Full Employment via Reindustrialization

Harry L. Langer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Harry L. Langer

The primary reason for U.S. structural unemployment, economic stagnation, adverse balance of trade, and shrinking revenues is the export of our industries, services, and R&D and reliance on the importation of low tech goods.

I Loved AA: Here's Why I Left

Substance.com | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

I respect and admire those who choose AA as their path. But I'm happily, for now, on the other side. Life after AA is indeed a mixed bag and I cannot handle it alone -- but I have learned how to find my own kind of fellowship.

Fighting Back Against the Heroin Epidemic: NYPD to Carry Narcan

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.02.2014 | New York
Jason Wahler

For a few years now, some states have armed their local police officers and EMT's with Narcan, a drug that has the potential to reverse the effects of a heroin (and other opioid) overdose.

5 Words I Found Myself Using in Weird Ways in Recovery

Anna David | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Words take on certain new meanings when you get sober -- or at least I should say some words. Yes, you learn new ones -- those types of things you're never going to find in the Oxford English Dictionary or outside of recovery circles probably -- like normie, sponsee and step work. But there are also a slew of words you're probably going to learn to use in new ways.

Why I Deserved to Recover From Anorexia

Temimah Zucker | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

I did not deserve the hardship of anorexia. I did not deserve the cruel, ignorant comments of people who viewed anorexia as a phase or cry for attention. But I did deserve recovery. I did deserve the possibility of a fruitful future with sadness and joy, cake during celebrations and hot chocolate in the winter.

The Days of Our Lives, One Day at a Time

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Unfortunately, CBT is not readily available to everyone who might benefit from the therapy. It's rarely used in settings where addicts are typically treated, in large part because there are not enough well-trained therapists to meet the need.

10 Ways College Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Beth Leipholtz

Because I am a college student and binge drinking is part of the culture, I think people assume that I didn't really have a drinking problem, that I wasn't an alcoholic, that I was overreacting to the situation. Hell, I was guilty of that thought process for a long time.

Fight Like A Girl: A Celebration of Life, the Journey to Becoming a Supernova

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 07.21.2014 | Good News
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Many of us would be afraid to share what we had been through, but as you can see Brandy's list was courageous, ambitious, open and a very encouraging read on Christmas Eve.

Under-Reported Memories Around Memorial Day

David Tereshchuk | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The purpose of Memorial Day -- obviously enough -- is to remember our troops, past and present, with gratitude for their service. But what are those service-members themselves remembering?

Getting Through It: A New Church Service for Recovery

Lindsay Henry | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Lindsay Henry

To get through, you decide -- maybe after you get past some stubbornness -- you want help. Maybe, despite your initial beliefs, you really can't do this alone. Coupled with courts and classes, and the therapies, maybe someone suggests you "go to church."

Get Up Swinging: Half Marathon... Check

Lara Huffman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lara Huffman

Nothing I can do will prevent breast cancer from ever coming back, either local or distant. The only power and control I have is what I do today, like putting on a pair of shoes and running.

3 Predictors of Whether You Will Win the Battle Against the Underrecovery Monster

Ben Greenfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

Recovery is your ability to meet or exceed performance in a particular activity. This means that if you walk into your workout and you can't achieve a marked improvement in how much you can lift or how fast you can move, you're battling the underrecovery monster.

How The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies High-Kicked My Sobriety

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

It was the first time that I didn't think about having -- or not having -- a drink. I lost myself in the joy of that matinee performance and the exuberance of the performers who were happy to be alive despite -- or because of -- the years of baggage behind them.

Two Homeless Women Finally Get to Celebrate Mother's Day

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

"This the first year we're going to really celebrate and have something to be thankful for," she said. "We're all together, in a good place."

Got Rejected? How You Respond Can Damage Your Emotional Health

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

The bottom line is that rejections are a fact of life -- we all experience them and we all hurt when we do. The best thing we can do is to soothe our emotional pain, take steps to revive our self-esteem, and to connect to our core groups and by doing so remind ourselves that others value and love us even if our date does not.

Why Wages Are Low and Unemployment Is High - Tech vs. Toil

Bob Swarup | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Long tech and short toil will fuel growth tomorrow, but whether we are able to stomach the journey today is far more unclear. The impact of the unfolding clash between technology and toil will be bruising in the shorter term. Its resolution will be critical to the future of economic growth.

This Is What Chief Keef Can Teach Us About Violence and Drug Treatment

Substance.com | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Substance.com

Blunt-smoking, gun-crazy 18-year-old superstar rapper Keith Cozart -- aka Chief Keef -- hates sobriety. If it was up to him, he would blaze weed around the clock. It's a problem for a lot of dudes who love to smoke weed and get caught selling drugs, because the only deal on offer from the courts that keeps them out of jail puts them in drug treatment, where they do not want to be.

Recovery Expressions That Blew My Mind

Anna David | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Sitting in meetings, or just talking to people outside of them, I'd hear stuff that some could say was were nearly cliché-like in its simplicity but it made so much sense that I couldn't help repeating it to nearly everyone I came into contact with.

It's Impossible!

Karen Fitzgerald | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Karen Fitzgerald

So, I'm outing myself here. Here is my impossible dream: I want to inspire people, with the coaching, the shows, with every gift and talent I have

Don't Miss Out on the Revolution of Well-Being

Kim Farbota | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kim Farbota

We as individuals can invest in our careers by investing in ourselves. By identifying and prioritizing the things that keep us healthy, grounded and fulfilled we ensure consistent, long-term achievement and a life of success.

Lessons Learned in Boston: Creative Arts Expression As a Path Toward Recovery and Resilience

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

The city is united in important ways, resolute and ready to run that race again -- this time with the whole world looking on. Terrorism failed in Boston, and I think there are lessons to be learned from the last year of Boston's recovery about resilience in general.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

Get Up Swinging: More Than a Pet

Lara Huffman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

Two days after we adopted Boomer, or she adopted us, my hair fell out. I stared at my reflection (and a crazy-looking woman looked back) for a couple of moments, and then I said aloud, "F*ck it. Go downstairs and cuddle your puppy."

My Journals Knew I Was an Alcoholic Before I Did

TueNight | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

I'm no longer living with booze-filled blinders on. My life may still not be what I've longed for (although it is getting close), but at least it's no longer a lie.