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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.

7 Reasons to Risk an Intervention

Heather Kopp | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

Regardless of outcome, stepping in to urge treatment and set boundaries is a way of showing an addict just how far they've fallen at the same time that you're showing them how deeply you love them. Being part of such an event can be a profound, even sacred experience. If it doesn't change the addict, it might change you.

6 Things Recovery From an Eating Disorder Gave Me

Christina Grasso | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

An eating disorder is so terribly miserable, I would not even wish it on my worst enemy's cousin's tarantula. But over half of my life has been defined and ruled by this insidious illness, and as devastating as it has been, it has ultimately changed my life in a way for which I can only be thankful.

Is There (Marital) Life After an Affair?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The consequences of an affair may have more to do with how each partner responds to it than the affair itself. As many couples have discovered, even in the midst of the most painful circumstances, when there is a shared intention to heal, repair and take responsibility, what may have previously seemed impossible can become a reality.

The Unsolicited Advice I'm Glad I Took To Heart

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I was almost run over crossing the street the other day. Near misses happen in my busy neighborhood with alarming frequency, but this one came perilously close to flattening me -- closer even than the day a motorcycle drove right up onto the sidewalk.

A Surviving -- and Thriving -- Sibling

Anna David | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Now Carson and Aaron's brother Brian are able to support each other. "It's really nice for me to have someone who understands what I'm going through, where I don't have to explain why I'm sad," she says.

There's "No Such Thing as a California Economy"

Mehroz Baig | Posted 05.06.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Silvia pointed out that in his perspective, there's no such thing as a California economy because there are vast differences in economic growth, recovery and the labor force based on metropolitan areas.

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.

No Longer Selling My Soul for Love

Edie Weinstein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

I believed that unless I had an open-door policy, eventually no one would come knocking and I would be rendered lonely and isolated. I can laugh at that now, but back then, my "savior behavior" that had me believing that I needed to be spontaneously available to provide whatever was asked of me, as an insurance policy against abandonment.

Healthy, Touching Thighs: How I Fought to Get Rid of My Thigh Gap

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Jenni Schaefer

When I was lost in my eating disorder, I would stand in front of my bathroom mirror each morning and night to make sure my thighs didn't touch.

Grief and Healing: Will I Ever Recover?

Megan Devine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

For me, any outside source or force asking me when I'll get better is going to be met with irritation. But if I do the asking, if I wonder -- myself -- what healing or recovery might look like, then it becomes a very different question.

Two Strangers on a Plane

Robin Korth | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of ...

Model the Behavior You Want to See

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

Many parents turn to professionals thinking that when their teen hears about the dangers of drug use from someone else, they will be swayed, but the truth is that usually, it's the parents' behavior that have much more impact on a teen's behavior.

Nothing Is Just One Thing

Elizabeth Crane | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Crane

When I was newly sober, Phil was part of a crew of my closest friends. I cannot overstate how much each person in that group meant to me, then and now; we were part of a greater thing, and we all helped each other whether it was deliberate or not.

"I Have No Sympathy."

Jenny Trout | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jenny Trout

Whatever motivates us to blame and dehumanize an addicted person, it is a cultural view that must be shifted.

Heroin: A Life or Death Matter

Stanice Anderson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

Now, almost 29 years into my recovery, Mr. Hoffman's death reminds me that no matter how long one has been drug-free, recovering from addiction is a process not an event.

A Gift of Grief: One Important Way of Loving for Valentine's Day

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

So I'm sharing the sentiment that allowing for grief, sadness, space, dignity -- is part of loving. What's more, if we opt for this definition, many more of us will have a Valentine -- ourselves.

Falling: Recovery, Silence and the Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My friend had been told that clergy shouldn't show weakness. They shouldn't admit to perceived failures. Somehow we have taught that Christians are people of perfection, and not people of redemption.

Leaving My Abusive World

Tracy Strauss | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Growing up in an abusive home, as a girl I questioned my feelings, my perceptions, and my worth -- but never the realm in which I was raised.

Project HEAL Seeks to Help Others Win the Fight Against Eating Disorders

Christina Grasso | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Christina Grasso

Since Project HEAL's inception in 2008, the grassroots organization has raised well over $300,000 and sent nine scholarship recipients to treatment.

Bieberphobics Anonymous: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Christopher Murray | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

What has shocked and dismayed me is the widespread Schadenfreude, the intense pleasure in Bieber's misfortunes, at his unfolding "comeuppance." What I'm seeing reminds me of homophobia. Now, that may seem a stretch to some, but hear me out.

Building a Smoke-Free Life in Recovery

Michael Botticelli | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Botticelli

Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...

How to Get Over a Cold in Record Time

Sophie Keller | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophie Keller

If you've got a cold or are scared you might catch one, here are a few ways that you can get over it in record time.

How To Make The Most Of Your Time Off

Robert 'Reb' Rebele | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert 'Reb' Rebele

Research is beginning to show that we need to be much smarter about what we actually do when we manage to get away from the office. Instead of simply "switching off," we need to learn how to switch among a variety of modes.