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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...

Man Who Awoke From Coma Just In Time Shares His Story, Urges Us To 'Find The Miracle Within'

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.04.2014 | Good News

One college student went from comatose to tearing up the basketball court in under three years. His secret? Hard work and determination. In October...

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.