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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.

Jobs Report: Deep Freeze in the December Jobs Market

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls were up only 74,000 last month, the lowest job gain since January 2011 and suggestive evidence that the broader economic recovery has yet to reach the all-important job market.

Essential Guide to Surviving Hip Fracture

Hilary Young | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Hilary Young

Hip fractures are not easy to bounce back from. The plain and simple truth is that hip fractures can often lead to long-term complications, which can end up forcing you into assisted or nursing home living for an extended stay.

New Year's Resolutions: 6 Ways to Achieve Lasting Change

Robert Weiss | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Weiss

Despite the burning desire for chocolate, extramarital sex, blackjack, cocaine, alcohol, cigarettes, and the like that usually shows up somewhere arou...

Putting an End to Starving for Love

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

Unable to change, no matter what I tried, I wanted to evaporate, disappear, melt away. With each passing year, I punished myself for each sexual indulgence by trying to starve the gayness out of me, and maybe even slowly kill myself.

Amazing Grace

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

My recovery from work addiction helped me to see that my issues were not unique to me. I was able to put things into a perspective that enabled me to recognize the cultural, social and institutional factors that contribute to the dysfunction that showed up at home and in the workplace.

An Attitude of Gratitude: What This One Little Emotion Can Do for Your Life

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Whatever your motivation, whether it's feeling better right now, getting along more easily with others or achieving your goals with less wear and tear, gratitude appears to be worth considering as a strategy. Why not grab a pen and make a list; there's no time like the present!

Blood Donation: Giving the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a former ICU patient, I experienced this first hand by observing the love and support from my parents, family, friends, and medical team. In my darkest moments in the hospital, they were there to help guide me through, and they did.

2013's Most Important Charts

Economic Policy Institute | Posted 12.21.2013 | Business

This post originally appeared on EPI.org As we say goodbye to 2013, the economy is still failing ordinary workers. What is being done to make it...

Helping to Make Free Rehab a Reality

Anna David | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Lauri Burns had the sort of early life that you tend to assume a person wouldn't survive: She was abused, institutionalized, addicted and in a success...