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Jesus and Buddha Walk Into an AA Meeting

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

Being an addict teaches us, probably more quickly than for non-addicts, the nature of what Buddha called attachment, aversion and ignorance and how these three poisons keep us stuck.

God Is Pulling Me Through Depression

Stanice Anderson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

Maintaining long-term recovery from addiction is one thing. Add to that, a diagnosis of clinical depression and severe degenerative arthritis and we'r...

Recovery 2.0: Yoga and Meditation for People in Recovery From Addiction

Tommy Rosen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

Of course, one can stay sober without yoga and meditation. It's just that if you want to lift yourself up out of the energy of addiction and break through to a new level of strength and awareness, one will have to adopt a practice that continues the detoxification process on a much deeper level.

Waiting to Hit the Elusive 'Rock Bottom'

Deni Carise | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

That addiction is a disease means that we can do something about it, to prevent it, to treat it and take responsibility to self-manage it. David Sheff captures this eloquently in his book, and I work each day to spread the message that successful treatment and recovery are possible.

The Economy Is Recovering, But the People Aren't

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Corporate profits are up, but wages aren't. Wages are now at the lowest percent of the economy on record. The median wage hasn't budged this century. College and non-college grads are now losing ground. The good jobs that were lost are being replaced by low wage and part-time jobs. Young people are starting out behind, unemployed or underemployed at ruinous high rates. Our Gilded Age inequality is getting worse, with the top 1 percent pocketing all of the rewards of growth. We need dramatic reforms to make this economy work for working people. Americans won't recover without a dramatic change in course. And that will require the Republicans who control the Congress to get out of the way and the Democrats who control the Senate to get better vision and stronger backbones.

The Tragedy of the Betty Ford-Hazelden 'Alliance'

Anna David | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I do know that as major treatment centers start to move away from abstinence-based treatment, what I -- and many people I know and love -- received when we were desperate for help is in jeopardy.

The Heart and Mind of Addiction

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.06.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Brainwashed is not an anti-neuroscience book. Indeed, the authors celebrate the new insights into human thought and behavior that brain studies have yielded. But the book does take a hard stand against the prevailing neurocentrism.

To Achieve Your Dreams, Quitting is Not an Option

Brian Boyle | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

In the summer of 2004 I remember sitting on my hospital bed and trying my best to be positive in such a tragic situation, but it wasn't easy. Years later I achieved one of my goals and competed in the Hawaii Ironman.

How Using My Brain Has Helped It Heal

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Marian Salzman

No matter the trauma you face -- and we all will, because life is never trauma-free -- never underestimate the power of hard work, or working hard at your passion, to heal.

My Brain Injury Taught Me to Be Brave

Serena Lee | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Serena Lee

In three weeks, I will graduate from UCLA. The greatest advice that I have for incoming and current scholars is simple: be fearless. Face your fears. Don't be afraid. Fear will hold you back. Bravery will push you forward.

For the Betrayer: 8 Things You Must Know and Do to Rebuild Trust After an Affair

Sheri Meyers | Posted 07.14.2013 | Divorce
Sheri Meyers

You've made a terrible mistake. You got caught up in a flirtation that led to an affair. It felt so good at the time and it all happened so quickly.

Knee Replacement Recovery: Get Ready for the 3 'Powerful P' Experiences

Martha Nelson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

The evening after knee replacement surgery, I was startled to see the size of my right leg. Having been sliced and diced, stitched and stapled, it was seemed as if I had gained ten pounds, all in that leg.

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

Laura Sharpe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Laura Sharpe

I had 43 broken bones, burns on more than 40 percent of my body, a partial limb amputation, and after more than a month in a coma, I woke up.

A Lost Age of Fiscal Heroes? Not So Much.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

The debate over fiscal responsibility has been muddled by the Great Recession; inevitably, perhaps, arguments over long-term fiscal problems have been conflated with debates over short-term recovery programs. Both debates have suffered terribly as a consequence.

Why We 'Self-Medicate' Our Own Depression or Anxiety

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

This is mental health awareness month. Which means, in my experience, that it is still, to some extent at least, alcohol awareness month. Many people ...

How Viral Generosity Is Helping My Family Move on From the Boston Tragedy

Alyssa Carter | Posted 05.01.2013 | Good News
Alyssa Carter

We never saw it coming, but the fabric of my family would be tested by tragedy after two bombs were detonated at this year's Boston Marathon.

Why Men Need To Toughen Up

Tammy Bleck | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Let's just call it like it is. Women take pain, panic, worry, anger, hurt and fear without missing a beat and all the while, wearing a smile.

Can We Please Stop Stigmatizing Addiction, Recovery and Lindsay Lohan?

Deni Carise | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

It has been almost two weeks since Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and, even with last week's horrific events in Boston, ...

Why This Is the Worst Recovery on Record

Robert Reich | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

We're now witnessing what happens when all of the economic gains go to the top, and the rest of the population doesn't have enough purchasing power to keep the economy going.

Understanding Food Addiction

Tennie McCarty | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tennie McCarty

Like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food addicts will struggle to simply stop their addictive behavior, even when the behavior leads to weight gain, or damages relationships.

Sandy Projects Still Need Volunteers

Elischia Fludd | Posted 06.05.2013 | New York
Elischia Fludd

Year-round projects coordinated by New York Cares that volunteers can get involved with include job readiness, tutoring and reading via local community centers, libraries and social service agencies.

LOOK: Runner Lives Life To The Fullest

Posted 04.05.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

12 People Left Behind During America's Recovery

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business

While many of the richest Americans are raking in money, some people are actually worse off now than when the recession officially ended in June of 20...

Self-Realization In Verse

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lester Brathwaite

I had just quit my office job in an attempt to "find myself." I was unemployed and openly drunk in the middle of the day. This poem, "I Think I'm an Alcoholic," was an attempt at understanding, and making others understand, my precarious position.

A Message of Appreciation to Healthcare Providers

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

The power that healthcare providers have is extraordinary. On a daily basis they are not only caring for the health of their patients, but they are also creating reasons to smile, making living conditions suitable and pleasant, and forming connections with their patients who not only need them, but depend on them.