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Victim or Survivor?

Heidi Cave | Posted 10.31.2013 | TED Weekends
Heidi Cave

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI was confused and continued to sob until the door swung open and my boyfriend of just six weeks came into the room. He stood by my bed. "Heidi. You have to fight. You have to decide. Do you want to live?"

Spiritual Colonic

Edie Weinstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

I wear many professional hats: journalist, author, therapist, speaker, minister, healer, radio show host social worker, PR goddess, reiki master and ...

Not Another Recovery Memoir

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Heather Kopp

I needed to read a recovery memoir that was actually about recovery. I was desperate to hear a newly sober person talk about joy. And if possible, to hear from a person of faith who had succumbed to addiction, quit, and come out the other side without losing God in the process.

What if You're Doing Better Than You Think?

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

One of the hazards of Christianity--or for that matter, any path of spiritual formation--is that we get so focused on change and growth that we forget that we're okay right now. God isn't waiting for us to finally get it all together so he can love us more.

How to Scream for Help

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

As soon as we give up hope that we can save ourselves from ourselves, as soon as we're willing to put down our pride and cry out for rescue, God shows up in a yellow shirt. And we are saved.

No Vacation For Busy Small Business Owners

AP | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK — Jerome Cleary was on the verge of taking a trip to Hawaii this month when he started getting emails and phone calls from potential cl...

The Value of Intervention

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

If you are reading this and someone you care about is suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction, my heart truly goes out to you. No one wants to be the bad guy and no one wants to point at the elephant in the room. It's not how any of us were raised.

Dr. Drew Opens Up

Anna David | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"The only thing going on in an active addict's brain is, 'I've got to use.' And as a non-addict, I have to get re-directed on that all the time."

Celebrities and Drug Addiction: A Perfect Storm

John Tsilimparis | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

As an addiction therapist, in the past 15 years of treating many different types of chemically-dependent individuals and their families, I have observed significant reasons as to why celebs and drug addiction seem to come together so often.

The Absence of Presence

Francis Levy | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is not really there? It could be them or you. Either the person in question is quite distant and removed b...

When Sin Is a 5-Letter Word

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

The original meaning of the word "sin" is to fall short of an ideal or to "miss the mark." That's all of us. Every day. But these days, we're more likely to equate sin with evil and immorality. We imbue the word with a dark and loathsome intent.

Fed Chair to Congress: Stop Killing Jobs

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In his congressional testimony yesterday, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke called out the Congress. He warned them to stop the reckless and mindless spending cuts that are killing jobs and growth. His warnings fell on deaf ears in the Congress.

I'm Not Trying to Be Well-Adjusted

Stacy Bare | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Bare

The other day, someone told me that I seemed like a "relatively well-adjusted veteran." It's been six years and counting, and to be honest, I hope I'm never all that well adjusted. None of my heroes ever has been.

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.