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For Young People Addicted to Painkillers, the Path Less Taken -- Why?

Stephen J. Pasierb | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen J. Pasierb

While no one treatment approach is right for every teen, it is clinically sensible -- but not easy -- to find comprehensive care. We tell families to look for three things.

Broken Lives and Open Hearts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

This week will mark the 34th anniversary of the accident that resulted in my quadriplegia, and I have been reflecting about how life happens and then ...

The Economy Is Growing Faster Than We Thought

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in almost two years in the third quarter while business spending was stronger than pr...

Harley & Me: The Power of (a Dog's) Love

Tracy Strauss | Posted 05.15.2014 | Impact
Tracy Strauss

I'm in therapy to cope with PTSD, which I have as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Harley is not a certified therapy dog -- he is simply my therapist's dog -- but he's been sitting in on my sessions for almost two years now. His presence is a comfort. But it wasn't always.

Are You 'Exactly Where You Are Meant to Be?'

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.

The Boy in the Boardroom: When Sexual Abuse and Manhood Collide

Chris Carlton | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Carlton

Who's in charge of prioritizing man-rules? Aren't there exceptions? Where do we draw the line between ordering chicken wings when our health requires a grilled chicken salad, and abandoning healthiness and happiness altogether to protect a notion that none of us are obligated to defend?

Grace

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Being chronically ill is learning about love. Whether I believe I can recover or not, I am blessed.

It Wasn't Escapism. I Was Rescued.

Dean Trippe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Dean Trippe

I was in the darkness. The story of Batman helped me realize I could wrap it around my arms like a security blanket. Or a cape. The yellow symbol on my chest was my light defended by a black creature more powerful than anything crime could throw at me.

A Not-So-Mindful Retreat

Kevin Griffin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

On my first Buddhist meditation retreat over Thanksgiving weekend, 1980, the teacher, a Buddhist monk, took away our car keys, watches, and jewelry at the beginning of the retreat. The idea was to keep us from running away, stop us from thinking about time, and make us let go of physical adornment.

Don't Become a Survivor: 8 Resilience Behaviors That Help You Move Beyond Trauma

Kathy Caprino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kathy Caprino

When you can hold life's so-called imperfections in that light, you'll find that what makes you magnificent is everything you've previously believed is wrong with you.

My Birthday Wish

Ben Haygood | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ben Haygood

Sir -- I AM Jersey Strong. It's just that my local post office doesn't recognize "beach behind the dunes" or "Toyota behind the Wawa."

Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.

Bieber Drops 'One Of The Most Important' Songs

Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment

Justin Bieber released a new song called "Recovery" this week, as a part of his ongoing Music Mondays series. The 19-year-old singer took to Twitter t...

Obama's Top Economic Adviser Tells Democrats They'll Have To Swallow Entitlement Cuts

Bloomberg Businessweek | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics

This morning, Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, appeared before a Democratic business group for what was bille...

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser

Whitney Fisch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Whitney Fisch

Cheat on me with my good friend? Let me take you to the movies! Lie to my face? Can I buy you dinner?

BLS Says Job Numbers... Are Not Available

Roger Hickey | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

On the first Friday of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the unemployment numbers -- but not this month.

Can a Book End Addiction for Good?

Anna David | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

They recommend 12-step work, but they also point out the large role that trauma often plays in addiction development, trauma which is not worked through by using the steps.

Motivation at Its Maximum

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Brian volunteering at a Red Cross event in Connecticut before the Hartford Marathon When we are born, we are given the gift of a lifetime. However,...

Psychiatry and Hearing Voices: A Dialogue With Eleanor Longden

Allen Frances | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

This could be one of my most important blogs. It is an attempt to find common ground between psychiatry and the Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) -- a growing international grassroots effort to help people find meaning in their troubling experiences.

At the Intersection of Addiction and Grace

Heather Kopp | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

Who used to live in dread of being exposed as an alcoholic and would rather die than declare it from a podium? The only explanation is that Noah and I are walking, talking miracles -- living proof of God's goodness and grace.

Finding Peace and Gratitude in PTSD Recovery

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Throughout the 20 months of my own recovery, it has been others sharing their stories; telling their tales of suffering, often embarrassing and humbling, but with recognizable themes and events that motivated and strengthened me when I was weak.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis: A Highly Valuable Contribution Despite Major Flaws

Ron Unger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

I hope to see future versions of ACT which acknowledge this and which help people find value in, rather than just tolerate, the experiences they once felt compelled to avoid at all costs.

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

Is Miley Responsible for Drug ODs?

Anna David | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Miley Cyrus didn't kill them. The Zoo Festival didn't kill them. But our society, which glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol and stigmatizes addiction and even recovery -- that expends outrageous amounts of energy on shaming Miley Cyrus while ignoring many of the issues worth getting upset about -- does play a part

My Journey to Hazelden: 50 Days That Changed Everything

Tommy Rosen | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

When I arrived in rehab, I was acutely aware that all my thoughts, words and actions up to that point in my life had led me to this place. This was the result of the sum total of all my activities. What I could not realize was that I had hit the jackpot. My authentic self was awakening.