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Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wish I had been able to recognize and deal with my alcoholism before you died. I wish we could have gotten sober together. I wish I could have been the sister I should have been. I wish we could share recovery together. I wish you didn't have to die for me to acknowledge my own addiction.

My Drug and Alcohol History Reads Like a Sad Handwritten Book

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

By the time I acknowledged my defeat, I had two choices. I could continue on the road I was on, unwilling to accept help, eventually ending with death, or I could accept help, admitting I was powerless over alcohol and begin a road of recovery. I chose the latter.

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.

"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.

What We Can Learn From Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Celebrities who go in and out of rehab may be struggling privately, but the message the public receives in those cases -- enough details to know that a celebrity is back in a program, but not enough to know why -- is too often that rehab is a place to go whenever you feel the need to get away for a bit.

My One Nightstand: A Story of Cancer, Addiction, and Furniture

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Oral Fixation

My nightstand served as a holding tank for the turquoise kidney shaped throw-up trays I'd need over five years of chemo. It converted to a trashcan for all of the Kleenex used to wipe the vomit off my face. It displayed fish tanks, terrariums and cool lamps. It housed the first love letter I ever received. When I moved away from home, my nightstand naturally came with me.

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.

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...

28 Celebrities Who Don't Drink

Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity

Not every celebrity accepts a glass of wine or champagne at those A-list parties. Many stars have admitted they don't drink, whether it be because...

Is Alcoholism in Women the Last Taboo?

Susan Brace Lovell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Susan Brace Lovell

Mary doesn't have cancer; she has alcoholism. And, like Emily, she is undergoing treatment. But hers is not chemotherapy; hers is a 30-day residential program for alcoholism/addiction. Her family, too, could use a sign-up sheet for meals and support during this difficult time.

My Privates Have a Personal Trainer: Stories From Pelvic Floor Rehab (Part One)

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

I laugh a little, because I always laugh when someone talks about farting or peeing and she just mentioned both. And also because Ally, the physical therapist who I just met, is staring at my lady parts. I tense my pelvic floor muscles while she watches. I feel like I am winking at a stranger. With my vagina.

How I Caught Alcoholism

Anna David | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I announced that I finally understood what everyone had been saying about how alcohol was a clear gateway to drugs, a fact I'd never known before because I'd always done drugs all the time -- without ever needing alcohol to ease the transition or give me the idea.

Iran Opens First Alcohol Rehab Center

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

Alcohol consumption in Iran has not only brought about addiction, but has created an underground market for sellers and saghis.

A Complete 180

Jason Wahler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Jason Wahler

Behind the scenes, my addiction had led me to the deepest, darkest places. I continued to get into legal trouble, and I even tried to take my own life. I was convinced that I had it all -- backpacks full of cash, girls, fame, cars, you name it.

Zen and the Art of Therapeutic Food Shopping

Abby Higgs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Higgs

Grocery shopping also taught me that I can only handle so much. Literally. My grocery bag is the size of a duffel bag.

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.

WATCH: 60 YO Former Crack Cocaine Addict Finds Art as New Drug of Choice

HooplaHa | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
HooplaHa

Candyce Scott is a 60+ former crack cocaine addict who never thought she would one day be an artist. As part of her rehab, she chose to get involved w...

When Relapse Turns Deadly: What You Need to Know About Drug Overdose

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

For most people, relapse is not the end of recovery; it's another step on the journey. But those who accidentally overdose -- often people who are sincerely trying to get better -- make one miscalculation and suffer the only fate that means hope is lost.

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.

Galliano's Addiction -- Death by Dior: Part Two, The Vanity Fair Scoop

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.04.2013 | Celebrity
Alison Winfield Burns

Galliano describes "hearing the rustle of the taffeta" and "being able to smell the perfume on the girl." The glee that once was Galliano's shines through still, alive and well. Galliano brings fairy tales to life, although he's been very close to losing his own.

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.

'I've Been Gifted With an Alcoholic Father'

Karen Fitzgerald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Fitzgerald

I know what can await them, if they truly find recovery, because I have been blessed to witness the profound hero's journey that it can be. But first, like all addicts, they have to ask for help.

26 Going on 60

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer I was 26 years old. I wasn't the youngest person in the world to deal with such an ordeal, but I wasn't the oldest. And as many young cancer fighters would say, younger than they ever thought they would be to be diagnosed with a serious health problem.

Nation's Poorest Losing Help When They Need It Most

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

BALTIMORE -- Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying...