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The Heroin Antidote? How Naloxone Can Help and Hurt Addicts

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Something that has come out of the increased awareness of heroin addiction is a newfound interest with the controversial drug naloxone that can reverse the side effects and overdoses of opioids. It is a right move that more states are giving police and first responders' access to this drug, but it is one that comes with a lot of controversy.

Hairroin? Really? Addicted to Ignorance, Not Style

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.

From Pain to Purpose in Two Years

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

In February of this year, I received a phone call that made me pull off to the side of the road in tears. It was a phone call for help. It was a phone call from the kid who was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of my brother.

Checking the Ego Into Rehab and Sticking to a Fitness PLAN

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

Because of my ego I feared failure. I was too embarrassed to be "bad" at anything, and though I used the excuse that I was scared of hurting my back, I was also really scared of hurting my ego. So often, rather than trying something new, I did nothing at all.

Rob Ford: A Real Winner

Susie Sampson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Rob Ford, the illustrious Mayor of Toronto, has entered rehab. I know it might come as a shock to you given the purity he has shown but alas, no one's...

Mackenzie Phillips' Plea For Better Drug Treatment: 'My People Are Dying'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.09.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Mackenzie Phillips choked up on Thursday as she discussed the lack of available recovery options for drug addicts in America today. "We need to sha...

Sobriety: My Joyful Second Act

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wasn't a perfect match for anything other than rehab, and that didn't come until years later. These guys would soon figure that out. If not on the first date, then definitely by the second or third. Then, on to the next one.

How The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies High-Kicked My Sobriety

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

It was the first time that I didn't think about having -- or not having -- a drink. I lost myself in the joy of that matinee performance and the exuberance of the performers who were happy to be alive despite -- or because of -- the years of baggage behind them.

Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.19.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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.