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Addiction Recovery Support

Managing Thoughts | 0 Comments<p>If you are someone struggling with a behavioral issue (e.g., using substances in a problematic way) or a mood issue …

The Hardest Parts About Being Sober

I talk up sobriety. That's because 99.9 percent of the time it's amazing, and it has definitely transformed my life. I want more people to know how great it is so they can try it themselves. But I wanted to get real for a minute in this post because I want people to know that being sober isn't …

Top 10 Things Not to Say to Your Buddy in Recovery

So it seems that you have a few friends that are in recovery in your life. That is no surprise, most people do. You aren’t in recovery, of course. …

Drug Addiction

5 Gifts of Gratitude

<b>Gratitude is good for your mental and physical health.</b><br>When we make an effort to tap into feelings of gratitude, multiple studies confirm that it pays …

How to Stop Worrying

Self-Help Tips for Anxiety Relief<p>Everyone worries. Worrying can even be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you're …

Self-help

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

One in 10 People in U.S. Have Abused Drugs

Close to 10% of Americans have a drug abuse disorder during their lifetimes, according to a new report released Wednesday.<p>The study, published in <i>JAMA</i> …

How our health care system makes ER doctors addiction enablers

I do a strange thing as a physician almost daily. I go to alcoholics and have them promise me they'll go home and continue drinking. Then I release them back into the wild to do just that.<p>I'm an emergency physician at an urban hospital, and I see alcoholics every single shift, brought in by the …

I'll Always Regret Driving Drunk

My addiction led to so much reckless behavior.<p>I regret driving drunk.<p>I didn't at the time.<p>I wasn't capable of feeling regret back then. <i>I wasn't capable of feeling anything</i>. My alcoholism had gutted me from the inside out. Nothing was left but a shell of skin draped over a dark, hollow cavity. I was …

Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction

America is experiencing an epidemic of heroin use and overdose deaths, often hitting young adults. But many people, sometimes much older, are at risk …

Help Someone, No One Else Will

This is me. Kathy Koenigsdorf - attending at a rally in DC last month with my son, Jake.<p>Isn't he handsome? He was brilliant, too. He's dead now, though. I lost my beautiful boy to heroin two years ago. In fact, according to the DEA report released this month, over 120 Americans die every day from a …

Psychedelic drugs may be helpful in treating addiction, anxiety and PTSD

Psychedelic drugs, including LSD and MDMA, could help some patients struggling with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, according to a new analysis that urges<p>Canadian policy-makers to reconsider their perception of those drugs.<p>The analysis, published Tuesday in the Canadian …

The child of an addict, I became my mother's keeper

<i>Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide.</i><p>My mom was an alcoholic and a drug addict. It’s taken me a long time to say that publicly, and I am completely (finally) okay with that.<p>What good is a struggle if you …

Why I Am Open About My Addiction Recovery

I remember when I was deep in the thrones of my addictions (alcohol, drugs, and an eating disorder). I was living in the darkness. I felt alone and isolated. I didn't think anyone knew or could understand how I was feeling.<p>My identity was my addictions. I had no idea who I was.<p>This mentality and …

This Neuroscientist Argues That Addiction Is Not a Disease and Rehab Is Bullshit

Marc Lewis, a former drug addict and current neuroscientist, says the medical model of treating addiction needs to be challenged.<p>Marc Lewis traveled the long, tenebrous road of opiate addiction, but he emerged out the rabbit hole a neuroscientist, science writer, and author. His best-selling …

Your Ultimate Guide To Saying “No” To People You Can’t Say “No” To

Disappointing your coworkers or your boss or turning down social plans can be uncomfortable when we’ve been conditioned to be agreeable.<p>When was the last time you said “no” to someone you knew? I bet you really have to think about that. I know I did. In the past week, I’ve said “no” to exactly two …

4 Ways to Deal With People Who Just Aren’t Very Nice

When you’re in the presence of a genuinely nice person, you know it. They seem easy to please, make you feel good about yourself, and always have a …

Shame, guilt, and depression in men and women in recovery from addiction.

1994 Nov-Dec;11(6):503-10.<p>1San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, CA 94115.<p>Abstract<p>Men and women in recovery from addiction were compared on …

Self-awareness

Stop Blaming the Alcoholic

What I’ve learned from being my brother’s health advocate in a system filled with more stigma than compassion.<p><i>This story is part of “previews” for</i> …

Indonesian women must take 'virginity tests' before joining the military

Activists want virginity tests and religious discrimination to lead the agenda when President Barack Obama meets with Indonesian President Joko …

The Girl Who Broke Free: Building A New Life In America #15Girls

The week she turned 15, Rosi got an amazing birthday present. She was in a government shelter in New York.<p>And then her father walked in. It was the first time she'd seen him in almost four years.<p>"He brought me a big cake as a present. It was vanilla," she says<b>.</b><p>"She was wearing jeans, tennis shoes, …

U.S.-Mexico border

Horrors of one-child policy leave deep scars in Chinese society

His wife was seven months pregnant with their second child when the group of people barged into his home and took her away. He followed them to the local hospital, where - against medical advice and despite his pleadings - they jammed a needle into her belly.<p>"They grabbed my wife's body like they …

Fascinating Photos Document Gender Equality in Indigenous Cultures around the World

Searching for an alternative to the patriarchal societies often found in Western countries, French photographer Pierre de Vallombreuse journeyed to Southeast Asia to document the fascinating lives of indigenous people in cultures that place equal or even more value on women. Taking a humanistic …

South-east Asia

Tiny device aims to help protect women from sexual assault

In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women and 1.7% of men have been raped during their lifetimes, according to the CDC.<p>Roar for Good is …

Irish women are tweeting the prime minister about their periods in abortion ban protest

DUBLIN — Irish women have taken a new approach to their campaign against the country's abortion ban — they're tweeting the Taoiseach, the country's …

Finally, More Women Are Going To Business School

Still not enough, though.<p>More women are going to business school and, if you care about how few females make it to the upper echelons of corporate America, that’s not terrible news.<p>The percentage of women enrolled full-time in the nation’s top business schools, a list that includes Harvard and …

Meet Saudi Arabia's first women election candidates

Activists, professionals and housewives among more than 1,000 to be nominated in the country's first council elections open to women<p>Their election leaflets cannot contain photographs, and they are not allowed to address men directly at campaign meetings.<p>But in a breakthrough moment for Saudi …

Saudi Arabia

An unusual boarding school in a small Indian city could be improving the lives of child brides

India has a serious child-marriage problem. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, one-third of the world’s child brides—or 240 million—are in this country.<p>This ancient tradition not only deprives girls of education, but also makes them vulnerable to early childbearing, sexual coercion …

Gender