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Everyone is sharing this poem with an uplifting hidden meaning

READY TO GET a bit deep and existential on a Wednesday night?<p>This poem is currently going viral on Facebook and Twitter after being posted on a …

'The Salt of the Earth' – 'Shattering' Documentary on the Life of Photographer Sebastião Salgado

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Documentary photography has been one of my foremost artistic influences and fascinations since I was a …

JFK Assassination Documentary ‘Parkland Doctors’ Seeks Crowdfunding

Producers of “The Parkland Doctors,” a documentary about the doctors who tried to save President Kennedy, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on …

Was This Really the Tomb of Alexander the Great's Father?

Analysis of bones raises new questions about the final resting place of Philip II of Macedon.<p>A new forensic study appears to solve a long-standing debate in Greek archaeology over the burial location of King Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great.<p>Since the excavation of the three …

Archaeology

The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes

They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. "Preacher Man", as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had ever read. A dozen or so others would listen, silently praying while stroking rosaries, sitting on bare mattresses, crammed into a …

What Happens When You Turn On Your Inner Addict?

Rich Roll was having a heart attack on his staircase. He was fat. He hated his work. He was unhappy.A few years later he ran, swam, biked, 703 miles …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

11 Things Your Soul Wants You to Learn

<b>“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body, rather than a body with a soul.” – Wayne Dyer</b><p><b>A</b>s we all enjoy our unique human experience, we find …

Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story

Few things in creative culture are more enchanting than an artist’s interpretation of a beloved book. There is Maurice Sendak’s rare and formative art for William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence,” William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i>, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

From Insanity to Death: Inside Burma’s Drug Eradication Museum

The museum is sublime.<p><i>All photos by Alex Palmer</i><p>A few hundred feet from glittering Junction Square Shopping Center, in the center of Burma’s former capital city Yangon, you’ll find the crumbling Drugs Elimination Museum. As an insight into the strangeness and paranoia that has pervaded Burmese …

Are You Almost Alcoholic? Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

According to the literature, you're either an alcoholic or you're not an alcoholic. But might more awareness of the in-between help us?<p>Whitney Houston's cause of death has been identified as accidental drowning, but in the weeks leading up to the report, rumors were swirling. She had a confirmed …

Alcohol-fuelled violence: first we must admit we have a problem

How some can believe that these incidents have always occurred and that media reporting is now overstating the extent of alcohol-related problems is …

My relapse years

<b>A picture of the author as a drinker and a smoker and a New Yorker. She is none of those things now. (Tara Copp)</b><p>After months of trying to quit, I knew I’d be a drunk for life. Then I discovered how useful failing can be<p>Sarah Hepola<p>June 14, 2012 12:00am (UTC)<p>I can remember the day I knew I would …

A Former Wall Street Trader Took These Devastating Photos Of Addicts In The Bronx

Chris Arnade left his job as a foreign exchange trader at a major investment bank to pursue photography full-time.<p>He's not your typical photographer, though.<p>Arnade, who is very critical of Wall Street, spends his time in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods.<p>Some of his most powerful work comes …

Wall Street

You Don't Need God to get Sober - A Message from the Team

For obvious reasons, people post about God on this page. That is fine. The people who know me will second the fact, that I respect and appreciate …

Open-Mindedness

Drug addiction: The complex truth

We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – a set of little-known experiments carried out over 30 years ago tells a very different tale.<p>Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It's not just the …

This Is What Happens When Police Answer A Suspected Drug Dealer's Phone (VIDEO)

So much for an early warning.<p>When someone called a suspected Detroit drug dealer's phone Tuesday to warn of a massive raid, it turned out he was already too late. Little did he know he was speaking to Detroit Police Assistant Chief Eric Jones, who gleefully put the call on speakerphone.<p>The Detroit …

Afghan Heroin Addict Chops Off Wife’s Nose and Lips After She Refused to Give Him Her Jewelry to Sell for Drugs

A heroin addict desperate for a fix reportedly cut off his wife’s nose and lips with a knife in front of their children in Afghanistan, the BBC and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.<p>Neighbors found the woman, Sitara, 30, unconscious in her home, covered with blood and with her nose and lips …

Ozzy Osbourne on booze and drugs relapse: ''I'm so lucky to have Sharon, I've been a bad guy''

Ozzy Osbourne has admitted he's "so lucky to have Sharon" after risking their marriage following a relapse earlier this year.<p>"When I don't drink, …

Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users

I'm in my second year of university, I don't use drugs and I'm struggling to live with people who do. 85% of students at Leeds have tried an illegal substance. Some of my housemates use speed and cocaine every day.<p>Like many young people, I have an unhelpful understanding of drugs. My schoolteachers …

How Maryland is Cracking Down on 'Bath Salts,' 'Spice,' Other Designer Drugs

An expert explains how legislation makes possession of prohibited active ingredients a violation of state law.<p>A surge in the use of designer drugs, …

Demi Lovato reveals addiction that had her sneaking drugs onto planes: ‘I couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine’

[np_storybar title=”Video: Click here to watch Demi Lovato discuss her cocaine addiction with Access Hollywood” link=”#1″]<br>[/np_storybar]<p>Disney star …

Does the Alcoholic/Addict Bring Out the Worst in You?

If there is one thing that my clients have reported through my years of counseling is the common thread or hue and cry that they don't like whom they have become, what they have turned into since dealing with their loved one's addiction issues. They have trouble recognizing themselves and are …

Drug Addiction

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No, Alcoholics Anonymous Is Not 'Ill-Suited to Women'

AA's official literature has traces of 1950s-era sexism, but the program can still be tremendously beneficial for female alcoholics.<p>The first time I walked into an AA meeting, I knew I was in the right place. It was a small women's meeting on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where I was then …

Mike Tyson 'close to death from drugs and alcohol'

Former boxing world champion Mike Tyson has claimed he is "on the verge of dying" due to his struggle with alcohol and drugs.<p>During an emotional news conference after making his debut as a boxing promoter, the 47-year-old confessed to still being an alcoholic and drug user.<p>"I don't wanna die. I'm …

Just Say No to Talking About Your Own Drug Use with Your Kids

Father talking to son<p>Parents who talk to their kids about their own, past drug may not be helping their kids to avoid drugs.<p>“Talk to your kids about …

There's a Reason That Addicts Say Yes to Drugs

How can reality compete with bliss?<p>Years ago, I attended a seminar on evolutionary psychology that inevitably came round to the discussion of drugs. …

Russell Brand: my life without drugs

Russell Brand has not used drugs for 10 years. He has a job, a house, a cat, good friends. But temptation is never far away. He wants to help other addicts, but first he wants us to feel compassion for those affected<p>Brand on Alex Ferguson: a chieftain priest <br>Brand on Thatcher: an icon of …