• The Story of Mel B.

    “If we’re willing to share all our garbage, we should be willing to share all the good stuff, too.” If you’ve ever read anything about the Roaring Twenties, well, it was supposed to have been a period of wild gaiety, heavy drinking, and slaphappy fun. That was the good-time era I was born into–September 9, […]

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  • Tips for Preventing the Holiday Blues, Staying Sober

    Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied […]

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  • Stress, depression and the holidays: 10 tips for coping

    Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. By Mayo Clinic staff The holiday season, which begins for most Americans with Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day, often brings unwelcome guests – stress and depression. And it’s […]

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  • Beyond Addiction

    Improving our understanding of alcohol and drug addiction Good Living The sky was crystal clear, but it was 8 degrees, and a biting wind made it feel even colder when I tentatively ventured outdoors for a jog. “Winter in Minnesota” isn’t a satisfying excuse when the treadmill in the basement has logged its last mile […]

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  • Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What

    In her book Playing It by Heart, Beattie helps readers understand what drives them back into the grasp of controlling behavior and victimhood-and what it takes to pull themselves out, to return to the healing, faith, and maturity that come with a commitment to recovery. Personal essays, inspiring anecdotes, and prescriptive reminders show readers how […]

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  • Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment

    With the artistry of a memoirist, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart draws on her personal story and an impressive range of knowledge in psychology, spirituality, and the Twelve Steps to show us the way out of the morass of pain and confusion that addiction creates. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps is moving and inspiring, full of practical guidance. […]

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  • Live with Integrity and Live Your Best Life

    Are you the kind of person you say you are? Do you have the integrity you want to have? Are you living little lies that keep you from real happiness? Ask yourself: When you hear a juicy piece of gossip, do you pass it on? Do you think it’s harmless to tell little white lies […]

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  • Co-Occuring Disorders and the 12 Steps

    Following the Twelve Steps can be uniquely challenging for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. From mixed messages about medication and treatment, to dealing with emotions that arise from working the Steps, Marya Hornbacher provides practical guidance for approaching sanity and sobriety. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had […]

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  • Resurgence in Ecstasy Use on the Horizon?

    Several indicators suggest that there may be a resurgence in ecstasy use in the coming years. There were an estimated 1.1 million new ecstasy users in 2009, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This is an increase of 83% from the most recent low incidence rate of 607,000 […]

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  • Addictive Thinking, Understanding Self-Deception

    Rabbi, psychiatrist, and chemical dependency counselor Dr. Abraham Twerski, author of Addictive Thinking, explains the distorted thinking that often follows relapse. Growth in Recovery Because recovery is a growth process, relapse is an interruption of that growth. But relapse does not mean going back to square one. Yet almost without exception, that is what the […]

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