Shia LaBeouf Wrote Movie 'Honey Boy' About His Traumatic Childhood While in Rehab


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A Mom's Memoir - A Means for Coping with a Child's Addiction

A Mom's Memoir - A Means for Coping with a Child's Addiction

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10 Ways to Practice Self-Care in Everyday Life

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care in Everyday Life

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5 Sober Date Ideas That Will Help You Kick Loneliness This Winter

5 Sober Date Ideas That Will Help You Kick Loneliness This Winter

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Author David Sheff on reclaiming his son from the depths of meth addiction—and his advice for parents.

Beautiful Boy

Author David Sheff on reclaiming his son from the depths of meth addiction—and his advice for parents.

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The annual The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular

Shapiro’s legacy of drug-abuse prevention continues with gala fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

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America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead. Annie Lowrey

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Secrets and Shame

Psychologists say lies weigh us down in more ways than we know. Here’s how to come clean and move on from a life lived in shadows.

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We caught up with Gabor Maté back in 2012 while he was on holiday on Hornby Island, British Columbia.

In light of the American Society for Addiction Medicine’s new definition of addiction as a primary disease, what do you think: Is addiction a disease or a choice?

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Protect your Kids

Sound advice for teaching your kids about love—and keeping addiction from plaguing your family.

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Intense Reactions Regarding Self-Mutilation Part 2

How to Identity and Resolve Transference & Counter-Transference via Art

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Intense Reactions Regarding Self-Mutilation Part 3

How to Identity and Resolve Transference & Counter-Transference via Art

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Intense Reactions Regarding Self-Mutilation Part 1

How to Identity and Resolve Transference & Counter-Transference via Art

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Managing Expectations for a Loved One's Addiction Recovery

Managing expectations for a loved one’s recovery can be difficult, but it is key to providing adequate support and playing your part in the process.

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Death in Detox. What you Need to Know.

Addicts are dying in non-medical rehabs. Unscrupulous treatment centers greedy for money are popping up as more insurance companies cover drug and alcohol intervention therapies. It’s become more important than ever to shop wisely before enrolling yourself or a loved one in treatment.

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Sparrow Land: A One Woman Show

In the new one-woman show, “Sparrow Land,” a toddler boy named Sparrow screeches and roams the stage while his therapist/interventionist mother, Tonya Meeks, performs her act at the Electric Lodge in Venice Beach, California.

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An Interview with Ricky Byrd

Former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd is dreaming of performing his new album, “Clean Getaway,” to recovery audiences across the country.

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The Consequences of Stigma and How It Impacts All Of Us

Facing and healing from a mental health or substance use disorder is hard enough. But there’s another layer of pain that often comes along with those challenges: dealing with other people’s reactions to them.

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Inspired in 2018

Attain freedom and joy through forgiveness in 2018.

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Recovery Resolve

Let’s mark the end of the year with gratitude for the gifts we have received, and kick off 2018 with a renewed commitment to our recovery!

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Managing Your Shopping Addiction

Remember, the holiday season is less about what you buy others and more about appreciating their company and presence in your life. Nothing you can purchase will replace the time you spend with your loved ones.

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Financial Recovery

Many people don’t think of money as a recovery issue—but your financial habits can be closely linked to sobriety.

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Sober For The Holidays

Whether you’re fresh out of rehab, or have some sobriety under your belt, facing the holidays is challenging.​

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4 ways to regain trust

The 4 pillars of regaining trust

When my daughter first came out of a rehabilitation center, I had high hopes that we’d be close again, yet I obsessed about her relapsing.

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Gabor Maté at a signing for his latest book.

Interview with the Author: Gabor Maté

We caught up with Gabor Maté while he was on holiday on Hornby Island, British Columbia

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Reinventing Ourselves in Recovery

It’s not about creating a shiny new self; reinvention is about moving toward the self we left behind.​

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Aftercare Spotlight: Centering Prayer Can Bring Silence to Your Soul

A husband and wife's loss leads them to an ancient form of prayer and meditation. Centering Prayer and the spiritual principles of Twelve Step recovery bring freedom and fulfillment.

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Jimmy Webb

The Cake, the Rain and the Songwriter: an Interview with Jimmy Webb

Beginning in the mid-1960s and continuing to the present day, singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb has been an audible part of our consciousness. As you might imagine, there is more to Webb than his unforgettable songs and in his new memoir, The Cake and the Rain (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) he fills in the details through the early 1970s. Gregg Shapiro interviews Webb about the book and his music in the summer of 2017.

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Connecting the Dots: Past Experience and Addiction

Identifying and acknowledging the role life events play in addiction is often the first step to healing. Those willing to bravely face where they have come from are best positioned to for long-term, successful recovery.

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How to Choose the Right Addiction Treatment for You

The best treatment is the one that resonates with you — the one you believe will work for you.

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Life Recovery

How “Hollywood Book Man” Scott Steindorff is about to disrupt the field of addiction and recovery

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10 Experiences That Are Better Than Being High

When you’re struggling with an addiction, it’s usually because you’ve bought into the lie that the next hit or drink will make your life better or easier. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are 10 experiences that are better than being high.

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A Father's Secrets, A Daughter's Search

How Sharon Leder uses her life story as the oldest daughter of a heroin addict to help her imagine ways for the characters in her new novel, The Fix, to survive conflict, tragedy and trauma without losing sight of the supports they need to prevail

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Brad Pitt Opens Up About Alcoholism and Recovery

“I know I'm just in the middle of this thing now — not at the beginning or at the end, just smack-dab in the middle. And I don't want to dodge any of it.”

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Lucky Charmer

An interview with gay writer James Hart

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Rae of Light

An interview with actress Charlotte Rae

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The Honesty Project

An excerpt from 'The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery'

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Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery

‘The Craving Brain’ shows the way out of addiction, following the path of one recovering addict and a physician’s 40-year walk beside 1,000 others.

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Put Down the Dating App

Recovery, not romance, should be the focus for newly sober addicts and alcoholics.

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A 400-pound Elephant with a Stethoscope

The medical community bears responsibility for practices that have led to the alarming increase in prescription drug dependence and an equal responsibility to adopt practices that will stem the tide. ​

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Addiction: It’s a Family Affair

Addiction is rarely a solo effort or simply someone else’s problem. It is called a family disease because of its devastating impact on those closest to the person suffering from addiction, including spouses, children, other family members and even friends.

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Are We Addicted to Overspending?

American credit card debt has reached more than $935 billion. It's time to help people tackle debt and get on top of their finances.

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Nutrition after Addiction: Healing Mind and Body Together

It's so important for people in recovery to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This March — National Nutrition Month — put your best fork forward.

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Why We’re Losing the War on Drugs and Alcohol

We can’t solve this persistent and complex problem without identifying reasons why there has been little success in curbing America’s appetite for drugs and alcohol. We need a new way of thinking.

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How Meditation Could Be the Key to Senior Addiction Recovery

Holistic treatment methods may be very beneficial during the recovery of an elderly addict. Meditation and yoga not only improve the mind and body connection but also teach the concept of mindfulness.​

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Why Your ‘Social’ Drinking Isn’t So Social

We must stop using “everyone does it” as an excuse for irresponsible behavior. Let’s encourage one another in taking the drinking out of being social.

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Build Good Habits to Repair Your Addiction-damaged Heart

Although drug and alcohol abuse can weaken the heart as well as other organs, good practices can help stop further damage or even heal it a little. The important thing is to quit the addiction and build new, better habits.

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The Failing Stigma and Treatment of Mental Illness

What is wrong in the world when we’ve seen so much violence and so many lives lost as a result of untreated and avoided mental wellness issues? What is the stigma people look to avoid that turns into untreated symptoms that results in mass chaos and destruction?

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A Father’s Road to Recovery

A story of hope from a courageous father who supported his daughter from addiction to achieving recovery ​

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Should You Tell Your Employer You Have a Substance Abuse Problem?

Never let the stigma of addiction stop you from getting help. Seeking help for your substance abuse is one of the most courageous decisions you can make.

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Recovery for a Native Son

After losing six brothers to alcoholism, Mike Williams Sr. raced the Iditarod carrying precious cargo in his sled: the sobriety pledges of hundreds of people. It’s just one way that the community leader is inspiring wellness among Alaskan natives.

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Recovery Retreats

Whether you’re trying to give up smoking, reconnect with the 12-steps or learn how to find balance and happiness in sobriety, there’s likely a recovery retreat that can help you get there.

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Codependency: An Unexpected Addiction

Getting help for your codependency can revolutionize the way you live your life, see yourself and approach situations. Get the help you need today.

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve Sober

Celebrating any holiday without alcohol can be difficult for some. With these ideas and many others out there, you should have no trouble celebrating in a way that’s right for you.

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East Village Voice

An interview with gay writer Tim Murphy, whose epic third novel, Christodora, is the queer book of the summer, perhaps the year

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With Every Beat of Her Heart

An interview with Nina Diaz

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Healing the Addicted Brain

Read the first chapter of the revolutionary, science-based alcoholism and addiction recovery program by Dr. Harold Urschel.

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Why ‘Smart’ Drugs Only Make You Dumber

Dr. Harold Urschel, chief medical strategist of Dallas-based Enterhealth and author of the New York Times best-seller Healing the Addicted Brain, on the implications of using “smart drugs” to improve performance ​

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Releasing Stigma’s Grip

Addiction touches all walks of life. The good news is recovery is within reach.

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My First Christmas Sober

The mere thought of getting sober in autumn was overwhelming for me, and I truly struggled with the idea of a sober holiday season, shorter days and fast-approaching sober nights. I had to reach deep inside myself to find the courage and the strength to put one foot in front of the other if I wanted to save my own life.

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Holiday Spirit? Bartender, Make Mine a Double!

Alcohol is a big part of many holiday celebrations, and many people drink to excess during this time. For people in recovery, navigating family dynamics can be an emotional trigger.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Or the greatest potential for stress and chaos? Ten tips for staying sober during the holidays.

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Without Feathers

Life without hope may be our best chance for peace.

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Why It’s OK Not to Drink Once You’re Legal

You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time. There are plenty of reasons why not drinking is a good idea. And there are plenty of ways to have fun without it!

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Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Call it what you like — a drink or two will fix it, right?

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Asian Shame and Addiction: Suffering in Silence

Asian cultures are rooted in shame. We are known as shame-based cultures since our lives, families and mindsets revolve around some aspect of shame. I should know, as my life was once shackled by shame.

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Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

Just as with substance abuse recovery, you can live a long, beautiful life free of the restraint of your ED. The first step is admitting that you have a problem.

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A Losing Proposition

S. A. Stolinsky, PhD, a licensed psychologist, delves deep into the hidden world of gambling addiction in her private practice and in her new suspense thriller, Hot Shot.

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Stress, Resiliency and the Modern Life

The world is changing, and stress is plentiful, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

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Dual Diagnosis in College: How Students Can Get Help

Mood disorders, substance abuse and addiction and dual diagnosis can have serious effects on a college student’s well-being. However, help is available and recovery is possible.

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There’s No Such Thing as ‘Real’ Recovery

It’s easy to want recovery to have a neat definition that you can pinpoint, but labeling anyone’s recovery journey as real or otherwise benefits no one — especially someone who is trying to recover.

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That Sober Mom

Being a young, sober woman raising two daughters has posed many unique challenges over the years. As my children grow up, I am put in different circles with different people. And it turns out book clubs and cookie swaps are not always what they seem.

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The Morning Routine That Will Change Your Life

A morning routine should hold depth and weight, pushing you toward a healthier and happier mind, body and spirit. All you need is nine minutes to change your life. Are you willing to try?

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Loving Someone in Recovery

Dr. Beverly Berg offers the answers you need when your partner is recovering from addiction.

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I’m Sober, Now What?

Our choices move us closer to, or further away from, addiction. Healthy coping skills can mean the difference between long-term sobriety and relapse.

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Playing Cards — Sober

Chris Rosburg created a recovery support program out of his own experience to help others get sober and stay sober.

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This Is Your Brain On Drugs — Any Questions?

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids launches the “Fried Egg 2016” campaign re-imagined for today's parents.

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Everyone Is Addicted to Something

Playwright Elise Maurine Milner tackles higher powers, making amends and all the steps in between in 12 Steps, the Musical.

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Back to School: How to Manage College Sober

Going to school in sobriety is a glorifying accomplishment — an accomplishment that has the potential to boost your self-confidence and help you to achieve a level of self-worth that you never knew possible.

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Post-college Depression: How Alcohol Can Make It Worse

on Aug 07, 2016 04:25 AM

One of the symptoms of post-college depression is excessive drinking. It's relatively easy to turn to the bottle to temporarily cure your woes. Post-college depression and alcohol definitely mix often, but they don't mix well.

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How to Help a Close Friend with Addiction

on Aug 05, 2016 02:44 PM

The presence of a close, supportive peer network is a decisive factor in achieving positive recovery outcomes. But it’s also the case that not knowing how to help a close friend with addiction can be an obstacle to intervening effectively or intervening at all.

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Debunking the Negative Stigma of Addiction Treatment

on Jul 27, 2016 12:08 PM

Here are the common misconceptions about addiction treatment debunked:

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The Addicts Comedy Tour

on Jul 21, 2016 08:35 PM

Comedians Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews combine just enough laughter with tears, showing audiences that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Addiction and Relapse — Are Hormones to Blame?

on Jul 21, 2016 07:42 PM

Determining your hormonal balance and taking it into account from the beginning will promote a faster, more successful recovery and improve your chances of remaining clean and sober with a lower chance of relapsing.

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Summer Fun and Sobriety: Can They Really Mix?

The summer months are particularly difficult in early sobriety. Aside from every holiday, the summer months are the perfect excuse for copious amounts of alcohol. But when you gather a group of sober people for any activity, you are bound to have fun.

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The Next Gateway Drug

on Jul 07, 2016 08:48 PM

Dr. Lisa Strohman, founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center, talks about the global issue of technology addiction and overuse.

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Hope for the Prisoners of Heroin

on Jul 06, 2016 10:45 PM

Freedom from active addiction is available to anyone willing enough to take a suggestion. Once you make the decision to get clean, you are no longer powerless and living in a hopeless state of mind. You are now on your way. You have bailed yourself out of heroin's prison, and you never have to go back.

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

on Jul 06, 2016 03:46 PM

An international expert on sexual addiction, Doug Weiss has been teaching people how to have great sex for more than 30 years.

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Life After Relapse: How to Bounce Back and Start Over

on Jul 06, 2016 01:57 PM

One relapse doesn’t have to precede a complete downward spiral into that old dark tunnel of substance abuse. You can rebound.

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Demystifying Postpartum Addiction

on Jun 28, 2016 12:13 PM

Postpartum addiction is rarely spoken of, yet a number of new mothers find themselves turning to drugs and alcohol in an effort to cope with the demands of motherhood.

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From Drunk and Dying to Authentic and Thriving

on Jun 27, 2016 08:53 PM

Raised in South Carolina and born to question everything, including her sexual identity, Temple Hayes turned to spirit to pull her from the car wrecks of abuse and alcohol addiction. Today, as a new thought global leader, she’s showing others how to be exactly who they are and live the life their hearts' desire.

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The Addictions Coach

on Jun 20, 2016 11:10 PM

Cali Estes isn’t afraid to tell the most powerful people on earth, “No.” In fact, they pay her to do it. A celebrity addiction specialist, Estes has more than 20 years of experience getting everyone from CEOs to rock stars to rehab.

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The Change Agent

on Jun 20, 2016 03:47 PM

Brad Lamm, the Golden Boy of Addiction, talks about his recovery philosophy, how substance use disorders and binge eating disorders work together, and myths about change that keep people stuck.

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We Are Not Alone

on Jun 20, 2016 02:48 PM

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a resource for parents in recovery.

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Principles of Recovery from the Punk Rock Pulpit

on Jun 20, 2016 02:22 PM

Getting to know Jack Grisham’s A Principle of Recovery: An Unconventional Journey Through The Twelve Steps

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Felon to Father

I am still quite new at being a father, and every day, I get a little better. My biggest gift today is my family, my wife and my recovery.

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Refuge Recovery

There isn’t one road to recovery. Dave Smith talks about one Buddhist's path to recovering from addiction and an upcoming conference with opportunities for collaboration, meditation, education and fun.​

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Forgiving an Addict & Forgiving Yourself

on Jun 06, 2016 02:51 PM

A story of losing a parent to substance abuse

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From Convict to Rabbi: Rabbi Mark Borovitz Is the Holy Thief

on Jun 02, 2016 11:35 AM

Rabbi Mark Borovitz talks about the spiritual malaise in our country and how we need to recognize that each individual matters. What this means for addicts is that we need to treat the human being, not the disease.

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Through the Eye of the Needle

on Jun 02, 2016 10:18 AM

We were once all the same: little kids dreaming of flying to space, becoming doctors, lawyers and firemen. What if you took the time to see the disease as insidious and not the person?

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The Woman in the Mirror

on Jun 01, 2016 09:22 PM

There used to be a time I hated my own reflection when I looked in the mirror. Today, I have gratitude in my heart. I am very thankful for my past. I am grateful to be in recovery. Today, I like the girl looking back at me in the mirror.

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9 Mistakes Family and Friends Make During Addiction Recovery

on May 24, 2016 09:08 PM

It takes a lot of strength for addicts to overcome addiction and remain sober. There are many things that can trigger relapse; therefore, it is vital not to make these nine mistakes during the recovering process.

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The Role of Friends, Family and Strong Support Networks in Overcoming Addiction

on May 13, 2016 01:11 AM

Throughout the entire recovery process, from first seeking help to participating in therapy, friends, family and an extended support network have a great impact on the recovery process and can dramatically affect the long-term success of recovery.

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Meet Evan "Bullet" James, the Extractor

on May 12, 2016 10:54 PM

A new show on A&E called Extractors follows ex-con, gangster and recovering drug addict Evan "Bullet" James and his team as they locate missing teens and extract them from life-threatening situations.​

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Truth Is Discovered, Not Taught

on May 12, 2016 02:02 PM

Our greatest gift is what we hold inside, a power held inside by fear and false perception. Faith is the courage to get through fear.

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Kevin’s Story

on May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

A single moment can alter your story forever. For Barry Adkins, that moment came one Sunday morning when three police officers arrived at his doorstep and handed him his son's driver's license.

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Barry’s Big Vision

on May 05, 2016 08:37 PM

When Barry Jay gave up drugs, he needed somewhere to transfer his addiction. Now, with 11 years sober and a revolutionary exercise program known as “The Best Workout in the World,” Jay is addicted to staying sober and helping others do the same.

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The Painful Goodbye: Loving an Addict

on May 04, 2016 12:04 PM

Who would have thought the best thing you could ever do for your child would be to say, “No. Goodbye. Get help, and we will be here after.” It’s hard to stomach. It really is. But who knows what my tombstone would have said if mom and dad kept feeding my disease. When my parents finally learned to say, "No," they saved my life.

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Is It Stress Or Depression — Let’s Find Out

on Apr 16, 2016 02:37 PM

In order to determine whether you’re dealing with stress or depression, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of both.

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Unbecoming What Is Not You

on Apr 14, 2016 02:21 PM

Maybe the journey of someone’s life is not so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming what is not you so you can eventually be who you were meant to be in the first place.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dating Somebody in Recovery

on Apr 07, 2016 05:05 PM

Here are eight tested tips for dating somebody in recovery. This guide compiles tips from experts as well as a number of tips we discovered by questioning folk who've managed to sustain a loving relationship despite prior addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

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10 Tips for Surrounding Yourself with the Right People After Rehab

on Apr 04, 2016 03:31 PM

Choosing the people you socialize with is critical in order to stay clean. These 10 tips will help you choose people who will support you in your recovery.

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Six Ways to Manage Your Fear and Anxiety

on Apr 04, 2016 02:44 PM

How to deal with chronic fear and anxiety

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From Night Terrors to Peaceful Sleep

on Mar 18, 2016 11:33 PM

Today I believe in miracles because I became one. I thought I never stood a chance at a happy and healthy life, and now I have one.

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A Work in Progress

on Mar 15, 2016 09:56 PM

I learned that there are two primary choices in life: Accept the conditions I have found myself in as they exist, or take the full personal responsibility to change them. I made a choice to change.

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The First Cut Is the Deepest

How a breakup sent one woman down a path of destruction and how recovery got her back on the right track​

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How To Help An Addict Get Help

on Feb 28, 2016 03:41 PM

Six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need. ​

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Seven Things You Need to Know When Going to Rehab

on Feb 26, 2016 02:34 PM

Seven suggestions on what you should and should not do when going to rehab for the first time.

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Kelly Osbourne Is the Woman of the Year

on Feb 18, 2016 03:06 PM

Kelly Osbourne, recipient of the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Woman of the Year award, talks about her years of struggles overcoming substance abuse and becoming a role model for her generation.

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Before It's Too Late

A grieving mother has become a resource to anyone who needs help fighting addiction, no matter how many times she's helped them before.

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Teens Talk Drugs, Peer Pressure and Prevention

on Dec 29, 2015 08:19 PM

The newest episode of "Enough is Enough: Addiction" interviews three 17-year-olds about their experience with drugs.

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Moving Forward In Memory of a Friend

When her son's best friend committed suicide, Gail became determined to become part of the solution to young people's problems.

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On The Front Line of Addiction

In the latest episode of "Enough is Enough: Addiction" an ER doctor shares his experience treating overdose victims.

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A Family Shaped By Addiction

The Masters family had two children addicted to heroin. One lost the battle, and one fought her way to recovery.

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Jesse's Story: Pot as a Gateway

In the first episode of "Enough is Enough: Addiction" we hear from a man whose pot habit led to opiate addiction.

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Renew Announces "Enough is Enough: Addiction" Film Series

The documentary series is available online, beginning today.

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At Risk of Relapse

We all want to succeed in recovery, but often time setbacks are part of the journey.

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Life Well Spent

Spending and shoplifting can have powerful addictive pulls, but recovery is possible.

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Easing Into Exercise

In recovery, moderation is key, even when it comes to a good thing like physical activity.

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A Healing B.A.L.M. for Families Dealing with Addiction

Al-anon has long told family members that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it. But a new family support program is adding a forth, empowering "c," telling families that they can contribute to their love one's recovery.

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The Fast Facts of Addiction

Every September during the National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

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The Dance of Recovery

Movement, consciousness and freedom.

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September is National Recovery Month

This year's theme is "visible, vocal, valuable."

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A Family's Roller Coaster Ride Begins to Slow

Years after first writing for Renew, a mother is finally enjoying a family in recovery.

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Is Anxiety an Addiction?

We know that thoughts can make chemical changes in the brain. So is it so far fetched to believe that negative thinking can be addictive?

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Navigating Divorce

Divorce is never easy, but using a mediator can make it more manageable.

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Partying At the Break of Dawn

A new breed of sober dance parties is proving popular around the globe.

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The Healing Power of Art Therapy

For 30 years, Dr. Scott has used art therapy to heal trauma and abuse.

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Choosing Love, Pushing Back

Codependency and addiction can make for a dysfunctional relationship. Knowing when to support your partner and when to stand up for your own needs can be a key to success.

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Sober Celebrations: Fourth of July

From drinks to dessert, this Texas Barbeque is sure to please.

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A SMART option

Last year, SMART recovery celebrated two decade of helping people find sobriety by emphasizing personal accountability.

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12 steps for a great summer in recovery

No drinks? No problem! Make a sober summer the best summer yet.

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Recovery of the Soul

At Caron Treatment Centers, addressing patients' spiritual needs is essential to success.

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Beyond the win

Gambling addiction is about much more than a desire for money.

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The ten tuths I'll tell my son about drugs

Addiction runs along family lines, so it’s critical to talk to your kids about substance abuse. But that doesn’t make it easy. Here are my ten truths for discussing drug addiction with my son.

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Sobriety, center stage

For 25 years, MusiCares has been helping people in the music industry achieve and maintain sobriety, saving lives across the country.

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Click bait

With computers in our pockets and high-speed access nearly anywhere, the internet has become an every-present force in our lives. But when does being connected cross the line?

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'We share a lot of the same defects.'

Social Distortion's Mike Ness and his son Julian sit down with Renew to talk about addiction, family and forgiveness.

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When recovery comes home

Knowing how to support your loved one when she returns from treatment will set you both up for success.

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Wake up and say “Hello”

How one man’s journey to reclaim his Sunday mornings and define his relationship with alcohol is starting a revolution.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The 2015 campaign by NCADD will focus on early education on alcoholism and addiction.

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Go ahead, get angry

Acknowledging your emotions – even the ugly ones – is an important part of recovery.

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‘All of a sudden I loved myself.’

How Kay White learned that simple lesson, and how she’s teaching other women to do the same.

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‘I had no idea.'

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week shines a spotlight on early detection.

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Rocking Recovery

Wes Geer has played guitar for KoRn, and was a founding member of Hed P.E. Yet his proudest career accomplishment involves one hour, a group of former addicts, and the healing power of music.

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Recovery ‘round the globe

Addiction can affect anyone, anywhere. It’s no wonder that cultures across the globe have developed traditions for breaking addiction and encouraging recovery. What can we learn from the way other cultures treat addiction?

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Questions, answers and unknowns

Defining your spiritual beliefs – or even choosing to explore them – can be a daunting prospect. Here’s how to get started.

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Jane, Unchained

Journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell is taking charge and having fun in recovery.

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Breaking depression’s icy grip

Recovery addicts are especially at risk for seasonal depression. Here’s how to see the light.

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Roadmap to Recovery

Understanding the stages of recovery and developing healthy coping strategies can help you achieve long-term success.

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You’re sober. Now What?

You’ve changed your drinking habit. Now, it’s time to work on the rest of your life.

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Letting go

Letting go is a common theme when starting the New Year, especially as we think about what happened in the year prior.

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Realistic Resolutions

This New Year, set yourself up for success.

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“There’s nothing to do but think about making yourself a better person.”

Seventeen-year-old Jake Giffin faced addiction at an early age and won, thanks to time in the wild and the support of his sober community.

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Bringing biology to the forefront

Scientists are closer than ever to understanding the biological basis for addiction, and what they are discovering may just change the face of recovery.

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Fearing the feast

Americans love Thanksgiving. But for someone with an eating disorder, the holiday can be stressful and overwhelming.

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Schooled in sobriety

There’s no doubt that partying is a favorite activity among high-school and college students. But now, more and more schools are embracing sobriety, and setting their students on the road to recovery.

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Learning and healing in the great outdoors

Wilderness therapy programs provide hands-on interventions for adolescents and young adults in recovery​

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Sobriety: Getting-close-and-personal

A good stiff drink is a go-to societal solution for staving off awkward silences in the dating scene. But what if you're drinking Diet Coke?

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Up in smoke

With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, the country needs to consider the real health affects of the drug.

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Election Results 2014:

Washington D.C., Oregon legalize pot, Florida rejects medical marijuana

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9 Steps for Success

From the high-profile CEO to the edgy entrepreneur, some people seem to be doing it all, without breaking a sweat. But really, they’ve tapped into a few key strategies that you can use, too.

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When love isn’t enough

When a child suffers through addiction many parents believe they can offer a quick fix. But it isn’t that simple.

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From clutter to clarity

Panicked by piles? Simple advice for taking charge by cutting down.

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Teaser: Are you hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Here’s why addressing these feelings is crucial to your recovery.

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Back to Work

Reentering the workforce after addiction can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know to begin working again, on your terms.

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Addicted to the win

There are no illicit substances involved, but gambling addiction can be just as devastating as using drugs or alcohol.

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Practice Imperfect

Is quitting part of your nature? Here’s how to choose a path to success and stick with it.

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From shameful, to mindful

How to retrain your brain and buoy your spirit

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Five health tests you need now

Addiction takes a toll on your body. Now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to check up on your overall health.

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The power to say ‘No’

When Amber Smith made the choice to get sober, she didn’t realize that cleaning up her drug addiction was just the first step. Only when she acknowledged her codependence was she able to make meaningful changes to her life.

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In Recovery, too

The children’s program at the Betty Ford Center aims to break the cycle of addiction, one child at a time.

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The Cowboy Way

Lee McCormick is breaking the mold with his unique brand of recovery

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The way of the future

Can brain imaging help treat addiction?

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Getting on the Wagon for #14 Days

“Take the next 14 days to stand strong with your loved ones and even those you do not know who struggle with the disease of addiction.” #14Days sobriety initiative launches today, and invites everyone to stand in solidarity around recovery.

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Renew: The adolescent issue

The latest issue of Renew Magazine explodes the challenges faced by the youngest members of the recovery community, plus plenty more.

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“No kidding? Me too!”

Actor Joe Pantoliano speaks out about the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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The Interventionists

When it comes time to step in and do something for a loved ones, these are the people who can help you succeed.

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Game Changers

The Jennings are at the top of their game – not just with volleyball, but with recovery too

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This Fall, Maintain Your Summer Success

A return to routine might mean more hours behind the desk, while chilly mornings and early dusk zap your motivation to work out. But that’s no excuse not to give your body the attention it needs.

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Tech Support

With more and more of our lives going digital, it’s not surprise that aftercare and outpatient therapy are finding a new home online.

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Go beyond your wildest dreams

A (sober) trip to Bali was the perfect way for this author to repair herself

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Send the demons spinning

Gym owner Andrea Lawent takes you on a wild ride of rock-and-roll meditation, exercise and recovery

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Red Carpet Recovery

Hollywood starts gathered to support the addiction education

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Zen and the Art of Screaming in Cars

Do you sometimes feel so frustrated that you could scream? Go ahead, do it.

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Sober Dating 101

You’ve learned to love yourself, and now you’re looking to share that with someone else. Here’s your getting-started guide to dating in recovery.

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A circle of support

A new program at Caron Treatment Centers provides unprecedented support to addicts and families during the first year in recovery.

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Raising awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Most expectant mothers know that they are not supposed to drink while pregnant. Yet, alcohol-exposed pregnancies continue to be a leading cause of birth defects in the United States.

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Tipping into Relief

How a crisis brought clarity to my recovery

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Celebrating National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration (SAMHSA).

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A New Riff on Rehab and Record Labels

Clarity Way treatment center supports sober musicians and spreads the message that drugs and rock ‘n roll are not joined at the hip.

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Lending a hand

A growing number of people in recovery are working in the recovery fields, bringing a unique perspective to treatment programs. RENEW caught up with a few of these people to discuss how they’ve moved from helping themselves to helping others.

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Sending Surf to the Dogs

She may have failed puppy school, but Ricochet, the surfing dog, has found her niche helping others on and off the waves.

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Riding the Wave to Recovery

More and more addicts are centering themselves while hitting the surf.

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LGBT & Sober

Recovery is never easy, but with better programs and counselors for the LGBT community, it’s getting better.

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Products, apps and podcasts to boost your recovery

The more tools to aid in your recovery the better. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Jason’s Transformation

He’s swapped partying on “The Hills” for living soberly with his soul mate. M.T.V. star Jason Wahler discusses addiction, recovery and young love.

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Recovery on Screen: Films (and books) that place recovery center stage

In early recovery especially, it may be easier to stay in with good friends than testing yourself in the bar scene. Grab some popcorn and a cozy blanket, and spend an evening with these movies that are sure to entertain and inspire you.

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Revive Your Recovery

As the summer wraps up and people return to routine, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your recovery. This week we’ll be looking at ways to breathe new life into your journey.

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Stop Self-Sabotaging

Whether by comfort eating, procrastinating or self-medicating, sometimes our failures are caused by our own innate ability to sabotage ourselves. Understanding how and why this happens can take you from self-defeating to self-helping.

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Earthquakes of the Soul

Following trauma’s fault lines may help us find the source of addiction.

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Remembering Robin Williams

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at 63, in an apparent suicide.

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Learning from Lance

Teaser: It’s easy to demonize Lance Armstrong for his drug use and his lies. But what does that say about the rest of us?

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“Why don’t you drink?”

It’s a question you can’t avoid. Here are 12 honest answers to have on hand.

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The Cross-Addiction Conundrum

Where there’s one demon, more lurk in the background. Here’s how to stay on top of your own replacement addictions. by Tracey Dee Rauh

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Sober Coach on Tour

When you think about the people on a music tour, you probably envision partying artists and groupies, and frantic managers. In recent years, however, the Vans Warped Tour has added another person you might be surprised to learn about: Michael Farr is a sober coach who travels with the touring music and extreme sports festival.

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Nate Lawler, 37, front-man for the punk band Death on Wednesday, is now clean and sober after coming close to losing everything to addictions.

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The Problem with Pot

With legalized pot – and it’s THC levels – rising quickly, concerns about its effects on society are doing the same. When we give the green light to marijuana use, we may also be failing our people – especially our youth. Experts fear that the Colorado and Washington experiments are the first step to sending our nation up in smoke.

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KoRn Rocker: “Been there, done that … It’s better this way”

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three interviews with musicians who are rocking the stage… and sobriety. Read yesterday’s interview with Marisa Rhodes, and check back tomorrow to hear from Nate Lawler, front-man for the band Death on Wednesday.

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Sobriety, Center stage: How a new generation of musicians is rocking recovery.

SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL …SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL … It’s a chant that has been ringing out from the stages of concerts and festivals since before the famed Woodstock in 1969. And it’s a combination that has led to doom and untimely death for far too many great talents: Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Ramone, Whitney Houston. The list goes on and on and on.

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What has recovery taught you?

Getting sober can be a prickly process. Here's what a few of Renew's regulars have learned along the way.

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Running for Recovery: Group logs miles and sober time

Group sneakers up for fitness, fellowship and accountability.

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New Features Coming to the Front Page!

New features are coming to Read on to see how we are providing more rich information for our readers.

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The hungry-for-love holiday

Even the most single of the singles seems to want a date for Valentine's Day.

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Novelist Ann Leary

Novelist Ann Leary admits 'I'm definitely an alcoholic'

Best-selling novelist Ann Leary has opened up about her battle with alcohol and admitted: ‘I’m definitely an alcoholic’.

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Researchers: Shame leads to alcohol relapse

Body language has a lot to say about relapse, according to a recent study released by the University of British Columbia. Slumped shoulders, narrow chests and other physical manifestations of shameful feelings can directly predict a relapse in addicts and alcholics, the university reported in an news release detailing the findings of the study, which explored drinking and health outcomes in newly sober recovering alcoholics.

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How To Coming Clean to Yourself and Others

When coming clean with dishonestly, consider these steps.

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How to handle a loved one’s treatment

The decision to seek treatment is scary enough for the person attempting to change their life. But what about the people they leave at home?

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10 basics to weave into addiction discussions with your children

When you’re about to sit down and have the big, bad addiction conversation with your kids, you’re filled with questions. Here are 10 must-haves in the conversation.

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A Dickens of a Christmas Carol

Andrew Lindberg takes a new look at the holiday classic.

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12 recovery pitfalls

These are the 12 most common ways forces manifest themselves and sabotage recovery in the first two years.​

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Four Recovery Memoirs Your Can't Miss

Why everyone should read these four recovery memoirs.

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Holiday conflict: How to handle it, how to avoid it

Here are some skills to exercise in order to not only handle holiday stress, but to also avoid sticky situations.

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20 rules of the recovery road

Addiction is chaos. Arm your family against it with Assistance in Recovery’s 20 Rules of the Road.

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Break depression’s icy grip

Recovering addicts may be more susceptible to winter depression. Here’s how to get back into the light.

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Eight Habits to Kick Today

This Recovery Month, take time to care for yourself.

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Now what? Answering the most important question of all with William Cope Moyers.

Renew Editorial Director Steve Diogo caught up with William C. Moyers recently at his home in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss the new book and what Moyers sees as the core challenges facing the recovery movement in the United States.

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Inside Job: ‘Memoirs of an Addicted Brain’

A scientist and recovered addict provides a guided tour through the personal and neurochemical pathways of addiction.

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Holiday entertaining won’t be a pain with recipe help from sober Chef Liz Scott

To get the festivities kicked off just right, here’s a special holiday-ready recipe from Liz Scott's book, Sober Celebrations: Lively Entertaining without the Spirits.

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‘Recovery is broad and the end goal is truly happiness’

Read Sean Morrison's personal account of his journey to collect 60 recovery stories in 30 days.

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'Rehab: A Musical Journey': Losing yourself, hope and finding it again

Nanette Gingery sat down with Renew following the first run of her show, Rehab: A Musical Journey, a dream five years in the making.

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Journeying toward ‘Unwasted’

A look at author Sacha Scoblic’s memoir showcases a home-hitting, relatable story — and the all too common initial fear of sobriety.

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Phoenix Rising

How Scott Strode’s passion for outdoor sports grew into a network of recovery, community and identity for thousands.

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The inspirations and struggles of Andrew Zimmern’s ‘Bizarre’ world

How food, travel, tough love and recovery transformed the life of this acclaimed chef, writer and Bizarre Foods adventurer.

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Running for recovery

Author Jennifer Storm shares her first experience with running and how exercise is just as important as recovery meetings.

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Bill Clegg: Memoir illuminates simple truth that help is needed in recovery

In Ninety Days, author Bill Clegg takes readers through his gut-wrenching quest for sobriety. The cycle of use, sober up, relapse is one he can’t seem to escape.

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The secret world of recovery

A filmmaker—and her mother—retrace the steps of her recovery and find unimagined levels of openness and hope among those they meet along the way.

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She published her diary and exposed her alcoholism to the world. What was Brenda Wilhelmson thinking?

Brenda Wilhelmson is experiencing her 15 minutes of fame. Her book, Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife, is getting serious attention thanks to Wilhelmson’s raw and honest account of recovery behind the picket fence.

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Stress: Sobriety’s Silent Saboteur

New research shows high stress equals a greater likelihood of relapse. Here’s what you need to know to recognize and lower your stress levels.

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Five Free Fitness Tools

Kick-starting the journey to a healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming when combined with getting sober. But it doesn't have to be expensive. Here are five ways to get fit, without breaking the bank.

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For author Kaylie Jones, recovery means coming to terms with a chaotic childhood

Kaylie Jones, 51, has spent much of her life trying to come to terms with two legacies she inherited from her parents: literary fame and addiction.

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Higher education sets a place at the table for recovering students

There are an increasing number of campuses across the country that are developing collegiate recovery programs that provide a safe and supportive environment where students can succeed both in their continued recovery and in their academics.

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Out of the woods with John Chester

Renew talks about the challenges of recovery, film making and doing the right thing with the director of Lost in Woonsocket.

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Normand Cartier: Street Fighter

Six years ago, a chance encounter brought a homeless addict to the national stage through the documentary Lost in Woonsocket. Today, that man is on a mission to make sure the help that’s out there is getting to the people who need it.

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Laurie Dhue: Recovering out loud

Outed as a recovering person against her will, Laurie Dhue, former CNN and Fox newscaster, has embraced her role as a champion of recovery.

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Alan Kaufman on the addiction memoir, truth and ‘reality’

’Drunken Angels’ author Alan Kaufman believes the essence of what it means to be human is disappearing from our cultural landscape and it is the obligation of writers to ground the human experience in truth and connection.

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Get a buzz from building an act of kindness into your day

A simple smile can truly brighten a day, perhaps even inspire others to do the same. Although it might seem inconsequential, performing acts of kindness not only betters the lives of others but can also improve your life.

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Mothers of addicted children cope together online

Barbara Theodosiou’s life changed dramatically four years ago when the mother of four discovered that two of her sons were caught in a storm of drug addiction. As a way to cope, she created The Addict's Mom for those simliar to her to bond and communicate.

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This is your brain on recovery

For those in recovery, brain fitness may be even more important than for those who don’t struggle with addiction.

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Rhythm of the road

Fitness experts speak to the numerous physical health benefits of cycling, and what better way to stay fit and get calm in one super-healthy go? You have the option of heading out by yourself, sharing your ride with a friend or joining a larger group where you can find new friends and a common ground for conversation.

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Getting real with Dr. Drew

Make the mistake of discounting David Drew Pinsky as a self-promoting TV doctor, and you’d sell yourself short of an addiction specialist inspired by passion and powered by some serious, in-the-trenches experience.

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10 spas that won't take a huge bite out of your budget

Spa vacations that won't stress your savings.

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Four approaches that work for adolescent recovery

Choose a recovery method that’s right for your adolescent.

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Turning the tide of youth addiction

A renowned doctor and scholar takes a look at a growing national threat and offers approaches that may just have a powerful ripple effect on America’s addicted youth.

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10 Must-do Life Trips

It’s never too early to get your bucket list started! Here are some suggestions from a travel writer who has seen it all.

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Steps for the Boomer generation to avoid addiction pitfalls

As baby boomers reach senior status, many are falling victim to addiction.

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4 retreats designed for recovery in mind

Looking for soul-searching retreats designed with recovery in mind? Check them out.

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Working Through the God Problem

Many people must reconcile spirituality and recovery.

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(Really) Understanding Addiction

What it is and why you’ve got it.

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Serving our soldiers: From war to recovery

Substance abuse and other mental health disorders are gaining ground in our military. Here’s a look at the problem and what we’re doing to heal our soldiers’ silent wounds.

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Good libations: Tips for sober celebrating

Chef Liz Scott shares ideas for sober celebrating, with a twist.

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Natural High: Tai Chi

Learn how to master moving meditation with tai chi.

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Natural High: Ballroom Dancing

After years of dancing around everyone else’s problems, one woman finally takes the lead in her own life.

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Natural High: Cruising Dry

Beer and boating don't have to go hand in hand. This summer, set sail sober.

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Four fast ways to boost your immune system

These lifestyle factors can help those in recovery restore their ability to fight illness. Here's four ways to boost your immune system.

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Twelve Steps ... for your finances

Whether you ascribe to the Twelve Steps or not, here are 12 steps that will show you how to get a handle on your finances in weeks.

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Keeping Your Teens on the Right Track

The author of "Delaying That First Drink: A Parents’ Guide" provides pointers on steering your teens in the right direction.

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When Recovery Comes Home

When recovery comes home

When a family member comes home from addiction treatment, you're filled with questions. Here's some help.​

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