Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a well-known program used by millions of recovering alcoholics to get sober and stay sobers. The program focuses on regular attendance and participation in small group meetings to help individuals make necessary life changes and offer long-term support. Begun years ago by men, today 30 percent of those who participate in […]
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Addiction is a terrible disease. Those living with it struggle with temptations, shame, guilt, poor health, failing relationships, and a number of other issues disruptive to a normal lifestyle. Treatments for addiction that are based on medicine, science, and sound research have been lagging. For decades, addiction has been viewed as a lack of will […]
During a national disaster, the media is there to tell and show the world the tragedy that is enfolding. With vivid images of fire, explosions, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks the carnage of the disaster enters our living rooms. While the media provides needed alerts, safety information, and helpful resources for the nation, it can […]
All addictions are harmful-physically and mentally-for the addict. Every aspect of the addict’s life is negatively impacted, from relationships to jobs. It is not always possible to completely quit an addiction when going into rehabilitation and recovery, so minimizing the harm impacting the addict and those around him or her is a good step to […]
“…God seems to have a kind of laid back management style I’m not crazy about.” – David Foster Wallace, from Infinite Jest
Anyone who has grown up in Gen X has a soft spot for Green Day. Songs like "Longview," "Welcome to Paradise," and "Basket Case," dominated the radio at the time and had young girls pining for the dark-haired lead singer with the black-lined eyes.
According to Alanon.org, one out of seven people are alcoholics. For each of these alcoholics, their disease directly impacts 16 other people. With all of the lives alcoholism is affecting, it is no wonder a support group was founded over 60 years ago to help them. Al-Anon is a 12-step program for the friends and […]
Gathering around the family dinner table every night of the week is a fantasy up to which most families cannot live. Even having a few dinners together per week is difficult for most people to achieve. Parents are working later to make ends meet and to avoid getting laid off, teens are working part time […]
It is not unusual for addiction to follow in the wake of mental illness or vice versa. The connections between the two are under study and not fully understood. What researchers know for sure, however, is that there is a definite causal link. It should come as no surprise then, that those who suffer from […]
Not everyone’s brain works the same. Some people act more impulsively and with less forethought than others. People who experience various forms of addictions tend to behave more impulsively than others. The same is true for people with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD.