My Favorite Self-Help Author Isn’t a Self-Help Author at All

I used to passionately follow the wisdom of people like Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Byron Katie. But now I've started to learn the most from a former hedge fund manager.

I Tried Cryotherapy as a Treatment for Depression

Every week for two months, I went into a freezing cold chamber for two minutes because studies showed that this could help with depression. But did it work?

How I Learned to Work Through My Issues

Turns out that sobriety, while the beginning of my road to peace and happiness, wasn’t the entire trip.

Mental Health Stigma Is Evaporating (Allegedly, Anyway)

According to CNN, the stigma against mental health seems to be shifting. But accepting something's important and not judging it aren't exactly the same.

Confessions of an Addiction and Recovery Writer

In the middle of a coke-binge, you don’t think you’ll be telling audiences about your addiction one day, let alone focusing your entire career on the topic.

Is the Robin Williams Tunnel Such a Great Idea?

As people's perceptions about suicide and mental illness change, so could their feelings about renaming a tunnel after the famed Bay Area icon who took his own life.

Do Mental Health Apps Help Anyone?

Every week it seems a new mental health app is released. But studies show they work better with a professional involved. Butf you have a professional, why do you need an app?

People Are Really into Happiness in 2016

While there are plenty of new recommendations out there for those seeking more joy, none of them will work if you're clinically depressed and need professional help.

Depressed? Addicted? Bring on the Magnets!

I run across people all the time whose alcoholism and depression is so severe that nothing seems to help. I say yo, bring on the magnets.

Why Are We Dying from Drinking in Record Numbers?

Is the problem that people believe alcoholism and addiction are two different beasts so they give up drugs but increase their drinking?

Take Antidepressants? You May Be Staving off Dementia

Depression can cause inflammation, which can in turn bring about memory loss. Does treating the depression mean having a better memory?

Why Are NYC-ers Depressed and What Can Be Done About It?

A new study reports that one in five people who live in NYC are depressed and less than 40% of them are seeking help for it. We can only get them talking if we eradicate the stigma

Yes I Believe in God. Except When I Don’t

You could say my recovery has basically been a vacillation between having a strong spiritual connection and none at all.

Even Sober, I Was the World’s Worst Employee

I used to talk back to my bosses and screw up important tasks. Then I got sober and into recovery—but my behavior didn't.

Becoming The Person I Drank to Be

Everything I know how to do I learned in recovery. Through that, the personality I craved as a kid has revealed itself to be a part of me.

The Real Reason Those Annoying Noises Drive You Mad

For as long as I can remember, certain sounds people make have caused me rage. Turns out I'm not just intolerant; I have an actual disorder.

Remembering Blackouts: Interview With Sarah Hepola, Part 2

In part two of our interview, the author discusses “futon alcoholics,” AA bashers and a child-friendly version of her book (three pages about her cat).

Remembering Blackouts: An Interview with Sarah Hepola

In the first of a two-part interview, the author shares her thoughts on how alcoholism isn’t always a burning building but a "wrecking ball from inside."

So I’m Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

I'm a sober addict who exercises. Regularly. More specifically, obsessively. If this is a problem, I'm holding onto it.

AA Saved My Life and I Get Why You Hate It

I thought the only way to tackle alcoholism was through AA. I was wrong. But so are those who stake entire careers on railing against the program.

How I Got Sober

I figured if quitting drugs and embracing clean living was as bad as I thought it would be, then I could re-think the suicide option.

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

When you’re enjoying something, you’re not trying to manage it and when you’re trying to manage it, you’re no longer enjoying it. But I didn't know that so I tried a trifecta of ridiculous ways to keep my cocaine use under control.

Please Let Me Act out on My Sugar Addiction in Peace

Those who consider themselves sugar addicts but then quit never tire of lecturing other sugar consumers about the dangers of that white powder. Why can't they just let us leave us alone with our cookies?

I’m the Weirdest Codependent in the World

In some situations, I'll bend myself into a pretzel trying to make others comfortable. The rest of the time, I'll do and say anything without worrying about people's feelings. I don't fit the standard definition of a codependent but trust me, I qualify for the label.

A Strong Girl Behind Yoga Recovery

The movement to pair yoga with addiction recovery work is growing larger than ever. Read the back story behind the woman leading the charge in Canada.

Early Sobriety Holiday Joy? Oy

The pressure to be happy and grateful at this time of year can be particularly daunting if you've just put down drugs and alcohol.

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

Unsurprisingly, insurance companies have managed to create loopholes that prevent them from having to provide adequate rehab coverage. But how?

Can’t We Learn From The Death of Robin Williams?

Instead of all the glowing tributes, let's talk about what his death can teach us about addiction, alcoholism, recovery and mental illness.

I Dated An AA Newcomer

Despite being warned not to get romantically involved with someone new to sobriety, I went full force into this relationship—and lived to tell the tale.

What Does it Feel Like to Have Aspergers?

A conversation with a 22-year-old LA resident about what having this "social difference" is like.

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