My Journey to Living Life on Life’s Terms
Our paths to happiness, sobriety and self-love aren't always easy.

By the time I finished fifth grade, I was the most popular kid in my class. My outgoing personality and reputation as a talented tap and jazz dancer had garnered praise from adults and adoration from my peers. I felt nothing but hope upon entering junior high. But within a few days of my new [...]

Love and Cocaine: What’s the Difference?
Chemically, love and cocaine are frighteningly similar.

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Dateline – or basically any show on the ID Network – you’re familiar with some of the crazy things people do for love. We often find ourselves asking, “What’s wrong with these people?” Then you think of that one time (okay, maybe twice) you acted like a complete [...]

7 Foods Secretly Linked to Binge Eating
Cutting out foods that promote overeating helps to avoid binges.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28. Though you often see eating disorders (ED) like anorexia and bulimia in the headlines, there’s another prevalent ED that doesn’t get the same exposure: binge eating. Binge Eating 101 Despite the lack of public awareness, researchers at Harvard published a previous survey that revealed binge eating is [...]

On the Menu: Upscale Restaurants Serving Pot?
Pot has become a trendy ingredient for many high-end eateries.

The marijuana frenzy is spreading, making its way into the world of fine dining. Yes, believe it or not, sophisticated restaurants and classically trained chefs are now offering up new forms of pot that are far beyond mere edibles. Colorado is experiencing a mass exodus of line cooks who previously honed their skills at respected [...]

Should Painkiller Abuse Education be Mandatory?
Ohio's new law will require teachers to cover opiate education.

Since opiate addiction has officially reached epidemic status, it’s more important than ever to spread the word about the dangers of narcotic painkillers. And Ohio has taken the bull by the horns when it comes to educating students about the dangers of opiate painkiller abuse. The state recently introduced a new bill – which was [...]

Addiction is Different in the Gay Community — So Recovery Needs to Be, Too
One successful proposal for understanding LGBT addiction is “syndemics” theory.

Lola* got addicted to heroin while partying with her lesbian friends in New York City during the 1990s, some of whom were addicts, some not. “I met really hardcore users that had been through terrible rejection and abuse from family,” she says. But the idea was to have fun, not to medicate their homophobia traumas: [...]

How are Addiction, Depression and Suicide Linked?
Depression is the leading risk factor for suicide, alcohol and drug abuse.

When a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the situation creates a lot of worry and fear. At the forefront of those concerns are the possibilities of serious accidents or overdoses. However, another prevalent and all-too-common issue associated with addiction is the risk of suicide. Despite the fact that suicide is a well-documented [...]

My Boyfriend Relapsed in My First Year of Sobriety
Our sobriety would always come first, Paul and I told each other.

One of the first things I was told when I got sober and began attending 12-step meetings was: Don’t get into a romantic relationship during your first year. The consensus was that dating in early sobriety is a recipe for disaster. My experience suggests this wasn’t far from the truth. I wasn’t even interested in [...]

U.S. Drug Overdoses Expected to Skyrocket by 2017
New data reveals opiate overdoses will likely remain at epidemic levels into 2017.

The drug overdose epidemic in the U.S. has risen for several consecutive years and, unfortunately, shows no sign of slowing. A study released last month by Columbia University supports that theory, suggesting that annual drug overdose deaths could reach as high as 50,000 by 2017. Troublesome Numbers Findings from this research project, which was led [...]

A Walk in My Shoes: One Day in the Life of a Recovering Addict
Life in recovery gives you the opportunity to experience real joy.

After taking a walk in my shoes as a full-blown opiate addict, you’ve seen a small glimpse into the life of someone who’s chemically dependent. It’s an existence I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. In the end, my addiction robbed me of everything I had worked so hard to achieve and attain. And what’s [...]