Banishing Fear: Finding the Courage to Heal From Codependency

The soulmate of your dreams doesn’t have to be the cellmate of your nightmares.

Thoughts from the Front Lines of the Heroin Epidemic

Tim Lineweaver has been there and works on the frontlines. The heroin epidemic isn’t going away and it’s in your homes and your backyards.

Thomas James Tarkowski: All of My Moments

Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

12 Steps, Religion And A Secular Alternative

” …(A)ny alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.”

Steve Austin: In Any Language, Love

Steve talkes about the darkest moment in his live—and also tells his story on video, in American Sign Language.

7 Surprising Gifts of My Mental Illness

Yes, depression and anxiety can be gifts.

Doing It Alone

Trying to recover from your trauma alone is a long slow road. But opening up to others can be a huge step towards healing.

The Damage-Free Zone

When we’ve been hurt repeatedly, we need to seek out the damage-free zone for healing.

How Getting My Son a Dog Helped Heal My Shame

Embed from Getty Images Steve Austin’s shame no longer defines him. He has moved on, and so has his family.   My four year old son had been begging for his first dog for months. With Christmas nearly here, he was upping the intensity daily. The final straw for me was his cry of, “Will […]

I’m Not a Broken Toy (and Neither Are You)

Amy Dresner get that it’s hard — and important — to stand up for your new self in sobriety.

Victim/Survivor vs. Survivor/Thriver

Are you retreating from life or living it?

Santa Claus And One Man’s Personal Resurrection

Christopher MacNeil tells the story of his personal fall and ultimate rise and reconciliation.

A Meditation on Giving Up

Accept that you are sometimes powerless. It’s surprisingly empowering.

Hope for the Holidays

I’m not sure of the source or when I first leaned the phrase, but this holiday season I find myself most grateful for the understanding that “healing is a process, not an event.”

The Feared Moral Inventory Of 12-Step Recovery

“Therefore, we started upon a personal inventory. This was Step Four.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, Ch. 5 (“How It Works”), pp 64-5.

Love, Sex & Sobriety in Midlife

Amy Dresner walks the line between settling vs. accepting a man where he’s at after 40.