Lessons Learned from Margot Kidder’s Lifelong Battle with Bipolar Disorder: The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Lessons Learned from Margot Kidder

Formative Years Actress Margot Kidder suffered from mental health problems throughout her short life, specifically bipolar disorder, which doctors failed to diagnose until she was in her early 40s. When she was 14, Kidder tried to commit suicide by overdosing on codeine capsules following a sudden break-up with her boyfriend. She acted in school plays, and Kidder says acting gave her… Read More

Chester Bennington: His Substance Abuse and Mental Health Struggles

What Chester Bennington said about his substance abuse and mental health struggles

Born March 20, 1978, Chester Bennington was the frontman for the popular band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and the Stone Temple Pilots replacing Scott Weiland in 2013. Bennington and Linkin Park sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of the 21st century. Some… Read More

Anthony Bourdain’s Struggle with Mental Health

Anthony Bourdain, His struggle with mental health

Anthony Bourdain was an American chef, celebrity, author and travel enthusiast who worked as the executive chef at the Brasserie Les Halle’s restaurant in Manhattan, New York. He also penned the best-selling novel, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventure in the Culinary Underbelly” in 2000. His cooking and travel show “A Cook’s Tour” aired 35 episodes in 2002 and 2003, and… Read More

What Are the 12 Principles of AA?

What are the 12 principles of AA

The main text of Alcoholics Anonymous, or “The Big Book” as AA members call it, goes step by step through 12 distinct phases, each crucial in achieving sustainable recovery from addiction. Each step centers around a phrase, many of them invoking the ideas of God and Christianity, used to guide a recovering addict in various facets of their… Read More

H.A.L.T.: The Relapse Prevention Tool

HALT The Relapse Prevention Tool

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process, and whether you are a few months or a few years clean, are looking to return to recovery, or you’re just considering whether you could benefit from some assistance, FHE Health has simple tools that can help you avoid relapse while making healthy decisions with beneficial outcomes. One of those tools is the helpful… Read More

Step 8 of AA: Making a List for Amends

Step 8: Making a List of Amends

Step 8 of AA is primarily about forgiveness — making peace with others and yourself. Stepping back from a life of alcoholism and seeing all the damage you caused can be devastating. This is a key moment, when you’ll finally be coming to terms with the what’s salvageable in your life, even if those things are no longer… Read More

Step 12 of AA: Sharing Your Spiritual Awakening With Others

Step 12 - Sharing Your Spiritual Awakening With Others

What Is the 12-Step Program? Originally described in a book called Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism (1939), the 12-step program consists of a set of precepts guiding substance abusers towards achieving a sober life. Some of these precepts include admitting you have an addiction, counseling others who suffer from addictions… Read More

Obstacles for Men in Recovery

Obstacles for Men in Recovery

In early recovery, men face multiple challenges and barriers that may interfere with them from getting the help they need. Cultural expectations and societal pressures leave the impression that men are to assume the role of being strong, fearless, and in control. These unhealthy and unrealistic expectations produce the ideology that “being a man” means you do not… Read More

Helpful Parenting Tips for Dads in Early Recovery: How to Reconnect with Your Child After Rehab

How to reconnect with your children after rehab

Leaving behind addiction and entering the world of sobriety is a unique experience. The truth of the thoughts, feelings, justifications and activities maintained during the height of addiction become clear as the fog lifts, leaving many people with a new and often harsh perspective on life. The toxicity of habits and choices made while suffering from a substance… Read More

Step 11 of A.A.: How to Deepen Your Connection with a Higher Power

Step 11: How to Deepen your connection with a higher power

In Step 10 the 12 steps of programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you’re taught the value of looking internally and trying to react to the world with grace and humility. This makes Step 11 a natural next phase in recovery. After finding the grace to admit your wrongs, this motif of humility continues as you embrace… Read More