A young woman researches whether social media helps or hinders recovery

Get Answers on Whether Social Media Helps or Hinders Recovery

Technology can be a double-edged sword. Some studies report the hazards of technology and cell phone use while others say social media makes people feel better. With recovery-oriented social media and addiction recovery apps growing, we spoke to David Sack, MD, who is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine and chief medical…

A woman experiences a headache as one of the hazards of being an empath

The Hazards of Being an Empath

You might consider yourself an empathic person but there’s a difference between having empathy and being an empath (a highly sensitive person who easily absorbs other people’s feelings, energy and stress). “Having empathy means your heart goes out to another person who’s experiencing joy or pain,” explains Judith Orloff, MD, an assistant clinical professor of…

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Sober Thanksgiving

Staying sober during the holidays is hard, especially if it’s your first sober Thanksgiving. Whether it is your first sober Thanksgiving or your twentieth, ways exist to help you through triggering events and temptation. For extra sober Thanksgiving support, many 12-step support groups have meetings about staying sober during the holiday season. If you need ideas on…

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Marijuana and Anxiety

Marijuana is as widespread as ever, thanks to changing laws and social attitudes. What you and many Americans may not know is that marijuana links directly with increased anxiety. If you smoke weed and suffer from anxiety, look into inpatient anxiety disorder treatment centers. Read below to learn more about marijuana and anxiety. Marijuana: Chemicals and…