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Is Your Anxiety Getting Worse?

You may find that you want to close yourself off from seeing friends or meeting new people due to anxiety. That you feel the need to say “no” to invitations or have an escape plan in order to make it through the day lately. The more you try to alleviate the feelings of worry or …

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Get Answers on Whether Social Media Helps or Hinders Recovery

Does social media help 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, our team spoke to David Sack, MD, who is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and …

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Sharing Stories of Change in Recovery

Sharing stories of change and relating to others in recovery provides a sense of shared empowerment as you walk the path of abstinence and life change. Knowing that others have and are going through some of the exact same feelings, cycles of shame, and realizations can make all the difference in your ability to carry …

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5 Inspirational Addiction Recovery Videos for 2021

5 Inspirational Addiction Recovery Videos

Whether you struggle with addiction yourself and are looking for some inspiration for your recovery, or you care deeply about someone who’s in the midst of their battle, here are five inspirational addiction recovery videos to help renew your energy to persevere in the new year.    Macklemore on Drug Addiction “I might be able …

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Drinking and Social Media

Social media likely plays an important role in the lives of millions of people. Multiple studies have demonstrated various effects of using social media platforms on the lives of site users. Do alcohol manufacturers believe that they can increase profits with drinking and social media campaigns? Is there any real link between drinking and social …

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Porn Addiction Harms Teens, Marriages, and Real-Life Encounters

Heavy or compulsive use of pornography can have serious consequences for some consumers. Not only does pornography have real addiction potential, but heavy consumption of pornographic materials can disrupt lives in other ways. Porn addiction harms teens, marriages, and real-life encounters. While not all of the very high percentage of people who view porn on …

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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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Difference Between Opioids and Opiates

People seeking help from opioid or opiate addictions find treatment in many different types of rehab programs. Traditionally, the majority of programs were based on the 12 step model, but in recent years, there have been more non-12 step rehab centers. This rise is because addiction is different in everyone, and not every type 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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