Mental Health

SMART/12-Step: It’s not a contest.

A few months ago we began to offer a weekly meeting of SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) at Seaside Palm Beach as another tool in the arsenal that a person in recovery can use to maintain abstinence from addictive behaviors.  Twelve-step recovery meetings continue as they always have. The weekly Smart meeting has become popular. I can say that a number of people have integrated SMART into their long-range plan for continued abstinence. I was a little bit surprised at...

The Myth of Drugs and Creativity: Mental Illness’ Role in the Using Artist

The writer sits at his table, a drink in hand and ready for the downing. The painter stands at her canvas, having recently smoked a blunt, and contemplates the pigments on the surface of her latest work. The musician runs on stage, revved up on coke and ready to wow the crowd. Whether touted as an emblem of counter-cultural freedom from the restrictive thinking of mainstream society or reputed to stimulate the imagination, drugs, and creativity have been linked with...

Are Social Media and Depression Linked? Why?

Updated July 2021
The rise of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok has changed the world we live in forever. People are now more connected than ever before. Social media users can connect with people around the world through photos, videos, chat rooms, and even personalize their online presence. While these online tools have led to a lot of very good things, it’s undeniable that there have been some negatives associated with them, as well. A considerably...