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Talk with Your Family About Recovery This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many families spend time together, gathered in celebration. This can be an ideal time to talk with your loved ones about your own addiction recovery. Doing so is never easy, yet it can be essential to gather their encouragement and support. As you consider ways to broach the topic of recovery this holiday season, here are a few tips to keep in mind. How to Discuss Addiction Recovery Take time to prepare. While you don’t necessarily…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on December 7, 2017

Keep Your Recovery on Track This Thanksgiving

For those who are in recovery, the Thanksgiving holidays aren’t all fun and games. While it can be encouraging to spend time with loved ones, it can also be stressful. That, combined with the easy access to alcohol, sometimes makes relapse a big concern. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect your sobriety and keep your recovery on track—truly enjoying the holiday season, in the process. Protecting Your Sobriety This Thanksgiving Know your triggers. Are…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on November 22, 2017

Understanding the Power of a Morning Routine

Are you a morning person? Some people leap out of bed each morning, bursting with energy and optimism for the day ahead. Others most assuredly do not, and would prefer to linger under their warm, cozy covers for as long as possible—only to rush through their morning routine before dashing out to school or work. Taking the time for a more leisurely and intentional morning rhythm can be invaluable, though—especially for those in recovery. A morning routine can provide a…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on November 2, 2017

A Common Link Between Cookies and Meth?

Drug addiction and overeating, while not exactly the same thing, have a lot in common. At least, that’s what a recent New York Times story reports. According to the story, those who eat their way into poor health don’t like it any more than those who abuse drugs and alcohol—so why would anyone choose to do either one? The short answer is that they wouldn’t—that both are kinds of addiction. “No one will be shocked to learn that stress makes…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on October 26, 2017

How to Help a Loved One Battling Opioid Addiction

We’ve all seen the headlines about America’s opioid epidemic. We know that addiction to opioids is increasingly commonplace—and increasingly dangerous. There is a decent chance that someone you know and love is facing a struggle with opioid addiction. Yet, there is one thing these headlines don’t tell you: How can you help someone who’s facing this kind of addiction? It’s not an easy thing to take on, yet it’s imperative that you be a source of encouragement, support, and compassion…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on October 12, 2017

Dual Diagnosis: The Benefits of Treating Addiction & Mental Health Together

Addiction can be closely related to other mental health disorders. In fact, it’s not uncommon for someone who struggles with addiction to also have a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD. What’s crucial is ensuring that both disorders are rightly identified—this is called dual diagnosis—and treated in tandem. Why Dual Diagnosis? The benefits of this dual diagnosis method are numerous, but the most significant one is this: It’s the only way to really get to the root of…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on October 5, 2017

Is Your Loved One Addicted to Painkillers?

Addiction to opioids—and specifically to opioid painkillers, such as codeine and morphine—is an American epidemic. It’s impacting countless lives, and it may even be something your spouse, parent, sibling, or other close loved one is dealing with. The good news is that there is hope for addiction recovery, and clinical intervention can provide true freedom for those ensnared by opioids. If your loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, encourage them to seek help immediately. To do this, of course,…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on September 28, 2017

Common Questions About Opioid Addiction

Headline after headline attests to America’s growing problem with opioids; indeed, experts have dubbed opioid addiction a true national health crisis, and an epidemic. Even so, there remain many myths and misunderstandings about what opioids are and how they work. To clear things up, here’s a quick FAQ. What are opioids? Opioids are any chemicals that bind to the body’s opioid receptors—which in turn determine the body’s response to pain and to pleasure. Opioids come in many different forms, and…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on September 21, 2017

Common Excuses for Putting Off Rehab

Addiction recovery professionals typically say that freedom from addiction can be achieved through clinical intervention—but it’s vital to pursue recovery sooner rather than later. Putting it off can make things that much worse, and recovery that much more difficult. Despite this warning, there are many who know they need help, but delay seeking it. There are a number of possible reasons for this, but ultimately none of them really hold water. Why Do People Put Off Recovery? They Don’t Think…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on September 14, 2017

Alcoholism is a Public Health Crisis

Troubling new data shows that alcoholism has reached epidemic proportions in America, with one in eight American adults now struggling with alcohol addiction. This marks a noteworthy increase, largely as more and more women and elderly people find themselves fighting against alcoholism. More Than 12 Million Struggle with Alcoholism More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with alcoholism—and if that number seems like it should be grabbing headlines, well, many addiction recovery specialists agree. As the opioid crisis continues…
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CherylAnn Morgan
CherylAnn Morgan, on September 7, 2017