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Maintaining Positivity in Your Recovery

Addiction recovery is a journey. It is not something that happens overnight; it is something that you must continually work on. Whether you’re 30 days into recovery or 15 years into recovery, chances are, you’ll hit a few rough patches. But it’s how you handle these challenges and keep moving forward in sobriety that matters. The risk of relapse is always there, no matter how small, but the more you can focus on staying positive, applying what you have learned…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 27, 2017

Writing an Intervention Letter

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be scary, frustrating, angering, and heartbreaking. You see how their drug and alcohol use is affecting their life and the lives of those around them, but they may not see it or may be in denial. If they have dismissed or denied the need for treatment in the past, it may be time to hold an intervention. This is a structured meeting led by an addiction specialist or therapist. It brings together…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 20, 2017

Disclosing Your Sobriety

Whether or not you tell someone that you are in recovery – and when – is a very personal decision. Some people prefer not to share because they don’t want others to judge them for their past; they want others to see them for who they are now. Some people share because their struggles have made them who they are today. Everyone has their own reasons and story. It is your choice how much you share and with whom. You…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 18, 2017

Bringing Depression to Work

Depression is never an easy thing to deal with, but it can be especially challenging to bring depression to the workplace. Of course, most people don’t have a choice: They need to work to make a living, and their depression isn’t something they can just check at the door. The question is, what can you do to manage your depression systems, not allowing them to compromise your workplace performance? Coping with Depression in the Workplace Only tell who you want…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 13, 2017

Developing a Relapse Prevention Plan

No matter how long you’ve been sober—or how sure you feel in your own recovery—relapse can always happen. Triggers can come along that you are unprepared to deal with, and that in turn can lead to a vicious cycle—one in which you kick yourself, lose confidence, and become stressed out about your own recovery. The first thing to note here is that everyone stumbles and makes mistakes; it’s nothing to beat yourself up about, and it’s certainly not a sign…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 11, 2017

Coping with Insomnia in Recovery

Recovery is about finding freedom from addiction—but it’s also about taking a broader, all-encompassing view of your health. As you make your way down the road to recovery, you should focus on mental, physical, and spiritual health in equal measure. One important part of this is sleep. Your body and mind need sleep—roughly eight hours a night of good, deep sleep—to recharge. Without sufficient sleep, you won’t have the strength or the positivity to face the rigors of everyday life,…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 6, 2017

What to Say to a Loved One Seeking Recovery

When a loved one makes the decision to pursue detox and rehab, it’s a reason for joy: After all, seeking treatment is the first step toward lifelong freedom from addiction. It can also be a little daunting, though, if only because you’re not sure what to say in order to show your encouragement and support. There’s no trick to it. Speaking simply and from the heart is usually the best way to go. To help you get started, here are…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on July 4, 2017

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

When it comes to alcoholism, it can be tough trying to reach the right conclusions. Considering the possibility that you or a loved one might have an addiction problem is highly emotional, and there can often be a lot of denial and self-doubt involved. To make matters more complicated, there are crucial differences between those who simply drink a lot and those who are truly addicted—and thus, dependent. With that said, there are some common warning signs of alcohol addiction—and…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on June 29, 2017

People Drive Under The Influence Of Drugs More Than Alcohol

With the looming reality of legalized marijuana across the nation, there has been an increase in conversation about driving under the influence. Specifically, people are worried that driving under the influence of drugs, like marijuana, will become as problematic as driving under the influence of alcohol. Tests for drug intoxication have been developed to tell if someone has been using marijuana in a recent amount of time to being pulled over. However, driving under the influence of drugs is not…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on May 26, 2017

Are There Are Physical Symptoms Of Depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder which affects mind, body, and spirit. The brain and the body are intimately connected. What the brain feels the body also feels when it comes to depression. However, how the body portrays what the brain feels might be different. Muscle Aches And Joint Pains Depression is an extreme of emotions with heightened sensitivity. Having a lack of the production of essential brain chemicals for happiness can leave the body feeling down. One of the…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on May 25, 2017