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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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl 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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl 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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl 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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl 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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl 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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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on September 7, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Better Sleeping Environment

Waking up after a full night’s rest can be incredibly refreshing. Your mind feels clearer and more alert, your body feels energized, and you’re ready to face the day. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it can leave you feeling cranky, sore, and tired throughout the day. Sleep is important to your health because it allows your body and brain to rest, recover, and recharge. Cells are busy processing information, repairing damage, and enhancing well-being. Drugs and alcohol…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on August 24, 2017

Addiction and Eating Disorders

Addiction and eating disorders are not two topics you may readily associate with one another. After all, one involves drugs or alcohol and the other involves food and body image. However, these two conditions have many similarities and can go hand-in-hand. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), “Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to 9% of the general population. Conversely, up to 35% of individuals who abused…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on August 17, 2017

Is Your Loved One an Alcoholic?

Not everyone who drinks has an alcohol use disorder. There are many people who are able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage now and then (or even every day) and do not develop a problem. However, there are others for whom their drinking does become problematic and who could benefit from addiction treatment. When someone you love engages in heavy drinking, it can be a fine line between controlled drinking and alcoholism. Heavy drinking is defined as binge drinking (having at…
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on August 10, 2017

Why Keep a Recovery Journal?

Whether writing is something you love or hate, keeping a recovery journal is something that is encouraged by many addiction treatment centers, and for good reason. There is no right or wrong way to journal, so it is not something that you can be bad at. Your journal is your own private place to keep your thoughts. You can share it with whom you want, or you don’t have to share it with anyone at all. The choice is yours….
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Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan, on August 3, 2017