Morning Roundup: May 31, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/31/19

Married couple met and conquered alcoholism together in recovery, Illinois marijuana legalization inches closer to reality, family struggles to explain grandma's drug problem to young children.

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Illinois Senate Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill [Rolling Stone]
A bill to legalize recreational MJ in Illinois is heading to the State House for a vote, after passing the Senate by a vote of 38-17. The bill was introduced by Governor J.B. Pritzker and other legislators early May.

Help! How Do I Tell My Kids About Grandma's Drug Problem? [Slate]
A family grapples with how to deal with grandma's drug use and unpredictable behavior. "[Our children] are 4 and 6 and have been wondering what happened to Grandma."

Cap and Gown: Recovering Addict Gives Convocation Address [Daily Targum]
Fae Cushing overcame mental, physical and sexual abuse as a child, which were followed by addiction and mental illness in adulthood. Now, the former college dropout, with decades sober, gave this year's convocation address for the Rutgers School of Health Professions.

Let's (Not) Grab a Drink: Washington's Sober Scene [The Kojo Nnamdi Show]
How do you deal with the pressure to drink during social gatherings? What kind of beverage options are there for people who pass on booze? 

Popular Doughnut Shop in Truro Closes Following Owner's Mental Health Battle [Cornwall Live]
The owner of Doughnut Addict is receiving positive feedback for his decision to close the business while he attends to his mental health. "I have decided to ask my family to take me to the hospital as a precaution, as I have become burdened by suicidal thoughts in recent weeks."

You Don't Have to Work Long Hours to be a Workaholic [Fast Company]
What exactly does it mean to be a workaholic? How do you know when you have crossed the line from working hard to obsession? It's about more than putting in long hours.

Life After Sobriety: Couple Conquered Alcoholism, Hope to Inspire Others [Palm Beach Post]
The Scanzillos met in recovery. Defying the advice of a sponsor, Jim and Tara began dating and are now married with children. "It worked because he was entrenched in (recovery). If I wanted to hang out with him, I had to go to meetings." 

Combating the Opioid Crisis with Better Equipped Counselors [Arizona State University Now]
To meet the nationwide need for effective addiction rehabilitation, the Arizona State University Department of Psychology will launch an online training program that teaches evidence-based treatment strategies. 

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