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The Healthy Advisor: The Emotional and Financial Strains of Addiction with Cheryl Canzanella

In 2017, Cheryl Canzanella lost her husband to an accidental overdose. Now, she’s working to educate advisors on how they can help families ripped apart by the opioid crisis.

As the staggering number of opioid overdoses and deaths continue to increase, so does the threat on family finances and retirement dreams. Cheryl Canzanella knows that all too well.

In August 2017, she lost her husband to an accidental overdose, exposing her to the horrific realities of the opioid crisis.

Since his death, she’s made it her mission to educate employers and her peers in the financial services industry on how the opioid epidemic is not only ripping families apart emotionally but also financially by diminishing careers, draining financial assets and crushing retirement dreams.

Join Managing Editor Diana Britton and Cheryl Canzanella, a retirement solutions advisor at Movement Mortgage, in discussing the emotional and financial strains of addiction and how the financial industry can become part of the solution through awareness, education and empathetic client support.

Photo provided by Cheryl CanzanellaCheryl Canzanella and her husband Colin

Colin and Cheryl Canzanella

Cheryl touches on: 

  • How her husband's struggle with substance use disorder affected her life
  • Addiction signs and red flags
  • Financial burdens and challenges faced by families dealing with addiction
  • How she first talked about her husband’s death and the realization she wanted to share his story more openly
  • The role financial advisors should play in the opioid epidemic

Colin and Cheryl Canzanella


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About Our Guest:

With over 23 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, Cheryl has joined Movement Mortgage as a Retirement Solutions Advisor to continue her passion for helping individuals reach their retirement goals. Although she is not a licensed loan officer, her primary focus is working with financial professionals to offer strategies of using a Reverse Mortgage for Financial and Estate Planning. She is an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), where she serves at the local, state and national levels and had the honor of serving as the past president of NAIFA Northeast Florida and been awarded the NAIFA Florida President’s Award. Additionally, in 2019, she was recognized as the NAIFA National Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year. She is a member of Financial Planning Association (FPA) and Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS). 


If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].


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