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Letting Go is the Key to Freedom

Letting Go is the Key to Freedom

Cara O’Neill, MS., RMHCI | Director of Alumni Services We often hear that addiction is a family disease. I have encountered many people that have a hard time accepting this. People with substance use disorders (SUDs) tend to believe that addiction recovery is all...

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Coping with Anxiety

Coping with Anxiety

Dr. Stacy Grossman, Psy.D. - Director of Center for Brain Recovery  Many of our learned behaviors to cope with anxiety tend to feel right at the moment, but they are often not beneficial in the long term. One of the most common coping techniques people use is...

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How Personal Loss Affects Addiction

How Personal Loss Affects Addiction

In a year where deaths related to Covid-19 are fast-growing and routinely compared to past American disasters, it’s likely we all personally know someone affected by the virus. There’s no question the level of loss and grief in our midst is at an unprecedented level...

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12-Step Recovery: Getting Through Changing Times

12-Step Recovery: Getting Through Changing Times

By Bart Ross | Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was in its infancy when WWII erupted in 1941. Thousands of men volunteered or were drafted for the war. The home AA office in New York, which later became the General Service Office...

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What Makes Family Support Essential to Recovery

What Makes Family Support Essential to Recovery

Any successful attempt to overcome a significant challenge in life comes back to who’s playing on your team. The significant “players” in the recovery process are the multigenerational family members of the patients who begin treatment for a substance use disorder and...

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Healing the Family System at Hanley Center

Healing the Family System at Hanley Center

Like any chronic illness, addiction is a disease that affects all family members. As with any devastating disease, family participants may have the opportunity to choose to either support the illness or focus on supporting recovery from it. Although you didn’t cause...

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Substance Use Recovery for the First Responder

Substance Use Recovery for the First Responder

As a first responder living with a substance use disorder, neglecting self-care can affect both you and the people you’re paid to serve. In fact, first responders often become so used to serving their communities in life-saving roles that they may overlook their own...

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The New Behavioral Health Challenge for Older Adults

The New Behavioral Health Challenge for Older Adults

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, much attention was put on a higher risk for older adults to contract the virus and since then a secondary health impact on this age group has become clear. It comes from the impact of social isolation on seniors, many who are living...

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Brain Health and Wellness

Brain Health and Wellness

Dr. Stacy Grossman, Psy.D. - Director of Center for Brain Recovery Brain health is essential to our overall health and wellness. Our brain is what makes us who we are and dictates how we behave, how we think, and how we feel. Keeping our brain healthy is one of the...

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First Responders in Pandemic Times

First Responders in Pandemic Times

Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC - Program Director, Center for Women's Recovery  For many people, the news of a pandemic led to increasing feelings of anxiety as our health, jobs, and normal lives were left hanging in the balance. For first responders, these...

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LIFE, DEATH, HUMILITY AND FREEDOM

LIFE, DEATH, HUMILITY AND FREEDOM

Bart Ross | Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator A common thought we alcoholic folks have is the idea that life will be easy when we get sober. This thought is a half-truth. Easier? Perhaps. But I like to say it in a different way. Sobriety provides a new...

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The Starting Line of Substance Use Disorder

The Starting Line of Substance Use Disorder

Long before someone is diagnosed with a substance use disorder, multiple factors have been forming a point in their life where addiction first becomes possible. We’ll call that point a “starting line” here as a way of creating a visual for you. Today, let’s look at...

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Team Spotlight – Vanessa Brenner, LMHC, QS

Team Spotlight – Vanessa Brenner, LMHC, QS

Vanessa Brenner LMHC,QS -- Program Director  Vanessa has been working in the treatment industry since 2011 and says with certainty that this is the best team she has worked alongside. As a valuable part of the Hanley family since October 2016, she is a Licensed...

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Team Spotlight – Melissa R. Eklund, MS, LMHC

Team Spotlight – Melissa R. Eklund, MS, LMHC

Melissa R. Eklund MS, LMHC - Program Director, Hanley Center Counseling  Melissa earned both her Bachelor of Science in psychology and her Master of Science in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University while focusing on the topic of addictions. A...

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From Relapse to Retraining the Brain

From Relapse to Retraining the Brain

As the brain plays an important role in beginning and sustaining recovery, a focus on how to retrain the brain after years of drug use is important. For some people needing recovery, this may come as a surprise when their belief may be a brain damaged by substance use...

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Are Older People Less Prone to Addiction?

Are Older People Less Prone to Addiction?

  As a middle-aged adult thinking about the effects on aging on a parent, addiction may not be one of the topics that comes to mind first yet it can be a very real threat to the health of a senior citizen. You may have ignored some warning signs of an addiction...

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Hanley Paved the Way

Hanley Paved the Way

My name is Lisa C, and I am an alcoholic. I am not new to recovery, as I was in a 12-Step Fellowship from April 1995 - to January 2005. Almost 10 years. Prior to this, my disease was like most. Drank, blacked out, drank, DWI, my life was miserable. At that time, I...

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Prescription Drug Abuse and the Aging Parent

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Aging Parent

At an age where the use of prescription drugs is common for treatment of any number of chronic conditions, an elderly parent’s misuse of medicine might go unnoticed by family at first. Even if you’re aware of what specific meds they’re taking, you could be missing the...

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