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What is Bipolar Disorder: Signs, Diagnoses, and Treatment

What is Bipolar Disorder: Signs, Diagnoses, and Treatment

Even if you’ve heard the term “bipolar disorder”, you may haven’t considered how it might relate to a loved one’s behaviors and drug use. Asking yourself, “What is bipolar disorder?” and taking time to understand how it’s affecting your family member are the first...

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5 Benefits of Recreational Therapy for Depression

5 Benefits of Recreational Therapy for Depression

“Recreational therapy” may sound like a collection of fun activities, but it’s much more than that. When used to treat depression, it’s a valuable way to learn how to better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Activities are chosen with a purpose in...

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Conscious Contact with a Higher Power

Conscious Contact with a Higher Power

Lance Woodley, LSW, MSW, Th.M Neuroscientific Insights into the Phenomenon of Religious Experience The 11th Step and the religious experience: In the 11th Step, Mr. Wilson encouraged others to improve their conscious communication with a higher power through prayer...

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Finding Peace Through The Steps

Finding Peace Through The Steps

Bart Ross, Recovery Services Manager For years I was in the delusion that I was in control. Not necessarily of my alcoholism, but in all areas of my life. I had no idea I was totally asleep. Reading pages 60-63 in the Big Book really started to open my eyes to how...

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Is Xanax Addictive? What You Need to Know

Is Xanax Addictive? What You Need to Know

Understanding how any drug can alter brain chemistry is the first clue about its potential for addiction. Xanax is no different. As part of the family of benzodiazepines, Xanax can ease anxiety and panic, but it can also present serious risks. Let’s look at what...

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The Pitfalls of Dating in Early Recovery

The Pitfalls of Dating in Early Recovery

Creating new relationships during recovery is a common experience. Many of those relationships with peers can enhance the life of a person in recovery and help them stay on the path to sober living. Romantic relationships, however, may not offer the same value to a...

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Gardening: A Sober Activity to De-stress and Center

Gardening: A Sober Activity to De-stress and Center

By Ali Frances, Horticulture Specialist Connection, calm, teamwork, and accomplishment are some of the benefits patients have experienced by working in the garden. Over the summer, under the direction of Deb Kuzmin and Steve Canterbury, Hanley Origins built a...

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A Message of Hope

A Message of Hope

Deborah Kuzmin, LCSW - Executive Director at Hanley Center As the holiday cookies and candies overflowing our office spaces dwindle, and the New Year gratitude groups are complete, we move into 2022 with new resolutions and commitments fresh in our minds. With...

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OCD and Addiction

OCD and Addiction

For someone diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the potential for developing a substance use disorder as well can be a significant concern. It’s important to understand how these two disorders connect and what may be the outcome. We’ll explain their...

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Why is Cocaine So Addictive? 4 Reasons It’s Hard to Resist

Why is Cocaine So Addictive? 4 Reasons It’s Hard to Resist

Any conversation about drug addiction needs to include a mention of the brain’s ability to build up tolerance to it. This is a key part of how addiction begins and grows. Cocaine use is no different. Why are so many people drawn to cocaine? What makes it enticing to...

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Family

Family

By Bart Ross | Recovery Services Manager Season’s greetings to all the Origins family. For me, “family” is not a word used lightly. Many of us had forgotten the importance of how to show appreciation for family. When we suffer from addiction, we become consciously and...

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The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season

Kellye DeBerry, MA | Alumni Care Coordinator At the holidays, I always reflect on how grateful I am for everyone and everything I have in my life, thanks to the recovery program. During my addiction, I dreaded the holiday season. I knew that I would be forced to spend...

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Lessons in Gratitude

Lessons in Gratitude

Joanna Ahern | Alumni Care Coordinator When I first got sober, I hated when people soberer and happier talked about an “attitude of gratitude.” I remember making faces and mocking them from the egotistical, delusional high horse upon which I perched myself. I was...

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Rebuilding Family Relationships

Rebuilding Family Relationships

Ashley Thompson | Alumni Care Coordinator When I first got sober, I desperately wanted to rebuild my relationships. I made amends to my family members as guided by my sponsor. But I wondered what came next. I had to back up those amends by my actions, which was not an...

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Benzodiazepine Addiction: 3 Things to Know

Benzodiazepine Addiction: 3 Things to Know

Benzo addiction can result in serious harm. Get the treatment you need to beat your addiction and manage your withdrawal. Call Hanley Center today. How much do you know about the benzos you’re prescribed to take for anxiety or other reasons?  Awareness of the risk...

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The Value of Beginning Your Recovery in Medical Detox

The Value of Beginning Your Recovery in Medical Detox

George Hannan, CAC, CADC, ICADC, LADCII As a front-line counselor of the detox unit at Hanley Center at Origins for two and a half years, I’ve worked with every patient who has come through our doors for treatment. Now I’d like to share some things I’ve learned about...

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Nutrition and Addiction Recovery: Eating Healthy in Sobriety

Nutrition and Addiction Recovery: Eating Healthy in Sobriety

Creating a sober life relies on prioritizing health: body, mind, and spirit. One of those choices is what you eat every day as you work to sustain your recovery efforts. You may not know how sobriety and healthy eating are directly connected. So, let’s look at some...

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Staff Spotlight – Bart Ross

Staff Spotlight – Bart Ross

Bart Ross | Recovery Services Manager What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins? I started going to 12-Step recovery programs in 1987 for my alcohol and drug addiction. After destroying what life I had, I got serious about the...

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Staff Spotlight – Kellye DeBerry

Staff Spotlight – Kellye DeBerry

Kellye DeBerry, MA - Alumni Care Coordinator for Center for Women's Recovery (SNAPS) What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?  After I got my master’s in clinical and counseling psychology in Dallas, TX, I started internships...

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Soba Soldier (Loyal Soldier)

Soba Soldier (Loyal Soldier)

Bart Ross | Recovery Services Manager The term “loyal soldier” came from a World War II epilogue. Hundreds of soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy survived shipwrecks or plane crashes in the Pacific. They found themselves stranded, alone or in small...

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