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Staff Spotlight – Ashley Thompson

Staff Spotlight – Ashley Thompson

Ashely Thompson, Alumni Care Coordinator for Center for Older Adult Recovery What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?   I’m in recovery myself, and I want to help people. Several people who worked at the places where I went to...

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How to Talk to Someone About Substance Abuse

How to Talk to Someone About Substance Abuse

A person with a substance use disorder, or SUD, is a person in crisis. Many people who begin taking on the responsibility of talking to someone about substance abuse aren’t necessarily prepared for crisis communication. But, understanding how to approach a person with...

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Is Adderall Addictive?

Is Adderall Addictive?

Adderall is one of the most popular ADHD medications prescribed for teens and adults in the U.S. As a stimulant, it’s possible to misuse it. Before taking it or allowing your child to take it, it’s important to know the risks associated with this kind of controlled...

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Women in Recovery

Women in Recovery

Cara Bantom-O’Neill, MS., MCAP, RMHCI | Corporate Director of Alumni Services One of the joys of working at Origins has been watching the alumni community grow. There is nothing like it. Being a part of the miracle of recovery is a blessing and not something I take...

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A Personal Interpretation of the 12-Steps?

A Personal Interpretation of the 12-Steps?

Bart Ross | Recovery Services Manager In December 1934, Bill W. left Towns Hospital sober and began attending Oxford Group meetings. He knew he had to pass on his experience to stay sober himself. He sought out alcoholics at Towns Hospital and Calvary Mission, trying...

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Staying Spiritually Healthy

Staying Spiritually Healthy

By Lance Woodley, LSW, MSW, Th.M - Clinical Chaplain To understand what it means to stay spiritually healthy, we must first understand what it means to be spiritual. Spirituality is a broad term with intricate nuances based on individual or communal conceptions and...

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What Does Alcohol Do to Men’s Bodies?

What Does Alcohol Do to Men’s Bodies?

While alcohol can affect different men in different ways, it’s possible to look at some of the most common effects it has on men as a group. You may be experiencing some of these results through your drinking now. You may know someone who’s experiencing a more severe...

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10 Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Older Adults

10 Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Older Adults

The changes brought on during late adulthood can be dramatic and come on suddenly. It can mean a big impact on a person’s health, lifestyle, and social connections. These changes can make adjusting to the new normal difficult for a person over the age of 65. They can...

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Team Spotlight – Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Team Spotlight – Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC Clinical Director, Hanley Center at Origins Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, has been proudly named Hanley Center’s Clinical Director. Dr. De Lima brings a wealth of clinical expertise and her well-rounded specialization...

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How to Select the Right Alcohol Treatment Center

How to Select the Right Alcohol Treatment Center

Looking for first-time alcohol treatment can feel intimidating. There are a lot of choices available. But, not all of them are right for you. With a few simple steps, you can learn how to separate what matches your needs from what doesn’t. Today, let’s talk about some...

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Exploring Recovery Beyond the 12-Step Program

Exploring Recovery Beyond the 12-Step Program

Cara O’Neill | Corporate Director of Alumni Services Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the 12-Step program that saved my life. Because of this program, I have been clean and sober for over 15 years, and I have a strong relationship with my Higher Power....

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Body, Mind, and Soul

Body, Mind, and Soul

Hanley Center Alumnus Shauna V. As I lived in the women's unit, process groups, individual counseling, and family counseling helped me address emotional and relationship issues while surrounded by a group of women who were exactly like me. The vulnerability, sharing,...

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Staff Spotlight – Ashley Thompson

A Gratefully Recovered Alcoholic 

Alumni Testimonial, Jason D.  Are these promises extravagant? I thought they were until I started having the authentic experiences that accompany them. This journey all started when I decided to turn my will and power over. Without knowing what I was getting myself...

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The Fourth Dimension

The Fourth Dimension

Bart Ross, Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator This past February, we had our Origins reunion. The theme was “Zoomed into the Fourth Dimension.” A great time was had by all who attended. As I had the opportunity to lead a couple of meetings, I thought I would...

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Expectation Versus Hope

Expectation Versus Hope

Bart Ross, Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator For most of my life before recovery, I had very high expectations of other people, events, and myself. These often led to big disappointments, and I had extreme trouble accepting the outcomes. These so-called...

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When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 14 million American adults struggle with an alcohol use disorder. As a result of quarantining and social distancing, COVID-19 has caused most people to isolate themselves. Yet, the isolation...

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What You Need to Know about CBD and Treatment

What You Need to Know about CBD and Treatment

In states where CBD has become legal, it’s received a lot of attention for its potential benefits. Brick-and-mortar and online stores devoted to selling it have popped up virtually everywhere to cash in on its popularity. The appeal to use it to treat a variety of...

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Staying Committed to Sobriety Goals

Staying Committed to Sobriety Goals

“Game plan” is one of many terms to start in sports and eventually get used by almost anyone. A game plan is your strategy for winning, and not having one can make reaching any goals more challenging. When they’re sober goals you’re aiming to reach, you and everybody...

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