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What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, PH.D., LHMC, QS, NCC - Executive Clinical Director Cognitive Processing Therapy, or CPT, is a form of therapy that has been shown to be effective in helping people who have experienced trauma. CPT is a talk therapy designed to help people...

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Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids, depressants, and stimulants. Prescription drug abuse affects nearly every age group in the U.S., with one in four teens reporting misusing or abusing prescription drugs at some point, usually gaining access in family...

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Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

Bart Ross | Recovery Services Manager A Spiritual awakening as the result of the 12-Steps happens when our ego experiences an infinite sense of reality and truth. The way we think, feel, and act changes. We realized what we had believed was our truth really was false...

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Alcohol Use Rising in Older Adults

Alcohol Use Rising in Older Adults

As the youngest Baby Boomers approach the age of sixty, the rising rates of alcohol use among this entire generation are getting attention. Alcohol’s impact on an aging brain and body can be significant, especially for seniors already taking prescription medications...

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Is Ritalin Addictive?

Is Ritalin Addictive?

"Is Ritalin addictive?" is a question to ask your physician upon receiving a prescription for this medication or any medication. You likely know Methylphenidate under its brand name of Ritalin and its common usage to treat ADHD. The drug provides short-term benefits...

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PTSD Treatment and Facts

PTSD Treatment and Facts

Post-traumatic stress can follow a single traumatic event or multiple traumas experienced by one person. However, when signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear, it's essential to learn how to manage its symptoms in healthy ways. Let's take a look at...

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You’re Not Alone: Common Mental Health Disorders

You’re Not Alone: Common Mental Health Disorders

In a culture that looks at enduring struggles as a noble act, the message to many people suffering silently from mental health issues is to just stay strong and deal with it. Buying into this thinking can contribute to a sense of isolation and powerlessness. With...

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Types of Depression

Types of Depression

Did you know there are several types of depression? If you suffer from depression, learning more about your specific type of depression can shape your steps to respond to it. For example, let’s look at several depression types and explore when and if inpatient...

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Alcohol Abuse in Seniors

Alcohol Abuse in Seniors

Seniors living alone aren’t the only ones at risk for abusing alcohol. Even those living in community settings, such as nursing homes, can develop a serious drinking problem. Recognizing this kind of substance use in a loved one over the age of 65 is critical in...

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Benefits Residential Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Benefits Residential Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

As mental health is an essential component of good self-care, prioritizing your mental health needs must be a choice you make at some point. How you respond to your mental health concerns will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how they impact your daily...

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How Free Do You Want To Be?

How Free Do You Want To Be?

Bart Ross - Recovery Services Manager Early on in my own recovery journey, I was asked this question: "How free do you want to be?" I still ask myself this question often. So, this article will be my current thoughts on what it looks like to be free. What it looks...

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Hanley Center Opens Residential Mental Health Program

Hanley Center Opens Residential Mental Health Program

WEST PALM BEACH – Hanley Center at Origins is pleased to announce the opening of its Mental Health Program on May 30, 2022. This valuable new program will meet the critical need for residential treatment for people who do not identify as having substance use...

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Veterans and Substance Use Disorders: Breaking the Stigma

Veterans and Substance Use Disorders: Breaking the Stigma

Veterans face a unique set of challenges when returning home from service. Unfortunately, one often overlooked challenge is the link between veterans and substance use disorders. Many veterans struggle with addiction after returning home, but due to the stigma...

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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 addiction 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...

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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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