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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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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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