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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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Staff Spotlight Joanna Ahern

Staff Spotlight Joanna Ahern

Joanna Ahern - Alumni Care Coordinator for Center for Men's Recovery (F-troop) at Hanley Center What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?          Before working at Origins, I worked in the foodservice industry, and my life...

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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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