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Home for the Holidays

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The holidays are here again, and it’s always a time that I reflect on how grateful I am for everything I have in my life today because of the program of recovery, especially my family and friends. During my addiction, I became completely isolated from everything and everyone, and the holiday season was a time… Read On »

The Gift That Comes in an Ugly Wrapping

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Alcoholism is an ugly disease that is wrapped around an amazing gift. We break our own morals…give up the things that are important to us… slam shut doors that open for us… let down the people who love us. These are just some of the ugly things we do when we are suffering from alcoholism.… Read On »

A Return to Physical Well-being

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Alcohol and Health The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20 to 64 years. And from 2006 to 2010 it was responsible for 88,000 deaths, on average, ending lives by up to 30 years prematurely.* Just as those are staggering… Read On »

The Spiritual Stage Character

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There was a piece of me that believed I was better than you in my addiction, and I was absolutely convinced of it when I got sober. I had figured life out, and I was more than happy to discuss spirituality with you. Looking back, I didn’t get it. I never fully bought into the… Read On »

12th Step Important?

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I wonder how many of us remember that moment when we finally got to the same place that Bill Wilson was as he sat at his kitchen table that “bleak November” day? I so clearly remember leaning against my old Toyota Land Cruiser, looking up at the moon, and just knowing I was finally done.… Read On »

PTSD: A Non-combat Condition

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Two scenarios, one diagnosis A soldier safely returns home to his Army base after a 9-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. His assignment was routine aside from one 12-hour period in which his expeditionary force was under heavy artillery fire from enemy troops. Miraculously, there was no loss of life, only an intense half day… Read On »

What Exactly is PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP)?

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by Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, Director of PsychoNeuroPlasticityIf you break that term up into its three parts: Psycho-Neuro-Plasticity. It states a psychological-brain-change. When we practice the principles of PsychoNeuroPlasticity, we change our brains psychologically and sometimes even physically. And guess what? We have 100 billion neurons with the ability to change. “Any man could, if he… Read On »

Meet Dylan Wallace, LCSW, Program Director of Transitions

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What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? And then to Origins? I always knew I wanted to be a counselor, but told myself addiction was “too close to home.” It wasn’t until I was in my practicum of my master’s program that I took the suggestion of my field advisor to try an… Read On »

10 Things Sponsorship Is and Isn’t

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Sponsorship is an important part of life after treatment and an integral part of a person’s lifetime journey through recovery. It is part of our continuing care, and is not a formal part of residential or outpatient care. Very little was written on the topic in the early days of the 12-Steps because sponsorship was… Read On »

The Perfect Storm: Holidays and Problem Drinking

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This time of year conjures magical thoughts. Kicking your feet up with family. Relaxed kitchen conversations. Friends unexpectedly dropping by. And, food and fellowship which make us look forward to the holidays all year long. Of course, for any household in which a person may have a drinking or drug problem, there are whole different… Read On »