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Navigating Anxiety in Recovery

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults. Anxiety can be described as an intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Many people can experience anxiety in stressful situations, such as public speaking or a job… Read On »

The Greatest Victory

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By Meghan Brooks, Director of Admissions Agreeing to admission for treatment should never be viewed as a failure. Alcoholics and addicts are often referred to as “individuals whose self-will has run riot.” Wanting to be able to “handle it” or “pull ourselves out of it,” we will inevitably do nothing more than exacerbate the consequences… Read On »

Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

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The relationship of substance use disorders and mental health is important to understand in every person who needs treatment. But, can addiction itself be considered a mental health disorder? Today, let’s talk about how these two disorders come together and how a problem with substance use is different from other mental health concerns. Is Addiction… Read On »

Is Telehealth Addiction Recovery Here to Stay?

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In the past year, we’ve seen much more attention put on virtual health services to keep patients and medical staff safer. Treatment for substance use is part of those essential services. With the post-Covid era coming thanks to vaccines, you may be wondering if Telehealth addiction recovery options are here to stay. Today, let’s talk… Read On »

What You Should Know about Mental Health and Addiction

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The connection between mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) is similar to a home improvement show, except the home is you. On the TV show, you have a designer and a contractor. Imagine the outcome if the designer never saw the house needing renovation or if the contractor started doing work without a design… Read On »

Encouraging and Building Others Up with Vanessa Brenner

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In this episode, we are talking with Vanessa Brenner. Vanessa is the Clinical Program Director at the Hanley Center at Origins.     Vanessa shares about her journey from the finance industry to being a family counselor and recently returning to the women’s unit as the Program Director. She shares the impact kind words and encouragement… Read On »

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Rick Hubbard – Executive Vice President of Professional Relations Many of the events that have taken place over the past year have illustrated our need, as a nation, to confront issues associated with racism that continue to divide us, and to do so with a commitment to understanding each other. The emergence of “Black Lives… Read On »

Healing the Family System at Origins

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Like any other chronic illness, addiction requires a network of participants that either support the illness or support recovery from it. Being willing to accept help as the addicted person or helping your loved one enter treatment is the first step. But so much more can be done to support the entire family system. That’s… Read On »

What is a Dry Drunk?

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Is there a “dry drunk” in your life? The term dry drunk may be familiar to you, even if you’re not fully aware of what it actually means yet. The term tends to confuse some people, too, as it implies being drunk without drinking. The name isn’t universally used as it once was, but the… Read On »

Alumni Reunion Recap

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Cara O’Neill, MS., MCAP, RMHCI | Corporate Director of Alumni Services As we all know, 2020 has been a year we will never forget. There have been many tough times, and the pandemic has caused untold hardships and many changes. Here at Origins, one of those was the Reunion. When we could not have the… Read On »