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Is Ecstasy Addictive?

Posted on January 24, 2022

Ecstasy is one of many party drugs your teen or college-age child may be exposed to on occasion. You may discover your son or daughter has even tried ecstasy more than once. How has it affected them and is it addictive may be two of the first questions you have at that point.  We’ll answer… Read On »

The Importance of Vulnerability in Recovery

Posted on January 5, 2022

A person with a substance use disorder may have spent a lot of time with their defenses up. The desire to protect themselves from criticism and getting hurt is a natural response. Stepping into recovery with that “protective layer” can be a problem, though. Today, we’re going to talk about how to let your guard… Read On »

Checking In During Holiday Plans

Posted on December 10, 2021

By Meghan Brooks | Director of Admissions The holidays can be full of joy, presents, decorations, and services. They can also bring up a lot of stress and anxiety. The extensive plans, travel, and too little (or too much) downtime can be overwhelming. Your holiday plans probably do not resemble the Norman Rockwell ideal, and… Read On »

A New New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 10, 2021

Universally, a few of the first comments made by a person considering sobriety are “What will I drink when toasting my daughter on her wedding day?” or “What will I drink on New Year’s Eve when everyone is enjoying champagne?” Further evidence that our lives as problems drinkers revolved around alcohol! In truth, at a… Read On »

Why Me?

Posted on December 2, 2021

Cara Bantom-O’Neill, MS., MCAP, RMHCI | Corporate Director of Alumni Services I remember when I realized that I was a real alcoholic and understood I had a disease that I couldn’t control on my own. That was a huge and scary moment in my life, and I was not happy. At that time, I was… Read On »


Posted on November 29, 2021

DALLAS, TEXAS (November 30, 2021) – Origins Behavioral HealthCare announces the release of its second retrospective outcomes study. Conducted with four years worth of alumni input, it reveals that Origins’ treatment model, across all programs, is extremely effective in helping people recover from substance use disorders. Origins partnered with the OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social… Read On »

Pregnancy and Addiction

Posted on November 19, 2021

Becoming pregnant while living with a substance use disorder creates a different kind of urgency for treatment. Expectant mothers and their unborn babies both face numerous risks when drug or alcohol use continues. Let’s look at some of the most significant risks and identify the unique needs of pregnant women with SUDs. Drinking or drug… Read On »

Stigma & Addiction

Posted on October 12, 2021

Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer Toward Building a Healthier Environment for those with Substance Use Issues My daughter was around five years old when she asked me what “epidemiology” was. In true Dyben family form, I wrote a song to explain at least part of it. The song is called… Read On »

What Is Drug Addiction?

Posted on October 8, 2021

  Drug addiction is a complex neurobiological disease that requires integrated treatment of the mind, body, and spirit. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain — they change its structure and how it works.  Here is an overview of drug addiction, including: What is the Best Definition of Drug Addiction? What… Read On »

What is Rehab? Types, Treatment Options & Process 

Posted on October 5, 2021

Rehab is the start of a lifelong commitment to sobriety and improving the quality of one’s life. It often begins with the “engagement stage.” This may involve the entire family working together to help explore pathways to treatment.  Rehab may include either or both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Here is an overview of rehab, including:… Read On »