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Meet Mark St. John, Program Director at Hanley Center

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Mark St. John, LSCW, CAP, ICADC, NAADAC – Program Director Mark is a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, KS with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Washburn University with an emphasis on social policy. Mark has worked… Read On »

Red, White, and Blue Desserts

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Fourth of July desserts from the Dietary staff at Hanley Center.  Make sure to see our Independence Day Recipes you can make for lunch or dinner here.   Red, White & Blue Desserts 8oz whipped cream 1-pint blueberries 1-pint raspberry 1 sliced fanned out strawberry Puree half of your blueberries and mix with remaining whole… Read On »

Independence Day Recipes

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Recipes for the Fourth from our culinary team at Hanley Center. Make sure to check out the Red, White and Blue Desserts here. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich 3-4 Chicken Breasts cut into strips 1 Cup of Flour Salt, Pepper Montreal Chicken Seasoning Vegetable oil to fry Frank’s Red Hot BBQ Sauce 4 Sub Rolls Provolone Cheese… Read On »

Why Is Borderline Personality Disorder Misunderstood?

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often cast as one of the most difficult mental illnesses to diagnose and to treat. Characterized more often by external behaviors rather than internal causes, getting to the root of BPD can be a therapeutic challenge as a complicated web of coping behaviors that have been formulated to protect against… Read On »

Will Family Programming Help My Family Heal?

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When a loved one attends treatment for an addiction, a mental health disorder, or co-occurring mental health disorders, many times there is a family system, along with a family history, which needs healing. The struggles and sufferings of a loved one affect the whole family. In a family system, everyone has a role to play,… Read On »

What Is EMDR?

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What Is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based, integrative form of psychotherapy that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Essentially, EMDR facilitates the healing of the intangible. Experiencing trauma and the ongoing distress of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be like living with an invisible wound. Often, our traumatic… Read On »

Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters

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For many years, the disease of addiction was seen and treated as a singular issue without proper cause or any contributing factor, confounding doctors and researchers alike. Today, we have a comprehensive understanding of what can contribute to the pain and suffering of addiction, from neuroscience to genetics to the experience of trauma. Trauma is… Read On »

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) 101

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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of how the brain, nervous system, and immune system impact each other. Researchers are beginning to discover ways in which the central nervous system and immune system communicate with each other, and these findings are the basis of PNI. PNI offers an interdisciplinary approach to disease, taking into account psychology,… Read On »

Can Abstinence Include Marijuana?

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Here, we will discuss and unpack the myth of “marijuana maintenance” by answering the question: Can Abstinence Include Marijuana? First, it’s important to understand the framework behind this common and controversial inquiry. Abstinence can be defined as the process of avoiding or not engaging in addictive substances and/or behaviors. Abstaining from the use of illicit… Read On »

Origins Behavioral HealthCare Announces Opening of Origins Center For Brain Recovery

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    (May 2nd, 2019) – ORIGINS BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE is proud to announce the opening of its new health psychology department, Origins Center for Brain Recovery (CBR).   Origins Center for Brain Recovery, an innovative program designed to facilitate healing, health, and wellbeing of the whole person, will be nestled inside of Origins’ residential treatment… Read On »