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Meet Dylan Wallace, LCSW, Program Director of Transitions

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 outpatient substance abuse facility. I was hesitant, but willing. I remember the first night being part of a group therapy session and I thought to

Meet Hanley Center’s Staff Psychiatrist, Dr. Mangrola

Dr. Raju Mangrola is Hanley Center at Origins’ new Staff Psychiatrist. He has been in practice for over 25 years. Through his extensive work with addictive and co-occurring disorders, he brings a wealth of knowledge in evaluation and treatment. He has also been active in speaking forums addressing the issues related to addiction and the opiate crisis. What brought you to Origins? I have been familiar with Hanley Center through work as a consultant in the past. When the opportunity

Fatal Liver Disease on the Rise Among Young Adults

According to a study published last week, fatalities from liver disease are on the rise, and young adults have been hit the hardest. The study, conducted by Dr. Elliott Tapper, a liver specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School, examined the number of deaths resulting from cirrhosis of the liver as well as liver cancer. The study in brief: From 1999 to 2016, in the U.S. annual deaths from cirrhosis increased by 65% Annual deaths from hepatocellular carcinoma doubled

Hanley Center’s new Medical Director, Dr. Adam Bianchini

Dr. Adam Bianchini, MD is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he began a career in anesthesiology. His own personal journey through alcoholism and addiction led him to focus on that field within medicine for the past 12 years. He is a nationally renowned expert in the field of addiction, a sought-after circuit speaker, and has been sober for 23 years.

What Are the Current Drug Trends Among Young People?

Drug trends among teens and young adults today are “not your father’s Oldsmobile,” so to speak. The whole scene has changed. We continue to have problems with commonly-used mind-altering substances such as opiates, marijuana and hallucinogens. Today, however, we add to this list increasingly bizarre practices such as consuming embalming fluid, along with numerous synthetic drugs and organic drugs that are unstudied and often untraceable. Here is an overview of the major drug trends we are seeing nationwide. Kratom Today, Kratom has

The United States of Overdose

The United States only makes up 4.3% of the global population but 25% of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, happen in the United States. Sadly, these numbers continue to rise. More than 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose in the United States in 2016, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average in the US more than 172 people per day

Walmart Offers New Way To Dispose of Addictive Opioids

In an effort to join the fight against the nationwide opioid epidemic, Walmart is rolling out a program which will provide a safe way to dispose of opioids.   The chain says its newest product “Dispose-RX” provides a safe and effective way to get rid of unused opioid medication. When mixed with warm water, DisposeRx is capable of turning any form of opioid drug — including pills, tablets, capsules, powders, liquids or patches — into an inert, biodegradable gel that

Alcohol-Related ER Visits On The Rise Nationwide

A steady annual increase in trips made to emergency rooms as a result of drinking alcohol showed a startling jump between 2006 and 2014 according to a recent study published this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.   The increase in alcohol-related trips to the ER added up to 61 percent more visits in 2014 compared with 2006. The study’s analysis included information on about 30 million visits to U.S. hospital-based emergency departments annually. These stark facts

Spotlight Series – Katie Jo Larkin, Primary Counselor

Katie grew up in Wellington, FL, where she played Varsity Softball and Varsity Volleyball. She graduated high school with honors and then moved to Orlando, FL, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. At that point, she returned home to be closer to her family and became employed at her first treatment center as a Behavioral Health Technician. It was there that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in counseling,

True Freedom and Happiness | Alum Testimonial

I lived in active addiction for 12+ years, starting off with smoking weed and drinking, and through the years found heroin, benzos, and methamphetamine.  Initially. I started using because I liked the effect produced.  What I also found is that it made it easy to cope with the hard time’s life sometimes throws at us.  I was able to stay numb and live under the delusion that I was happy and free.  Somewhere in my late teens/early twenties, I crossed

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