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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 »

Not a Glum Lot

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by Kellye DeBerry, Alumni Coordinator, Hanley Center at Origins When I came into the rooms of the 12-Step program, I played a scene in my head of how I pictured my life from that point on. And I imagined my life looking a lot like what is portrayed on TV and in movies. I pictured… Read On »

A Suggestion for Step Six

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Chad Lentscher, Director of Alumni, Origins South Padre Island I had a profound experience in recent years around Step Six. Following a Fifth Step, I was staring at several pages of character defects, and three things occurred to me. One, the list was almost identical to every other character defect list I had generated. Two, if… Read On »

Recovered from a Hopeless Condition

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by Bart Ross, Alumni Coordinator, Hanley Center at Origins “Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.” – Big Book, pg. 20 I want to talk a little about “recovered” vs. “recovering.” I’ve experienced that this can be a controversial… Read On »

The Search For Freedom | Testimonial

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My name is Amber W. and I am a recovered alcoholic. I did not ever think I would be able to say that. Before Origins, My life was full of misery and hopelessness. I could not stop drinking and using drugs; I could not manage my life; my relationships were non-existent. I had already been… Read On »

Origins Welcomes South Padre’s New Psychologist, Dr. Marsha Sargeant

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of clinical psychologist, Dr. Marsha Sargeant. Dr. Sargeant will be overseeing Texas’ arm of our innovative new health psychology department, Origins Center for Brain Recovery (CBR). Dr. Sargeant is a licensed psychologist who has served in private practice providing psychological assessment, testing, and patient-centered, evidence-based psychotherapy for adults… Read On »

Comorbidity in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer He was 66 when the accident happened. A successful trial attorney, Jack was in good overall health and he loved spending most of his non-working time with his family, especially his 10-year-old grandson, Alex.  Jack had always been a social drinker but never really had… Read On »

Leaving Early – The Unfortunate Downside

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Alcoholism and addiction knows no cultural, demographic or financial boundaries. Which is why when anyone of celebrity status checks into a facility, it makes the news. It’s a reminder of our collective vulnerability to this illness. Just last week professional skateboarder and Jackass star Bam Margera checked himself out of alcohol and drug treatment 10… Read On »