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10 Ways Recovery Is Like Working Out

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Most of us understand in glaring clarity that getting in better shape requires work and dedication. Getting in better shape after years of drinking and using is absolutely no different. While the analogy is not perfect, it’s definitely relatable. It’s Work You can join a gym, hire a trainer, buy work-out clothes, know the class… Read On »

The Simplicity of Step 11

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“The Eleventh Step is not extra credit.”  Charlie P. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Years ago, I landed in a sponsorship lineage that stressed the importance of Step… Read On »

Intimacy in Counseling

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Open your favorite academic search engine and query “intimacy in counseling” or some variation on that theme. The vast majority of articles, chapters and books you will find referenced address how counselors help patients deal with intimacy in their relationships. This is certainly how it should be given the importance of the topic in our… Read On »

Selling Oranges

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by Dr. John Dyben, Chief Clinical Officer, Origins Behavioral HealthCare I was once told a story about a little boy living in Guatemala City. Every day, this boy would board the hot, busy, crowded buses trying to sell oranges from a bag he carried with him. The boy would go up to people and say… Read On »

Waiting to Address Addiction Till After the Holidays? Don’t.

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Anyone who’s part of a family knows that when one member of the family is sick or in crisis, the entire family is affected. Those who’ve faced holidays with an addicted loved one know that these effects can be even more pronounced during the holiday season. Holiday Stress, Magnified Hectic preparations, prolonged interaction with family… Read On »

The Power of Faith

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by Connie Motley, Executive Clinical Director, Origins South Padre I was recently asked to represent Origins in Denver and New York City. This prompted me to give considerable thought to what it is that we are doing and just what is the goal of recovery. It occurred to me we are bearers of hope for… Read On »

Meet Hanley Center’s Staff Psychiatrist, Dr. Mangrola

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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… Read On »

The Bright Spot

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by Brad Sylvain, Executive Director, Hanley Center at Origins It’s that time of year again where we prepare to celebrate our alumni and their success. Alumni Reunion for Origins is a special time of year, it is a time where each and every one of us has the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate some… Read On »

Wake Up

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by Chris Raymer, Vice President of Recovery Services, Origins Behavioral HealthCare “If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system”. — William James Myers (not the evil twin) and I turned 65 in September. This… Read On »

There Is a Solution

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by Chad Lentscher, Director of Alumni, Origins South Padre  There is a solution, and you probably won’t like it. “There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation.” (Big Book, page 25). I don’t like writing… Read On »