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What is Spirituality?

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer When I would ask that question ten years ago, most people would respond by describing religion. Today, my experience is that there is a more common perception that spirituality and religion are two different things.  However, when I ask people now to describe the difference… Read On »

Meet the Newest Members of Our Professional Relations Team

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We are pleased to announce the newest members of our Professional Relations team, William McHale, Ellen Plaze, and Jonathan Benz. Meet our newest additions below. Welcome to Origins, William, Ellen, and Jonathan! William “Bill” McHale is a native of Miami, Florida. For the past 20 years, Bill has assisted many of those facing drug charges… Read On »

We May Have Found the Pathway for Alcoholism

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Alcoholism is a curious phenomenon. In the US, about 70 percent of people drink at least occasionally, more than half have had a drink in the past month, and more than a quarter have engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Despite drinking being so common, only about 10 to 15 percent will develop… Read On »

Why Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Mental Health

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With the weather getting nicer, it’s a good time to consider giving your house a thorough cleaning. This may be the last thing you feel like doing, especially if you’re feeling depressed or preoccupied with other things. In fact, studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between feeling depressed and having a messy… Read On »

Parental Toxic Enabling of Adult Children

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Stephen R. Honaker, LMHC, QS, Family Counselor, Headwaters at Origins I was recently speaking with a former patient, who is a first-time father to a nine-month-old daughter, about the strength of parental love. As the conversation progressed, I described to him in some detail the birth of my daughter (who is now thirteen years old)… Read On »

Do You Know the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning?

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Every year, about 2200 Americans die from alcohol poisoning, which averages out to about six people every day. While fatal cases of alcohol poisoning are typically associated with frat parties, it is far more common among middle-aged adults. Roughly 76 percent of people who die from alcohol poisoning are between the ages of 35 and… Read On »

How Do Anxiety and Depression Affect Your Health?

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When we think of anxiety and depression, we typically think about the psychological symptoms. Symptoms most often associated with depression include sadness, loss of motivation, irritability, disturbed sleep, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, and persistent thoughts of suicide and death. Anxiety is characterized by worries about the future, worries about social situations, intrusive thoughts, rumination,… Read On »

Staff Spotlight: Chelsey Sparks, LVN Nurse at Origins South Padre and Hannah’s House

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What brought you to Origins? The opportunity to help people who are willing to change their lives. What we do here is unique, we are not like other places. We give people a chance to have a life again. Origins looks at every aspect and as a team, utilizes approaches from every angle to help… Read On »

A Primer and Guide to Medicine from Medical Director, Dr. Adam Bianchini

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We often hear at different times throughout the year, “Tis the season!” Whether it is the holiday season, flu season or winter season, challenges to sobriety and recovery abound. With colder weather gripping most of the country during winter, viral illness, colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. can pose serious and specific setbacks to addiction recovery.… Read On »

Overdoses Quadruple in Women 30 to 64

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America’s “opioid epidemic” has received much deserved attention to such a degree that we’d assume a solution was close at hand, but that’s not the case. Last year more than 70,000 Americans died of overdoses. Men are still more likely than women to die of an overdose, but the increase in female overdoses is 492%… Read On »