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What is Really in Street Heroin?

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Heroin bought on the street is almost never pure heroin. The actual heroin content can vary widely, usually between about 50 percent and 80 percent. It is almost always cut or laced with something else. When heroin is “cut” that means whatever is added to it is just filler with little or no psychoactive effect.… 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 »

5 Fast Answers About Co-occurring Disorders

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When two or more disorders exist within the same patient, it’s termed a “co-occurring disorder.” Once called “dual diagnosis,” this condition is common and treatable with a proper assessment and treatment plan, by experienced mental health professionals who have expertise in such conditions. What are Co-occurring Disorders? When two or more mental disorders (such as… Read On »

What is Bipolar Disorder?

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An Overview of this Mental Health Disorder  Like many mental health issues, bipolar disorder is largely misunderstood by the general public who also doesn’t realize it can be effectively treated with lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and medication.  In its simplest terms, it’s an illness that affects a person’s ability to regulate or control their moods. Of… Read On »

Fentanyl – The Upsurge in the Opioid Crisis

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With opioids making daily headlines for the past four years it might be possible to become immune to the severity of the problem. But the problem persists and in fact, has become more deadly. And now, a synthetic opioid—fentanyl—has come to the forefront as the leading killer in the class of opioids. The National Vital… Read On »

Harvesting Gratitude

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“You should be grateful for what you have.”   This suggestion is often given to alcoholics, whether in active addiction or during their recovery. The topic of “gratitude” is frequently proposed in 12 Step discussion meetings, and if you have ever been in such a meeting, you know that the dialogue which follows can quickly… 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 »