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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 »

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 »

Together, We Can Fight the Powerful Stigma of Addiction

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Unfortunately, many people in America still believe that addiction is a moral problem or behavioral issue. Across the nation, people with substance use disorders are still viewed as choosing to drink or use. Despite overwhelming evidence that addiction is a brain disease and chronic illness, those in recovery from addiction are demonized not only in… Read On »

The Cycle of Addiction and Alcoholism

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Taking a Drink, Using a Drug It begins when a person has one or two drinks or recreationally uses drugs. Their intention is to moderate or for their use to not get out of control. It’s most often accompanied by a rationale of, “I’m just going to have a couple to unwind.” Phenomenon of Craving… Read On »

Overdose Awareness Day: What You Need To Know

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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. IOAD aims to raise awareness of drug overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.  The United States accounts for over 25% of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths. The number of overdose deaths in… Read On »

Training Your Brain with the BAUD

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Dr. Frank Lawlis, Ph.D. – Director of Psychological and Neurological Plasticity Programs As more people have read about Psychoneuroplasticity (PNP), there has been a growing interest in the device called the BioAccoustical Utilization Device (BAUD). A brief understanding needs to come about to understand how this instrument works on the brain level. As the name… Read On »

A Quick Guide to Addiction, Recovery and Sleep

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Most who have dealt with a substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction have experienced sleep issues at some point, either while in active addiction or during recovery. Even when they aren’t your system anymore, drugs and alcohol can have a major impact on your body. Facts About Addiction, Recovery And Sleep Sleep problems are common… Read On »

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

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Approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States struggle with co-occurring disorders. If someone has both addiction and a mental health disorder, they are classified as having co-occurring disorders (a.k.a. dual diagnoses). These disorders impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s mental, physical, and spiritual life. Because both disorders impact a person’s well-being, diagnosing both… Read On »

Learning to Sleep Naturally

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  For those who struggle with addiction, “just go to sleep” is as frustrating a statement as “just stop using.” Many have the desire for a full night’s rest, but lack the education and resources on how to accomplish this. In the Psychoneuroplasticity (PNP) sleep program, we offer the tools to turn this pipe dream… Read On »

7 Ways to Share the Love

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When we think of Valentine’s Day, visions of glittered cards and red roses often come to mind. For those without a significant other, this can be an unwelcome image. Though few can debate the delight found in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, there is far more to love than presents wrapped in red cellophane. True love… Read On »