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Love, Service & Recovery

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Kacy Ritter, Community Outreach & Social Media Strategist When we think of Valentine’s Day, visions of glittered cards and red roses often come to mind. Romantic love is the focal point of the holiday, an unwelcome experience for those in addiction who have isolated themselves from significant others and loved ones. Though few can debate… Read On »

The Power of Ceremonies and Rituals in the Transformation Process

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Laura Martinez, LCDC-I,  Director of PsychoNeuroPlasticity When a client enters treatment at Origins, their challenges are not uniform, yet all of these individuals create stress at their core which often yields personal existential questions. A client enters treatment to do more than just attain sobriety – they come to find a deeper life meaning and… Read On »

Growing in Step 11

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Orlando Montalvo, LCDC – Executive Director  Let’s talk about Step 11 for a bit. Step 11 states: “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 it out.” Why you ask? Most of us… Read On »

Write Your Own Story

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By Andrew Rothermel, President and CEO of Origins Behavioral HealthCare   I have written many personal life stories this year. One of the largest stories I have written has been the relocation of myself and my family from Pennsylvania to Florida. This was a move that we saw coming when I became the CEO of… Read On »

Holidays, Alcohol and Recovery Lessons from “The Grinch”

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Kacy Ritter, Corporate Director of Alumni Services   This holiday season, countless recovery blogs will focus on avoiding the dangers of celebrations that center around alcohol. These well-meaning pieces will point out that tinsel-laden parties revolving around spiked egg nog and champagne toasts can be traps of temptation for those struggling with alcoholism. While it… Read On »

Re-wiring your Brain for the Holidays – Combating Holiday Stress and Anxiety

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Laura Martinez, LCDC-I| Director of PsychoNeuroPlasticity Perhaps you have not noticed, but your anxiety and emotionality may be rising with each passing day as we steadily approach the end of the year. The marking of a new year usually consumes us into tales of the unknown which are concealed in bright shiny lights, festive gifts,… 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 »

Physical Activity and Depression in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, Clinical Director Depression is a common phenomenon that is associated with numerous biological and psychological conditions and states.  As we age, the likelihood that we will experience depression increases, and it is one of the top three most common mental health diagnoses for older adults. For this reason, many older adults find themselves… Read On »

Behavioral Compulsivity

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Clinical Director, Hanley Center at Origins Over the past two decades, we have learned through research that when people are addicted to drugs and alcohol, there is a change in their brain that causes the instinct part of the brain (the mid-brain) to take priority over the impulse… Read On »

The Clinical Side of PsychoNeuroPlasticity

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By: Aubri Clements, MSW, LCDC-I| NeuroPlasticity Specialist PNP and the therapeutic component have very different, yet equally important roles in the treatment process here at Origins. I joined the Origins family as a member of the PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) department, which focuses highly on building healthy coping skills, neurological healing, and transformation. This can be anything… Read On »