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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 »

Immersion of 12 Step Principles in Origins’ Treatment

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Origins Behavioral HealthCare takes pride in offering evidence informed treatment in all of our programs while recognizing that addiction is a multifaceted disease and treatment must be driven by the challenges of individual patients. Origins addresses these challenges by creating a unique blend of state of the art science with research proven axioms found in… Read On »

Merging PNP with 12 Step Recovery

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Ramon Rodriguez, PNP Specialist Is there a correlation between what PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) interventions and the 12 steps of recovery do for the individual when applied? Definitely. I have taken the 12 steps myself and applied them to my own life. There has been a profound change in my way of thinking and living. I have… Read On »

The Death of Prince

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By Susan Doneth, BS – Admissions Manager The death of Prince. Cause of death still unknown. Speculation runs rampant with unconfirmed reports of an overdose on Percocet that was treated with Narcan days before his death. No, we do not yet know how he died, but I do not think that the existing speculation shows… Read On »

Understanding “Failure to Launch” Clients

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By Kerry Coyle, Executive Director of Hanley Center at Origins Adolescence is an important stage in human development that is essentially the bridge between childhood and adulthood. During this stage of development, individuals typically develop skills for independent living while maintaining dependence on their primary family systems. In some cases, however, individuals may enter adolescence… Read On »

A Central Cornerstone of PNP: 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) (Lawlis with Martinez, Psychoneuroplastricity Protocols in Addictions), 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… Read On »

7 (Romance-Free) Ways to Share Your 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 »