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Individuals Who “Have It All” Need Better Treatment Accessibility

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  Deb Kuzmin, LCSW – Vice President of Clinical Services for Origins Sitting upright yet looking defeated, one of the most influential CEOs in this region told me, “I built an entire empire! I took risks, worked endlessly, built relationships, and made folks successful. I can do anything! But for some reason, I cannot stop… Read On »

Breaking the Camel’s Back: Understanding the Relationship Between THC and Psychosis

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Chief Clinical Officer The cannabis plant has myriad chemical compounds (literally hundreds), and various cannabis strains tend to have these compounds in different amounts.  Perhaps the most well-known chemical in cannabis is Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, most commonly referred to as THC.  This is the primary psychogenic compound that causes the… Read On »

Benzodiazepines: The FDA Finally Took a Step

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Terry Shapiro, MS, CAC – Vice President and Executive Director of Hanley Center and Florida Programs When you get to be my age, the question starts to be asked a little more frequently: “What are you going to do when you retire?” Since my dream of becoming a major league baseball player is probably out… 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. From 1999–2018, almost 450,000 people died… Read On »

Quandary in a Conundrum: Addiction and ADHD

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By Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Chief Clinical Officer  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and addiction may have a cozier relationship than many realize, at least according to much of the scientific literature. Recent studies have presented estimates that the prevalence of ADHD in adults with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) might be around… Read On »

Understanding Origins’ ASAM Certification

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By Dr. Raju Mangrola, M.D. – Chief Psychiatrist, Origins Behavioral HealthCare Origins Behavioral HealthCare is uniquely positioned to provide the most intensive level of treatment for medically and psychiatrically complex patients with substance use disorders. Origins’ program is one of very few that provides treatment at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria level… Read On »

The Power of Age-Specific Programming

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Brad Sylvain – Vice President of Operations A common misconception I have experienced during my recovery journey, as well as in my professional career in behavioral health, is the idea that someone may be too young or too old to seek treatment. This message leaves us with the mistaken belief that young people are just… Read On »

Measurements and Meaning: Advancing MBC and Research in Behavioral Healthcare

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP|Chief Clinical Officer Today we understand substance use disorders and addictions better than we ever have, and yet, we have so much more to learn. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as of 2018, there were around 14,500 facilities in the US treating addiction. One would think… Read On »

THREE YEARS OF STATISTICS SUBSTANTIATE ORIGINS’ TREATMENT APPROACH

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DALLAS, TEXAS (May 25, 2020) – Origins Behavioral HealthCare announces the release of its first retrospective outcomes study. Conducted with three years’ worth of alumni input, it reveals that Origins’ treatment model, across all programs, is extremely effective in helping people recover from substance use disorders. Origins partnered with the OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social… Read On »

The Empty Pickle Barrel

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP My father grew up in Downers Grove and went to college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His father was a delivery driver in the city. My father relayed to me a story about a tumultuous time for Chicago when there were race riots in the ’60s. As the… Read On »