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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 »

What Exactly Is PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP)?

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by Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, Director of PsychoNeuroPlasticityIf you break the term up into its three parts, Psycho-Neuro-Plasticity, it states a psychological-brain-change. When we practice the principles of PsychoNeuroPlasticity, we change our brains psychologically and sometimes even physically. And guess what? We have 100 billion neurons with the ability to change. “Any man could, if he… 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 »

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 »