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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… 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 »

Recognizing Addiction During A National Pandemic  

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Alcoholism, drug addiction, and substance use disorders lead to – and flourish in – isolation and secrecy. But, as people with addiction are forced to quarantine with their loved one, signs of substance use that may have been hidden from view come to the forefront. Substance use is often the central organizing principle of a person’s life,… Read On »

Service in Social Isolation

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  By Cara O’Neil, Regional Director of Alumni Services There have been times in my life when I have been feeling low, and I’ve told myself, “Cara, you still have sports and you still have 12 Step meetings.” Well, I woke up the other day and there were no sports on my television. There was… Read On »

Comorbidity in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer He was 66 when the accident happened. A successful trial attorney, Jack was in good overall health and he loved spending most of his non-working time with his family, especially his 10-year-old grandson, Alex.  Jack had always been a social drinker but never really had… Read On »

The 4 Easiest Ways to Be a Little Healthier in Recovery

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  Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important part of a successful recovery from a substance use disorder. The big changes, like adopting a regular exercise habit, creating a strong sober network, and eating a healthy diet take persistent effort to accomplish. However, they largely consist of many small changes, some of which are easy… Read On »

5 Products With Hidden Alcohol

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    When recovering from addiction, it’s important to beware of challenges in any form. Stress is a major challenge for most people, as are people, places, and things associated with drugs or alcohol. It’s especially important to watch out for alcohol hidden in surprising places. People recovering from addiction, especially from alcohol use disorder,… Read On »