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The Best Decision I Ever Made

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by Billy R., Origins Recovery Center Alum, Sober Since 1/1/16   My name is Billy and I am recovered drug addict. I wanted to take a moment here to talk about my experience at Origins Recovery. I am 7 year user of heroin and other opiates. By the time I was 16, I was heavily… Read On »

Investing in Relationships

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  Greetings to all our Origin family members. No matter where you are in your own recovery, I just wanted to remind you and emphasize the importance of relationships.    I’m not talking about just romance, I’m speaking of relationships with all that this new life has to offer. “Having had a spiritual awakening as… Read On »

Must I know God in Step Two prior to moving to Step Three?

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   The short answer is no. I consistently watch people get twisted around the God idea based on this misunderstanding of the proposition presented in Step Two.   Let’s assume that Step One has been adequately presented. If a newcomer identifies with Step One, we naturally assume that they will buy into the God idea, or really any solution at this point. “Many times… Read On »

A Note on Self-pity from Chris Raymer

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Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Services    “Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which… Read On »

Sobriety vs. Recovery

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  by Myers Raymer, Alumni Support at Origins Recovery Centers Howdy y’all!   Have you ever noticed how, over time, things change? Sure you have! One of the examples I always think of is old TV shows vs. new TV shows. Now, if you are reeeeeally old you might remember The Dick Van Dyke Show. Rob (Dick Van… Read On »

Welcomed with Open Arms

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by Paige K., Hanley Center Alum, Sober since 4/4/15   At 26 years old, the last thing in the world I ever thought I would become was an alcoholic. To me, an alcoholic was a retired business individual, not a 26-year-old college graduate. But I was, and it was a devastating fact to face.   When… Read On »

Alumni Newsletter – June 2017

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A Note on Self-pity from Chris Raymer Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Services    “Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It… Read On »

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 »

My Journey as an Alum and Staff Member

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Neal  Hoontis, Admissions Specialist  Gratitude is to deeply and personally recognize the union of one’s journey with the blessings that were laid along its path. It is a retrospective contemplation. Giving attention to the past, cultivating humility and appreciation for the today. Along my personal journey towards a life of meaning Hanley Center at Origins… 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 »