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Sharing My Scars

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by Joey W., Alum, Origins Recovery Centers   “Yeah, I got a scar I can talk about”, is a line in a song that has had a special place in my heart since I took my last drink on July 21, 2016. Three weeks after I had left Origins, I was at a concert in… Read On »

Never in My Widest Dreams

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  by Scott K., Alum, Hanley Center at Origins When I arrived at the Hanley Center in May of 2016, I was beaten down and shattered. I had lost virtually everything in my life and I was full of despair. Alcohol truly had become my master. Shortly after I arrived, I vividly remember a Hanley… Read On »

Start the Christmas List!

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Myers Raymer, Alumni Specialist at Origins Recovery Centers I totally know that we are just barely past Labor Day but, since I was a kid, September has always been the month when I start thinking about cold weather and Christmas. Yep, I said it – Christmas!!!  So, as my thoughts turn toward giving and getting, I started… Read On »

The Opportunity to Include the Newcomer

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Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Services   “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard   In 1935, a newly sober alcoholic named Bill Wilson came in contact with a drunk named Dr. Bob. What… Read On »

Alumni Newsletter | September 2017

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Alumni Newsletter | September 2017 The Opportunity to Include the Newcomer Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Services   “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard   In 1935, a newly sober alcoholic named Bill… Read On »

Investing in Relationships

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  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 a result of these steps,” I’ve come… Read On »

Moving to Step Three | Chad Lentscher

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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.   Troubles in Step Three begin well before that Step. 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… Read On »

The Best Decision I Ever Made

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by Billy R., Origins Recovery Centers Alum, Sober Since January 1st, 2016   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… Read On »

Moving to Step Three | Chad Lentscher

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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 »