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Not a Glum Lot

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by Kellye DeBerry, Alumni Coordinator, Hanley Center at Origins When I came into the rooms of the 12-Step program, I played a scene in my head of how I pictured my life from that point on. And I imagined my life looking a lot like what is portrayed on TV and in movies. I pictured… Read On »

A Suggestion for Step Six

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Chad Lentscher, Director of Alumni, Origins South Padre Island I had a profound experience in recent years around Step Six. Following a Fifth Step, I was staring at several pages of character defects, and three things occurred to me. One, the list was almost identical to every other character defect list I had generated. Two, if… Read On »

Recovered from a Hopeless Condition

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by Bart Ross, Alumni Coordinator, Hanley Center at Origins “Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.” – Big Book, pg. 20 I want to talk a little about “recovered” vs. “recovering.” I’ve experienced that this can be a controversial… Read On »

The Search For Freedom | Testimonial

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My name is Amber W. and I am a recovered alcoholic. I did not ever think I would be able to say that. Before Origins, My life was full of misery and hopelessness. I could not stop drinking and using drugs; I could not manage my life; my relationships were non-existent. I had already been… Read On »

Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. This can make us resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms… Read On »

Can You Travel for Healing?

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Before we recover, some of us attempt to escape addiction with a “geographical cure.” In other words, we move or travel as a way to “outsmart” addiction – a plan which is doomed to failure. But once we recover, can travel help us to grow and heal? Many people associate travel with leisure, with going… Read On »

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue Early in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s common to feel fatigued early in addiction recovery. Exactly why you feel fatigued depends on your specific circumstances, though all of them relate to brain health. For example, if you’re recovering from cocaine addiction, your brain is trying to function without the powerful stimulant it has come to rely on. If you’re recovering from… Read On »

4 Ways to Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

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  There are several reasons it’s good to manage your expectations going into addiction recovery. You obviously have to have some expectation that your life will improve, otherwise, it’s hard to stay motivated. However, expecting too much too soon can be discouraging. No one has the exact same experience of recovery, but there are inevitably… Read On »

Is All-or-nothing Thinking Hurting Your Recovery?

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Our thoughts, emotions, health, and behavior are all inextricably linked. When any one of these components is altered, the others within that system are as well. For people in recovery from substance use or co-occurring disorders, acknowledging this connection can improve our ability to lead healthy lives. All-or-nothing thinking is a cognitive distortion that can… Read On »

What Exactly Is PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP)?

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If 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 were so inclined, be the sculptor… Read On »