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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 »

Holidays, Alcohol and Recovery Lessons from “The Grinch”

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Kacy Ritter, Corporate Director of Alumni Services   This holiday season, countless recovery blogs will focus on avoiding the dangers of celebrations that center around alcohol. These well-meaning pieces will point out that tinsel-laden parties revolving around spiked egg nog and champagne toasts can be traps of temptation for those struggling with alcoholism. While it… Read On »

How Origins Changed My Family

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In March of 2014, Origins Recovery Center changed our daughter, Jessi, and our lives forever.   We were blessed by the miracle of appearing on the Dr. Phil show, and him offering to send our daughter to Origins. We were also blessed to have Ben Levenson there to support us through the process of leaving… Read On »

Sometimes a disappointment is not what it seems!

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Myers Raymer, Alumni Support   Hey, all! I just got back from the “Old-Timers Roundup” in Jackson, Mississippi. I was one of the old-timers who got to present and it was the coolest. Lots and lots of nice folks AND we got to eat GRITS!!! (It’s a Southern thang, y’all.)   Anyway, one of the… 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 »

From the Grateful Mother of an Origins Alum

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My son became an addict at 16. Today, he is now 27 and clean just over a year after many, many recovery centers and attempts at sobriety. Hanley Center at Origins in West Palm Beach, FL has shown him that there is life without drugs, and that he can win the battle against addiction. To this… Read On »

Joining the Origins Family

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I’ve spent many years trying to find a solution to my alcoholism and drug addiction, including 6 times in treatment. Like most chronic relapses, I’ve had some horrid experiences in treatment. I’ve been told things like “just love yourself sober,” “just think the drink,” or “therapy will fix everything.” Through all of those experiences, I… Read On »

Witness to Transformation

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    The thought of helping another human being is almost a foreign concept by the time most of us make it to treatment. I watch the majority of our clients walk through our doors full of fear with no interest in anything beyond themselves and their comfort. The blessing for us, as treatment professionals,… Read On »