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Forgiveness and Unconditional Love

Posted on September 27, 2021

Bart Ross, Recovery Services Manager, Hanley Center at Origins God’s love is always unconditional. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we’ve done. This reassurance doesn’t mean that God loves everything that we do. But our Higher Power loves us no matter what. I particularly like the reference the Big Book makes: “He is… Read On »

What is a Dry Drunk?

Posted on March 11, 2021

Is there a “dry drunk” in your life? The term dry drunk may be familiar to you, even if you’re not fully aware of what it actually means yet. The term tends to confuse some people, too, as it implies being drunk without drinking. The name isn’t universally used as it once was, but the… Read On »

Alumni Reunion Recap

Posted on March 1, 2021

Cara O’Neill, MS., MCAP, RMHCI | Corporate Director of Alumni Services As we all know, 2020 has been a year we will never forget. There have been many tough times, and the pandemic has caused untold hardships and many changes. Here at Origins, one of those was the Reunion. When we could not have the… Read On »

Tips for Staying Centered (and Sober) During the Holidays

Posted on December 22, 2020

  While the holiday season may look different this year, many people will find the challenge to stay sober hasn’t changed. Relapsing when alcohol is a big part of celebrating a holiday isn’t uncommon, particularly for people who are newly sober or people who are not actively engaging their recovery disciplines. Just like any other… Read On »

There is Hope with Scott Vandenberg

Posted on October 19, 2020

What is health? Is it just the absence of being sick or is there something more? What is freedom? Is it the absence of being locked up or is there something more?  What is peace? Is it simply the absence of conflict or is there something more? Welcome to the Something More hosted by Origins… Read On »

Connecting With The Senses: A Summer Mindfulness Practice

Posted on July 20, 2020

Summertime is one of the loveliest and most magical times of the year. Warmer weather, sunny days, and more hours of light make summer a perfect time to engage the senses and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness simply refers to the act of being present in the moment or being here now. Mindfulness practices are ways to… Read On »

Mental Health Concerns In Long-term Recovery

Posted on July 15, 2020

Everyone is susceptible to the onset of mental illness in their lifetime. A variety of factors contribute to the development of mental illness, from life circumstances to chemical imbalances, to genetics and ancestry. Whatever causes our mental illness to arise, it is of critical importance that we learn to recognize the symptoms, receive a proper… Read On »

How Can Beginners Learn Meditation?

Posted on June 8, 2020

Meditation is simply the practice of turning one’s attention to a single point of focus, such as the breath, an image, or a repeated word or phrase. While it sounds simple, it can often feel impossible to sit down, quiet the mind, set yourself free from distractions, and meditate. Meditation has numerous health benefits for… Read On »

Staying Connected in a Time of Disconnect

Posted on April 23, 2020

Joe Hartwell, Alumni Care Coordinator Greetings family, In the spiritual life, what we think we are doing is actually being done to us. All we can do is say yes to it! During this time of crisis, the Origins Alumni Team has tripled our efforts in providing support to our future alumni leaving treatment and… Read On »

The Empty Pickle Barrel

Posted on April 21, 2020

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 »