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Getting Ready for Opioid Detox

Getting Ready for Opioid Detox

An important first step in opioid detox is educating yourself about what exactly will take place throughout the process. Getting acquainted with the impact of this kind of detox on both your mind and body is tremendously important, especially regarding the types of...

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Life After Treatment: Healing the Family

Life After Treatment: Healing the Family

One of the most difficult decisions you or a loved one can make is the decision to enter treatment. Because addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, it’s imperative to involve all family members from the time of admission. Unfortunately, the consequences...

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Healing the Family System at Origins Recovery Center

Healing the Family System at Origins Recovery Center

Your family member’s addiction is an illness that you cannot cure alone.  Growing together as a family that supports one another in making healthy choices, developing proper boundaries, communicating constructively, and creating space for self-care techniques are...

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Is Your Son Addicted to Drugs?

Is Your Son Addicted to Drugs?

Seeing your son frequently drink alcohol or routinely appear to be under the influence of any kind of substance can be unsettling for a parent, but you might not know if he’s reached the point of having a substance use disorder. While only a physician or addiction...

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Six Responses When Your College Student is Using Substances

Six Responses When Your College Student is Using Substances

Since the Covid-19 pandemic sent college students home prematurely and abruptly ended their social time with peers, some parents have begun to see evidence of substance use, perhaps even significant amounts, for the first time in these young adults. No longer able to...

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Is Marijuana Really Addictive?

Is Marijuana Really Addictive?

If you were to rank the perceived risk of using marijuana, in any form, it would likely end up somewhere lower than heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines. The perception that marijuana is “safer” leads many users to believe there’s no real harmful effects from it,...

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How Trauma Impacts Men with Addiction

How Trauma Impacts Men with Addiction

A man living with a substance use disorder may recognize its impact on his work and family, but he may not see how something not yet diagnosed could be contributing to the problem, even worsening it. When the undiagnosed condition relates to trauma, a man can feel...

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Which Drugs Are Men More Likely to Abuse?

Which Drugs Are Men More Likely to Abuse?

In your struggle with addiction as a man, you may not be aware of how substance use disorders show up differently in different genders, including the severity of the disorder and the appearance of co-occurring disorders. We can look at some distinctions between the...

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10 Tips for Parents of Children with Addiction

10 Tips for Parents of Children with Addiction

Parenting a teen or adult son with a drug addiction puts some extraordinary demands on a family. Whether you’re doing the work as part of a parenting team or going it alone, coping with your son’s addiction and making time for your own self-care can feel like an...

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Attending Drug Rehab for the First Time

Attending Drug Rehab for the First Time

Forget what you’ve seen on TV or in the movies about attending rehab. The script writers and directors usually are telling their version of what it’s like to spend time getting treatment for drug addiction. As you consider beginning treatment on your own, let’s look...

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Heroin’s Highest Risk Groups

Heroin’s Highest Risk Groups

While the highly addictive properties of heroin make it a big risk for anyone, we can turn to the facts about who is most at risk for developing addiction. With this information, we can identify the individuals throughout society who need treatment most urgently. This...

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A Sense of Purpose

A Sense of Purpose

Edward M. - Alum Testimonial, Origins Recovery Center To say I was a mess when I walked into Origins would be an understatement. That is the case for most of us that get the opportunity to walk through that front gate. Drugs and alcohol were quickly tearing my life to...

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Mythbusting Mental Illness

Mythbusting Mental Illness

The perception of mental illness by a family member of someone living with both a mental illness and a drug or alcohol addiction may be influenced by misinformation. Myths about mental illness can affect many choices, from acknowledging a mental illness even exists in...

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How do I know if I am living in God’s will or self-will?

How do I know if I am living in God’s will or self-will?

Chad Lentscher, Regional Director of Alumni, Texas I can begin by looking at one sentence in the Big Book. "We are in the world to play the role He assigns (page 68)." Determining God's will for us can be much less confusing than we think. I need to ask myself some...

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Mythbusting Mental Illness

Social Isolation and the Challenges to Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting us in a unique situation as a country where social isolation has become the norm for millions of us, including people who are working on their recovery. As there is no precedent for these circumstances, any data about a pandemic’s...

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Addiction’s Impact on Family

Addiction’s Impact on Family

A family member living with addiction can seem like a threat to everyone else in the home every single day. The choices of the person abusing drugs or alcohol create consequences for children and adults, and the damage done to the family can be significant. Today...

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5 Barriers to Treatment of Hegemonic Masculinity

5 Barriers to Treatment of Hegemonic Masculinity

Hegemonic masculinity has been introduced by many names: the dominant male, toxic masculinity, or often just masculinity. According to numerous experts in the field of behavior, the way masculinity has been defined by society has shaped expectations for how men feel...

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Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab: 7 Questions to Ask

Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab: 7 Questions to Ask

Your success in recovery will depend on many variables, and it begins with choosing a rehab program that’s most aligned with the kind of treatment you need. When asking yourself if you would benefit most from an inpatient or an outpatient program, it’s helpful to...

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Five Reasons to Care about Kratom

Five Reasons to Care about Kratom

It may not be a household word to you now, but Kratom is part of many conversations these days. Its value in treating pain and staying off opioids is defended by a portion of the population who claim it delivers big benefits, but sources like the National Institute on...

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