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Finding a New Home

Finding a New Home

By Newell Bentley | Senior Alumni Care Coordinator When I first found myself in treatment and accepted that I would have to do things differently, I thought I was going to lose my home and my way of life forever. Yes, my life was in ruins, and from the outside, it...

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Addiction and the Brain 

Addiction and the Brain 

One of the most critical parts of recovery for someone with addiction is restoring the function of the brain. Much of the harm that’s been done can be reversed. It’s important before starting treatment to understand how the brain may have been affected by years of...

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We Need You

We Need You

Jerry Green | Alumni Services Liaison We see people every day who are living in a “recovered state.” They are happy, joyous, and free, helping other people and enjoying life. They are changing the world one person at a time. They find real happiness by using their...

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How Long Does Addiction Recovery Take?

How Long Does Addiction Recovery Take?

Virtually everywhere we look, there’s a clear beginning, middle, and end to something. It’s true in work days, sports seasons, and school years. Most of us may be counting down to the end of something on any given day. It’s natural to want to know how long something...

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Staff Spotlight – Newell Bentley

Staff Spotlight – Newell Bentley

Newell Bentley  - Senior Alumni Coordinator What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins? I had been in and out of treatment, letting myself and my family down again and again. I finally found myself willing to do whatever was...

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Staff Spotlight – Jerry Green

Staff Spotlight – Jerry Green

Jerry Green - Alumni Services Liaison What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins? I have been involved in raising funds and building a treatment center for the past five years. What brought me to Origins was a miracle. I found...

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God Among Us

God Among Us

Jerry Green | Alumni Services Liaison I sat in a meeting recently with lots of newcomers. The topic was from Pages 24 and 25 of The Big Book. You know: first the bad news and then the good news. I watched their eyes as a few glazed over. Yet, there was a spark of hope...

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What is an Intervention?

What is an Intervention?

You may have heard the word “intervention” repeatedly used in the addiction community and still not know exactly what it involves or how one looks. What is an intervention? It can feel like a major undertaking to initiate an important change in the life of someone you...

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Is my Husband an Alcoholic? 5 Signs You Can’t Ignore

Is my Husband an Alcoholic? 5 Signs You Can’t Ignore

You may have seen your husband drink for years and not considered it a problem. Now, you may be wondering if his drinking has become a diagnosable condition. It’s natural to have questions about how serious the problem might be for him and for your marriage. Helping...

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How to Stop an Addiction: Expert Advice on Recovery

How to Stop an Addiction: Expert Advice on Recovery

There’s not a single person who hasn’t been in an unhealthy situation in life. How you respond to it becomes the most important first choice you can make. A substance use disorder is no different. The priority should be on determining what steps get someone to...

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Spiritual Care Services and Recovery

Spiritual Care Services and Recovery

By Joshua Love, MDiv, LCDC-I - Spiritual Care Services At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, we recognize that addiction damages and disrupts a person’s relationship to body, mind, spirit, and others, which results in suffering and isolation. Brokenness can quickly become...

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Top Five Causes of Drug Abuse in Men

Top Five Causes of Drug Abuse in Men

Imagine two men in different cities using the exact same drug at the exact same time. For both, it’s their first time. What might lead one to use the same drug again and again while the other doesn’t repeat the act? The answer comes in the causes of drug abuse. For...

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Signs of Binge Drinking in Young Men in College

Signs of Binge Drinking in Young Men in College

For parents with kids who spend months away at college, a student’s return home can be challenging for lots of reasons. One of them can be from changing behaviors related to new lifestyle choices. On campus, they had freedom to socialize with friends anytime, drink at...

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Beaten, Broken, Restored

Beaten, Broken, Restored

By Origins Recovery Center Alumni, Matt R. In March 2020, I received the opportunity to get sober and have a second chance at life through Origins. Before arriving at treatment in South Padre Island, TX, I had hit yet another rock bottom in a series of many that had...

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Men Experience Trauma Too

Men Experience Trauma Too

Despite the existence of trauma in the lives of many men, the subject often gets overlooked or downplayed in popular culture and media. Toxic masculinity suggests that men should be able to deal with any horrible situation without any lasting impact, as if the...

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Top 10 Signs You Need Rehab for Men

Top 10 Signs You Need Rehab for Men

Two men traveling in the same car can pass a highway sign that one sees and the other misses. The same is true for signs of health threats from substance use. You may spot a sign of trouble quickly in others but miss the same signs in your own life and behavior. So...

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A Reflection on Step Four

A Reflection on Step Four

By Joe Hartwell -- Alumni Relations Liaison “Made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.” (Big Book, Page 59) My experience with personal inventory has changed dramatically over the years. Although the information is the same, my perception and outlook have...

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Five Ways to Improve Mindfulness During Recovery

Five Ways to Improve Mindfulness During Recovery

One of the advantages of mindfulness is seamlessly introducing it in virtually every aspect of your life. It’s why it is a staple of many residential treatment programs. You can take this strategy with you everywhere you go and use it when you need it. For anyone who...

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What is Gender-Specific Treatment?

What is Gender-Specific Treatment?

Addiction recovery centers which provide gender-specific treatment create programs that address the innate differences between men and women. The experiences of men with a substance use disorder (SUD) often differ from those of women. We tailor treatment programs at...

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Functioning Alcoholics: Know the Signs

Functioning Alcoholics: Know the Signs

From the outside, a “functioning alcoholic” may appear to have it all together: successful career, loving family, reliable friends. What others see is only a version of their life, though. Those close to them see something different. Today, let’s talk about how to...

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