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Acting

Acting

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager Acting my way into a conscious awareness of the presence of my Creator seemed to me, at first, to be not only hypocritical but also just about the stupidest thing I had ever heard. But I had no choice. I was beaten down by...

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What is Dry January?

What is Dry January?

Dry January is an annual challenge that takes place in the month of January when people choose to avoid alcohol after a long holiday season of drinking. It may be part of a New Year’s resolution or some other commitment to living a healthier life. While starting...

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Is Marijuana Harmful to Your Health?

Is Marijuana Harmful to Your Health?

If you use marijuana, you may think it's generally safe or that frequent use is not harmful. Unfortunately, there are risks involved with cannabis consumption that most people may not be unaware of. In this article, we take a look at marijuana use and how it may...

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Humility vs. Humiliation

Humility vs. Humiliation

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager I pray that each of us finds Humility but that none of us are humiliated. The difference, of course, is that humiliation is created by humans to raise their own egos. True Humility comes from understanding that without...

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Sober Holiday

Give Yourself the Gift of a Sober Holiday

A first sober holiday can feel daunting to people in recovery. Spending time in settings where drinking was customary in the past can illicit feelings of resentment and fear. Also, being offered alcoholic beverages or feeling compelled to explain why you’re not...

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Love = Action

Love = Action

Jerry Green, Recovery Services Manager The drunk sipping out of his bottle behind the store, the homeless woman on the street corner, the hungry children in a run-down apartment parking lot, the addict detoxing in the jail cell, the significant other at home worrying...

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Principled Actions vs. Emotional Actions

Principled Actions vs. Emotional Actions

By Jerry Green, Recovery Services Manager  My thoughts are, at times, crazy. Crazy thoughts, without rhyme or reason. Sometimes they are literally horrible thoughts, mean thoughts, selfish thoughts. Today, I understand that. Today I know that is my disease,...

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Staff Spotlight – Ira Slaid

Staff Spotlight – Ira Slaid

Ira Slaid - DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY CARE Ira started working with Origins in 2017 as an on-call driver. He next served as a Recovery Advocate, Recovery Advocate Supervisor, and Recovery Advocate Manager before moving into the Director of Recovery Care position in August...

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Addiction Treatment Center – Barriers and Myths

Addiction Treatment Center – Barriers and Myths

Making a plan to get an addiction treatment center never works if you don’t actually follow the plan. Good intentions aren’t enough to start recovery. You may have a variety of reasons that have kept you from facing your substance use disorder. Some of your reasons...

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98 Burn

98 Burn

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager Page 98 of the Big Book says, "burn the idea into the consciousness of everyone that they can get well regardless of anyone." Whatever or whoever I put ahead of this spiritual program of action, I will lose. I have seen this...

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Anxiety and Addiction in Men

Anxiety and Addiction in Men

Men living with addiction and anxiety may not realize the connection between the two. Over time, untreated addiction and anxiety can contribute to significant personal issues, including relationship problems, health issues, and financial crises. Let’s look at some...

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“If Only” and “What If”

“If Only” and “What If”

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager Two main symptoms of the disease of alcoholism/addiction in my life were the "if only" and "what if" symptoms. The "if only" part of this deal was really an endless quest for happiness. It started as a small child for me. If...

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What Alcohol Does to Your Body?

What Alcohol Does to Your Body?

You know that drinking isn't great for your health, but do you know just how bad it can be, do you know what alcohol does to your body? Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States and can lead to a wide variety...

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Addiction in the Workplace: Signs and Symptoms

Addiction in the Workplace: Signs and Symptoms

The effects of addiction in the workplace can be devastating to employees, their families, and businesses. For example, substance use disorders can lead to decreased productivity, increased absences, thefts, and even accidents in the workplace. In this blog post, we...

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Fun Activities to Keep You Healthy in Recovery

Fun Activities to Keep You Healthy in Recovery

As someone recovering from substance use disorder, it can be hard to know what activities to do that are both fun and recovery-friendly. When you are in recovery, it is important to find ways to have fun and enjoy life. This is a crucial part of the healing process....

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Spirituality

Spirituality

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager For me, spirituality is a set of actions. It has far more to do with the actions I take, rather than what I think, feel, or believe in any given moment.   My thoughts are not always correct, especially my reactive thoughts. When...

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How to Learn Problem Solving Skills in Addiction Recovery

How to Learn Problem Solving Skills in Addiction Recovery

Getting sober is only one problem to solve in addiction recovery. It may be why people who start treatment only focused on quitting drug use or drinking have trouble maintaining their sobriety. Problem solving skills are valuable tools to learn and develop during...

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How to Deal with My Husband’s Addiction

How to Deal with My Husband’s Addiction

Seeing your spouse's drinking or drug use affect every member of the family for years can leave you feeling helpless. While the responsibility to end a partner's substance use isn't yours, reducing the harm to you and your children is within your reach. In this blog...

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Unchanged

Unchanged

Jerry Green | Recovery Services Manager I have been going through some ups and downs lately. Nothing major, just changes. My wife reminds me all the time that no matter what the problem is, the answer is always the same. And it is. The Solution to my problems today,...

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