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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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Barriers Men Face in Addiction Treatment

Barriers Men Face in Addiction Treatment

Some barriers to substance use treatment, such as no local programs, can affect anyone trying to get sober, but men also face some barriers specific to their gender. Without recognizing these obstacles, men in need of recovery support may continue drug or alcohol use...

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How Do I Know If I’m an Alcoholic?

How Do I Know If I’m an Alcoholic?

You’ve likely read thousands of facts about alcohol and problem drinking so let’s shift the focus a bit for today’s topic. Statistics provide some information about how alcohol affects users, but these are often “scare tactics” used to inspire someone to quit...

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Health Benefits of Quitting Drinking

Health Benefits of Quitting Drinking

Health benefits are one kind of reward of recovery, but not everyone knows how the body responds positively after you quit drinking and stay sober. The experience of withdrawal may be overshadowing any thoughts of how long-term sobriety can help. But there are several...

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Picking a Good Sponsor

Picking a Good Sponsor

Joe Hartwell - Alumni Relations Liaison Something I have observed over the years is a misunderstanding of what a sponsor is and what a sponsor is not. Ironically, the Big Book never uses the word sponsor. The closest thing you will read in the Big Book that would...

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Risk Factors for Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose

Risk Factors for Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose

Unlike some substances that take time to create addiction, opioids can speed up the process. First-time opioid users may not be aware of how quickly the drug can impact their body and brain. Patients with a prescription and recreational users both face the same kinds...

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A Message of Hope

A Message of Hope

Joe Hartwell, Alumni Relations Liaison As I’m reflecting over this past year, 2020 has been an unprecedented year, unlike anything I have seen in my 57 years. We have overcome tremendous obstacles at a social, political, cultural, and spiritual level. “The spiritual...

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Your Sobriety Is Not For You

Your Sobriety Is Not For You

Newell Bentley Alumni Care Coordinator As I reflected on this past year, I have come to believe that we can still have hope in this year of overall craziness and unknown. The first holidays with family and friends out of treatment was an immense fear I had. I still...

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Creating a New Normal

Creating a New Normal

Scott Vandenburg MA, LPC, LCDC, CART | Executive Director Most people would agree that 2020 has been filled with unique challenges and situations many of us have never experienced in our lifetimes. There have been a variety of events this year that range from mildly...

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