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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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A Teen’s Guide to the Heavy-Drinking Dad

A Teen’s Guide to the Heavy-Drinking Dad

As a teenager, it’s normal to feel stressed out about your parents and their behavior, especially when it feels like what they’re doing is a problem. For teens like you, one of those problems is the parent who drinks too much. Whether the drinking has lead to apathy,...

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A Season of Gratitude

A Season of Gratitude

Joe Hartwell, Alumni Care Coordinator Season’s greetings alumni, I’m super excited that Chad and I are hitting the road for all the Origins Alumni Holiday celebrations in TX. I’m so thankful to get the opportunity to spend a little time with you during the holiday...

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Spotting Symptoms of a Loved One’s Alcoholism

Spotting Symptoms of a Loved One’s Alcoholism

The warning signs of alcoholism appear in many aspects of a person’s life, even when they attempt to mask the problems. Providing the help and support they need begins with knowing how to identify the issues stemming from their addiction, including changes in their...

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How to Say ‘I’m Ready for Rehab’

How to Say ‘I’m Ready for Rehab’

For many people, telling loved ones you’re ready for rehab may feel like one of the hardest parts of facing addiction. You may feel overwhelmed by all of the little variables going into that one big communication, from what to say to when to say it. Today, let’s talk...

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