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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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Overcoming Addiction at Origins Recovery Center

Overcoming Addiction at Origins Recovery Center

Joe Hartwell, Alumni Relations Liaison Greetings, I’m a recovered alcoholic and drug addict. I took my first drink when I was 14 years old, and although I got very drunk that evening, becoming violently ill, not remembering anything that happened that night, and...

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The Crisis of Alcohol Use in the Covid Era

The Crisis of Alcohol Use in the Covid Era

In the COVID era, you may have noticed your drinking habits have changed as a shutdown of the economy occurred, and working from home became more common. Access to alcohol certainly increased for many people, and anxiety over the uncertainty of the pandemic's impact...

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Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture

Scott Vandenburg, MA, LPC, LCDC, CART | Senior Program Director Organizational culture may be defined as behaviors, expectations, and practices, all guided by an overarching set of values that collectively shape and inform all team members' actions within an...

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Caring for Others Includes Caring for Ourselves

Caring for Others Includes Caring for Ourselves

By Joshua Love, MDiv, LCDC-I This work challenges us to be creative, intuitive, resourceful, hopeful, accountable, and mindful. It also calls us to be restful, setting aside the business of the day while working against the odds to support the healing of those whose...

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The Magnificent Force of Family

The Magnificent Force of Family

David Tejeda, LPC - Family Services Director  When a person first hears the phrase “addiction is a family illness,” it may rouse several innate objections and skepticism. This is the challenge that every non-addicted family member must confront. The therapist holds up...

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Making More Effective Treatment Choices

Making More Effective Treatment Choices

As the goal of any treatment program for substance use should be sustainable recovery, it’s essential to be aware of all of your options for treatment programs. As you become aware of what each one offers and how it compares to the others, you can get a sense of...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas Mental Health Coverage

Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas Mental Health Coverage

Origins Proudly Accepts BCBSTX Insurance When you or a loved one are struggling with a drug or alcohol use disorder, trying to navigate the maze of financing and insurance is the last thing you want to do. Thankfully, Origins Texas is an in-network mental health...

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9 Reasons to Not Delay Treatment during the Covid Era

9 Reasons to Not Delay Treatment during the Covid Era

The coronavirus pandemic and concerns over the spread of the virus have prompted some people to question whether seeking treatment for substance use disorders right now is a sensible choice. It’s a reasonable concern given the numbers of people infected nationwide,...

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Overcoming Withdrawal Symptoms

Overcoming Withdrawal Symptoms

Individuals with a substance use disorder who eliminate addictive substances from their lives will often feel the physical effects of what’s known as “withdrawal symptoms.” According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, withdrawal is the onset of predictable...

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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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