How does addiction affect the brain?

Addiction is difficult to overcome because it alters your brain and your desire to quit. On the other hand, understanding the causes of your addiction can help you break it. Addiction is characterized by an intense craving for something, a loss of control over its use, and continued involvement despite negative consequences. Addiction alters the […]

Colin Morrison – Talking Sobriety

Known for being one of the original freestyle motocross (FMX) riders of the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, Colin “Scummy” Morrison was an OG member of an elite riding crew that helped usher in a new era and style of dirt bike riding. Morrison and his cohorts traveled the world, making a name with dangerous […]

How to Enjoy Being Sober

Long-term sobriety. Aptly characterized as a battle, recovery is often a literal fight for survival. For many of us it is the greatest challenge of our lives, and the hardest work we’ll ever do. It can be so difficult, some days it feels impossible, and that’s the truth.  But, while being honest about the effort […]

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?

What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. First developed in 1959 by Belgian chemist Dr. Paul Janssen, fentanyl was approved for medical use in the United States in 1968. As a pain reliever and anesthetic, fentanyl is commonly used […]

Top 5 Gifts for Recovering Addicts

The holidays can feel stressful even under the best circumstances. But when a family member or friend is recovering from a substance abuse issue, there can be an added layer of worry and concern that tinges even the happiest of times. And while it can be hard to know what to say or how to […]

What is Recovery Maintenance? And How Do You Do It?

When addressing a substance abuse problem, an addict must typically navigate several stages of recovery that are fairly universal across all experiences. These stages, according to the National Institute of Health, can be broken down into the beginning, middle and late-stage recovery. Recovery maintenance occurs in the late stage and is crucial to achieving lasting success. […]

Are You Living with a Functional Alcoholic? Know the Signs

With over fifteen million people in the US suffering from an alcohol use disorder (AUD), it’s very likely that you have a friend or loved one grappling with a serious drinking problem, and it’s even possible that that person is you. But sometimes it can be difficult to tell who has a problem and who doesn’t, because […]

Brian Welch, Joins Colin Morrison for Podcast Recording in Redlands

On June 6, 2019, members of the New Origins life skills community had the opportunity to attend a recording of Colin Morrison’s Talking Sobriety podcast in which he interviewed Brian Welch, lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Korn, and his daughter, Jennea. Attendees also watched a screening of Brian and Jennea’s new documentary, Loud Krazy Love, and […]