Endless Sober Summer

Endless Sober Summer in tropical paradise at Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Rehab

Sobriety   Most people whether sober or not are familiar with the classic surf film The Endless Summer – or at least most have heard the phrase at one point in their lives or another. The phrase conjures up images of swaying palm trees, lazy Hawaiian slide guitars, and paper umbrella fanned out over sweet tropical cocktails. As if in a Beach Boys song, endless summer means long unending days on the beach followed by warm, tiki torch nights with friends. We’ve all dreamed of an “endless summer” before. And many people, at some point in their lives, have even had a taste of it. They can remember those feelings of light minds and carelessness that accompany summer. Paradise Lost But this idea of a heavenly dream world, rich with social life and pleasant outings, is one of the things…

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Nicotine Addiction is Drug Addiction

How Quitting Smoking in Rehab Helps You Get – and Stay – Sober Smoking in rehab and recovery has long been widely accepted. Picture a 12-Step meeting – what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Mainstream rehabs suggest that it’s too hard to quit all your vices at once; that allowing smoking is the lesser of all evils, as compared to other substances. But this practice isn’t based on truth, and it’s hurting many people in recovery. Many people start smoking, or start smoking more heavily, in rehab – a practice that can prove more deadly than the substance they intend to recover from. In reality, the commonly held beliefs that underlie this phenomenon are dated, and new research shows a number of reasons why quitting smoking in rehab actually makes the recovery process easier and more successful.  A…

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Father’s Day and Addiction Recovery

Father's Day and Addiction Recovery at Serenity Vista Drug Rehab

Addiction Recovery Father’s Day is a special day of celebration and reverence for most. A time set aside to honor that magical relationship between a father and his cherished children. Addiction Changes Everything Sadly though, many families today live with the pain of alcoholism or substance abuse. For these unfortunate souls, Father’s Day opens old wounds and recalls memories of abuse and sadness. For children living with an alcoholic or drug-addict dad, Father’s Day is an emotional struggle. A struggle wrought with confusion, resent, and pain. People who grow up in the presence of addicted dads endure a lifetime of suffering. The dysfunction can span those formative years as children, through adolescence and up to the socially sensitive teen years. These are important years as they seek to establish their identities. Into adulthood, they themselves often become addicts modeled after their…

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High-Functioning Alcoholism and the Dangers of Denial

The High-Functioning Alcoholic High-functioning alcoholism is harder to identify because it doesn’t fit the “drunk” stereotype. When people say the word ‘alcoholic,’ they instantly have a vision of an old man sitting in a park with a paper bag, with a can in it. Suzi MacDonald, Addictions Counsellor They don’t think of suburban moms or people with high-powered careers – but often, these people are fighting an internal battle with alcohol addiction that no one, including themselves, can clearly see. A high-functioning alcoholic, or HFA, is someone who is psychologically dependent on alcohol but able to live a normal life, continuing to perform in their social, professional and familial roles. While on the surface this type of alcoholism appears to have less impact, it presents its own set of dangers, including a more deeply entrenched denial and stronger resistance to…

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