Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family

Thanksgiving Sobriety

Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family First, from John & Jane at Serenity Vista, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to be reminded to be grateful for all we have. Sobriety, first, followed by the promises coming true manifest in various forms of community, family, relationships, activity, and life itself. For many, especially our American friends where Thanksgiving marks the begining of the holiday season, Thanksgiving is the start of perhaps the most stressful time of year for recovering addicts and those in active addiction alike. Why? It’s about our families. Many in active addiction have core issues that stem from the family past. Don’t take your Thanksgiving sobriety lightly! Awareness is key to taking care of yourself. There are steps you can take to look after your sobriety through the holidays. The Stresses Of The Holidays…

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How Alcohol Can Cause Weight Gain

Serenity Vista Alcohol Treatment - How Alcohol Causes Weight Gain

One of the first signs of an alcohol problem can be a few extra pounds around the waist, affectionately known as a “beer belly”. People often decide to stop drinking because of weight gain. But why does drinking alcohol result in weight gain in most people, in the first place? In this article, we’ll discuss 7 reasons that alcohol can make people gain weight. 1.  Alcohol is an Appetite Stimulant In France, it is customary to have a glass of wine before your meal as an appetite stimulant. An “aperitif” may sound posh, but reframed, it’s simply moldy grapes that will add a lot of extra weight to your life. The BBC reported that: “Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, increasing hunger and appetite.” The study was produced by Francis Crick Institute and University College London and showed that…

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Do I Have To Be An Alcoholic To Go To Rehab?

Do I have to be alcoholic to go to rehab?

Do you need to consider yourself to be an “alcoholic” before you go to rehab? The life-changing experience of getting treatment can change everything. But do you need to wait until things deteriorate to ask for help? In this article, we’ll explore, how long you should wait before asking for help, if at all, the first steps towards recovery, the dangers of waiting to ask for help, and the 7 Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse. How Long Should You Wait Before Seeking Help? If your drinking habits are affecting your life, then it’s time to evaluate whether rehab might be the best option. You don’t need to wait, asking for help sooner can put a stop to the inevitable, severe negative consequences that inevitably happen and progress as substance abuse continues and addiction develops. You don’t need to wait until your…

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Secondhand Drinking

How Alcohol Abuse Hurts People Around Us Secondhand drinking is a real issue. While most who struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence are convinced that they’re only affecting themselves, unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  A recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that around 53 million people in the US – that’s one out of every five adults – experience harm by someone else’s alcohol use. The report showed that, not unlike secondhand nicotine use related smoke, drinking “causes significant harm to those other than the drinker.”  That harm can come in the form of harassment, violence, property damage, car accidents or family and interpersonal problems. Researchers are calling for more attention to what they see as a “significant public health issue.” Alcohol’s Profound Effects On Those We Love When in…

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