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Metamorphosis Requires a Tight Cocoon   What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach Acknowledging the Darkness & Pain or The End of the World (as you know it) In the course of every addiction, there comes that painful realization that things are not going to get any better and they will get worse. Call it hitting bottom or moment of clarity or running into the brick wall or whatever you want to call it. It’s complete hopeless desperation. The realization that you are stuck in the vice of addiction, the alcohol, or nicotine, or heroin or codependent behaviors, gambling or sexual compulsions have you in a death grip. This is a holistic death. Body, mind, emotions and spirit are bankrupted, colorless, dry and hardening. For many alcoholics or addicts this realization is…

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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

When is the best time to go to rehab? Rehab now. Serenity Vista rehab in tropical paradise

Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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Alcoholism Family Support Post Rehab

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After Rehab – Alcoholism Family Support or Sabotage? “When I come home from rehab, what if my family is still drinking?” This is a very good, and very important question.  Many alcoholics get treatment for the disease of alcoholism and then return to the same environment right after rehab. If there is no change in the family home, relapse back into alcoholism can happen easily.  It is no surprise that many people relapse back into their addiction when they go back to the same home environment, with the same people, and do the same things. This is often where they got sick in the first place.  When one person in the family goes to rehab and gets help, they are experiencing a lot of positive change and growth. This growth and change is very fragile.  If the family back home does…

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too What is a High Functioning Alcoholic or Substance Abuser? The common stereotype of an alcoholic or drug addict is a person who is out of control and dealing with obvious negative consequences as a result of their behavior. This is the face of alcoholism or other addiction that is so often portrayed in movies, soap operas, and reality shows, but this depiction is a bit misleading. The truth is most of those who develop a problem with alcohol or drugs will also become skilled at coping and hiding it – the people who fall into this category are often referred to as ‘high functioning’ or ‘high bottom’ alcoholics, or high functioning drug users. …high-functioning alcoholics are able to maintain respectable, even high-profile lives, usually with a home, family,…

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Attitude of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

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How can something as simple as being grateful with an attitude of gratitude help with addiction recovery? From a young age, perhaps influenced by media, societal messages, or limiting self beliefs, many develop an attitude based upon lack – looking for what we don’t have. Things that are missing in our lives. Always striving for more. The simple act of being happy or content with our lot is often overlooked. Maybe even frowned upon. What if we’ve been ignoring the one thing that can boost health and happiness and overall quality of life in sobriety? Science has now proven that gratitude promotes health and wellbeing in many areas of our lives and socially such as by promoting empathy. “It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” In this article, we’ll explore why gratitude is vital…

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New Years Resolutions

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Making Resolutions this New Year’s? If you are like most people, you are likely planning on making a few New Year’s resolutions this New Year. If so, congratulations! And, like most people, you may feel very committed to your resolutions, and, a few days or weeks in, you may do very well at adhering to them. If that’s the case, wonderful. Keep it up! But, what happens for most people is the incentive and best intentions begin to wane, and the regular adherence to those wonderful intentions begin to slip away. Perhaps its the regular gym attendance, or the diet, jogging, reading, or one of many other self improvement initiatives. In most such cases, keeping your resolution feels good; and slipping from regular adherence feels mildly frustrating and disappointing, but doesn’t really matter a whole lot. There’s always next year, right?…

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Sober For Christmas?

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The Gift of Sobriety this Christmas! 5 Reasons for Why the Holiday Season is a Good Time to Choose Rehab If an addiction has taken over your life, you are probably going to be approaching the holiday season with a sense of dread or excitement – maybe a bit of both. This is a time of year when there are plenty of excuses to party, but there is also the risk of ruining another Christmas for the people we love. A Safe Haven over the Holiday Season Each January there is a surge in the number of people trying to quit alcohol or other drugs. This isn’t just due to the popularity of New Year’s resolutions – it is also because so many of these individuals hit rock bottom over the holiday season. Maybe you will hit your rock bottom…

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Home for the Holidays or Rehab?

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Family Holiday – Trigger! Family holidays can be wonderful occasions, just like a Normal Rockwell illustration where everyone looks happy. On the other hand, they can be nothing like that at all. They can be a big trigger! Perhaps you grew up in an alcoholic or similarly dysfunctional home and when you get together with your family of origin, you reprise the same role you played growing up: a clown, a scapegoat, or the perfect child. You’ve been battling your demons for years. If you’ve been to rehab or some other form of treatment or therapy in the past, perhaps you thought you had left all those behaviors behind. However, when you see your parents or your siblings, and they offer you a drink or a drug. You gladly accept it even though you thought you were “cured” and promised…

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I’m Worried About My Drinking

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Concerned about your alcohol consumption? Confused as to whether you are drinking too much? You’ve come to the right place. Alcohol abuse is the most common type of substance abuse worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 3 million deaths per year resulting from alcohol misuse. Despite this, there is still a stigma around alcohol use disorder. In this article, we’ll explore what a unit of alcohol is, how much alcohol is too much , how alcohol impacts your life, what is considered potentially harmful drinking, how to access your drinking pattern, and how to get help when it is a concern and when it makes sense to go to rehab. Plus steps that you can take to help yourself or a loved one escape alcohol addiction. Many people who come to Serenity Vista say that they…

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