Recovery is Addiction Freedom

Free From Addiction - A New View

Recovery is Freedom from Addiction Addiction is about Control – Recovery is about Freedom Let us explore how recovery is addiction freedom. The desire for freedom is one of the most basic human emotions. From the beginning, young children assert themselves as independent choice makers and launch themselves into violent tantrums when their freedoms are denied or stifled. Later, in dramatic displays of sovereignty, teenagers rebel against authority at every turn. Adults are no different. What we want and value most in life is pure and simple freedom. Rightfully so, we worship it as our god-given right. And like children, we too erupt in protest when our free will is threatened. No matter the age, we want control of our lives and we have little tolerance if someone or something encroaches on them. Control This is why addiction is torturous…

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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. Summar has a particularly tantalizing appeal in 2020. Much of the world has been under strict quarantine with strict social distancing due to…

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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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Addiction Recovery Hope, Help & Rehabilitation

Treatment Abroad for Drug Rehab

Hope and Help in the Midst of Drug Addiction and Rehabilitation The art of finding addiction recovery hope when searching for a drug rehab center while struggling to overcome substance abuse and behavioral health matters relating to drug addiction It is so often the case that we hear, and even feel, that overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair in a person’s voice.  Be it the addict themselves or a heartbroken loved one, that desperation brought on through substance abuse or alcoholism carries with it a tone that reverberates at a soulful level.  Whether he or she is inquiring about residential treatment, detox, intervention or anything of the like, that common denominator of hopelessness is a heartbreaking scenario by any measure. Like anything else of great importance in life, the process of finding help for the suffering addict is such that…

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Online Counseling

frangii at Serenity Vista, Panama

Private Counseling Specializing in Addiction and Spirituality Virtual Help in the Here and Now Bypass Quarantine Isolation Measures through private & confidential Video Chat Therapy For: addiction to alcohol, nicotine, other drugs or behaviors codependency guidance on spiritual matters for questions like, ‘Why am I here?’ ‘What is my purpose’, ‘Why me, or Why not me?’ anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, remorse, or feelings of hopelessness Residential treatment, intensive immersion therapy is often the solution of choice for people in extreme suffering from addiction or other pressing issues. However, Covid-19 has shut down many traditional opportunities for healing. Telemedicine has become a well established and highly effective mode of treatment with increasing application during the pandemic. John and Jane Derry are now both offering their compassion, empathy and expertise online, in private face to face video therapy sessions. They do not…

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Ready For Change?

Change in Rehab

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes When people come into drug rehab, it is not because they are loving their lives.  Most people who have hit a bottom, and are willing to accept help for their addiction, are very unhappy. Some can’t stand their lives, even one more day. These are some of the bravest people in the world, – those willing to face who and what they have become, reach out for help, and be open to learning a new way to live.  They deserve the greatest of respect. A good drug rehab facility treats their guests with dignity and respect at all times. The rehab treatment experience helps people to see their lives in a new light. Recovery is a process and the full healing of body, mind and spirit takes time. However, sometimes it happens in the twinkling…

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Happy Mother’s Day?

Thoughts on Mother’s Day Now there is an emotionally charged topic – for almost everyone! Popular culture would have us believe that all mothers should be, or have been, nurturing, loving and sweet, dishing out wisdom, unconditional love, and healthy delicious meals. Well, that would be nice, and in some cases this is true. Unfortunately however, especially in homes affected by addiction, there are often big helpings of dysfunction served as the main course, if not also the side dishes and dessert. If you grew up in an alcoholic home, your mom may have been either the alcoholic or the co-dependent enabler, or both. Your mom may still be drinking, or making excuses for your father’s or sibling’s addict behaviour. Your mom may be trying to keep you, or pull you back into the toxic family dynamic where you got…

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Terminal Uniqueness

Terminal Uniqueness is Not that Unique! “I’m Not Like Those People” The definition of Unique – being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else. The definition of Terminal – you are going to die! And when we are talking about the disease of addiction, this can be a very painful, sometimes very slow, always agonizing, death. Most alcoholics and other kinds of addicts suffer from Terminal Uniqueness. It is actually not that unique at all! She is the twin sister of Denial. Terminal Uniqueness says, “I am very special”, “My case is different”, “I never did that”, “ I would never do this”, “I am not like those people”. If addicts aren’t cured of Terminal Uniqueness very quickly when attempting recovery, it can be lethal. Newcomers and Terminal Uniqueness Many newcomers to 12 Step meetings often look around…

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Advantages of Going Abroad for Alcohol & Drug Rehab Outside of the US

Treatment Abroad for Drug Rehab

Are there any advantages of going abroad for alcohol and drug rehab? There are many great reasons to seek help for alcoholism and other addictions outside of the United States and Canada. The answers are really multifaceted. 13 points are discussed below, based on our experience in the field. 1. The state of addiction treatment in the United States is in chaotic flux a. The combinations of Obama-care mandatory coverage of addiction treatment, opioid epidemic, lax and unregulated laws and procedures for billing the insurance companies. The active addicts themselves turning to easy unscrupulous operations of rehabs, referral services, sober living houses, patient-brokering and exorbitant urine-testing scams. The backlash against this travesty is as to be expected – the pendulum has harshly swung to tightly controlled bureaucracies, regulations upon regulations, accreditations of accreditations. Players involved now include the giants of…

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