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Winter Blues? Sad? Struggling with Addiction?

Struggling with Addiction this Winter? It's dark in the morning and dark in the afternoon. The holidays are over and spring is way off in the far too-distant future. It's cold. This is the season when depression sets in deep. As if compulsive drug use, drug addiction, drinking alcohol and alcoholism aren't difficult enough, this time of year makes struggling with addiction extra unbearable. Winter blues (or seasonal affective disorder, SAD), pill taking, depression, alcoholic drinking and addiction often go hand...
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New Year’s Resolutions

The Truth About New Year’s Resolutions If you are reading this that means you made it through the holidays. Congratulations! — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are finally over and you can get back to your normal life. But, oh, those nagging New  Year's resolutions! If you are like most people though, you don’t exactly want to go back to the same old same old. You want to start off this year by living better, healthier, fuller, so you made a New Year’s...
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Survive New Years Eve

How to Survive New Year's Eve What’s the biggest party of the year? New Year’s Eve! New Years carries a powerful tradition often associated with drinking which can be triggering, a 'slippery slope' for someone in recovery from alcoholism or other addiction. If you are in recovery from alcoholism or other forms of addiction, wanting to stay clean and sober, how do you survive New Years Eve? No Fun for The Addict or Alcoholic While New Year’s Eve is traditionally a celebration of...
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Home for the Holidays or Rehab?

Family Holiday - Trigger! Family holidays can be wonderful occasions, just like a Norman 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...
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Sober For Christmas?

The Gift of Sobriety this Christmas! Why the Holiday Season is a Good Time to Choose Rehab Sober for Christmas 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...
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Spending Christmas In Rehab? Yes!

It May Be Your Best Idea Yet to Spend Christmas in Rehab! Chritmas is fast approaching, again.  Countless will wish you a "Merry Christmas". Oh, "bah humbug", may cross your mind! That’s a sentiment expressed by many people at this time of year. The pressures can be unbearable for such a joyous time, even more so for addicts and alcoholics, even if they are sober in recovery. But Why? Old Wounds Cut Deep Let’s forget about the stresses of buying gifts and how much...
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Thanksgiving, Sobriety & Your Family

Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family The US is about to celebrate Thanksgiving. From John & Jane at Serenity Vista, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to be grateful for all we have. It is especially important at this time of serious geopolitical, macroeconomic, and health related concerns. In spite of such issues, practicing acceptance reminds us that even now, there is much to be grateful for. The 'attitude of gratitude', fostered by 'being grateful', changes everything. "Change the way...
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Addiction Treatment in Central America for English Speakers Worldwide

Beautiful Central America Central America is showing up on the radar in North America, South America, the UK, The Netherlands & Europe as a desired destination for vacation travel, eco-tourism, and medical tourism including for alcohol & drug addiction treatment ("drug rehab"). Central America, famous for its warm and welcoming peoples including many self-governing indigenous groups. Both the Pacific and Caribbean oceans border most countries. Delicious exotic fruits, spectacular flowers and the world’s best shade grown and handpicked specialty coffees. The mountain...
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How to Tell Your Loved Ones About Going To Rehab

Do your loved ones support you going to rehab? Usually, family and loved are grateful you are making  the decision for healing in your life. It is likely no surprise to them that you need rehab, nevertheless, there are sometimes reasons why they might be against you going to rehab. You may need some assistance in the process of how tell your loved ones about going to rehab. They tell you you’re not really that bad. (If you are “that bad,” they must be...
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Hitting Bottom – How Low Do I Have To Go?

Before it's 6 Feet Under   Hitting bottom refers to a place that a person suffering from addiction needs to get to in order to be able to fully surrender. The question is, how low do I have to go? The truth is that everyone’s bottom is not the same and it takes very different things to make a person in active addiction admit defeat. Where is the Bottom? For a lot of alcoholics or addicts, eating from a dumpster, losing custody of children,...
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