Treatment for Alcohol, Nicotine, Drugs, Ludopathy and other Addictions in Panama

Panama, Central America Treatment for Alcoholism

Quality Addiction Treatment for Alcohol, Nicotine, Drugs, Ludopathy and other forms of Addiction in Panama Discovering that you or a loved one have a problem with alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, other drugs, or behaviors involving sex, ludopathy (gambling) or codependency can be very upsetting. Most likely you never imagined in your wildest dreams that you or your loved one would become an addict. You have seen success in so many other areas of life, right? A ‘take charge’ kind of person: work hard and play hard. But, little by slowly this picture of success has become a little shabbier at the edges. Secrets. Shame. Guilt. Remorse.  Living a double life, fear of being caught, perhaps feeding the fire of organized crime? What? That’s not what you signed up for! You just want to have a good life! You love your family.…

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High-Functioning Alcoholism and the Dangers of Denial

High Functioning Alcoholics

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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Play the Tape Through

Play the tape through

Play the Tape Through: A Strategy To Prevent Relapse Newcomers to recovery need all the help they can get! There is a little gem of a relapse prevention strategy we find especially helpful. We call this strategy, “Play the Tape Through”. A Kit of Spiritual Tools There is a shining promise made in the 12 Step recovery literature. Well, there are a LOT of promises throughout the literature. But, one promise is about being able to access a kit of spiritual tools. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.   p. 25 Big Book Okay, that may sound kind of esoteric. So, let’s get right down to it. In very practical terms let’s talk through…

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Addiction, Anxiety & Depression

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Addiction, Anxiety, & Depression – Common Co-Occurring Disorders Co-Occurring Disorders – What does this mean? Co-Occurring disorder is a replacement term. It replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis. The term refers to an individual who has a co-existing substance-use disorder and a mental illness. Working in the addiction field, we hear the term co-occurring disorder often. The term can apply in the vast majority of people seeking help for alcoholism or other forms of addiction. Addiction manifests in many ways. And many of those ways overlap with symptoms that may be termed mental health conditions. Thus, at Serenity Vista, we treat addiction as the primary condition. That includes it’s many and varied manifestations. Therefore, the solution is to treat the whole person. In contrast, we do not focus on one specific diagnosis. The solution encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, it is…

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Why Can’t I Stop Drinking If I Want to Quit?

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I Want to Quit – Why Am I Drunk Again? That is the question almost every alcoholic gets to at one point in their drinking career. Sometimes, not finding the answer to that question will lead right to the graveyard. The sad news is, that once the undertaker is tagging your toe, it is too late to do anything about your drinking. If you want to quit, don’t wait. So, back to the question, “Why am I drunk again? Why do I keep drinking, when I clearly want to stop?” If you find yourself asking this question, guess what? You are probably an alcoholic. It doesn’t matter if anyone else diagnoses you as alcoholic – the change to sobriety can ONLY happen if it is your own diagnosis. Here’s a good clue though, people that are not alcoholic never wonder…

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Why Panama is an Ideal Luxury Rehab Destination

Why Panama for Drug Rehab

Addiction is a global health crisis that isn’t going away anytime soon. An estimated 240 million people worldwide are dependent on alcohol, and 15 million more use injection drugs. Addiction is prevalent in all age groups, socioeconomic brackets and geographic locations, and it’s a stressful and isolating experience no matter who you are. However, for those in the public eye, addiction presents unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. For executives, political leaders and even pop stars, an extra level of discretion is necessary when treating addiction because of the intense scrutiny public figures face. How is the Experience of Addiction Different for Public Figures? Public figures have a unique experience of addiction. If you’re a politician or high-level business executive, your reputation plays a central role in gaining the trust of voters, political allies, employees and shareholders. If…

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30 Day Rehab vs Extended Rehab Programs

30 Day Rehab is Not Enough

I Want a 30 Day Rehab Program This is part of a correspondence with a potential guest wanting a 30 day rehab program. While a 30 day rehab program may be more palatable, it is not nearly as effective as a longer program. Read our actual email response: Dear __________, Thanks for sending in the Admission Inquiry Form last evening. It seems like Serenity Vista would be an excellent fit for your needs. We offer a full, professional treatment team, holistic therapies, and adventure recreation. Panama offers a plethora of opportunities for fun! You describe being able to stop your drug use for days or weeks at a time, but always end up going back and starting again. Staying stopped, for good, is what we will help you with. Your experience shows that you are able to safely stop your use…

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“Mom, I’m Going To Rehab”

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Should I Tell My Mother I’m Going to Rehab? Considering rehab can be really frightening. No one is thinking about going to rehab because they are filled with clarity, wisdom and decisiveness. Most people getting ready to take this leap of faith are sick, desperate, confused, hurt and angry. Often they direct that anger at the family. It is a good question to ask: should I tell my mother I am going to rehab? Should I tell my biggest critic/supporter that I’m a failure? Tell My Mother I’m Going to Rehab? Yes or No First of all, the fact that you are open to residential treatment for your addiction is great news. It may be hard to see this now, but you are NOT a failure. Your techniques for living did fail, but that is not who you are. Should you…

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8 Tips for Handling Social Anxiety Without Alcohol

Social Anxiety and Alcohol

Everyone deals with a certain degree of social anxiety from time to time. But while the majority of people are able to get through some awkwardness in order to maintain a healthy social life, others find the thought literally impossible. Around 7 percent of adults have social anxiety disorder (SAD). Many people use drinking as a way to deal with their anxiety, and even cite this as their reason for starting to drink. But ultimately this practice makes anxiety worse and puts users at risk for alcohol addiction and a host of other stress-inducing complications. This is partially why 28 percent of those who are diagnosed with SAD also suffer from long-term alcohol use disorder. Additionally, about 20 percent of social anxiety sufferers also have an alcohol addiction. Because SAD is such a common condition, affecting two to 13 percent…

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