Treating Alcoholism

Alcoholism Treatment

Treating Alcoholism: Rehab or Spiritual Retreat? There are some options to explore if you are ready to put down the bottle for good – and change your life. If you are reading this, it may be your time for treating alcoholism. Ready For Recovery From Alcoholism Imagine the scenario: person, head down on the table, crying, confused. Maybe angry, definitely experiencing frustration. The person is drunk. Again. Yesterday there was the promise to stop drinking. But, there they are, drunk again. How did that happen? We know, yesterday they were as sincere as humanly possible – “I’m not going to drink tomorrow!” Alcohol – cunning, baffling, powerful. Why Do I Drink When I Know My Family and I Will Suffer? If people are sincere in their desire to stop drinking, why is that they keep getting drunk, over and over?…

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What Marianne Williamson’s Spiritual Message Teaches Us About Addiction Recovery and Universal Truth

Addiction is far more than just a dependence on substances. It’s an experience loaded with spiritual significance, and one that can serve as an important entry point into your journey of self-discovery and universal love. Seeing it in this context helps us understand why holistic addiction recovery is such a profoundly transformative experience – something internationally acclaimed author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has recently been bringing to national attention.   A Course in Miracles and Sobriety Many parallels have been drawn between Marianne Williamson’s teachings, A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and AA’s 12 Steps. “Many people in recovery who were attracted to ACIM,” Williamson explains, “first because the principles are the same; and secondly, because the eleventh step—to seek through prayer and meditation a conscious contact with God—is something ACIM helps accomplish.” While, in behavioral terms, addiction can be seen as…

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Nicotine Addiction is Drug Addiction

How Quitting Smoking in Rehab Helps You Get – and Stay – Sober Smoking in rehab and recovery has long been widely accepted. Picture a 12-Step meeting – what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Mainstream rehabs suggest that it’s too hard to quit all your vices at once; that allowing smoking is the lesser of all evils, as compared to other substances. But this practice isn’t based on truth, and it’s hurting many people in recovery. Many people start smoking, or start smoking more heavily, in rehab – a practice that can prove more deadly than the substance they intend to recover from. In reality, the commonly held beliefs that underlie this phenomenon are dated, and new research shows a number of reasons why quitting smoking in rehab actually makes the recovery process easier and more successful.  A…

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High-Functioning Alcoholism and the Dangers of Denial

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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Into Action With Horses

“The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will.” Buck Brannaman 20 million people are living with active addiction in the United States. Each one of them has a story and I have come to see that recovery is possible. While each story of recovery is completely individual, I believe my recovery story, including deep relationships with horses, is unique yet highly re-applicable. It is my greatest hope that you may find something in here that may add value to your recovery experience. Let’s get into action with horses. So far, I have discussed equine-assisted therapy at a high level, the role of horses in my addiction recovery. My passion for these animals over the past thirty years has only increased my deep connection with them. My work as an…

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Horses Can Change Life Outcomes

Horses in my recovery can change outcomes

Horses in Recovery The bottom line is that horses can change life outcomes. In my life, I have been to the depths of darkness. And I have been restored to a life of light. I have been granted choice filled hope more times than I can keep count. This seems to be my special power in life. I’m a comeback kid and horses have been part of my restoration and recovery every time. In fact, horses seem to have a lasting and life or death impact in my experience. As a result, I am on a mission to help others find hope, embrace change and believe in themselves.  Incorporating horses in my recovery has enriched my life. Acceptance in Community Upon departing Serenity Vista’s holistic retreat, I moved to Skyland Ranch in Gold Bar, WA. I knew I wanted horses…

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Emerge With Horses

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Howdy.  My name is Jake LeClair and I feel grateful to be of service as the Emerge with Horses program’s human coach. I have a gift and passion for helping humans reach their potential, especially through horses. I grew up in a small rural setting where there was a lot of dysfunction and scarcity.  There was also a lot of people who did the most they could with what they had to look after me as best as they could.  I had a drive to do more than survive this experience. That drive turned into a hunger to thrive in my life.  At times this hunger has served me well. At times I have taken the hunger to excess.  Beginning The Journey I began a journey two years ago to a way of living that allows me to live on…

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More Women Aren’t Getting the Help They Need for Alcohol Addiction

More Women Need Help for Alcohol Addiction A concerning new trend shows that women are struggling more than ever with alcohol abuse, but still receiving less treatment for alcohol addiction. According to a study by the Research Society on Alcoholism earlier this year, researchers found that among those with alcohol-related cirrhosis (a serious liver disease that’s one of the most severe complications of alcoholism), women were less likely than men to receive substance abuse treatment. Even more alarming was the fact that the rates of women diagnosed with drinking-related cirrhosis spiked 50 percent between 2009 to 2016. In many ways, we’re living in a modern world where men and women now share many familial and financial obligations. But women still tend to bear the brunt of child care responsibilities and therefore have less earning opportunities, which makes it harder for…

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Rising Female Overdoses Stress the Need for Women’s Addiction Treatment

Dying For Treatment – Women’s Increased Rates of Alcoholism & Other Substance Addictions With women more susceptible to opioid abuse than ever, recent developments are underscoring a dire need for more female-focused addiction treatment options. Drug overdose deaths in women over the age of 30 are on the rise, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overdose deaths among women ages 45 to 64 increased dramatically between 1999 and 2017. Alarming Increases in Opioid Overdoses Among Women The CDC’s findings are significant because they show an alarming increase in overdoses among women across the board, with middle-aged women the most impacted. The overall drug overdose death rate in women from ages 30-64, increased 260 percent between 1999 and 2017, while opioid-involved overdose deaths increased 492 percent. During that period, opioid overdose deaths among women…

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