I Can’t Quit Drinking Alcohol. Help!

Can't quit Drinking alcohol?

If You Can’t Quit Drinking Alcohol, There is Help Being an alcoholic is not a moral failing. It is a disease that is known as cunning, baffling, powerful and patient! If you can’t quit drinking alcohol on your own, and stay stopped, you are likely suffering from alcoholism – and there is no known cure. Alcoholics or other forms of addicts who stay in active addiction generally have only a couple of destinations: “Sobered Up”, “Locked Up”, or “Covered Up”. Yes, it is harsh. There is good news though. Remission is possible. Many achieve living sober, with contenment. Millions of alcoholics and other forms of addicts have gotten and stayed sober over the last 80 years or so. “Sobered Up” is the best choice of the three because you and your family are deserving of some happiness! If you are…

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Why Am I An Alcoholic?

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Alcoholic – Just like Dad I said I would never become like my Dad, but I was. Growing up in an alcoholic home gave me an opportunity to hone and sharpen my survival-skills-set. It was always a gauntlet navigating the various stages of a drunk-father and a codependent-crazy mother. My two sisters were busy pretending everything was ‘perfect’ and hiding the evidence of our dysfunctional and violent family life. I swore I was going to get out of the madness by working hard, keeping my head down, and being successful unlike my ‘failure of a father’.  I got out as soon as I could and any backward looks were rare. Through my compulsive and obsessive work ethic, financial success was evident. The perfect show house, the head-turning car, the investments, beautiful new wife… ahh yes, I had arrived! The Slow…

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Ethical Drug Rehab: What to Look for (and What to Avoid) in an Addiction Treatment Center

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Ethical Drug Rehab If you or your loved one are struggling with addiction, you’re no stranger to how completely unmanageable it can make your life feel. Sooner or later, most of us who struggle with addiction reach a breaking point – a point at which we realize that the rationalizations, attempts at moderation and failed promises aren’t working, and it’s time to get professional help. How to Choose But once you make the all-important decision to seek addiction treatment, another weighty one presents itself: Which center to choose? With most of the US rehab industry being private and underregulated, and virtually no objective information easily available online (most third-party referral sites are in fact managed and paid for by rehabs themselves), learning what to look for in a center is crucial to your treatment success. Here’s what you should look…

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Sober Through Halloween Shenanigens

Sober Through Halloween

Staying Sober through Halloween Hauntings If this is your first year sober at Halloween – Congratulations! If this is your 2nd, 3rd or more Halloweens sober – Congratulations! If you aren’t sober yet, but hoping to be really soon – Congratulations! I guess this covers everybody except the non-alcoholics and the alcoholics who still consider their shenanigans fun. There, now everybody is covered. Some of you may be wondering how to get through this Haunting Holiday without the ‘trick or not-treat’ of picking up a drink or a drug. It can be a daunting haunting! (sorry, that was bad) But seriously what about staying sober through Halloween? Halloween in the Early Days Kids learn really early to love this holiday, especially the ‘addicts in waiting’. What could be more fun than dressing up in creepy clothes, or being an angel…

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment for Expats

Treatment Abroad for Drug Rehab

English Speaking Addiction Treatment For Expats in Latin America Trying to find private, self-pay, excellent English speaking holistic addiction treatment for alcohol & drug rehab in North America right now can be really difficult. The United States is undergoing massive changes in the rehab ‘scene’. Particularly in the United States of America (USA), but also in Canada and many other nations, the world is being affected by an ‘opioid epidemic’. An incredible influx of heroin, and two synthetic heroin-like drugs, fentanyl and carfentanil (or carfentanyl) have flooded the streets of cities and towns across America. Opioid Epidemic filling US and Canadian Rehabs Morgues are overflowing, babies are born addicted. OD’s are so commonplace that teachers, librarians and shop keepers are learning how to administer an injection of naloxone (Narcan). Narcan is a short term immediate antidote to an opioid overdose. It…

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The Myth of Willpower in Alcoholism

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Willpower to Recover from Alcoholism is a Myth It makes sense that some people think alcoholics just need willpower to recover from alcoholism. It seems that will-power can be used to lose weight, get good grades or a new job – but with the disease of alcoholism self-will just doesn’t work. What We Hear About Willpower To Recover From Others: If he really wanted to quit, he would.   She has always been selfish and weak-willed. You’d think she stay sober for her kids.   Why does he always overdo it when we are drinking? He has no will-power to stop when he should. These are common sentiments we hear from people who do not understand the disease of addiction. We don’t blame people for thinking like that, it is not our job to educate the whole world about alcoholism.…

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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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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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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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