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Life After Addiction

There is a Great Life Awaiting You After Addiction! The thought of life after addiction can be scary When you’re in the habit of having a glass of liquid courage before your new client meeting or Mother’s Little Helper before the school bus drops the kids off, it’s not easy to let it go. Or perhaps when you and your spouse reunite at the end of the day, sharing a bottle of wine or just a little nightcap drink or three to...
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Why Panama is an Ideal Luxury Rehab Destination

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...
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Addiction Treatment in Central America & South America

English Speaking Addiction Treatment Rehabilitation for Latin America Where can English-speaking people living in Latin America go for alcohol and/or other drug rehab? For North American and European ex-pats or natural born Central-American citizens who speak English, there is an oasis of hope and healing in the temperate highlands of friendly Panama. So, whether from Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala or Belize, Serenity Vista offers world-class drug rehab for the treatment of alcoholism and other forms...
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One Day at a Time: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow This prose is a nice reminder to live one day at a time: There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we...
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Am I A High Functioning Alcoholic?

The High-Functioning Alcoholic What do I do if I am a high functioning alcoholic? The most common form of substance abuse in North America is alcohol; it affects millions of people all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America. Although it is very common, alcoholism is not always easy to spot. People may not suspect alcoholism if there are still two cars in the garage and an intact high-powered career. It is sometimes much harder for a successful alcoholic...
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Addiction, Anxiety & Depression

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...
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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...
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Ready For Change?

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...
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Top 5 Reasons Panama is a Great Rehab Destination

Where’s the best place to go for alcohol treatment or drug addiction rehab? If you’re struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, you probably already know that rehab is the best option for you to overcome your addiction, recover, and change your life to what you want it to be. But it can be harder to know what your best option is for the best in drug addiction rehab. Should you stay in the UK, Europe, US or Canada? Well, there are...
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I Can’t Quit Drinking Alcohol. 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...
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