Treating Alcoholism

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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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Wanting Sobriety

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Wanting Sobriety   I Want to Walk in the Open Wind Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics What do you Want? “I Want to Walk in the Open Wind” is the stuff of popular culture music and musings. Everyone has their own ‘I wants’. I want success. Money. Security. A better job. For my family to respect me. To be happy. Perhaps you now add wanting sobriety to your list of wants. Everyone has ‘wants’. But where most people spend their lives looking for satisfaction of their wants is outside. Outside of self. In other people, places and things. Are you Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired? Click here for a pdf guide download to help you assess your situation to see if you may have a problem. The Problem For many people, their needs are met to…

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Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family

Thanksgiving Sobriety

Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family Thanksgiving is the start of perhaps the most stressful time of year for recovering addicts and those in active addiction alike. Why? It’s about our families. Many in active addiction have core issues that stem from the family past. Don’t take your Thanksgiving sobriety lightly! Awareness is key to taking care of yourself. There are steps you can take to look after your sobriety through the holidays. The Stresses Of The Holidays It’s no great mystery that the holidays create a certain amount of stress for everyone, especially those struggling with addiction. Family gatherings can create a plethora of emotions. This creates a firestorm for the addict. Your awareness of this is the first, fundamental step that allows you to take notice of how you look after your sobriety. If you’ve already been to…

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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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Cash Pay for Rehab Abroad

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Cash Pay for Rehab Abroad You Have Choices You may get a surprise when you learn the options for treating your alcoholism or other forms of substance abuse. In the United States of America (USA) right now, especially in New York and Florida, a lot of rehabs are in the news. And it is not good news. North American alcohol and drug treatment centers are in the middle of a massive amount of change. Changes in government and funding for treatment, dishonest rehab owners, BIG REHAB CONGLOMERATES, and the current opiate crisis have the industry in complete chaos. Get Away From it All – Overseas Think outside of the box – you usually do, right? No one can stay an active alcoholic without having a great ability to get around ‘normal’. You can bypass your: Employer, HR Department, Health Care…

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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 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 using one…

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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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Halloween and Recovery From Addiction

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The Day of the Dead – Hallowe’en If you are actively misusing alcohol or other drugs you know about the day of the dead. That’s the day that comes to any addict who might be reading this blog. That day when you look in the mirror and your eyes are two dark spaces of void. Usually, in active addiction, a person avoids eye contact in the mirror. It is too painful. But…there will come a time when your eyes will meet that empty black darkness in your eyes. That is the day of reckoning – the day of the dead. Hallowe’en and Recovery For a large part of the world, the acknowledgment of day of the dead is variously between October 31, November 1 and November 2. Historically this is a time when people consciously and purposely recognize the shadow side…

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment for Expats

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment For Expats in Latin America Trying to find private, self-pay, excellent English speaking addiction treatment alcohol & drug rehab in North America right now can be really difficult. The United States is undergoing massive changes in the rehab ‘scene’. If you live outside of Canada or the United States of America (USA), you may not be aware of what is being called an ‘opioid epidemic’. An incredible influx of heroin, and two synthetic heroin-like drugs, fentanyl and carfentanil (or carfentanyl) are flooding 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 is…

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