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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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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Why Women Need Empathetic, Female-Focused Addiction Treatment

Women Need Empathetic, Compassionate Addiction Treatment Addiction affects men and women differently, and their addiction recovery processes are different, too. Women face a unique set of challenges when it comes to the way they experience addiction and how well they respond to rehabilitation. We’ll take a look at what those are, and how women can choose a treatment program that meets their gender-specific needs. Women Have Different Reasons for Becoming Addicted Although they’re slightly less likely to abuse drugs than men, women appear to be more susceptible to addiction. And they cite different reasons for starting their drug use in the first place, such as weight control and self-medicating mental health disorders. They’re more likely to be triggered by certain life events like divorce or child custody battles. And, because women can often incur trauma as a result of domestic abuse and discrimination, they’re more…

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Sober For Christmas?

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The Gift of Sobriety this Christmas! 5 Reasons for Why the Holiday Season is a Good Time to Choose Rehab If an addiction has taken over your life, you are probably going to be approaching the holiday season with a sense of dread or excitement – maybe a bit of both. This is a time of year when there are plenty of excuses to party, but there is also the risk of ruining another Christmas for the people we love. A Safe Haven over the Holiday Season Each January, there is a surge in the number of people trying to quit alcohol or other drugs. This isn’t just due to the popularity of New Year’s resolutions – it is also because so many of these individuals hit rock bottom over the holiday season. Maybe you will hit your rock bottom…

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Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family

Thanksgiving Sobriety

Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family First, from John & Jane at Serenity Vista, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to be reminded to be grateful for all we have. Sobriety, first, followed by the promises coming true manifest in various forms of community, family, relationships, activity, and life itself. For many, especially our American friends where Thanksgiving marks the begining of the holiday season, 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…

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No One Is Immune to Addiction

Who is an addict

Who is An Addict? There are myths often shared in society that those who have addictions are lazy, weak, or have failed in willpower to control their behavior. Other myths center around stereotypes of specific groups and types of people being addicts. However, the reality is that addiction is a complex but treatable disease. It affects brain function and behavior. No one can pick an addict out of a crowd. They live and work among us. No one is immune to addiction. They are all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and social classes. Moreover, they affect all of us directly or indirectly in numerous ways. The Facts Per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 265 million people over the age of 12 years old use or abuse substances every year. 8% of this population is diagnosed with a…

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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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How Distorted Thinking Traps You in Drug Addiction  

Sour Grapes

Addiction Makes Sour Grapes One of the most troubling aspects of alcohol or drug addiction is it can mean your own thoughts are working against you. This distorted thinking can make the unacceptable appear acceptable and the illogical appear logical. Recovery is all about identifying and eliminating these unhelpful patterns of thought. The addicted brain is a battleground between pro-addiction thoughts (thoughts that push you towards drinking and using) and pro-recovery thoughts (thoughts that help you stay sober) ~Harold Urschel (Healing and the Addicted Brain) Examples of Distorted Thinking I need to smoke a joint after work to relax I’ll give up alcohol when and  if things get bad enough I can’t be an alcoholic because I don’t drink as much as X I’m no fun if I don’t take some amphetamine before going to a club Life would be…

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Early Recovery and Compassion

Recovery takes Compassion

The Importance of Self-Compassion in Early Recovery   If we treated other people as badly as we treat ourselves sometimes, we probably wouldn’t have many friends – a few of us might even end up in jail because we were being so abusive. An inner soundtrack that is overly negative can threaten your sobriety and recovery because it reduces your motivation and enthusiasm. This is why it is so important to develop some self-compassion in early recovery. What is Self-Compassion? Our job is to look and say, “You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.  Brene Brown   Self-compassion is all about being kind to yourself. It is not about ignoring your flaws, but about loving yourself despite these flaws. All you are really doing is offering yourself the same level of compassion…

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