California Affordable Addiction Treatment

Your cross to bear

California Affordable Addiction Treatment Affordable Alcoholism Treatment Recovery Program We are excited to share our tremendous success stories, but there are so many, and of course respecting confidentiality is of paramount importance to us. So as a representative illustration of the daily experience of healing and positive life change so often seen at Serenity Vista, let us share a general experience relating to many of our past clients. This is a testimonial of California addiction treatment that changes lives. We will call her “Julie”, and today she is happy, clean and sober….we’re so happy for her. We are sharing this as a beacon of hope for those who don’t have any………. Julie lives Orange County, California and was using cocaine and alcohol for nearly 10 years. Julie had attended 6 drug rehab centers throughout the US including, California, Florida & Minnesota…

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To Quit or Not to Quit: Is There Even a Question?

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To Quit or Not to Quit: Is There Even a Question? Quitting Smoking: Why You Haven’t; Why You Should Every smoker in the world has a reason that they haven’t quit smoking. To quit or not to quit is a problem most users of tobacco face at some point, coming to realize that they are caught in the grips of a powerful addiction. Most are related to life situations that have or haven’t happened yet, “I’ll quit after this big project,” “I’ll quit when I have kids,” and many of them, from the outside, are either exasperating or even downright funny. “There are so MANY,” said Deb Miller, a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in Washington State, when asked about some of the best and worst reasons that she’d heard. She named a few of her favorites: “I’m too stressed right now, I’ll…

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Zen Koan for Recovery

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Zen Koan for Recovery Filled to the Rim In Addiction Recovery it is said that you only need to change one thing, but that thing is everything. And everything is included in everything. Carl Jung stated that this recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body must be a “complete ego deflation, followed by a profound personality change”. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yep, very simple, but not very easy. How do you precisely, go about changing everything? I’m going to answer that question in a famous little Zen Koan, but this little Zen Koan has itself undergone an unprofound personality change of its own. What I mean by that is, that I have adapted some of my favorite Koans, removing hard to pronounce ancient Japanese names, places and customs, substituting with modern Recovery circumstances. This is but one of many tools…

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Addictions and Your Cross to Bear

Your cross to bear

Addictions and Your Cross to Bear   Two little stories contain some spiritual truths that can help the addict or alcoholic look at the way they are living their lives. If you think that your troubles are worse than anyone else’s you will remain in self-pity. Tip: “Poor me. Poor me. Pour me a drink”. Self-pity, which is always combined with resentments of some kind, kills. In order to stay sober you really need to look at this. Having a “cross to bear” may be a term that has lost significance in contemporary North America as we aren’t a primarily predominant Christian indoctrinated people anymore. But like a Zen Koan, or a First Nation story passed down through generations, there are rich truths to be mined from all spiritual tradition scriptures. For people of Christian faith the Passion of Christ…

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