Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab

Rethinking alcohol treatment rehab for alcoholism at Serenity Vista retreat in tropical Panama

Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab Are you feeling trapped by alcohol, drug, nicotine or other addiction? Are you constantly weighed down by chronic relapse and the repetitive pain caused by substance abuse or codependency? Are you a smoker, alcoholic, codependent or drug user whose wealth and health are in peril? We understand your struggle – and you’re not alone. At Serenity Vista, we have been rethinking alcohol & drug addiction treatment rehab over many years.  We’ve helped many overcome their addictions and codependency issues and see the miracle of life transformation. The prevailing belief has been that recovery means getting clean and sober. But what if we told you that recovery doesn’t stop there? Complete Life Transformation What if getting sober or starting AA  (alcoholic anonymous), NA (narcotics anonymous) or Al-Anon is just one step on an amazing life-long transformative…

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Step One to Life Transformation

Step One We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one of course. So begins Bill Wilson’s, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), essay on the principles of Step One in his book “The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions” of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yes, practically no one wants to admit defeat, that they are licked. What most of us learn in popular Western culture are things like, Never Surrender. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. A personal favorite was illustrated in a common 1970’s poster of a kitten hanging onto a rope: Hang in there Baby! (When you get to the end of your rope, tie a big…

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Is Addiction Relapse a Failure?

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Is Addiction Relapse a Failure? Addiction relapse. It’s an unfortunate occurrence during the lives of many alcoholics & addicts in and out of rehabilitation. If you are an addict, then you may have faced numerous relapses yourself. You say you are going to get sober, clean yourself up and perhaps, ‘kick the habit’. Then, sometimes only a few days later, you have given in, got drunk, got high. Then when the booze and drugs wear off you experience the ultimate low. It’s a crushing defeat isn’t it? The Real Problem with Addiction Relapse When an alcoholic or drug addict faces relapse, it may feel like you have let everyone down, that you have failed so enormously that you can’t possibly find your way back. The truth is, when you relapse, you do fail, and you do let everyone down. But ask yourself what…

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3 Tips for Navigating Recovery During the Holidays

Navigating Recovery During the Holidays Being a recovering alcoholic or addict is tough enough without all the temptations the holidays bring. Remember though, if sobriety doesn’t come first, nothing comes second. Missing out on some imagined ‘festivities’ is really not that big a deal, compared to living the whole rest of your life in sobriety with peace of mind. The holidays will pass, and then come round again. If you relapse, that relapse may not pass until it is too late for any other kind of party, ever. Now that the holidays are in full swing here are a few tips to help you make it through, sane and sober. Recovery during the holidays isn’t easy, but with these tips you can enjoy the season, your loved ones, and maybe even a bit of holiday happiness. While we have tried to put these tips…

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Steps One, Two, Three – According to Father Martin

The First Three Steps This is a review of the Father Martin film, Steps 1, 2, & 3, by Serenity Vista internship student Maya. Father Martin talked about the family in recovery, importance of forgiveness, spiritual aspect, and feelings that are involved in  addiction. In this next talk, Father Martin takes us through the actual three first steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have appreciated the way he shows us the obvious with great small examples in this discussion. Step One ~ We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Beginning with the first step, Father Martin points out this step as being the most important one. He makes it clear that the way we respond to this first step alone can determine how we will do in the rest of the 11 steps. Father…

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Alcoholism – Father Martin’s Chalk Talk

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Maya is an internship student from Switzerland, spending 3 months at Serenity Vista learning about alcoholism, other forms of addiction, and recovery. Maya is reviewing the films in the Serenity Vista’s extensive and beloved film library. Here she discusses Father Martin’s famous Chalk Talk. Alcoholism – Father Martin’s Chalk Talk Father Martin first became widely known through a talk he gave on the 12 steps of recovery propounded by Alcoholics Anonymous. He sometimes began with a preface similar to the one every alcoholic uses to address meetings of the organization, changing it to give his full name: “My name is Joe Martin, and I’m an alcoholic.”  With no preaching or moralizing, he spoke plainly of alcoholism as a sickness, not an evil. He used a blackboard and chalk, and in 1972, the Navy filmed the speech to use for mandatory…

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Alcoholism Films – When Love is Not Enough

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When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Serenity Vista’s intern, Maya, reviews classic alcoholism films. This is the story of the beginning of the 12 step fellowship, Alanon. Maya is learning about alcohol and drug addiction treatment of drug rehab at Serenity Vista. As part of her educational experience in addiction and recovery, she is reviewing the required films from Serenity Visita’s Film Library. When Love Is Not Enough This Hallmark Hall of Fame classic movie , starring Winona Ryder, was released in 2010. It is based on the true story of Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon Family Groups, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this movie, we are taken in the shoes of Lois Wilson through the deepness of her sadness, loneliness, anger, despair. It depicts all the various emotions she felt as being…

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Spirit vs Ego in Drug Rehab

  As part of her internship at Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Rehab Retreat in Panama, Maya is viewing and commenting on each of the films in the recovery/spirituality film library. Here is her post regarding There’s A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr.Wayne Dyer.   Spirit vs Ego in Drug Rehab and Addiction Recovery  I watched Dr. Wayne Dyer’s film, There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem. This excellent film is on the ‘recommended’ list of Serenity Vista’s Recovery and Spirituality Film Library viewed by guests going through the recovery rehab at Serenity Vista. This is a profound yet simple examination of spirituality presented in an easy to grasp, solution focused way. It provides an understanding of spirit vs ego as it relates to addiction recovery in drug rehab and in a life of twelve step recovery. From watching this presentation, it seems…

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Good Rehab After Care Plan Includes Sponsor

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Good Rehab After Care Plan Includes Sponsor   Why do I need a Sponsor? Most addiction drug and alcohol treatment centers today include the 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous &  Narcotics Anonymous in their treatment curriculum. These programs are included for good reason.  Since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous or AA in 1939, the 12 Step programs have helped millions of people recover from alcoholism and other forms of addiction throughout the world. AA may not be for everyone, but it has worked the best, for the most. When dealing with the chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal disease of addiction, it is recommended that people use every tool available to avoid “the gates of insanity or death” which is where active addiction leads. A big part of the 12 Step Programs and the success of the individual is having,…

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