Australia Alcoholism Costs $36 Billion Each Year

Australia Alcoholism Costs $36 Billion Each Year

Australia Alcoholism Costs $36 Billion Each Year What can I do about Australia alcoholism? Alcohol has been a very widely consumed substance in Australia for hundreds of years. In fact, some convict labor was paid with rum, which led to all kinds of violence and problems (even a rebellion!). But though some Australians might think that binge drinking is fun, the truth is that it brings tremendous harm on Australians and the country of Australia in general. In fact, new research has shown that alcohol abuse costs the Australian economy more than $36 billion. And the number will only grow unless something is done about the ways that teens are pressured into drinking too much. Click here to learn more about how to fight alcoholism. Out of Control Australia Alcoholism How bad is the alcoholism situation in Australia? Australian newspaper…

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The Cave of Truth

The Cave of Truth   The Cave of Truth Once upon a time, there were a few friends that hung out together. Quite by accident, one of them found a tattered old map to a place called The Cave of Truth. A couple of them had heard a vague story about the cave before, but brushed the idea off, thinking it an Urban Legend. One of them checked the Snopes website, couldn’t find it there, and the group decided to go. They felt ready for a change, and headed out. It was a pretty long journey. They had rivers to cross, and hill country to traverse. There was a dessert, lakes, pine forests, even a glacier! They worked hard – all the while carefully following the map to get to the Cave of Truth. After a really long time they…

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Surrender to Win

Surrender to Win   Find Victory in Defeat What does ‘Surrender to Win’ really mean? Surrender is one of those words right up there with ‘humility’, ‘discipline’ and ‘obedience’. However, in addiction recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction or other addiction, we learn to look at things in a new light.  If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, so try on this new definition of Surrender. It just might change your life. Come to tropical Panama and let us help you experience the life of recovery you’ve dreamed of. On the winning side! Recovery isn’t difficult. In fact, our holistic program can be a lot of fun. Interesting, challenging, stimulating, exciting, and hope filled. It’s the struggle with alcohol, drugs, addiction, negative consequences, and despair that is so difficult, endless and painful. When you…

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Codependent Behavior in Action: The Kleenex Box Super Hero

Luxury Rehab at Serenity Vista

Codependent Behavior in Action: The Kleenex Box Super Hero   Codependent Behavior in Action:  The scene: A 12 Step meeting, a person sharing begins to cry, the Kleenex Box Super Hero arrives with a flourish. Recognize the scene? You may have played one of the starring roles. What is really going on here is an excellent example of unhealthy co-dependent and manipulative behaviour. What?! Let’s examine the dynamics of codependent behavior. When a person shares in a room full of 12 Step peers, they are often getting in touch with feelings that have long been buried. It can take considerable effort for a person to feel safe enough with feelings of vulnerability to really allow themselves to express their emotions. You’ve seen it, after a lot of talking, a person may begin to tear up, perhaps to really cry, or even sob.…

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Acceptance Is The Key to Recovery from Codependence

Carpe Diem Recovery

Recovery from Codependence – Acceptance is the Key to Freedom When arguing with the Universe, the Universe always wins. Often I forget where I put the key to freedom, but there it is, right in my pocket, all along. Acceptance is the key to recovery from codependence, to a life of freedom. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says it so succinctly, we’ve copied it out here for you. If you haven’t read it before, read it slowly and mindfully. If you have read it before, read it slowly and mindfully again. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on ACCEPTANCE Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person,…

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Recovery, Unity, Service – Mandalacized

Never Too Late For Sobriety

Recovery, Unity, Service – Mandalacized The Triangle in the Circle I came across this beautiful mandala this morning, as a friend had posted it as her FB profile pic. As far as I know, this friend likely has no idea of the recovery symbol of the magnificent mandala. However, as soon as I saw this mandala, I knew I wanted to share it with my friends of Bill W. A little background information came from AA.org.  I was surprised to see that the symbol representing recovery, unity, service has been officially discontinued for AA, but daily I am surprised by all the things I don’t know! The Circle and Triangle symbol has long been connected to the A.A. Fellowship. It was adopted as an official A.A. symbol at the International Convention in St. Louis in 1955, and from that point…

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Notes from an Addictions Counsellor

Your cross to bear

International Drug Rehab Panama Notes from an Addictions Counsellor What Are You Waiting For? How much of human life is lost waiting. Ralph Waldo Emerson One person in ten is facing some kind of addiction. Many more are affected because someone close to them is facing some kind of addiction. It’s common for people in these circumstances to be waiting for the cycle of addictive behaviours to change, stop or get bad enough to create momentum for change. In recovery language, the latter is called “hitting bottom” and many people believe that things have to get much worse until they can get better. A wise person once said to me that we hit bottom when we stop digging. Passively waiting for things to get worse implies that we give up on taking any kind of action and accept that our…

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The 12th Step- Practicing Twelve Step Principles in Rehab

The 12th Step- Practicing Twelve Step Principles in Rehab Practicing Twelve Step Principles – What We Preach (suggest) – in Rehab When the time came to broaden our horizons and seek a new home more aligned to our rehab’s spiritual framework, it was only when we opened ourselves to all possibilities, no matter where in the world, that we were led to the ‘best’ place on earth. Where practicing twelve step principles is more than lip service, where it is the essence of the recovery experience and philosophy. The globe was searched for the perfect place to establish a special place of healing from addiction. Preconceived notions of practical considerations, province, country, geography, culture, and distance were cast aside. Through a series of serendipitous synchronicities, and some exciting tragedies/blessings (point of view), Panama, sprang into our awareness. We found our way…

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First Things First

Never Too Late For Sobriety

First Things First One thing at a time – Notes from an Addictions Counselor Guest Blog by Karen Graham, Panacea Canada   First Things First. Successful recovery from addiction or self-defeating behaviour requires powerful, unwavering focus on one thing at a time – and that first one thing has to be your recovery. What is recovery? It’s a kind of extreme self care in multiple dimensions. Putting your recovery first means taking very good care of your body, mind, and spirit. For people recovering from addictions or self-defeating behaviours, recovery is the foundation for everything else in life; unless your recovery is healthy, it will be virtually impossible for you to be effective. A healthy recovery supports you as a friend, partner, employee, leader, parent, athlete, son, daughter, provider, care-giver… pretty much any role that you value in your life.…

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