Do I Have To Be An Alcoholic To Go To Rehab?

Do I have to be alcoholic to go to rehab?

Do you need to consider yourself to be an “alcoholic” before you go to rehab? The life-changing experience of getting treatment can change everything. But do you need to wait until things deteriorate to ask for help? In this article, we’ll explore, how long you should wait before asking for help, if at all, the first steps towards recovery, the dangers of waiting to ask for help, and the 7 Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse. How Long Should You Wait Before Seeking Help? If your drinking habits are affecting your life, then it’s time to evaluate whether rehab might be the best option. You don’t need to wait, asking for help sooner can put a stop to the inevitable, severe negative consequences that inevitably happen and progress as substance abuse continues and addiction develops. You don’t need to wait until your…

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The Three C’s of Al-Anon and Real Change

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The 3 C’s: Coping With A Loved One’s Addiction   Read a comprehensive 4 star evaluation of Serenity Vista’s exemplary program (click here)   The Three ‘C’s of Al-Anon and Real Change  According to Wikipedia, codependency is: A psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (typically narcissism or drug addiction); and in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another. It also often involves placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others. Alcoholism is a family illness. It is not only the addict or alcoholic that suffers. Even if family and friends are not in the grips of addiction themselves, they suffer nonetheless, and this suffering is often codependency. To those…

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Powerless Over Alcohol -Lessons From Parents


Feeling Powerless Over Alcohol, Powerless Over Parents Two sons came to Serenity Vista today to discuss the possibility of bringing their dad for treatment. He is suffering from the disease of alcohol addiction. It was very interesting for me to see how complicated the family dynamic can be.  Our parents are the first human representation we have, beginning from our birth. They are our first example of life and how to live it. Whether our relationship with them is strong or not, whether they are still alive or not, this does not seem to change much. Consciously or unconsciously, they are the individuals that affect us the most. I have heard a lot about parents worrying for their children’s happiness. But what about when it’s the other way around? What about the day we come to realize our parents aren’t happy…

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Codependent Behavior in Action: The Kleenex Box Super Hero

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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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