Recovery is Addiction Freedom

Free From Addiction - A New View

Recovery is Freedom from Addiction Addiction is about Control – Recovery is about Freedom Let us explore how recovery is addiction freedom. The desire for freedom is one of the most basic human emotions. From the beginning, young children assert themselves as independent choice makers and launch themselves into violent tantrums when their freedoms are denied or stifled. Later, in dramatic displays of sovereignty, teenagers rebel against authority at every turn. Adults are no different. What we want and value most in life is pure and simple freedom. Rightfully so, we worship it as our god-given right. And like children, we too erupt in protest when our free will is threatened. No matter the age, we want control of our lives and we have little tolerance if someone or something encroaches on them. Control This is why addiction is torturous…

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Addiction, Anxiety & Depression

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Addiction, Anxiety, & Depression – Common Co-Occurring Disorders Co-Occurring Disorders – What does this mean? Co-Occurring disorder is a replacement term. It replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis. The term refers to an individual who has a co-existing substance-use disorder and a mental illness. Working in the addiction field, we hear the term co-occurring disorder often. The term can apply in the vast majority of people seeking help for alcoholism or other forms of addiction. Addiction manifests in many ways. And many of those ways overlap with symptoms that may be termed mental health conditions. Thus, at Serenity Vista, we treat addiction as the primary condition. That includes it’s many and varied manifestations. Therefore, the solution is to treat the whole person. In contrast, we do not focus on one specific diagnosis. The solution encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, it is…

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Transform Your Life!

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Metamorphosis Requires a Tight Cocoon   What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach Acknowledging the Darkness & Pain or The End of the World (as you know it) In the course of every addiction, there comes that painful realization that things are not going to get any better and they will get worse. Call it hitting bottom or moment of clarity or running into the brick wall or whatever you want to call it. It’s complete hopeless desperation. The realization that you are stuck in the vice of addiction, the alcohol, or nicotine, or heroin or codependent behaviors, gambling or sexual compulsions have you in a death grip. This is a holistic death. Body, mind, emotions and spirit are bankrupted, colorless, dry and hardening. For many alcoholics or addicts this realization is…

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too What is a High Functioning Alcoholic or Substance Abuser? The common stereotype of an alcoholic or drug addict is a person who is out of control and dealing with obvious negative consequences as a result of their behavior. This is the face of alcoholism or other addiction that is so often portrayed in movies, soap operas, and reality shows, but this depiction is a bit misleading. The truth is most of those who develop a problem with alcohol or drugs will also become skilled at coping and hiding it – the people who fall into this category are often referred to as ‘high functioning’ or ‘high bottom’ alcoholics, or high functioning drug users. …high-functioning alcoholics are able to maintain respectable, even high-profile lives, usually with a home, family,…

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Home for the Holidays or Rehab?

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Family Holiday – Trigger! Family holidays can be wonderful occasions, just like a Normal Rockwell illustration where everyone looks happy. On the other hand, they can be nothing like that at all. They can be a big trigger! Perhaps you grew up in an alcoholic or similarly dysfunctional home and when you get together with your family of origin, you reprise the same role you played growing up: a clown, a scapegoat, or the perfect child. You’ve been battling your demons for years. If you’ve been to rehab or some other form of treatment or therapy in the past, perhaps you thought you had left all those behaviors behind. However, when you see your parents or your siblings, and they offer you a drink or a drug. You gladly accept it even though you thought you were “cured” and promised…

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Treating Alcoholism

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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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Addiction Problems – Recovery Solutions

Addiction Problems Grow and are Complex. Serenity Vista offers solutions, alcoholism, drug rehab centers

Sick & Tired Addiction Creates Many Problems Alcoholism and drug addiction problems grow as the disease progresses. Anyone struggling with addiction will readily describe a host of mounting problems in their life. Family members living with an addict will agree. There is a negative impact on all aspects of the alcoholic or addict’s life. The disease is chronic, progressive. If untreated, it is potentially fatal. This short article only briefly touches upon the extent of addiction’s negative consequences. A more comprehensive review may be found here. Addiction warps the mind, distorts life, and destroys relationships. Physical addiction itself is a major problem with a host of medical consequences. There are numerous secondary problems that are just as detrimental. Multiple Addictions Addictions often lead to and exacerbate other addictions. When the alcoholic is in the throws of a drinking binge, she…

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Letting Go in Addiction Recovery…to be Happy, Joyous and Free!

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15 Things to Let Go Of   Here’s a list of 15 things to learn to ‘let go’ of, if you want to be truly happy. Letting go can be simple and straightforward, but difficult to consistently apply to our lives. We need to practice them, over and over, so that the newly learned pattern becomes the default, standard behavior. Remind yourself, over and over, to let go of…. 1. Your need to always be right. “Would I rather be right, or happy?” 2. Control 3. Blame 4. Self-defeating self-talk 5. Limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. “A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” 6. Complaining. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. 7. Criticism. Give up your need to…

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Nicotine Addiction Treatment

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Ready To Quit Smoking? If you could stop smoking on your own, you already would’ve Many people do not realize the fact that cigarette smoking and/or use of other tobacco-related products are among the most difficult addictions to shake from one’s life. We hear variations of minimizing comments all the time; “I always smoke when I drink coffee,” or “I count the minutes at work until break so that I can satisfy the undying need to smoke a cigarette” and so on… In actual fact, nicotine addiction is one of the most powerful addictions. It has been said by people of all walks, including heroin addicts, crack addicts and so on, that quitting smoking is the single toughest addiction they’ve ever faced throughout their lives! The smoking cessation rehab program at Serenity Vista Private Addiction Treatment Center of Boquete, Panama…

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