California Wildfires Highlight the Need for More Oversight of Rehab Facilities

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Wildfires in California Spotlight the Rehab Riviera The recent wildfires that tore through California further underscored the need for better oversight of addiction treatment facilities in the area. The human cost was high all over the state, but the fires in Southern California have harmed an especially vulnerable group of people: people in the midst of their addiction treatment. The Woolsey fire in Southern California hit LA hard: Malibu was put under a mandatory evacuation order, which included all sober living and treatment facilities in the area. Malibu has about one sober living or treatment center per square mile, and as the fires raged on, it became clear that many of them were underprepared for a natural disaster. The centers struggled to hold onto clients rather than refer them to other facilities, putting people in the early stages of recovery…

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction in Canada

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction in Canada—Where Can I Go for the Best Individualized Rehab? Serenity Vista is owned and operated by Canadians And professionally endorsed by world renowned addiction specialists From Canadian Roots, Panama was Chosen as the Ideal Location for Serenity Vista Serenity Vista was developed and continues to operated by healthcare professionals from Canada. The Founding Director, John Derry, born & raised in Sarnia, Ontario, developed a passion for helping people suffering from addiction through a distinguished career in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver BC. Following addiction graduate study at Hazelden in Minessota (now Hazelden Betty Ford), Panama was carefully chosen as the perfect location to develop Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Rehab. Boquete, Panama was unique in meeting all important characteristics: stable, safe, developed country and governance, democratic, warm climate,…

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Relapse Again. Now What?

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Relapse Again Now What? You’ve had a relapse again. Now what? The word relapse is perhaps the most ominous word in the addiction recovery vocabulary. Why? Because regardless if you have been sober one month or 20 years, relapse again is a possibility every addict or alcoholic faces. Does a relapse mean that it was all for nothing, that you’re a failure? Absolutely not! But what’s next? The Emotional Turmoil A relapse is possibly the most devastating blow to a person’s recovery. The emotional stress can seem unbearable. You’re feeling shame and guilt. You’re embarrassed. An overwhelming, gut-wrenching, all-consuming sense of failure fills you to the core. Your body aches with misery. You want to hide away from the public shaming and ridicule you are positive will follow if anyone found out. What you’re feeling is normal. It’s what you…

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Recovering The Whole Person

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Holistic Rehab- Whole Person Recovery  A life of active addiction takes its toll on a person. It affects the person as a whole. The mental, emotional, and spiritual damage can be devastating. All aspects of a person’s life is negatively affected. Therefore, for recovery to be effective, with lasting results, all aspects of the person needs to be addressed, and heal. A comprehensive holistic rehab is optimal for long term recovery. Good rehab is so much more than just stopping drinking. Stopping is the easy part. It’s staying stopped, and living live on the basis of what life presents, with peace of mind and tranquility. That’s what good, healthy, holistic recovery is about. Abstinence Is Only A Beginning  Simply stopping the use of drugs and alcohol is not enough. You have been through a life-changing experience in addiction. It changed the person…

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Rehab – It May be Now or Never

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When Is The Best Time to Go to Rehab? If you are asking this question, the time is NOW.   The Disease of Denial Alcoholism and other forms of addiction is the only disease that tells you that you don’t have a disease. The hallmark symptom of alcoholism is denial. Did you ever hear yourself trying to convince someone that you are NOT an alcoholic or other form of addict? Guess what? People that are not alcoholic, never try to convince anybody that they are not alcoholic. The point is, when the moment of clarity comes for the addict, it won’t last long. This little window of opportunity, when the alcoholic realizes there is a problem is ready for help, is a very little window. Alcoholism is a subtle foe. When the disease of addiction experiences the threat of exposure,…

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Rehab To Quit Smoking?

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Residential Treatment For Smoking Cessation Stats say in the US: 70% percent of all nicotine users want to quit.  So I get that most people can’t quit on their own – but residential treatment? That seems extreme. Nicotine addiction is drug addiction. Make no mistake about that. If you are still smoking, you are in active drug addiction. Addiction can be defined as continuing to use a substance (or behavior) despite negative consequences. Ask yourself if that applies to your smoking behaviors. Being an active nicotine addict means a continuous dance between physiological nicotine withdrawal, emotional, mental and physical craving, and replenishing the nicotine in the body, 10 – 30 times a day. OK, maybe so, but what happens in nicotine addiction treatment? Will I be with other addicts? Addiction is addiction is addiction. No matter what addiction a person…

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International Private Rehab

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What is International Private Rehab? “I’m ready to explore my rehab options. What are they?” First of all, congratulations. Admitting that you need help is, as everyone knows by now, the first step to healing. Alcoholism is the only disease that tells you that you don’t have a disease. “Yes, I am trying to stop on my own. But then, I’m drunk again.  I’m nervous about AA, it doesn’t make sense. I need an immersion process to recover.” Basically, you have 3 options to treat your alcoholism with residential rehab. A little bit about each: 1. Government or Church/Temple Funded Rehab This is a great treatment option for people who have scarce resources. Wait times are usually high, accommodations are usually stark, but hopefully clean. For the most part, staff can’t handle the low pay and high stress of these…

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment for Expats

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English Speaking Addiction Treatment For Expats in Latin America Trying to find private, self-pay, excellent English speaking holistic addiction treatment for alcohol & drug rehab in North America right now can be really difficult. The United States is undergoing massive changes in the rehab ‘scene’. Particularly in the United States of America (USA), but also in Canada and many other nations, the world is being affected by an ‘opioid epidemic’. An incredible influx of heroin, and two synthetic heroin-like drugs, fentanyl and carfentanil (or carfentanyl) have flooded the streets of cities and towns across America. Opioid Epidemic filling US and Canadian Rehabs Morgues are overflowing, babies are born addicted. OD’s are so commonplace that teachers, librarians and shop keepers are learning how to administer an injection of naloxone (Narcan). Narcan is a short term immediate antidote to an opioid overdose. It…

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Does My Loved One Need Rehab?

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NEED REHAB? Common Signs That Your Loved One Needs Drug and Alcohol Treatment Does your loved one need rehab? How do you know when it’s time to ask your loved one to seek help for their problem? It’s tough. Drinking alcohol is ingrained in our society and many drugs are often glamorized, so knowing when to stop — knowing when drinking or using drugs have become a problem — is hard to figure out on your own. Does your loved one suffer from addiction? Does he or she need rehab? However, we have been providing counseling and holistic therapy for the treatment of addiction and alcoholism long enough to know how to spot all the warning signs. And while there are many different signs, below are the most common for you to watch for. If your mother, son, father, daughter, husband, wife, sister,…

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