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Change in Rehab

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes When people come into drug rehab, it is not because they are loving their lives.  Most people who have hit a bottom, and are willing to accept help for their addiction, are very unhappy. Some can’t stand their lives, even one more day. These are some of the bravest people in the world, – those willing to face who and what they have become, reach out for help, and be open to learning a new way to live.  They deserve the greatest of respect. A good drug rehab facility treats their guests with dignity and respect at all times. The rehab treatment experience helps people to see their lives in a new light. Recovery is a process and the full healing of body, mind and spirit takes time. However, sometimes it happens in the twinkling…

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Happy Mother’s Day?

Thoughts on Mother’s Day Now there is an emotionally charged topic – for almost everyone! Popular culture would have us believe that all mothers should be, or have been, nurturing, loving and sweet, dishing out wisdom, unconditional love, and healthy delicious meals. Well, that would be nice, and in some cases this is true. Unfortunately however, especially in homes affected by addiction, there are often big helpings of dysfunction served as the main course, if not also the side dishes and dessert. If you grew up in an alcoholic home, your mom may have been either the alcoholic or the co-dependent enabler, or both. Your mom may still be drinking, or making excuses for your father’s or sibling’s addict behaviour. Your mom may be trying to keep you, or pull you back into the toxic family dynamic where you got…

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Terminal Uniqueness

Terminal Uniqueness is Not that Unique! “I’m Not Like Those People” The definition of Unique – being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else. The definition of Terminal – you are going to die! And when we are talking about the disease of addiction, this can be a very painful, sometimes very slow, always agonizing, death. Most alcoholics and other kinds of addicts suffer from Terminal Uniqueness. It is actually not that unique at all! She is the twin sister of Denial. Terminal Uniqueness says, “I am very special”, “My case is different”, “I never did that”, “ I would never do this”, “I am not like those people”. If addicts aren’t cured of Terminal Uniqueness very quickly when attempting recovery, it can be lethal. Newcomers and Terminal Uniqueness Many newcomers to 12 Step meetings often look around…

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30 Day Rehab vs Extended Rehab Programs

30 Day Rehab is Not Enough

I Want a 30 Day Rehab Program This is part of a correspondence with a potential guest wanting a 30 day rehab program. While a 30 day rehab program may be more palatable, it is not nearly as effective as a longer program. Read our actual email response: Dear __________, Thanks for sending in the Admission Inquiry Form last evening. It seems like Serenity Vista would be an excellent fit for your needs. We offer a full, professional treatment team, holistic therapies, and adventure recreation. Panama offers a plethora of opportunities for fun! You describe being able to stop your drug use for days or weeks at a time, but always end up going back and starting again. Staying stopped, for good, is what we will help you with. Your experience shows that you are able to safely stop your use…

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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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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

When is the best time to go to rehab? Rehab now. Serenity Vista rehab in tropical paradise

Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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“Mom, I’m Going To Rehab”

Calm waters drug rehab

Should I Tell My Mother I’m Going to Rehab? Considering rehab can be really frightening. No one is thinking about going to rehab because they are filled with clarity, wisdom and decisiveness. Most people getting ready to take this leap of faith are sick, desperate, confused, hurt and angry. Often they direct that anger at the family. It is a good question to ask: should I tell my mother I am going to rehab? Should I tell my biggest critic/supporter that I’m a failure? Tell My Mother I’m Going to Rehab? Yes or No First of all, the fact that you are open to residential treatment for your addiction is great news. It may be hard to see this now, but you are NOT a failure. Your techniques for living did fail, but that is not who you are. Should you…

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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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8 Tips for Handling Social Anxiety Without Alcohol

Social Anxiety and Alcohol

Everyone deals with a certain degree of social anxiety from time to time. But while the majority of people are able to get through some awkwardness in order to maintain a healthy social life, others find the thought literally impossible. Around 7 percent of adults have social anxiety disorder (SAD). Many people use drinking as a way to deal with their anxiety, and even cite this as their reason for starting to drink. But ultimately this practice makes anxiety worse and puts users at risk for alcohol addiction and a host of other stress-inducing complications. This is partially why 28 percent of those who are diagnosed with SAD also suffer from long-term alcohol use disorder. Additionally, about 20 percent of social anxiety sufferers also have an alcohol addiction. Because SAD is such a common condition, affecting two to 13 percent…

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