How to Avoid Relapse After Treatment

How to Avoid Relapse After Treatment Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness are Indispensable Most drug rehabs and addiction & alcoholism treatment centers provide a standard level of care for a primary initial time period and then offer additional step-down programs that enable the client to gradually reintegrate themselves into the rigors of daily life while outside the protective bubble of treatment. During this time, the client would normally have the opportunity to essentially test out some of the many relapse prevention techniques he or she had learned during the treatment process, but in an environment that offers more leeway to encounter some of life’s daily hurdles. Preparing to prevent relapse after treatment is essential. The first thing to keep in mind is this; if the person is not truly committed to recovery and willing to take contrary action then the entire…

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California Affordable Addiction Treatment

Your cross to bear

California Affordable Addiction Treatment Affordable Alcoholism Treatment Recovery Program We are excited to share our tremendous success stories, but there are so many, and of course respecting confidentiality is of paramount importance to us. So as a representative illustration of the daily experience of healing and positive life change so often seen at Serenity Vista, let us share a general experience relating to many of our past clients. This is a testimonial of California addiction treatment that changes lives. We will call her “Julie”, and today she is happy, clean and sober….we’re so happy for her. We are sharing this as a beacon of hope for those who don’t have any………. Julie lives Orange County, California and was using cocaine and alcohol for nearly 10 years. Julie had attended 6 drug rehab centers throughout the US including, California, Florida & Minnesota…

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Zen Koan for Recovery

Days of Wine and Roses in Serenity Vista Rehab library

Zen Koan for Recovery Filled to the Rim In Addiction Recovery it is said that you only need to change one thing, but that thing is everything. And everything is included in everything. Carl Jung stated that this recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body must be a “complete ego deflation, followed by a profound personality change”. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yep, very simple, but not very easy. How do you precisely, go about changing everything? I’m going to answer that question in a famous little Zen Koan, but this little Zen Koan has itself undergone an unprofound personality change of its own. What I mean by that is, that I have adapted some of my favorite Koans, removing hard to pronounce ancient Japanese names, places and customs, substituting with modern Recovery circumstances. This is but one of many tools…

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Addictions and Your Cross to Bear

Your cross to bear

Addictions and Your Cross to Bear   Two little stories contain some spiritual truths that can help the addict or alcoholic look at the way they are living their lives. If you think that your troubles are worse than anyone else’s you will remain in self-pity. Tip: “Poor me. Poor me. Pour me a drink”. Self-pity, which is always combined with resentments of some kind, kills. In order to stay sober you really need to look at this. Having a “cross to bear” may be a term that has lost significance in contemporary North America as we aren’t a primarily predominant Christian indoctrinated people anymore. But like a Zen Koan, or a First Nation story passed down through generations, there are rich truths to be mined from all spiritual tradition scriptures. For people of Christian faith the Passion of Christ…

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