Prison of Addiction

Prison of Addiction

Addiction – The Key to Freedom is Willingness…   You may hear the saying that the only outcome for those suffering from addiction is jail, institution, or death. That can not possibly apply to you, can it? Chances are good that if you’re reading this post, that it does. Social drinkers or pot smokers are not engaging in internet searches on terms like “addiction” or “rehab.” Please don’t click away: We’re not judging. Been there. Done that.  We can answer your questions because we understand addiction. Indulgence or Habit? Perhaps you’ve only just begun wondering if you’ve got a problem. You’re not sure because you don’t have any health problems or legal trouble – YET. (You’re eligible, too.) Or, maybe you don’t think your daily alcohol or drug habit is anything more than a little indulgence. You enjoy it on your own time. You deserve drinks because…

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Addiction During Holidays

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That Most Wonderful Time of the Year – or Active Addiction During Holidays?   If you or a loved one are in active addiction during holidays this year, it will more like this third verse of the old song: There’ll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago. ’Tis the season to be jolly. Maybe for some, but not so much for those struggling with addiction. It’s time for merriment with family and friends but you’re not feeling it. You’re not feeling much of anything these days – unless you’ve had a few holiday cocktails, and then you feel okay. Otherwise, you feel drained, spent, and dull inside. Your life has become miserable: the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You would rather forget all of your social obligations, stay in, and…

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Letting Go of Resentment

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”.   Recovery from substance abuse can be a healing and transformative experience. But resentment is equally as poisonous. Holding on to past resentments – and all of the negative feelings associated with them – can derail and even de-motivate a person’s recovery and lead to relapse. It’s tempting to hold grudges, especially when you feel you’re “in the right”. But it only serves to pull you down. By forgiving others (and yourself), you’re able to truly heal from the past, embrace recovery and grow into the person you’re meant to be. But some resentments are harder to let go of than others. How can you let go of past wrongs that you have been carrying around for years – or maybe even your entire life? Here are…

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Mixing Drugs and Alcohol with Halloween

Mixing drugs and alcohol with Halloween. Get help at Serenity Vista Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab in tropical paradise

Drugs and Alcohol It’s Halloween and time to party! Halloween is not just a holiday for candy – it’s a time for costumes, mischief, and debauchery. It’s the one time of year when you have the chance to try on a different persona and the excuse to cause a little ruckus because almost anything goes in the carnival atmosphere. The night is rife with overindulgence and this frequently includes drugs and alcohol. Whether you’re playing drinking games or going “Trick or Drinking,” the opportunities to get intoxicated are ample. But it’s all in fun, right? Everyone’s doing it You’ve been planning and looking forward to this night for weeks, maybe months. Certainly it’s no problem to have just one more Jell-o shot or toke on that joint that’s being passed around because all your friends are doing the same. And…

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Successfully Overcoming Addiction: Why Self Help Doesn’t Help

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WHY SELF HELP DOESN’T HELP   Successfully Overcoming Addiction During more than 40 years of helping addicts with successfully overcoming addiction, we’re often asked why treating addiction with self help alone isn’t effective. Whether drug or alcohol abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, sex addiction, or codependency, most unguided and solo attempts at trying to quit come crashing down in an eventual relapse. Why, despite firm commitment and full faith, why can’t addicts just quit on their own? When successfully overcoming addiction is the goal for the person in active addiction, why aren’t will power and determination effective? You Can’t Do it Alone For one, addiction is a persistent and complex condition. And just like other debilitating ailments – whether broken bones, cancer, or deep psychological trauma – getting professional help is crucial for healing at all stages from evaluation to…

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Addiction Doubt-Denial-Guilt-Blame

Addiction doubt-denial-guilt-blame. Don't believe everything you think

Learning to Question Recovery Limiting Thoughts Addiction Doubt-Denial-Guilt-Blame In addiction treatment, alcoholics and other drug addicts battle harmful and unproductive thinking daily: addiction doubt-denial-guilt-blame. Along their way to sobriety, they are very often plagued by such limiting beliefs and thoughts patterns that reinforce addictive behaviors and negative actions. Here, we’ll take a look at these Four False Thoughts that hold many addicts back from enjoying the true freedom of peace of mind: Addiction doubt-denial-guilt-blame. Doubt Volumes could be written about the relationship between doubt and addiction. And perhaps no other False Thought is as destructive or as limiting. When an addict commits to getting better, few things can slow their progress like a strong bout of doubt. Most addicts are attacked by a barrage of limiting beliefs in the early stages of recovery. “This won’t work … you failed before ……

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Why Choose Self Pay Rehab

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Why Self Pay Rehab is your Best Choice Rehab Options I didn’t know that I had any options when it came to rehab.  Gerald Many people are surprised to find out their rehab options. You don’t have to go where your employer or insurance agency dictates, nor where your doctor or addictions counselor, mother, sister, brother or great aunt say you should go. You have choices, and private, self pay rehab is often a significantly better choice, and in some cases, can also be more affordable. Government funded, or Insurance Company dictated programs often are not the best place to get and stay sober. Most of the other people in my rehab were court ordered there. They weren’t very interested in recovery.  Charlene With private pay rehab treatment, your fellow guests are there because they want to be there. In a holistic and…

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STEP 2: Came To Believe…

Step Two of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - discussed by addiction treatment rehab retreat at Serenity Vista

Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity Step One: We admitted we were powerless – that our lives had become unmanageable Last month we talked about Step One of the 12 Step program. Step One of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program and other twelve step fellowships is about admitting defeat, accepting that you are an alcoholic, or other form of addict.  Step One has us admit that our lives had become unmanageable. Our best efforts at navigating through life had failed. All of our great ideas and efforts to manipulate and control outcomes had failed. We were completely out of sync with life. The joy and harmony that our Creator wants for us had long since fled, if it was ever there for us at all. The first step to recovery…

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Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab

Rethinking alcohol treatment rehab for alcoholism at Serenity Vista retreat in tropical Panama

Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab Are you feeling trapped by alcohol, drug, nicotine or other addiction? Are you constantly weighed down by chronic relapse and the repetitive pain caused by substance abuse or codependency? Are you a smoker, alcoholic, codependent or drug user whose wealth and health are in peril? We understand your struggle – and you’re not alone. At Serenity Vista, we have been rethinking alcohol & drug addiction treatment rehab over many years.  We’ve helped many overcome their addictions and codependency issues and see the miracle of life transformation. The prevailing belief has been that recovery means getting clean and sober. But what if we told you that recovery doesn’t stop there? Complete Life Transformation What if getting sober or starting AA  (alcoholic anonymous), NA (narcotics anonymous) or Al-Anon is just one step on an amazing life-long transformative…

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