Addiction Recovery Gratitude

Addiction Recovery Gratitude – Spiritual Imaginings How Did You Like My Stuff? Guest Blog on addiction recovery gratitude by Ron Young This small story about addiction recovery gratitude has helped me through some difficult periods. It is a short but hopefully thought provoking tale. You have to open your mind a little just to hear this “what if” proposition. Keep in mind that most theologians agree that any description of God is a distortion as he/she is beyond human comprehension. Imagine “what if,” when you die, you find yourself sitting across the table from man that looks like a cross between Charlton Heston, in the 10 Commandments, and Santa Claus. As he grins and leans forward he says: “I don’t care what you did or didn’t do during your life. What I really do want to know is: How did…

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What brings you holiday joy in recovery? Notes from a Success Coach

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What brings you holiday joy in recovery? Notes from a Success Coach Guest Blog by Karen Graham, Panacea Canada   Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart… Unknown Apparently the holiday season is now in full swing, because advertisers are working themselves into their usual frenzy and decorations are starting to appear around town. Making elaborate plans for the holidays can set us up for stress by creating expectations that are difficult or impossible to meet. Remember last year? Did you find yourself trying to squeeze in one more social event and finish the shopping and the perfect gift wrapping of the perfect gifts and do all the baking and get the decorations…

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12 & Zen – Where the 12 Steps Meet Zen Koans

12 & Zen – Where the 12 Steps Meet Zen Koans A great recovery book by Bill Krumbein. Available at Amazon Foreward by Jane Derry Bill Krumbein first made email contact with me in May of 2010. He wrote: “I’m very intrigued how you came about using Zen koans at your recovery center. This is how I found your page, by typing in ‘koan’ and ‘recovery’.” Bill told me about the Pacific Zen Institute, his connection with it, and their plans for implementing a combination of the 12 Steps and Zen. He also was curious about my own connection with Zen koans, and how they were used at our center. 1997 found me in the very early stages of a new way of life, following a sincere and passionate desire to improve my conscious contact with ‘God’. I was working on…

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One thing at a time – Notes from a Success Coach

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One thing at a time – Notes from a Success Coach Guest Blog by Karen Graham of Panacea Canada   One thing at a time. One of the most exhausting and least effective approaches to, well, pretty much anything, is multitasking. Once hailed as the best way to navigate challenging workloads, days, projects and roles, multitasking is now seen as a poor choice. It’s tempting to try to do many things at once. We are barraged by information, demands for our attention, and an infinite variety of ways to waste our time and energy. Trying to stay on top of the inflow of information is, as the wonderful Martha Beck once pointed out, like trying to take a delicate sip of water from a fire hose. I believe that multitasking leads to mediocrity. It’s just not possible to do many…

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Affordable Luxury Drug Rehab Treatment Alternatives

Affordable Luxury Drug Rehab Treatment Alternatives   With so many prominent addiction and alcoholism treatment centers charging upwards of 30 to 50 thousand dollars per month, most prominently in areas like California, Florida, Texas, New York, Colorado and Arizona, there seems to be a dramatic shortage of lower costing affordable drug rehab centers for those struggling with the financial means to pay for treatment. There’s no question that a luxury facility offers some wonderful ancillary components to the recovery process, however, in terms of core rehabilitation services for those struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, it is important to keep first things first and prioritize clinical services for those of whom cost is a primary hurdle. Serenity Vista Treatment Center of Boquete, Panama seems to attract folks seeking help from all over the world. Ironically, many of our clients come…

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Stop Smoking – Nicotine Addiction is Drug Addiction

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Stop Smoking – Nicotine Addiction is Drug Addiction Do you want to Stop Smoking? Answer the following questions as honestly as you can: 1. Do you use nicotine every day? 2. Do you use nicotine because of shyness and to build up self-confidence? 3. Do you use nicotine to escape from boredom and worries while under pressure? 4. Have you ever burned a hole in your clothes, carpet, furniture or car? 5. Have you ever had to go to the store late at night or at another inconvenient time because you were out of nicotine? 6. Do you feel defensive or angry when people tell you that your tobacco use is bothering them? 7. Has a doctor or dentist suggested that you stop smoking or chewing tobacco? 8. Have you promised someone that you would stop using nicotine, then broken…

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Low Cost Drug Rehab Can Still Be Luxurious

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Low Cost Drug Rehab Can Still Be Luxurious There’s a common misconception that high-end luxury drug rehab treatment services must cost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. It has become almost a norm to hear of pristine private treatment centers in areas like California, Florida, Texas, Hawaii & Arizona charging upwards of 50 to even as much as 80 thousand dollars per month for services! In fact, low cost drug rehab can still be luxurious and of high quality. While some people are so fortunately situated to pay such extraordinary rates, the majority simply cannot and must submit themselves to whichever rehabilitation services might be available within their price range. Unfortunately, however, when all you have is a few thousand dollars to spend on helping yourself or your loved one recover from alcoholism or drug addiction, the options…

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“High Success Rate” in Drug Rehab-Treatment

“High Success Rate” in Drug Rehab-Treatment If you or someone you know happens to be searching for a drug rehab or treatment center online that focuses on addiction and/or alcoholism recovery services, you may notice many facilities boast a high success rate that is better than the rest. The concern is that, unlike with many other medical issues, in the world of addiction and alcoholism recovery, success is measured on a multitude of levels and therefore, has many different interpretations. Some treatment centers’ idea of “success” is merely for a client to complete their 30, 45, 70 or 90 day residential drug rehab program without having relapsed during therapy. This is definitely not an accurate benchmark of success. After all, during this time their car keys, money and freedom were likely outside of their possession so it does not depict a real-life…

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Is There a Cure for Alcoholism & Addiction?

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Is There a Cure for Alcoholism & Addiction? Since drug addiction & alcoholism first reared their ugly heads, many have searched high and low for possible cures to these horrible, family-shattering, job-ending, freedom-stealing maladies. Today, people can search online or even see tv commercials of treatment centers and recovery services advertising their version of “The Cure” to drug addiction and/or alcoholism. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of experienced, licensed treatment professionals agree that no “cure” exists for addiction and/or alcoholism, nor is it likely a cure will emerge anytime in the near future. When trying to ascertain why exactly that is, we must first understand a couple of key points. When discussing the prospect of actually curing such maladies there are two elements to consider. The first is, eliminating the mental obsession taking place in the…

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