Online Counseling

frangii at Serenity Vista, Panama

Private Counseling Specializing in Addiction and Spirituality Virtual Help in the Here and Now Bypass Quarantine Isolation Measures through private & confidential Video Chat Therapy For: addiction to alcohol, nicotine, other drugs or behaviors codependency guidance on spiritual matters for questions like, ‘Why am I here?’ ‘What is my purpose’, ‘Why me, or Why not me?’ anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, remorse, or feelings of hopelessness Residential treatment, intensive immersion therapy is often the solution of choice for people in extreme suffering from addiction or other pressing issues. However, Covid-19 has shut down many traditional opportunities for healing. Telemedicine has become a well established and highly effective mode of treatment with increasing application during the pandemic. John and Jane Derry are now both offering their compassion, empathy and expertise online, in private face to face video therapy sessions. They do not…

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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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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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Do I Have To Be An Alcoholic To Go To Rehab?

Do I have to be alcoholic to go to rehab?

Do you need to consider yourself to be an “alcoholic” before you go to rehab? The life-changing experience of getting treatment can change everything. But do you need to wait until things deteriorate to ask for help? In this article, we’ll explore, how long you should wait before asking for help, if at all, the first steps towards recovery, the dangers of waiting to ask for help, and the 7 Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse. How Long Should You Wait Before Seeking Help? If your drinking habits are affecting your life, then it’s time to evaluate whether rehab might be the best option. You don’t need to wait, asking for help sooner can put a stop to the inevitable, severe negative consequences that inevitably happen and progress as substance abuse continues and addiction develops. You don’t need to wait until your…

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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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Nicotine Addiction and Drug Rehab

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Smoking is Nicotine Addiction If you are still smoking, you are an active drug addict. That may sound harsh, especially if you are in recovery, and have stopped using alcohol or other drugs…except nicotine. Nicotine addiction IS drug addiction. Period. Tobacco use kills more people than all other illicit drugs combined, yet this is often denied in the recovery community. Back in the ‘old days’ of 12 Step meetings, one of the first basic jobs for newcomers was to wash ashtrays. AA meant coffee and cigarrettes. Even the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous said not to worry about smoking cigarettes. It is very noteworthy though, that the two co-founders, Dr. Bob, and Bill W., both died early deaths from emphysema due to smoking. So, times have changed, no one denies the toxic properties of tobacco anymore, and the powerful addictive…

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Relapse: Now What?

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Relapse Doesn’t Have to Mean Failure What should I do if a relapse in my drug addiction or alcoholism recovery? Unfortunately, alcohol & drug addiction relapse is tragically common among people who are working on recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction. The problem is especially bad among people who have completed a short term stay in a rehab center, usually 30 days or less. Experts agree that between 40 and 90 percent of people relapse within 30 days after completing a short term rehab stay. So if you’ve relapsed, you should know that you’re not alone. Addiction is a chronic, progressive condition that, when inadequately treated, invariably involves relapse and disease progression. So, relapse isn’t necessarily a sign of failure, just that treatment has been inadequate and there is more work to do. There are positive steps you can take. Click…

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How Does Addiction Impact My Family? The Top 4 Ways

How Does Addiction Impact My Family? The Top 4 Ways

The Top 4: Ways Alcohol or Drug Addiction Impacts the Family If I have an alcohol or drug addiction, how does it impact my family? No matter who you are, you have family. And though people often talk about alcohol or drug addiction as a “victimless crime,” the true facts are that the real victims are the family members caught in the middle of drug addiction and you. It’s a lie to think that alcohol or other drug use or abuse doesn’t impact your family in some way. In fact, it can have huge consequences for your family. Don’t stay in denial—figure out what you need to do to get drug-free, for your family’s sake if not your own. Click here to learn more about how changing your scenery at rehab can change your life. Family Health If one thing…

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Want to Stop Drinking? Tired of Addiction?

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Tired of Alcoholism or other Addiction? Want to stop drinking Do you want to stop drinking? Are you tired of addiction? Does it drag you down, run you around, and ultimately leave you with nothing to show for? Are you sick &  tired of being sick & tired? Sound familiar for you or someone you love? Maybe you decided previously that you want to stop drinking, to kick addiction to alcohol or other drugs, once and for all, and get sober. And perhaps you’ve tried it all; self-help techniques, will power, local group therapy sessions, working out at the gym, religion, detox juices, fasting and cleanses, and perhaps even rehab in the past. Maybe you even managed to stop drinking or using drugs for a while. But yet again addiction has won you over. And like many times before, it has…

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