Spending Christmas In Rehab? Yes!

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It May Be Your Best Idea Yet to Spend Christmas in Rehab! We wish you a Merry Christmas. Bah Humbug! That’s a sentiment expressed by many people at this time of year. The pressures can be unbearable for such a joyous time, even more so for addicts and alcoholics, even if they are sober in recovery. But Why? Old Wounds Cut Deep Let’s forget about the stresses of buying gifts and how much to spend and cooking and baking and finding the time to do it all. Instead, look deeper into the issues of why Christmas is such a difficult time for the active addict or alcoholic, or the clean and sober addict in recovery. Often addiction has its roots in the family. Whether your family is ‘picture perfect’, or there is some past abuse, trauma, or conflict, Christmas means…

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My Husband Drinks Too Much – Help!


I love my husband, but he drinks too much. What do I do? Are you concerned that your husband drinks too much? Maybe when you got married, his drinking still seemed fun – maybe you were even attracted to his seemingly harmless antics. Maybe you even drank with him at first.   The trouble is, if your husband is an alcoholic, the fun never lasts. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal disease. Untreated, it gets worse, never better. If you are worried that your husband drinks too much now, chances are pretty good things are going to get worse. Much worse. Click here to learn about the progressive nature of alcoholism. My husband drinks too much, is he an alcoholic? The hallmark symptom of alcoholism is denial. If your husband drinks too much, he will probably deny it. The fact…

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Alcoholism and My Divorce—What to Do?

Divorced & Struggling with Alcoholism What can I do if I’m struggling with alcoholism after my divorce? If you’re having a hard time handling your drinking after a recent divorce from your husband or wife, you could really do with some help. Studies have shown that it can be extremely difficult for an alcoholic to overcome alcohol addiction on their own, which is why alcohol rehab is so important. Alcoholism rehab can help you quit your drinking and get your life back on track. And what better time to make a fresh start than now, when you’re already moving forward into a new phase of life? Click here to learn more about how addiction can impact your family. What Makes Me Turn to Alcohol? Why do so many people turn to drinking when they’re going through their divorce, or recently…

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Alcohol Rehab South Africa

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Alcoholism Recovery in South Africa   If you are an alcoholic living in South Africa, there is hope. No one wants to admit they have a problem with drinking alcohol. But perhaps you’ve been told to cut back on your drinking, or you have another concern there may be a bit of a problem. Therefore, maybe you don’t think that you are an alcoholic, maybe you think you are just drinking a bit too much. The hangovers are getting worse. There is some confusion, maybe shame, guilt or remorse in the morning. Drinking and Driving in South Africa Driving under the influence of alcohol is a deadly consequence of alcoholism. Therefore it is not surprising that problem drinkers may wake up and check their driveway for the car. Or look for signs of an accident on their vehicle. According to…

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On The Wagon vs. Sobriety

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The Water Wagon is Just Transportation Between Drunks   You have a love-hate relationship with alcohol and other drugs. You love planning your next big party and the taste of your favorite cocktail. You love how you feel on top of the world when you’re high. However, you hate running out of booze or drugs. You can’t stand how you feel the next day, and not just physically. Emotionally you’ve hit a new low and spiritually, you’re empty. You’ll feel better as soon as you can drink or drug again, but you hate the vicious cycle.  You decide it’s time to break up with drugs and alcohol. For good. This time you really mean it! At this point, you have no real comprehension of the difference between going on the wagon vs. sobriety. Your on-again, off-again relationship Maybe you’ll just take a…

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What is Substance Abuse?

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Body, Mind and Spirit Affected Substance abuse isn’t just about the physical symptoms. It’s also about the underlying issue. As defined by Encarta, substance abuse is “the excessive consumption or misuse of any substance for the sake of its non-therapeutic effects on the mind or body, especially drugs or alcohol.” However, that’s not the whole answer. If it were, treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction would be much simpler. If it were as simple as drying someone out after over consumption, there would be little that a 12-step recovery program could teach. Only A Symptom If it was only about the drug or the alcohol, or their “non-therapeutic effects” on the mind, there would be little that would help about probing character defects, self-examination, or even admitting that there is a powerlessness over alcohol, the very first step needed to…

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Talk with Your Kids About Drinking, Drugs and Healthy Fun!

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Summer’s Here! Talk with Your Kids About Drinking, Drugs and Healthy Fun!   School’s out for the summer! Once again kids everywhere are ready to plunge headlong into vacation which often includes exploring with drinking, drugs, and other forms of summer fun. With all the young fun on the horizon and excitement in the air, no parent wants to be a party pooper. But if there was ever a perfect time to talk to your kids about drinking, drugs and other unhealthy behaviors, it’s now. Before they set off on their many summer adventures, overnight stays with friends, and peer-pressured social settings, now is the time for heart to heart, mind to mind, face to face conversation about drinking, drugs, and peer pressure. It is so important to help them understand that a few bad choices with drugs or alcohol can lead to…

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Chart Your Course Toward Sobriety

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Head Toward Sobriety If you are a drug addict or alcoholic cruising through life one fix after another, it’s time to re-evaluate your current course and calibrate your compass toward sobriety before you run aground. Caught in a succession of storms and constantly making repairs, it has probably been a very long time since you looked out over the horizon and asked yourself “what direction am I heading?” Are you making way toward a specific destination with all your heart and mind focused on success? Do you hope to arrive at sobriety some day? Or, like most active addicts, are you lost and adrift like a ship without a rudder? Or worse, are you living life at full speed ahead but asleep at the helm? If so, it’s only a matter of time until you end up on the rocks. Stormy Seas…

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Stress Reduction Addiction Treatment Rehab

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Stress reduction addiction treatment rehab In active addiction and also in recovery, stress is normal. It’s not always bad, but when left unchecked and unexamined, it can be downright debilitating. Stress often gets a bad rap, but a certain amount of stress is healthy. In a totally tension-less or stress-free state, we’re either asleep, in deep meditation, or dead. As a powerful and healthy alternative to apathy or laziness, positive stress is a powerful force that motivates us to action and inspires change. But at other times, when pushed to extreme levels, stress and discord can be physically and mentally destructive. The effects of prolonged stress on the body are well documented, and nearly everyone – addict or otherwise – is familiar with the miserable feeling of being over-stressed at one point or another. Stress reduction addiction treatment rehab recovery is…

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