Step One to Life Transformation

Step One We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one of course. So begins Bill Wilson’s, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), essay on the principles of Step One in his book “The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions” of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yes, practically no one wants to admit defeat, that they are licked. What most of us learn in popular Western culture are things like, Never Surrender. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. A personal favorite was illustrated in a common 1970’s poster of a kitten hanging onto a rope: Hang in there Baby! (When you get to the end of your rope, tie a big…

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Relapse Before Rehab

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Relapse Before Rehab Getting Help To Succeed Like most 16 year olds, I was excited to get my driver’s license. Mom wanted me to take the driver’s ed course, but I didn’t think I needed it. My uncle gave me a few lessons, I read the manual, and I thought I was good to go. First try – fail. Second try – fail. Third try – well, before a third fail, I took mom’s advice and got professional help to teach me how to drive.  This was a valuable lesson that saved my life when it came to my addiction. ~ Francine You know that your addiction has taken control of your life. You are a smart person, and the signs and symptoms of an out of control drinking or drugging problem are getting too big to deny. You want…

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Why Do I Need Rehab?

Why Do I Need Rehab? Why do I need rehab? If you are asking yourself this question, chances are you are not feeling like it is a great day. Perhaps a loved one or family member has suggested you need help. Maybe you’ve just experienced an intervention, and the “suggestion” was more of an ultimatum. Or maybe you are just sick and tired of being sick and tired, cleaning up the empty bottles and/or ashtrays again. What is Drug Rehab? What is drug rehab? The term “Drug Rehab” has found its place in the lexicon of Western and increasingly so, Eastern language. The television show Celebrity Rehab brought addiction treatment right into many North American households. The impression for many is that drug rehab is for persons who have hit a spectacular and public disgraceful ‘bottom’. Gossip magazines love to print…

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My Husband Drinks Too Much – Help!

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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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Rehab Internship: Outside the Comfort Zone

Freedom of addiction recovery at Serenity Vista

Rehab Internship at Serenity Vista in Panama Serenity Vista is looking forward to Maya’s arrival next week to begin her rehab internship.  Internship is always a benefit for everyone involved, especially when there is a blending of cultural differences, in this case, Panama, Canada and Switzerland. Getting Out of My Comfort Zone at Rehab Internship I am just about to begin my Drug Rehab Internship. There is something very interesting when I am going away and leaving my comfort zone. We all have different reasons to leave but the process can bring a similar feeling for all of us; the feeling of openness. This simple act of following my calling for change reminds me I am not static or stuck in one place. I am a moving individual. When I chose to come to Serenity Vista Addiction Treatment Center in Panama, I…

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Alcoholism: What Does Too Much Drinking Do to My Health?

Alcoholism: What Does Too Much Drinking Do to My Health?

Alcoholism: What Does Too Much Drinking Do to My Health? What does too much drinking of alcohol do to me? If you’re someone who drinks frequently, then you’re probably wondering what all that drinking is doing to you. Whether or not you think you’re suffering from full-scale alcoholism, the fact is that drinking too much of alcohol can lead to severe health effects. Do you drink more than you want to? Do you drink more than you intend to? Do you find your alcoholism interfering with your daily activities? If you answered yes to these questions you might be an alcoholic. Find out more about whether too much drinking of alcohol is a problem for you by completing a simple self assessment. Alcoholism can have severe consequences for your health in the long term. Click here to learn more about…

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Alcoholism Is Widespread in Florida—But Rehab Can Help

Alcoholism Is Widespread in Florida—But Rehab Can Help

Alcoholism Is Widespread in Florida—But Rehab Can Help What can I do about alcoholism in Florida? Florida is a beautiful state, home to many wonderful people and a lot of beautiful wildlife. But, there’s a dark side to the state also. Florida is a state with substance abuse problems. And one of the substance abuse problems that is most prevalent in Florida is alcoholism. There are far too many Floridians with a drink problem. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The right program of alcoholism rehab can help you quit drinking, rebuild your health, and reclaim your life. But, interestingly enough, the best program for Florida alcohol rehab might not be found in Florida itself! Click here to learn more about how going abroad for rehab can be very helpful. How Does Florida Struggle with Alcohol Abuse? Florida…

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