Winter Blues? Sad? Struggling with Addiction?

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Struggling with Addiction this Winter? It’s dark in the morning and dark in the afternoon. The holidays are over and spring is way off in the far too-distant future. It’s cold. This is the season when depression sets in deep. As if compulsive drug use, drug addiction, drinking alcohol and alcoholism aren’t difficult enough, this time of year makes struggling with addiction extra unbearable. Winter blues (or seasonal affective disorder, SAD), pill taking, depression, alcoholic drinking and addiction often go hand in hand. This is also an especially trying time for anyone in recovery to be prone to relapse. Dark and cold days give way to long and icy nights. For anyone recovering or suffering from alcoholism or other addiction, this time of year is fraught with the temptation to try to escape with drugs and alcohol. If this sounds familiar…

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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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Thanksgiving, Sobriety & Your Family

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Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family The US is about to celebrate Thanksgiving. From John & Jane at Serenity Vista, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to be grateful for all we have. It is especially important at this time of grave concerns and loss brought on by COVID19 and unsettled political and societal issues. In spite of such conerns, practicing acceptance reminds us that even now, there is much to be grateful for. The ‘attitude of gratitude’, fostered by ‘being grateful’, changes everything. Sobriety, first, followed by the twelve step promises coming true manifest in various forms of community, family, relationships, activity, and life itself. Yes, even today. For many, especially our American friends where Thanksgiving marks the begining of the holiday season. Added to the underlying concerns of the pandemic or political unrest, Thanksgiving can…

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Home for the Holidays or Rehab?

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Family Holiday – Trigger! Family holidays can be wonderful occasions, just like a Normal Rockwell illustration where everyone looks happy. On the other hand, they can be nothing like that at all. They can be a big trigger! Perhaps you grew up in an alcoholic or similarly dysfunctional home and when you get together with your family of origin, you reprise the same role you played growing up: a clown, a scapegoat, or the perfect child. You’ve been battling your demons for years. If you’ve been to rehab or some other form of treatment or therapy in the past, perhaps you thought you had left all those behaviors behind. However, when you see your parents or your siblings, and they offer you a drink or a drug. You gladly accept it even though you thought you were “cured” and promised…

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Sober Through Halloween Shenanigens

Sober Through Halloween

Staying Sober through Halloween Hauntings If this is your first year sober at Halloween – Congratulations! If this is your 2nd, 3rd or more Halloweens sober – Congratulations! If you aren’t sober yet, but hoping to be really soon – Congratulations! I guess this covers everybody except the non-alcoholics and the alcoholics who still consider their shenanigans fun. There, now everybody is covered. Some of you may be wondering how to get through this Haunting Holiday without the ‘trick or not-treat’ of picking up a drink or a drug. It can be a daunting haunting! (sorry, that was bad) But seriously what about staying sober through Halloween? Halloween in the Early Days Kids learn really early to love this holiday, especially the ‘addicts in waiting’. What could be more fun than dressing up in creepy clothes, or being an angel…

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Halloween and Recovery From Addiction

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The Day of the Dead – Hallowe’en If you are actively misusing alcohol or other drugs you know about the day of the dead. That’s the day that comes to any addict who might be reading this blog. That day when you look in the mirror and your eyes are two dark spaces of void. Usually, in active addiction, a person avoids eye contact in the mirror. It is too painful. But…there will come a time when your eyes will meet that empty black darkness in your eyes. That is the day of reckoning – the day of the dead. Hallowe’en and Recovery For a large part of the world, the acknowledgment of day of the dead is variously between October 31, November 1 and November 2. Historically this is a time when people consciously and purposely recognize the shadow side…

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Mixing Drugs and Alcohol with Halloween

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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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3 Tips for Navigating Recovery During the Holidays

Navigating Recovery During the Holidays Being a recovering alcoholic or addict is tough enough without all the temptations the holidays bring. Remember though, if sobriety doesn’t come first, nothing comes second. Missing out on some imagined ‘festivities’ is really not that big a deal, compared to living the whole rest of your life in sobriety with peace of mind. The holidays will pass, and then come round again. If you relapse, that relapse may not pass until it is too late for any other kind of party, ever. Now that the holidays are in full swing here are a few tips to help you make it through, sane and sober. Recovery during the holidays isn’t easy, but with these tips you can enjoy the season, your loved ones, and maybe even a bit of holiday happiness. While we have tried to put these tips…

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Alcoholism Films – When Love is Not Enough

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When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Serenity Vista’s intern, Maya, reviews classic alcoholism films. This is the story of the beginning of the 12 step fellowship, Alanon. Maya is learning about alcohol and drug addiction treatment of drug rehab at Serenity Vista. As part of her educational experience in addiction and recovery, she is reviewing the required films from Serenity Visita’s Film Library. When Love Is Not Enough This Hallmark Hall of Fame classic movie , starring Winona Ryder, was released in 2010. It is based on the true story of Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon Family Groups, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this movie, we are taken in the shoes of Lois Wilson through the deepness of her sadness, loneliness, anger, despair. It depicts all the various emotions she felt as being…

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