Play the Tape Through

Play the tape through

Play the Tape Through: A Strategy To Prevent Relapse Newcomers to recovery need all the help they can get! There is a little gem of a relapse prevention strategy we find especially helpful. We call this strategy, “Play the Tape Through”. A Kit of Spiritual Tools There is a shining promise made in the 12 Step recovery literature. Well, there are a LOT of promises throughout the literature. But, one promise is about being able to access a kit of spiritual tools. When, therefore, we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.   p. 25 Big Book Okay, that may sound kind of esoteric. So, let’s get right down to it. In very practical terms let’s talk through…

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Transformation After Addiction

Transformation From Addiction

Life Transformation in Addiction Treatment At Serenity Vista, the premier luxury private-pay rehab retreat in Panama, we help recovering drug addicts and alcoholics with complete transformation of their lives. We combine nearly a half century of treatment expertise, a deeply compassionate staff, and highly individualized holistic programs. Above physical sobriety and beyond freedom from addictive behavior, we take addiction recovery to the next level by offering a transformative recovery experience not found elsewhere. Naturally a renewed, healthy, and sober life sounds wonderful to anyone struggling from alcoholism or drug addiction. And while a fresh and substance-free life is indeed a well-earned reward, by its very nature, it represents a major life change. Change Let’s face it. Change is tough. Even if the change is positive, it is never easy. Most people resist or avoid it altogether, and they tend to…

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Recovery is Addiction Freedom

Free From Addiction - A New View

Recovery is Freedom from Addiction Addiction is about Control – Recovery is about Freedom Let us explore how recovery is addiction freedom. The desire for freedom is one of the most basic human emotions. From the beginning, young children assert themselves as independent choice makers and launch themselves into violent tantrums when their freedoms are denied or stifled. Later, in dramatic displays of sovereignty, teenagers rebel against authority at every turn. Adults are no different. What we want and value most in life is pure and simple freedom. Rightfully so, we worship it as our god-given right. And like children, we too erupt in protest when our free will is threatened. No matter the age, we want control of our lives and we have little tolerance if someone or something encroaches on them. Control This is why addiction is torturous…

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Addiction, Anxiety & Depression

Drug Rehab costs

Addiction, Anxiety, & Depression – Common Co-Occurring Disorders Co-Occurring Disorders – What does this mean? Co-Occurring disorder is a replacement term. It replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis. The term refers to an individual who has a co-existing substance-use disorder and a mental illness. Working in the addiction field, we hear the term co-occurring disorder often. The term can apply in the vast majority of people seeking help for alcoholism or other forms of addiction. Addiction manifests in many ways. And many of those ways overlap with symptoms that may be termed mental health conditions. Thus, at Serenity Vista, we treat addiction as the primary condition. That includes it’s many and varied manifestations. Therefore, the solution is to treat the whole person. In contrast, we do not focus on one specific diagnosis. The solution encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, it is…

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Ready For Change?

Change in Rehab

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes When people come into drug rehab, it is not because they are loving their lives.  Most people who have hit a bottom, and are willing to accept help for their addiction, are very unhappy. Some can’t stand their lives, even one more day. These are some of the bravest people in the world, – those willing to face who and what they have become, reach out for help, and be open to learning a new way to live.  They deserve the greatest of respect. A good drug rehab facility treats their guests with dignity and respect at all times. The rehab treatment experience helps people to see their lives in a new light. Recovery is a process and the full healing of body, mind and spirit takes time. However, sometimes it happens in the twinkling…

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Why Can’t I Stop Drinking If I Want to Quit?

want to quit drinking

I Want to Quit – Why Am I Drunk Again? That is the question almost every alcoholic gets to at one point in their drinking career. Sometimes, not finding the answer to that question will lead right to the graveyard. The sad news is, that once the undertaker is tagging your toe, it is too late to do anything about your drinking. If you want to quit, don’t wait. So, back to the question, “Why am I drunk again? Why do I keep drinking, when I clearly want to stop?” If you find yourself asking this question, guess what? You are probably an alcoholic. It doesn’t matter if anyone else diagnoses you as alcoholic – the change to sobriety can ONLY happen if it is your own diagnosis. Here’s a good clue though, people that are not alcoholic never wonder…

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Why Panama is an Ideal Luxury Rehab Destination

Why Panama for Drug Rehab

Addiction is a global health crisis that isn’t going away anytime soon. An estimated 240 million people worldwide are dependent on alcohol, and 15 million more use injection drugs. Addiction is prevalent in all age groups, socioeconomic brackets and geographic locations, and it’s a stressful and isolating experience no matter who you are. However, for those in the public eye, addiction presents unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. For executives, political leaders and even pop stars, an extra level of discretion is necessary when treating addiction because of the intense scrutiny public figures face. How is the Experience of Addiction Different for Public Figures? Public figures have a unique experience of addiction. If you’re a politician or high-level business executive, your reputation plays a central role in gaining the trust of voters, political allies, employees and shareholders. If…

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Advantages of Going Abroad for Alcohol & Drug Rehab Outside of the US

Treatment Abroad for Drug Rehab

Are there any advantages of going abroad for alcohol and drug rehab? There are many great reasons to seek help for alcoholism and other addictions outside of the United States and Canada. The answers are really multifaceted. 13 points are discussed below, based on our experience in the field. 1. The state of addiction treatment in the United States is in chaotic flux a. The combinations of Obama-care mandatory coverage of addiction treatment, opioid epidemic, lax and unregulated laws and procedures for billing the insurance companies. The active addicts themselves turning to easy unscrupulous operations of rehabs, referral services, sober living houses, patient-brokering and exorbitant urine-testing scams. The backlash against this travesty is as to be expected – the pendulum has harshly swung to tightly controlled bureaucracies, regulations upon regulations, accreditations of accreditations. Players involved now include the giants of…

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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

When is the best time to go to rehab? Rehab now. Serenity Vista rehab in tropical paradise

Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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