How to Get My Son to Go to Rehab

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A Parental Nightmare: “How to Get My Son to Go to Rehab” Living with Addiction Living with somebody who is addicted to alcohol or drugs can be incredibly stressful. You may even begin to experience a loss of identity because so much of your focus is on the needs of this other person. If you have other kids, you may need to protect them from the addict’s outbursts or erratic mood changes. The question becomes, “how to get my son to go to rehab”. You have been living with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You know he’s crazy sometimes. Sober he is charming and sociable. Perhaps, others only see his lovable side. But in the privacy of his home, among people who love him, he unleashes his insecurities and tremendous self-hate on you. ~ Margaret Joyce – The Turmoil of Someone Else’s Drinking…

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Choosing the Best Private Pay Drug Rehab For You

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Different Types of Addiction Treatment Centers There are many types of drug rehab alcohol treatment centers in the world to choose from. There are many state and provincially funded centers for those with limited financial resources.  More often than not these facilities have long wait lists and are crowded. Staff is often under-educated, underpaid and overworked – although surely well-intended. Your roommates may be coming from the penal system, and not really interested in getting clean and sober, but rather staying out of prison.  You can read more about government subsidized treatment here. Read on to learn about choosing the best private pay drug rehab for you. Private Pay Drug Rehab For people with any type of financial means, the clear choice is private pay drug rehab. There are many such facilities in the United States and Canada, and indeed,…

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Serenity Vista Alcohol & Drug Rehab Welcomes International Guests

Welcome to Serenity Vista International Drug Rehab

International Guests Are Welcome Are you looking for a way to overcome your alcoholism or other addiction in a respectful, beautiful, positive environment? Are you tired of dingy and cold weather in the United States and Canada? It doesn’t have to be that way! Serenity Vista welcomes international guests for its high end, private rehab facility in its beautiful tropical location in sunny and warm Panama. And here’s something you might not know—going international will save you money! Luxury rehab in Panama is an unbeatable value. A 90-say stay in Serenity Vista’s beautiful tropical facility costs roughly the same as a 30-day stay in the United States or Canada. North American evidence-based quality, at Central American prices. Get the best, for less! Travel to Panama is easy with good access from all major travel hubs. We are pleased to help you…

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Why Won’t My Spouse Go To Al-Anon?

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I’m Sober Now, But My Spouse….   It’s classic. The focus is always on the ‘alcoholic‘ in the family. But when the alcoholic sobers up, often the spouse does not know where else to put the focus. We hear the question over and over from people new in sobriety: Why Won’t My Spouse Go To Al-Anon? We received an email from a recent graduate of the SV program. He was very concerned that his wife was not going to Al-Anon. Our former guest felt that his wife’s focus was still on him, even though he was sober; he felt smothered. One of the tools in recovery this alumnus learned is to reach out and ask for help. Below is the actual email response from John Derry, the Director of Serenity Vista, to the former guest’s question: Why won’t my spouse go…

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Smoking in Drug Rehab

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Active Addiction Allowed in Rehab?   I picked up tobacco again while I was in drug treatment   Email From Person Seeking Nicotine Addiction Treatment Smoking in drug rehab. I quit smoking tobacco 8 years ago. When I discovered I was pregnant, I found the willingness to stop using nicotine. Having a clean air environment for my son to grow and thrive in was important to me, and I stayed stopped. For 8 long years. Although I was able to put down the cancer sticks, I wasn’t able to put down my nightly glass of wine. Over the years, this glass turned into 2, then 3, then the full bottle, and then one bottle more. One morning my son was asking me why I was sleeping on the floor. I knew I needed help. I found a good treatment center,…

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Canine Therapy in Addiction Rehab Panama

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Chocolate Labrador Retriever Teaches Life Skills in Recovery   What is Canine Therapy? Canine Therapy is a new name for an old bond. We believe that an addiction recovery retreat is not complete without a great dog as part of the program. We feel that a dog is an integral part of the holistic healing complement of modalities that a person needs to recover from the battle zone of active addiction. Meet Ceiba at Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Retreat in Panama. On the First Nation or Native American Medicine Wheel, Dog represents Loyalty. You may remember a special dog from your childhood that offered unconditional love and companionship. Dog never cares how you look, what job you have, or what your status is in the community. What dog wants is to connect. Many people in recovery relate how their dog’s…

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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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Addiction Recovery Choices

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Addiction Choices   Examine where your choices led you Like everything in life as an adult, addiction and recovery are matters of choice. In either case, the decisions that someone in active addiction makes – and not necessarily the external circumstances around them – make the most difference in shaping their lives.  As dripping water fills a bucket, so do one’s choices add up to fill his or her life. Whether it’s filled with peace or misery all comes down to the choices made over time. Small things become big things. In addiction, what starts as casual and seemingly innocent flirts with substances use can quickly snowball into full-blown chemical dependency. It all starts with small decisions. It’s easier to make a right choice early on. That same choice – to refuse a drink or pass up the pills for instance –…

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Social Drinker or Alcoholic? Three Ways They Differ

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Social drinker or alcoholic?   Three Ways They Differ How can you know if you’re a social drinker or alcoholic? It’s not always easy to tell. But if you find yourself here reading this and wondering if you’re an alcoholic or not, we encourage you to take our self-assessment and continue reading. 1. Social drinkers can stop drinking once they start “One is fun. Two is plenty. Three is too many. Four is too few.” Unlike alcoholics, social drinkers have self control over when and how much they drink. They can attend a social function and have only one drink if they choose to. They can regulate their intake easily. They can stop at any time – and stay stopped. And there’s no anxiety or restless craving when they do. An alcoholic can stop drinking; it’s staying stopped that’s the problem. An…

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