2020 Vision: Setting Mindful Intentions for a Sober Year

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New Year’s resolutions are typically thought of in terms of self-discipline. We promise ourselves we’ll work out more, be more productive, lose weight or hit our income goals. But the reality is that goals are much easier to accomplish – and more importantly, sustain – when you come at them from a place of self-love. And living sober in recovery with joy is a process that requires an extra gentle attitude toward yourself. Here are our ideas for intention-setting for addiction recovery as we look forward to a joyously sober year:    Setting Up a Simple Morning Self-Care Ritual Taking a few moments to start your sober morning off on the right foot does wonders for the rest of your day. This organizes your energies and sends a cue to yourself that you intend to go about your day in a…

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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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Meditation for Addiction Recovery

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MEDITATION   Living peacefully in the present is just about the opposite of how a drug addict or alcoholic would describe his or her life. That’s why Serenity Vista places so much emphasis on meditation for addiction recovery. An addict’s mind in active addiction can be wild beyond imagination. In addiction, the mind is tormented by pain, irritation, distraction, paranoia, and barrage of negative images and uncontrollable impulses. When racked with guilt and out of control, the addict’s thought process is its own worst enemy. Negative thought patterns cycle like warped and scratched records. Limiting beliefs and dark internal monologues cast clouds of doubt across their every notion. When left to its own devices, the mind of addiction is a prison cell. There is an old saying. “The wild mind is a cruel master, but the calm mind is a loyal…

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Alcohol & Drug Withdrawal Relaxation Techniques

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Withdrawal Relaxation Techniques How withdrawal relaxation techniques can help to soften the stress of early recovery Withdrawal relaxation techniques are an important part of any alcoholism or other addiction recovery program. Practicing proper relaxation methods to supplement other addiction recovery programs can work wonders on the body, especially during times of increased distress. Recovering addicts understand the stress on the body caused by withdrawal symptoms, which affects the body both emotionally and physically. By practicing simple relaxation methods, sufferers of addiction can help to lower their blood pressure, reducing the activity of stress hormones, while increasing their concentration and overall mood. Withdrawal relaxation techniques for early withdrawal symptoms can be easily taught and encouraged by addiction specialists. According to Harvard Medical Center, deep breathing exercises and techniques have been proven to assist those in addiction treatment and withdrawal sufferers by…

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Nicotine Addiction Drug Rehab – Smoking Cessation at Serenity Vista

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Nicotine Addiction Drug Rehab If You Are Still Smoking, You Are an Active Drug Addict   There are not too many people smoking by choice these days. Almost every smoker has either entertained the thought, or has actually tried to quit… thousands of times. They have tried many methods too. Some of them are acupuncture, hypnosis, Zyban, Vipassana meditation retreats, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers, electric shock… the list is endless. Nicotine addiction is a powerful drug addiction. When 12 Step fellowships and drug rehabs became accepted by the mainstream as an admirable way to deal with addiction to alcohol and ‘other drugs’, nicotine did not make the list of ‘dangerous drugs’. For many years people trying to get and stay clean and sober in a 12 Step Fellowship or through a treatment center, were encouraged to NOT stop smoking. People…

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