Life After Addiction

There is a Great Life Awaiting You After Addiction! The thought of life after addiction can be scary When you’re in the habit of having a glass of liquid courage before your new client meeting or Mother’s Little Helper before the school bus drops the kids off, it’s not easy to let it go. Or perhaps when you and your spouse reunite at the end of the day, sharing a bottle of wine or just a little nightcap drink or three to help you sleep is an important ritual. Or maybe you and your friends have a longstanding tradition of going to the same bar every Friday night – how can you give that up? You can’t imagine life after addiction. Drinking alcohol is part of your culture and social life. Could there really be any kind of life after…

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How Do I Stop Drinking and Stop Taking Drugs in Alberta?

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I’m from Alberta and Want Help to Stop Drinking and Taking Drugs For illustrative purposes, this post focuses on the particular setting of Alberta towns. However, the dynamic that is described is the same everywhere across North America. The types of jobs, cultural nuances, and settings may vary. But the shift from fun, recreational use of alcohol or drugs to becoming a problem in your life can be the same regardless of where you call home. Living in boom towns like many of those in Alberta such as Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Grand Prairie, St. Albert, Fort McMurray, and Lloydminster offers many challenges for people who want to get sober. Many single people go to live and work in communities for the high wages offered by the oil and gas companies. Therefore, these single, often young people quickly find themselves in…

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Recovery is Addiction Freedom

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Recovery is Addiction Freedom 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. This is why addiction is torturous – for…

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Panama, Central America for Alcohol Treatment

Panama, Central America Treatment for Alcoholism

Panama, Central America to Recover From Alcoholism Addiction in North America right now is epidemic. City morgues and emergency rooms cannot keep up with the rising death toll. The result is a collective pain, sorrow, and suffering for the lost, and the loss is a dark oppressive, low-lying cloud. Compounding the tragedy of the heroin/opioid/oxy epidemic is the explosion of patient brokering and unethical rehabs. Patient brokering loosely is when an addiction recovery drug rehab actually pays a third party large amounts of cash for clients. The combination of huge numbers of available addicts, willing insurance payouts, and hungry rehabs, the financial temptation of corruption has become just another drug for some people in the industry. With this in mind, consider the state of big rehab in America. The overall mood in alcohol and other drug rehabilitation treatment is at…

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I Think My Sister is Drinking Too Much

My Sister Is Drunk All The Time My sister is drinking too much. She tries to hide her drinking, but it is becoming embarrassingly obvious. If you think your sister is drinking too much and you are concerned about her alcohol or other drug use, you are not alone. Across the world, across cultures, across socio/economic statuses, sexual orientation, age and gender, and across families, alcoholism is a rampant disease.  Reading statistics about rates of alcoholism is one thing, maybe an intellectual enterprise, but when your beloved sister passes out one more time at the family gathering, it is a heart wrenching reality. My Sister is Drinking Too Much. How Do I Help? When I try talk to my sister about her drinking, she gets really pissed off. It is impossible to have a discussion with her about it. She will derail the…

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What is Holistic Alcohol Treatment?

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Holistic Alcohol Treatment is Healing Body, Mind & Spirit From Addiction Holistic alcohol treatment facility can be a loose term. A less professional ‘holistic rehab treatment’ may offer lots of yoga, meditation, and detox drinks. This might be a great option for someone who is not an addict. But alcoholism is chronic, progressive and fatal. This is the nature of alcoholism. Addiction treatment demands much more than spa treatments. A non-holistic treatment center focuses mainly on just one faction of the addiction. Some common focus may be on medication or psychiatry. Fitness perhaps is on the main menu. Just going to 12 Step meetings and reading The Big Book isn’t a rehab. Perhaps the concentration is put on a particular form of Christianity or Buddhism.Maybe aversion therapy or just a plain old lock up.  There is no integration of the…

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I Can’t Take it Anymore! My Husband Needs Rehab!

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Dear Serenity Vista, Can You Help? My Husband Needs Rehab. The Early Days When my husband and I first got married I knew about his family and the past. His father was a highly respected doctor by day but a mean alcoholic by night. We would stay up late into the night when my husband was in law school and talk about all the things we’d never do to our future children. I couldn’t have foreseen our own need for addiction rehab someday. It started simply enough, a drink after classes and maybe a few more on weekends. Once my husband graduated from law school though, his drinking escalated. He started coming home drunk and would verbally berate me. I became his emotional ‘punching bag’ of sorts for the trials he had overcome during business hours. The First Round of…

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New Year’s Resolution: Fail

The Truth About New Year’s Resolutions If you are reading this that means you made it through the holidays. Congratulations! — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are finally over and you can get back to your normal life. But, oh, those nagging New  Year’s resolutions! If you are like most people though, you don’t exactly want to go back to the same old same old. You want to start off this year by living better, healthier, fuller, so you made a New Year’s resolution or two. At least that’s the way it started out. Now that we are several days into this brand new year, reality has set in and those resolutions are slowly fading away. You should not feel bad about that though. It’s quite normal. In fact, only 8% of Americans say they follow through with their New Year’s…

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Survive New Years Eve

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How to Survive New Years Eve What’s the biggest party of the year? New Year’s Eve! If you are in recovery from alcoholism or other forms of addiction, wanting to stay clean and sober, how do you survive New Years Eve? No Fun for The Addict or Alcoholic While New Year’s Eve is a celebration of the past year and the coming of the new one, for the active addict or alcoholic or those in recovery it can be a time of great apprehension. It is the worst time to push ourselves to the limit. If you’re in recovery it can be dangerous. If you’re in active addiction it can be deadly. However, there are some things you can do to get through that crazy night. The best thing to do is avoid parties you know will serve alcohol. If…

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