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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Relapse Again. Now What?

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Relapse Again Now What? You’ve had a relapse again. Now what? The word relapse is perhaps the most ominous word in the addiction recovery vocabulary. Why? Because regardless if you have been sober one month or 20 years, relapse again is a possibility every addict or alcoholic faces. Does a relapse mean that it was all for nothing, that you’re a failure? Absolutely not! But what’s next? The Emotional Turmoil A relapse is possibly the most devastating blow to a person’s recovery. The emotional stress can seem unbearable. You’re feeling shame and guilt. You’re embarrassed. An overwhelming, gut-wrenching, all-consuming sense of failure fills you to the core. Your body aches with misery. You want to hide away from the public shaming and ridicule you are positive will follow if anyone found out. What you’re feeling is normal. It’s what you…

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Relapse: Now What?

Relapse Doesn’t Have to Mean Failure What should I do if a relapse in my drug addiction or alcoholism recovery? Unfortunately, alcohol & drug addiction relapse is tragically common among people who are working on recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction. The problem is especially bad among people who have completed a short term stay in a rehab center, usually 30 days or less. Experts agree that between 40 and 90 percent of people relapse within 30 days after completing a short term rehab stay. So if you’ve relapsed, you should know that you’re not alone. Addiction is a chronic, progressive condition that, when inadequately treated, invariably involves relapse and disease progression. So, relapse isn’t necessarily a sign of failure, just that treatment has been inadequate and there is more work to do. There are positive steps you can take. Click…

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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 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 using one…

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Trigger: Home for the Holidays

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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 and you left all those behaviors behind last time you went to rehab. 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 yourself you’d be “good.” Or maybe you have put off going to rehab.…

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Hitting Bottom – How Low Do I Have To Go?

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Before it’s 6 Feet Under   Hitting bottom refers to a place that a person suffering from addiction needs to get to in order to be able to fully surrender. The question is, how low do I have to go? The truth is that everyone’s bottom is not the same and it takes very different things to make a person in active addiction admit defeat. Where is the Bottom? For a lot of alcoholics or addicts, eating from a dumpster, losing custody of children, suffering physical abuse, becoming homeless, even doing jail time, is simply not enough to call it their bottom. For some, the bottom is 6 feet deep. For other’s, it may be waking up feeling regretful for having yelled at the kids or upsetting an important family event. The truth is that an addict does not have…

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Overcome Addiction with the Power of Intention

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Overcome Addiction with the Power of Intention If you’re an addict, do you ever occasionally ask yourself, “what are my intentions?” Although simple on the surface, this single question holds the power to keep you from that next fix, from relapsing. The power of intention as a spiritual practice can support you on a remarkable journey to overcome addiction to freedom. What are your intentions? Most addicts rarely think about their intentions. The problem with this is that we live in an increasingly misguided and unhealthy society. Left unchecked and unguided, an addict’s decisions are already made for him or her. The current world is full of distractions. Modern life promotes the need to achieve instant gratification and avoid pain or problems when they surface. The world today asks for everything pleasant right now and it wants it bigger, better, faster,…

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Early Addiction Recovery Travel

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In Early Addiction Recovery Travel Needs Special Consideration MAINTAIN YOUR EARLY ADDICTION RECOVERY WHEN AWAY FROM HOME Maintaining a healthy daily routine is hard for anyone. This is especially true while away from home. For someone recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, the thought of maintaining sobriety on the road, whether for business or pleasure, is daunting. In early recovery, temptation is strongest and addicts are at their most vulnerable. Early addiction recovery travel can be potentially dangerous and put sobriety at risk of relapse. A major component to addiction treatment is re-establishing habits by trading the unhealthy for the beneficial. Building positive habits requires long term daily repetition and reinforcement. The last thing a recovering alcoholic or addict needs is to have his or her progress disrupted by a broken routine. A week-long conference for work, a few days…

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Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab

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Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab Are you feeling trapped by alcohol, drug, nicotine or other addiction? Are you constantly weighed down by chronic relapse and the repetitive pain caused by substance abuse or codependency? Are you a smoker, alcoholic, codependent or drug user whose wealth and health are in peril? We understand your struggle – and you’re not alone. At Serenity Vista, we have been rethinking alcohol & drug addiction treatment rehab over many years.  We’ve helped many overcome their addictions and codependency issues and see the miracle of life transformation. The prevailing belief has been that recovery means getting clean and sober. But what if we told you that recovery doesn’t stop there? Complete Life Transformation What if getting sober or starting AA  (alcoholic anonymous), NA (narcotics anonymous) or Al-Anon is just one step on an amazing life-long transformative…

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