Rethinking Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Rehab

Rethinking alcohol treatment rehab for alcoholism at Serenity Vista retreat in tropical Panama

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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Five (more) Myths of Addiction Treatment

Hummingbird as seen around Serenity Vista Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment Myths   MYTH 1: ADDICTION IS CURABLE Is there a cure for addiction? This is a common myth of addiction treatment based upon a lack of understanding of the disease nature of alcoholism and other forms of addiction. The notion of a “cure” is about a one-shot quick fix which is contrary to the nature of addiction. Despite great advances, modern medicine has yet to develop such a “cure”.  It’s true that there are medications available today, but these are only effective in initial stages of recovery and when combined with comprehensive recovery programs. For addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. Yes, it requires treatment, but the goal of treatment is to arrest the progression and reverse the negative consequences, to effectively put the addiction into a type of ‘remission’, with hopefully an improved quality of life. And to…

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90 Day Extended Treatment Programs

Panama Mola as seen near Serenity Vista Drug Rehab

90 Day Extended Treatment Addictions take time to form – and time to resolve. That’s why we offer 90 days extended treatment programs. People that commit to, and complete full 90 day extended treatment programs, really see a complete transformation in their lives. These people have time to integrate what they are learning, for it to become part of who they are. Recovery is not an intellectual exercise. Heart learning takes longer. ~ John Derry When did you become an addict? Do you remember the day it happened? Like many alcoholics & addicts, struggling daily and living from one relapse to another, probably not. You are unable to trace the roots of your addiction back to a single event. Instead, addictive behavior creates and solidifies patterns over long stretches of time. It is like a canyon widening and deepening for millennia. The…

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Is Addiction Relapse a Failure?

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Is Addiction Relapse a Failure? Addiction relapse. It’s an unfortunate occurrence during the lives of many alcoholics & addicts in and out of rehabilitation. If you are an addict, then you may have faced numerous relapses yourself. You say you are going to get sober, clean yourself up and perhaps, ‘kick the habit’. Then, sometimes only a few days later, you have given in, got drunk, got high. Then when the booze and drugs wear off you experience the ultimate low. It’s a crushing defeat isn’t it? The Real Problem with Addiction Relapse When an alcoholic or drug addict faces relapse, it may feel like you have let everyone down, that you have failed so enormously that you can’t possibly find your way back. The truth is, when you relapse, you do fail, and you do let everyone down. But ask yourself what…

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Holiday Relapse Triggers & How To Avoid Them

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Holiday Relapse Triggers And How To Avoid Them   Tips and techniques for staying clean and sober this holiday season The holiday season is a time of celebration, friends, family, and giving. However for recovering addicts, this time of the year can be particularly difficult. Temptations surround us, whether we’re in the mall, at the office holiday party, or at a gathering of our friends and family, Many sufferers of addiction find themselves at a crossroads during this season , facing many holiday relapse triggers.  However, this is the time of year for those in recovery programs and addiction treatment to be more proactive in their recovery process. Giving in to temptation during the holidays (or any other time) will only set you back in your treatment and recovery, making it more difficult to get back on track. Identifying Your Holiday…

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Relapse Before Rehab

Mot Mot Bird at Drug Rehab

Relapse Before Rehab Getting Help To Succeed Like most 16 year olds, I was excited to get my driver’s license. Mom wanted me to take the driver’s ed course, but I didn’t think I needed it. My uncle gave me a few lessons, I read the manual, and I thought I was good to go. First try – fail. Second try – fail. Third try – well, before a third fail, I took mom’s advice and got professional help to teach me how to drive.  This was a valuable lesson that saved my life when it came to my addiction. ~ Francine You know that your addiction has taken control of your life. You are a smart person, and the signs and symptoms of an out of control drinking or drugging problem are getting too big to deny. You want…

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Can Rehab Work for Me If I Have a History of Repeated Relapse?

Can Rehab Work for Me If I Have a History of Repeated Relapse? I felt so hopeless during those last days of my addiction. I’d tried a number of different recovery paths, yet I just didn’t seem able to achieve lasting sobriety. What was wrong me? I decided to give recovery one more chance, but this time I would do whatever it took to succeed – no excuses. My change in attitude made all the difference, and I’m now sober almost nine years.  ~ Paul G.   Do you or your loved one have a history of repeated relapse? It can be incredibly disheartening to fail in your attempts to break free of addiction, but it doesn’t mean you are a hopeless case. The reality is that many of those who have managed to achieve lasting sobriety, failed multiple times before…

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How Extended Stay Programs Can Help Decrease Chance of Relapse

How Extended Stay Programs Can Help Decrease Chance of Relapse

How Extended Stay Programs Can Help Decrease Chance of Relapse Are you making a recovery from drug addiction? Do you struggle with the temptation to lapse back into drinking or drug usage? Relapse is something that all former alcoholics and drug users face. You might not think that it could happen to you, but everyone faces the threat of falling back into the drug lifestyle. So how do you deal with what might happen with relapse? The answer is an extended stay program. By tailoring your stay to your needs, a long term stay program can help protect you against the danger of relapse so that you can overcome your addiction and keep going with your healthy new life in recovery. Click here to learn more about how you can enter a long term stay program without having to deal…

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How to Avoid Relapse After Treatment

How to Avoid Relapse After Treatment Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness are Indispensable Most drug rehabs and addiction & alcoholism treatment centers provide a standard level of care for a primary initial time period and then offer additional step-down programs that enable the client to gradually reintegrate themselves into the rigors of daily life while outside the protective bubble of treatment. During this time, the client would normally have the opportunity to essentially test out some of the many relapse prevention techniques he or she had learned during the treatment process, but in an environment that offers more leeway to encounter some of life’s daily hurdles. Preparing to prevent relapse after treatment is essential. The first thing to keep in mind is this; if the person is not truly committed to recovery and willing to take contrary action then the entire…

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