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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Holistic Rehab: Change Your Scenery, Change Your Life

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Holistic Rehab: Change Your Scenery, Change Your Life Where’s the best place to go for quality alcohol and drug addiction holistic rehab? If you’re struggling with addiction, you’re probably considering how drug rehab can help you. And it’s true—drug rehab is the best option to combat the insidious hold that drug addiction can have on your life. But if you’re ready to check yourself into drug rehab, you should think twice before entering a facility that’s in your own town. For one thing, you’ll waste an opportunity to travel. And, as we’ll see, travel can be very beneficial for drug rehab and recovery. Click here to learn more about how addiction impacts your health. Get Far Away from Temptation Are you surrounded by people who tempt you to use drugs? Do your friends, or even your family, encourage you to…

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5 Reasons Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Can Be an Enjoyable Experience

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5 Reasons Alcohol Treatment & Drug Rehab Can Be an Enjoyable Experience Alcohol and Drug Rehab Might Be More Fun Than You Think It’s so weird that I went to rehab. I always said that I would die before I went to rehab. But I thought, ‘I’m going to stay here tonight.’ And I stayed there for a month. It was great.  ~Lindsay Lohan  It is doubtful that inpatient addiction treatment is something many of us will have had on our bucket list before up until the time of actually going there – it is more likely to be an option we feel compelled to choose. It is therefore often a surprise to find that going to drug rehab can actually be an enjoyable experience. Here are just 5 reasons for why addiction treatment can be more fun than you…

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Sobriety with Complete Life Transformation

Sobriety and Life Transformation Pretty much everyone knows what ‘alcohol treatment’ or ‘drug rehab’ addiction treatment means, and what the process is all about. Briefly: a person finally breaks through their denial, realizes that their life is out of control, seeks and accepts help, and goes through change in thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Addiction treatment is a life changing proposition. If the alcoholic or addict is prepared to go to any length to get and stay sober, the results are nothing less than miraculous. Not only freedom from the chains of addiction – BUT – a whole new life of infinite possibilities and an understanding of what peace of mind really means. The change is much deeper than just stopping drinking or using drugs. It’s truly about life transformation. Unlike traditional institutional rehabs, we work passionately and intensely with each individual…

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4 Reasons Your Family And Friends Don’t Want You to Go to Rehab

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“Don’t Go to Rehab!”   I thought my family & friends would be supportive of me getting help for my addiction and go to rehab! What gives?? If you are concerned about your addictive behaviors, and think that perhaps you should go to rehab, it’s normal to turn to friends and family for advice. Sometimes they will confirm your fears and tell you that they have been worried about you and that they think you need to seek help for your drug or alcohol problem. But what happens when the situation is reversed, when they don’t think you need help? You may hear all sorts of reasons that your loved ones don’t think you should go to rehab. Are they valid? Below we have addressed four of the top reasons your friends and family might think you don’t need rehab.…

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Step One to Life Transformation

Step One We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one of course. So begins Bill Wilson’s, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), essay on the principles of Step One in his book “The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions” of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yes, practically no one wants to admit defeat, that they are licked. What most of us learn in popular Western culture are things like, Never Surrender. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. A personal favorite was illustrated in a common 1970’s poster of a kitten hanging onto a rope: Hang in there Baby! (When you get to the end of your rope, tie a big…

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Does Rehab Work? Serenity Vista Testimonial Review

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21 Year Old Young Woman Goes to Rehab in 2007 8 Years Post Treatment? Amazing   Does Rehab Work? HEY, Remember Me? I’m the girl from New Orleans, Louisiana…I was with y’all at your recovery retreat for 2 months in 2007. Happy to say I’m making 8 years! My husband just made 9 years. We are doing great. We have 3 beautiful boys and are so enjoying our life of freedom. My relationship with God has gotten stronger and stronger each passing year.  I’m a whole person and I’m so grateful that we are giving our children a life of peace and happiness and not of addiction, like my husband and I grew up in. I just noticed your Serenity Vista Facebook Page and wanted to say “Hi”, and thanks! I am so glad I was able to start my…

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“Let Me Explain…” A Phrase Often Heard in Early Addiction Recovery!

“Let Me Explain…” A Phrase Often Heard in Early Addiction Recovery!   Here’s a challenge. Listen for the words in active alcoholism or early addiction recovery, “Let me explain…”. Whose mouth do you hear them from first? Your own? I was working with a person today, discussing accountability. She asked, “What does rationalizing mean?” A long forgotten ‘slogan’ came immediately to mind, so I’ll share it here too, as the slogan of the day: The definition of rationalization: providing a socially acceptable reason for a socially unacceptable behavior. Learn the skills to be accountable for your own behavior, without excuses. It is impossible to clear away the wreckage of your own rationalizing and justifying using your own rationalizing and justifying. Get the help you need to find clarity, peace of mind and harmony. Yes, we love slogans and other forms of recovery…

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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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