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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Spending Christmas In Rehab? Yes!

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It May Be Your Best Idea Yet to Spend Christmas in Rehab! We wish you a Merry Christmas. Bah Humbug! That’s a sentiment expressed by many people at this time of year. The pressures can be unbearable for such a joyous time, even more so for addicts and alcoholics, even if they are sober in recovery. But Why? Old Wounds Cut Deep Let’s forget about the stresses of buying gifts and how much to spend and cooking and baking and finding the time to do it all. Instead, look deeper into the issues of why Christmas is such a difficult time for the active addict or alcoholic, or the clean and sober addict in recovery. Often addiction has its roots in the family. Whether your family is ‘picture perfect’, or there is some past abuse, trauma, or conflict, Christmas means…

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How Do I Get My Mom Into Rehab?

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How Do I Get My Mom Into Rehab? Mom Drinks Too Much Growing up, Mom was always fun to be around. We had lots of people around the house, and she was a great hostess for parties. My friends all liked Mom and the casual atmosphere of our home. Alcohol was almost always the substrate of the fun. There was a lot of booze – but it seemed under control,(controlled drinking) and only on weekends. And vacations. Lots of vacations. I thought all families were like this, and it wasn’t until my early adulthood that I began to see things differently. I Don’t Drink But I Understand Alcoholism I’m lucky; I don’t even really like the taste of alcohol. However, over the years I have learned a whole lot about alcoholism. Watching my family members and some friends and business associates,…

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My Husband Drinks Too Much – Help!

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I love my husband, but he drinks too much. What do I do? Are you concerned that your husband drinks too much? Maybe when you got married, his drinking still seemed fun – maybe you were even attracted to his seemingly harmless antics. Maybe you even drank with him at first.   The trouble is, if your husband is an alcoholic, the fun never lasts. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal disease. Untreated, it gets worse, never better. If you are worried that your husband drinks too much now, chances are pretty good things are going to get worse. Much worse. Click here to learn about the progressive nature of alcoholism. My husband drinks too much, is he an alcoholic? The hallmark symptom of alcoholism is denial. If your husband drinks too much, he will probably deny it. The fact…

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Where to Go For The Best Drug Rehab Addiction Treatment

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The Best Drug Rehab Addiction Treatment “How does it matter where my drug rehab is located?”  You are getting ready to make a decision about where to go for the best drug rehab addiction treatment, and realize that there are 100’s, if not 1000’s of choices out there. How do you decide on the best place and environment for your drug rehab addiction treatment? There are lots of excellent choices, but all other things being equal, the physical surroundings of your drug rehab addiction treatment center can make a huge difference in your recovery.  One new normal for many drug rehabs in Florida, California and Texas, is that residents stay in converted motel rooms or budget apartment buildings and are bused to lecture halls. The residents are generally surrounded by a lot of concrete and traffic. Recover in natural beauty There…

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What are the Best Addiction Treatment Centers?

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Best Addiction Treatment Now Reopened Post Covid Quarantine I think I am ready for treatment for my addiction. Where are the best addiction treatment centers for me? If you are asking yourself this question – Congratulations! Admitting there is a problem with alcohol or other drugs is the first step in recovering. Now that you have decided that you need help to recover from using alcohol, nicotine, cocaine or opiates, it is time to find out the best drug rehab for you. When you type in “What are the best addiction treatment centers” into your search engine, you may be overwhelmed at the choices. Relax, it is not so difficult to find the right fit for you. Click here to learn about the best addiction treatment centers options. Best Addiction Treatment Centers The best addiction treatment centers may not be…

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One Day at a Time: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow This prose is a nice reminder to live one day at a time: There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone. The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow. With its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will…

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Transformation After Addiction

Transformation From Addiction

Life Transformation in Addiction Treatment At Serenity Vista, the premier luxury private-pay rehab retreat in Panama, we help recovering drug addicts and alcoholics with complete transformation of their lives. We combine nearly a half century of treatment expertise, a deeply compassionate staff, and highly individualized holistic programs. Above physical sobriety and beyond freedom from addictive behavior, we take addiction recovery to the next level by offering a transformative recovery experience not found elsewhere. Naturally a renewed, healthy, and sober life sounds wonderful to anyone struggling from alcoholism or drug addiction. And while a fresh and substance-free life is indeed a well-earned reward, by its very nature, it represents a major life change. Change Let’s face it. Change is tough. Even if the change is positive, it is never easy. Most people resist or avoid it altogether, and they tend to…

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Recovery is Addiction Freedom

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Recovery is Freedom from Addiction 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. Control This is why addiction is torturous…

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