Sober Through Halloween Shenanigens

Sober Through Halloween

Staying Sober through Halloween Hauntings If this is your first year sober at Halloween – Congratulations! If this is your 2nd, 3rd or more Halloweens sober – Congratulations! If you aren’t sober yet, but hoping to be really soon – Congratulations! I guess this covers everybody except the non-alcoholics and the alcoholics who still consider their shenanigans fun. There, now everybody is covered. Some of you may be wondering how to get through this Haunting Holiday without the ‘trick or not-treat’ of picking up a drink or a drug. It can be a daunting haunting! (sorry, that was bad) But seriously what about staying sober through Halloween? Halloween in the Early Days Kids learn really early to love this holiday, especially the ‘addicts in waiting’. What could be more fun than dressing up in creepy clothes, or being an angel…

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Thanksgiving, Sobriety & Your Family

Thanksgiving Sobriety

Your Thanksgiving Sobriety & Your Family The US is about to celebrate Thanksgiving. From John & Jane at Serenity Vista, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to be grateful for all we have. It is especially important at this time of grave concerns and loss brought on by COVID19 and unsettled political and societal issues. In spite of such conerns, practicing acceptance reminds us that even now, there is much to be grateful for. The ‘attitude of gratitude’, fostered by ‘being grateful’, changes everything. Sobriety, first, followed by the twelve step promises coming true manifest in various forms of community, family, relationships, activity, and life itself. Yes, even today. For many, especially our American friends where Thanksgiving marks the begining of the holiday season. Added to the underlying concerns of the pandemic or political unrest, Thanksgiving can…

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One Day at a Time: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your cross to bear

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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Letting Go in Addiction Recovery…to be Happy, Joyous and Free!

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15 Things to Let Go Of   Here’s a list of 15 things to learn to ‘let go’ of, if you want to be truly happy. Letting go can be simple and straightforward, but difficult to consistently apply to our lives. We need to practice them, over and over, so that the newly learned pattern becomes the default, standard behavior. Remind yourself, over and over, to let go of…. 1. Your need to always be right. “Would I rather be right, or happy?” 2. Control 3. Blame 4. Self-defeating self-talk 5. Limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. “A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” 6. Complaining. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. 7. Criticism. Give up your need to…

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem Recovery

Seize The Day?   The popular Latin phrase Carpe Diem is usually translated as ‘seize the day’. Not that I am a Latin scholar, but I did find out that the translation of ‘Carpe’ is more literally ‘pluck’, mostly as in picking fruit. Carpe Diem then, is more accurately translated as ‘Enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe’. What a difference! To seize is defined as ‘to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp’. Sound familiar? This is how most people in active addiction live their lives, perpetually grappling with the Universe, then complaining about the goods. So, instead of Carpe Diem literally meaning ‘seizing the day’, we suggest that you try the new and improved “recovery” translation, living life on life’s terms, waiting for all things to come in their proper season, when they are best enjoyed.…

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Successfully Overcoming Addiction: Why Self Help Doesn’t Help

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WHY SELF HELP DOESN’T HELP   Successfully Overcoming Addiction During more than 40 years of helping addicts with successfully overcoming addiction, we’re often asked why treating addiction with self help alone isn’t effective. Whether drug or alcohol abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, sex addiction, or codependency, most unguided and solo attempts at trying to quit come crashing down in an eventual relapse. Why, despite firm commitment and full faith, why can’t addicts just quit on their own? When successfully overcoming addiction is the goal for the person in active addiction, why aren’t will power and determination effective? You Can’t Do it Alone For one, addiction is a persistent and complex condition. And just like other debilitating ailments – whether broken bones, cancer, or deep psychological trauma – getting professional help is crucial for healing at all stages from evaluation to…

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Overcome Addiction with the Power of Intention

Overcome Addiction with the Power of Intention at Serenity Vista Best Drug Rehab

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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Easy Does It – But Do It


Easy Does It Easy Does It – But Do It Finding a balance between effort and allowing can be a difficult process for people coming straight from active addiction. Active addicts are always craving instant gratification – and NOW. In recovery we learn that time takes time, and that sometimes the very best thing to do, is to do nothing. We are human beings, not human doings. ‘Easy Does It’ is a useful recovery slogan serving as a reminder to strive for this healthy balance. Learning How to ‘Easy Do It’ Coming to a recovery program like Serenity Vista can be an incredibly valuable start to your recovery. Believe it or not, at Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Treatment Retreat in Panama, there are actual “hammock assignments“. That’s right – go and lie in the hammock, no books, no music, no…

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Angel & Demon Voices of Addiction and Recovery

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ANGEL & DEMON VOICES OF ADDICTION AND RECOVERY As most drug addicts and alcoholics know, addiction has two faces with two distinct voices. And an addict is constantly pulled between them. There are two voices of addiction and recovery. The first voice, who we’ll simply call the “angel”, is the voice of reason. This is the small and gentle self speaking up occasionally to let the alcoholic or addict know something is wrong. Their life is off track. They’re making poor choices. They’re letting friends and family down. All of these are signals sent from the angel. Others might call this voice one’s conscience, or “Jiminy Cricket.” Whatever the name, the fact remains. This inner voice is a constant presence in the mind of an addict. Deep down, they know their addictive behavior is destructive. Each day, after repeated failures and innumerable bad…

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