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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What to Expect from Alcohol & Drug Rehab

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I Don’t Know About Rehab…   How can alcohol & drug rehab help me? If you’ve been wondering if you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs, now is the time to look into alcohol & drug rehab. Or, if you’re thinking you might have a problem with your drinking, you should know that alcohol treatment can be the remedy for all the ill effects that too much booze brings. If you have any doubts about the amount of drugs or alcohol you consume, you should definitely consider drug rehab or alcohol treatment. You never know how much your life improves as you make progress toward recovery! Click here to learn more about how drug rehab can improve your life. Recover Your Life with Alcohol & Drug Rehab Addiction Treatment But what does alcohol & drug rehab do for…

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Canine Therapy in Addiction Rehab Panama

Ceiba Love Therapy

Chocolate Labrador Retriever Teaches Life Skills in Recovery   What is Canine Therapy? Canine Therapy is a new name for an old bond. We believe that an addiction recovery retreat is not complete without a great dog as part of the program. We feel that a dog is an integral part of the holistic healing complement of modalities that a person needs to recover from the battle zone of active addiction. Meet Ceiba at Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Retreat in Panama. On the First Nation or Native American Medicine Wheel, Dog represents Loyalty. You may remember a special dog from your childhood that offered unconditional love and companionship. Dog never cares how you look, what job you have, or what your status is in the community. What dog wants is to connect. Many people in recovery relate how their dog’s…

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What is Substance Abuse?

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Body, Mind and Spirit Affected Substance abuse isn’t just about the physical symptoms. It’s also about the underlying issue. As defined by Encarta, substance abuse is “the excessive consumption or misuse of any substance for the sake of its non-therapeutic effects on the mind or body, especially drugs or alcohol.” However, that’s not the whole answer. If it were, treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction would be much simpler. If it were as simple as drying someone out after over consumption, there would be little that a 12-step recovery program could teach. Only A Symptom If it was only about the drug or the alcohol, or their “non-therapeutic effects” on the mind, there would be little that would help about probing character defects, self-examination, or even admitting that there is a powerlessness over alcohol, the very first step needed to…

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Prison of Addiction

Prison of Addiction

Addiction – The Key to Freedom is Willingness…   You may hear the saying that the only outcome for those suffering from addiction is jail, institution, or death. That can not possibly apply to you, can it? Chances are good that if you’re reading this post, that it does. Social drinkers or pot smokers are not engaging in internet searches on terms like “addiction” or “rehab.” Please don’t click away: We’re not judging. Been there. Done that.  We can answer your questions because we understand addiction. Indulgence or Habit? Perhaps you’ve only just begun wondering if you’ve got a problem. You’re not sure because you don’t have any health problems or legal trouble – YET. (You’re eligible, too.) Or, maybe you don’t think your daily alcohol or drug habit is anything more than a little indulgence. You enjoy it on your own time. You deserve drinks because…

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Hiding Drinking

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Hiding Drinking – Sign of a Real Problem Many people struggling with addiction think that if they’re hiding drinking , they’re hiding their addiction. Stashes of alcohol Are you someone who hides alcohol? Do you have a bottle stashed behind the laundry soap or the cereal on the top shelf? Or perhaps you keep a flask behind the tools in the garage or shed. Maybe there are some nips in the bottom drawer of your desk at work or in your purse. We’ve heard of many ingenious methods of hiding your drinking – and maybe we even tried some of them ourselves. Do you drink alone? You mentally check out when you’re with your friends or family, because you can’t wait be alone to drink like you want to. You find yourself doing a lot of laundry or tinkering in the…

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Rehab To Go, or Not To Go?

Rehab to go or not to go

Rehab: Go or Not? How many times have you made up your mind that you are going to rehab? But then the doubt: rehab – to go or not to go? That might sound like a silly question, but many people have decided to go to rehab only to change their minds once they start feeling a little better. As the day wears on, they begin planning their next drink. They convince themselves they’ve got things under control. Perhaps their friends and family have questioned them about why they’d think they need rehab. Don’t talk yourself out of going to rehab You absolutely do not have things under control. You are never going to be able to control your drinking if you are an alcoholic. Hint: people who are not alcoholics do not ever worry about controlling their drinking. If…

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Trigger: Home for the Holidays

Trigger Family

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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Letting Go of Resentment

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”.   Recovery from substance abuse can be a healing and transformative experience. But resentment is equally as poisonous. Holding on to past resentments – and all of the negative feelings associated with them – can derail and even de-motivate a person’s recovery and lead to relapse. It’s tempting to hold grudges, especially when you feel you’re “in the right”. But it only serves to pull you down. By forgiving others (and yourself), you’re able to truly heal from the past, embrace recovery and grow into the person you’re meant to be. But some resentments are harder to let go of than others. How can you let go of past wrongs that you have been carrying around for years – or maybe even your entire life? Here are…

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