Life Changing Addiction Blog ~ Encouragement, Motivation, Education

Luxury Rehab

Luxury rehab is often considered the treatment for the rich and famous. Celebrities, business CEOs, and athletes are often whisked away to a vacation-like luxury rehab, and come back clean and sober, seemingly without a struggle. While some of these celebrities aren’t really serious about getting sober, and therefore go right back to their addiction, there are many good qualities to luxury rehab facilities. Comfortable Amenities Treatment facilities have improved greatly over the years and are no longer the dark, dingy rehab centers of yesterday. Today someone looking for addiction help will find a wide variety of facility types and locations, each providing care for different individuals. There has been an influx of luxury rehab facilities to the recovery scene, offering successful sobriety programs while providing patients with the most modern amenities. For those that are financially able, these centers offer private suites, whirlpools, room service, and Wi-Fi. Residents can… {Continue Reading}

Prayer and Meditation

Step Eleven tells us, “We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as We understood Him, seeking only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.” By the time most of us reach Step Eleven, we have worked out whatever issues we may have had with the idea of a Higher Power. Some of us entered recovery as atheists and, though a lot of work and diligence, overcame our fears or misconceptions about God and found a spiritual element to life we never knew before. Some of us become agnostics, not sure of what we believe exactly, but willing to consider the idea that maybe, just maybe, there is a Higher Power at work in our lives. Others develop an already existing belief in God and begin working on a daily relationship with Him. No matter what your current… {Continue Reading}

Embracing Your Disease

There is a very real, very devastating stigma attached to the disease of addiction / alcoholism. (Dictionary.com defines a stigma is as “a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.”) In spite of the many things we now know about addiction and alcoholism, a large majority of the general public still views this illness with disdain and contempt. There are a lot of people out there who –for whatever reason –refuse to treat those afflicted with this disease with patience and compassion. Instead, we are often treated like lepers; cast out of certain social circles, denied jobs and cut out of the lives of people who are important to us. An addiction to drugs or alcohol may seem like a choice to those who do not understand the dynamics of this debilitating and deadly disease. Regardless of what other people think, however; addiction and… {Continue Reading}

Be Mindful of the Struggle of Others

A newly sober individual faces a struggle every single day to avoid alcohol. Those going through a 12 step program or attending AA meetings will be instructed and encouraged to completely abstain from alcohol. Research has shown that even a taste of alcohol during recovery can cause a person to relapse. A person who has experienced alcoholism is much more likely to relapse back into it, and recovery often lasts the rest of the person’s life. Alcohol is All Around Us For someone who is struggling to completely avoid alcohol for the rest of their life, alcohol is evident in nearly every aspect of life. In our society, people have a beer to celebrate a victory, they unwind after a long day with a glass of wine, and they toast the bride and groom at a wedding dinner with champagne. To abstain from alcohol usually means the person must remove… {Continue Reading}