The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
If you’re an alcoholic, or if you are trying to control your drinking, it’s probably occurred to you a time or two that the best thing you can do for your finances, your health, and your family is quit drinking. Perhaps you’ve tried before and failed. Or perhaps, whether late at night after a long bender or trying to shake off a brutal hangover the next day, perhaps you’ve looked at red and swollen eyes in the mirror and said to yourself, “I’m never drinking again.” But it’s likely that you, if you are like most active alcoholics, went right back to drinking within days - or even hours - of swearing off the sauce for good. Once again, you defer quitting to another day. The reality is that there is no better day to quit drinking than today!
It is said that love of money is the root of all evil. It is not the money, but what it represents - power, prestige, control. Addiction also promises these things, in the beginning. When it comes to happiness, it’s true that money can't buy it - but life can be awfully difficult without it. One major problem with addiction, among others, is that it possesses the mind and breeds destructive decisions. Enslaved by compulsion, the typical addict will empty his bank account, ignore his bills, and neglect his job - all this in pursuit of getting that next fix. Many thousands of dollars are squandered thoughtlessly during an active addict’s life. In early recovery, an important exercise is for people to add up all money spent on using alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, in the pursuit of those substances, and as a consequence of using. The financial costs of excessive drinking are staggering. For example D.U.I.'s, lawyer fees, trips to the clinic or hospital, lost wages, smashed cars, divorces...
In the short term, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pains, and headaches are all typical health symptoms that a heavy drinker will face without fail. In the long run, the list of alcohol-related ailments should be enough to stop any drinker in his or her tracks. After years of drinking, cancers of the mouth, throat, and liver are not uncommon for long-term alcoholics. Alcoholism also puts women at an increased risk for breast cancer. Alcoholism affects every aspect of human physiology and health. This includes heart and circulation problems, from sky-high blood pressure, to greater risk of stroke or heart attack. Over time, heavy drinking destroys other organs and body systems including the immune system, lungs, stomach, pancreas and intestines.
More valuable than money, and just as crucial as health, relationships play a pivotal role in maintaining a balanced and happy life. And if there is one thing that is consistently wrecked by alcoholism, it’s relationships. In the wake of an alcoholic’s lifestyle, friends grow frustrated and give up while families just give in. Destructive codependence forms in the face of problem drinkers, and loved one suffer in innumerable ways. Marriages are washed away and children grow up neglected and often abused.
No recovered alcoholic ever said, “I should have waited to get help.” Instead, when we treat addicts at our privately-owned alcohol and drug rehab facility in beautiful Panama, we hear time and again from successfully recovered alcoholics these sobering words: “I only wish I quit drinking sooner.”Serenity Vista is the best international private alcohol treatment rehab that will not only help you quit drinking but support your continued sobriety with meaningful real change that is so much more than just being sober. Reach out today for your sobriety and complete life transformation!Signup for our inspirational newsletter, "Addiction to Recovery":
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