How to Make Getting Sober a New Year’s Resolution

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You might be asking yourself if you are crazy to be getting sober at New Year’s. You are not. There is no time like the present to become sober right now. It does not matter that this is the time of the year that many folks get hammered because of the holidays. Focus on you and what you need to do. Having a problem with drugs and alcohol is something that needs to be taken care of. The most important resolutions are meant to bring about changes with things that have become a problem.

Most New Year’s resolutions invoke something having to do with health issues and use support to do it. This is no different. Drugs and alcohol deteriorate the body like nobody’s business and most people that are struggling with addiction need help to stop.


  • Get involved in a 12-Step Program


Becoming part of a recovery program such as Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can make the difference in your sobriety. A 12-Step Program outlines the method of how to get sober and stay sober. The best part about getting involved in a 12-Step Program is that you do not have to do alone. There are people that are just like you waiting to support you in your need.


  • Support is key


Having people around you that you relate to or that truly understand the pain that has been caused from your addiction can be substantive to your recovery. Isolating only makes matters worse because you are unable to work through the issues that need to be resolved. Ask for help and give back that support when you can.


  • Make getting sober your number one priority


There will always be something in your mind that is more important than getting sober until you get sober. Once you do get sober, putting your sobriety first will make everything fall into place more effortlessly. The honest truth is that everything suffers while you are active in your addiction. You are unable to take of the care of things that need to be taken care of when you are impaired by drugs and alcohol.


  • Look for longevity instead of instant gratification


It is normal to want the things you want when you want them. There is a process that must take place with sobriety that just cannot happen overnight. Application to recovery principles and solution is what will help to keep you sober one day at a time.

The best resolution you can make for New Year’s, or any day for that matter, is to stay sober. Addiction causes turmoil and by living in the resolution, you are on the right track to make the firm decision of recovery.






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The Stages of Meth Intoxication

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Methamphetamine is a highly- addictive white crystalline drug known by the names of crystal meth, meth, crank, chalk, ice, or glass. Users find that its effects mark an individual with a unsurmountable false sense of well-being. Meth can be consumed by inhaling it, snorting it, or injecting it. The experience of the drug starts with an euphoric high that usually evolves into a rather destructive lifestyle of drug abuse. The stages of meth are a useful way of seeing how influential this drug really is.

The Rush

Stage one of meth can be experienced with a higher blood pressure, metabolism, and pulse, creating pleasurable feelings from dopamine being released into the brain. This can last up to about 30 minutes when the meth initially reaches the user.

The High

This stage will last anywhere from 4-16 hours. Users of meth become more aggressive and belligerent due to the invincibility that many consumers feel throughout their high. Generally, they become fixated on an action that they will continue do for hours on end such as fixing a computer or cleaning the same area repeatedly.

The Binge

Lasting anywhere from 3-15 days, the next stage of meth keeps an individual constantly searching for their next high. The effects of meth become less the more the user takes, although they will keep consuming it until there is no high that can be achieved at all. The binger will shift into an increasingly more mental and physical manic state.

The Tweak

Once the user is unable to get high, they begin to feel empty and begin to panic that they cannot relieve the cravings they feel. The person who is “tweaking” has probably been awake for days, so they may reach a psychosis that makes their perception completely disconnected from the rest of the world while literally feeling like they are crawling out of their skin.

The Crash

A body can only take so much of meth abuse and once the body has had enough, it will completely shut down forcing a user to sleep possibly anywhere from 1-3 days.

The Hangover

Because meth keeps a user from wanting to eat, sleep or take care of their hygiene, they will finally feel what their body has been put through with their drug abuse. The hangover displays the mental, physical, and emotional deterioration that is invoked by methamphetamine.

The Withdrawal

During this final stage, the user will start to feel dope sick, achy, and debilitated while enduring intense drug cravings. Feeling depressed and possibly suicidal is very common during a withdrawal.

Methamphetamines are no joke when it comes to the stages that come after taking them. They are highly addictive while taking out all the resources that the body needs to function. All the while, users develop a dependence that can only be eased by taking more meth to repeat the insidious cycle of addiction.






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5 Most Addictive Substances

The statistics of substance addiction have become quite alarming. Approximately 23 million Americans have been reported to have an addiction to drugs or alcohol making up around 9 percent of the population. There is no rhyme or reason to who will become addicted and it can happen with illicit drugs, medication, prescription drugs, and legal drugs such as alcohol. Once somebody crosses the threshold into addiction, plain and simple it is difficult to cross back over. Knowing the key players to some of the substances with the highest dependency rates on the planet, can keep people informed and hopefully find other ways to cope.


Since drinking is socially acceptable, it takes a fatally or something massive to get people to look down on alcohol. What really happens when 1 out 12 people who drink alcohol get addicted, is that the alcohol can make them appear lively at first. Alcohol then acts as a depressant impairing the brain to the point where people make risky decisions, have slurred speech, and slowed motor skills.


Around 1 million Americans are susceptible to addiction when abusing cocaine by snorting, smoking, or injecting it. The effects of cocaine can keep someone from knowing what their true reality is which can make them act out with increased euphoria or intense discomposure.


Deaths from heroin have tripled over the last few years causing more than 10 thousand deaths yearly. The withdrawal is so extreme to go through that users will keep taking the drug to avoid the symptoms that heroin will cause.


Over 500 thousand people have become addicted to this surreptitious, manmade drug. “Crystal meth” has been known to make people feel invincible and productive when snorted, smoked, or injected.


Over 32 million Americans smoke cigarettes daily because the nicotine in the tobacco is so addictive. Nicotine is consumed through the mucous lining in the mouth and the nose, the skin, or in the lungs. The instantaneously short-lived high is not mind-altering, but nicotine nonetheless keeps a smoker wanting more of the changes they feel in their mood along with the aroma that many of them enjoy.

Besides making people become addicted to their high, the main problem of these substances is their ability to make users want more and more to maintain the feeling they get. Their tolerance rate goes up making it more difficult to overcome cessation and making them a higher risk to overdose.  





If you have a dependence to any of these highly addictive substances, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can aid in your sobriety. Our well-trained staff can help you see a way out of your addiction into recovery.

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Mixing Medications with Drugs and Alcohol

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Mixing any drugs with alcohol is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and recreational drugs. Drinking alcohol with medication or drugs increases the risks of health complications and causes harmful effects to the liver, heart, and breathing. This toxic combination can also have negative effects on your emotional stability and mental well-being. Taking prescription or over-the-counter medication with alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness of the medication.

Alcohol acts as a depressant and can heighten a person’s level of depression. Some medications that treat depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses have risks of complications on their own. Drugs and alcohol alter your brain’s ability to function normally. They are mind-controlling substances and when taken with medication, can have unintentional consequences.

Some medications cause dizziness, fainting, or drowsiness and alcohol only exasperates the side effects.  Many people take medication for chronic conditions high blood pressure, diabetes, or cholesterol. Alcohol consumption affects a person’s coordination and ability to live productively. When you drink while taking medication for illnesses or chronic illnesses, you risk the possibility of worsened conditions, overdose, and death.

People who use recreational drugs increase the risks of developing physical, mental, and emotional health problems. When alcohol is used with recreational drugs, these dangers are amplified. Mixing any two drugs together will increase your chances of hurting yourself or others and can cause fatal accidents.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications usually have a warning label indicating the harmful effects they have when mixed with alcohol. Most medications are safe and effective when taken appropriately or as prescribed. Serious liver complications develop when consuming alcohol while taking an over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen. Pain medicine, cough syrup, and allergy medications have ingredients that can cause adverse effects. Prescription medicine mixed with alcohol causes serious drug interactions and increases the risks of stomach bleeding, heart attack, stroke, or impaired breathing.

Avoid alcohol when taking any drug or medication. All drugs have side effects whether over-the-counter, prescription, or recreational but when alcohol is involved, your health is at risk. Mixing drugs with medication and alcohol is not recommended and is a deadly combination. Read warning labels, know the side effects, and ask a doctor or pharmacist about adverse interactions.






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Most Common Traits of an Addiction

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People that have addictions have similar adverse effects to drugs and alcohol. They also have comparable traits that become prevalent when under the influence.


  • Withdrawn


Addiction likes to keep individuals to themselves and isolate. The antisocial part comes from having their covers pulled to what the addict is really doing. If someone other than the person struggling with the addiction knows to what extent that they were going to get drugs and alcohol, as well as knowing what quantities they were using, they would not be getting away with what they want to keep from others.


  • Denial


No one really wants to admit to becoming addicted to substances. The mentality within the addiction advocates that it is actually way easier to deny to what the truth is than to take responsibility for what is really going. Someone practicing in their addiction usually has an alter ego that tells a different story than that of someone who is not under the influence. The innate power of the brain will keep them from denying the danger and the reality of what is truly going on in their addiction.


  • Entitlement


Someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol usually feels like they are owed something which can become the standard in their daily life. Being self-absorbed and self-preoccupied makes someone with an addiction demanding on other people by enabling them to provide money, resources, or respect.


  • Impulsive


Individuals that abuse drugs and alcohol will take risks and portray erratic behaviors while they are consuming drugs and alcohol. Without any thought towards others, most people that have issues with drugs and alcohol, will do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. They have an all-or-nothing mentality that can keep them making logical decisions that jeopardize themselves and the people around them.


  • Low self-esteem


People with substance abuse of drugs and alcohol are looking for a way to make themselves feel better. Abuse and trauma are some of the key culprits that make addicts turn to drugs and alcohol. Once their addiction takes over, it can literally turn a person into a thief and a liar causing the addict to do things they would not do sober. This type of behavior will create shame and guilt of not doing the right thing along with fear that will continue to lower self-esteem until the addict changes their ways.

Although there are people that occupy many of these traits and do not have problems with addiction, most people that are battling addiction will have some of these traits across the board. These traits used are to help evaluate the potential of whether someone indeed has an addiction, so that they can get the help that they need.





If you know someone that possess any of these traits, you may need give them the resources to help them get well. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has the resources to assist them with long-term sobriety. Our staff will give someone struggling with addiction an individualized plan to move forward in their recovery.

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What is Fentanyl?

What is Fentanyl?

An opioid crisis has started sweeping different parts of the country. New drugs continue to come out which makes the crisis get even worse. One drug that is less known with a higher potency is fentanyl. Considered to be heroin’s synthetic prototype, fentanyl has become one of the most abhorrent culprits in narcotic overdose.

Fentanyl is a prescription drug that is used to help patients with pain relief for an injury, or after a surgery, that has a quick release for a short acting opioid effect. Although the high can be short lived, the medication will stay in the system for 24-72 hours to help alleviate pain. The potency of fentanyl is around 50 times higher than heroin and 100 times higher than morphine, which indicates how strong the efficacy really is.

Different forms of the drug include a patch, a lollipop, piece of medicated film, or a pill. Originally fentanyl was injected during a hospital stay under supervision. Knowing the difference between an injected curative dose and a fatal dose is such a small percentage, that injecting fentanyl outside of hospital guidance can be very dangerous.

The abuse of fentanyl has risen over the last few years mostly by addicts capitalizing on the patch. Placing the patch on the skin allows the drug to provide a time-release pain relief to pass through the skin a little at a time. There is a waiting period of up to 24 hours for the medicine to work. Addicts who want to feel the effects of the patch in a quicker manner will use the patch in a more complex fashion. Extracting the fentanyl directly from the patch to inject the liquidized product into a vein is one way. Chewing on the patch, applying more than one patch at a time, and inserting the patch rectally are other ways that addicts can abuse the prescription. Disarming the time-release apparatus can rapidly intensify the effects of fentanyl for addicts.

The main reason that fentanyl has become so lethal is that heroin and cocaine can be laced with fentanyl, making these illicit drugs even stronger than they are normally thought of. When addicts do not know what has been added to their drugs, their bodies can be in for a huge shock of overdose. Fentanyl is also known for slowing down the respiratory system significantly because opioid receptors are found in the part of the brain that controls breathing.

Fentanyl works well for the right kind of treatment, but not long-term for an addict. Abusing the drug can create results that are hard to come back from, especially when death by fentanyl occurs.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has a 5-week program that can be designed especially for you or a loved one. Our partial-care program will adorn your soul by disarming your fears and reconnect you to the life you were meant to live. Call our staff today: 855-652-2683

5 Myths About Addiction

5 Myths About Addiction

Misconceptions of addiction can distort the true information that needs to be rendered. Addiction can affect everything that it touches. Often denial and criticism takes place instead of the compassion and tolerance that an addict may need because of the misunderstanding of myths.

1st Myth

A doctor’s prescription is a legitimate reason for an addict to take drugs.

Doctor’s prescriptions are given every day to people that need them. Addicts may use a doctor’s note to justify abusing drugs. Using drugs without the authenticity of doctor’s orders as well as not taking the drugs as prescribed, can be dangerous and further progress the addiction in an unhealthy manner.

2nd Myth

Relapse is representative of failure.

Getting sober is not always an easy task to undertake. Most of the time it takes an extreme amount of effort to get to the point of cessation. Relapse can be a part of of an addict’s journey which may bring about emotions of guilt, shame, and hopelessness. The measure of these emotions can be what gets the addict back on track or what keeps them out there in their addiction. Support during this disreputable time can make a positive impact on an addict’s relapse.

3rd Myth

Addicts are only in lower income families.

The fact of the matter is that addiction does not discriminate. There is no race, class, sexual orientation, or gender that addiction will not touch. Addiction is a malady that affects all walks of life and using stereotypes to pinpoint addiction is irresponsible.

4th Myth

Detoxification will fix the addiction.

Detoxing off out substances can be a really hard process for addicts. Withdrawals can be physically brutal and mentally challenging. Getting into a detox program can make this process a little easier and get an addict into an appropriate treatment facility. Getting off drugs and alcohol is not enough to stay sober. Treatment will help how to deal with cravings, triggers, and past trauma that needs to be processed and give an addict tools to deal with them ongoing. Drugs and alcohol are just symptoms to bigger issues that need to be dealt with.

5th Myth

An addict can just stop if they want to.

One of the most baffling aspects of addiction to people that do not have an addiction, is why addicts will not just stop. Although it may seem that the addict desires to be living in the chaotic world of addiction, chances are that they wish to stop but are unable to because addiction is a two-fold condition. Physical dependence is one part of the disease of addiction and the other part is the obsession that addicts usually cannot stop on their own.

Addiction is a massive topic to bring out even bigger misconceptions. Educating oneself in addiction can help facilitate help for more addicts with the facts rather than putting out something fiction.  

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Why are Celebrities not Anonymous in Their Addiction?

Why are Celebrities not Anonymous in Their Addiction?

Everyday it seems like there is yet another celebrity being called out in their addiction. While standing in the checkout line buying some groceries you may see a celebrity being outed for their substance abuse along with arrests, domestic violence charges, and rehab stints that are reported on.

Although the behavior that a celebrity exhibits can be a controversy, the real controversy lies with whether or not it is appropriate to break addiction anonymity. Some people think that celebrities deserve it because that is what they signed up for when they got famous, while others think that spilling the beans is not fair because the celebrity is a human and deserves privacy.

Celebrities may not have a choice in keeping it out of the press, but there are celebrities that advocate for recovery and want to share their experience, strength, and hope with a global audience as a public service announcement. Being in the spotlight is a complex position to be in. Putting emphasis on solution and that recovery can work is sure to reach a broader group of addicts. Celebrities have used their platform to reveal their recovery to the world in hopes in helping someone else who is struggling with addiction.


  • Rob Lowe celebrated 25 years of sobriety in 2015 and has Tweeted out “it works if you work it”.



  • Russell Brand has shown his support of 12-Step programs by sponsoring other addicts and writing a book, Freedom from Our Recovery in 2017, to share his experiences.



  • Matthew Perry turned his Malibu beach house into a men’s sober living house to help other addicts in recovery.



  • Jack Osbourne Tweeted a picture using his 12 Steps AA Companion iPhone App showing that he had been 10 years sober in 2013.
  • Robert Downey Jr. has admitted to going to 12-Step meetings regularly, but will not expand on it publicly because of the principle of anonymity. He was quoted saying, “I guess sometimes I want to have a drink with dinner. But then I remember that I have plans for Christmas.”


Kudos to the guys who are making such a splash in the recovery world. Even though celebrities are in the limelight, it can be uncomfortable to have their deepest, darkest secrets and downfalls plastered all over magazines and the internet. Addiction does not discriminate and does not care if you are a regular person or a celebrity.

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How Does Addiction Crush Your Dreams?

How Does Addiction Crush Your Dreams?

Addiction affects emotional, physical, and social changes in a person’s life. Struggling with addiction usually means that you are not functioning to your full potential. This makes it difficult to fulfill many important obligations and puts up a roadblock in achieving the goals you set for yourself.


Takes away your aspirations.


There are some addicts that seem to be more creative being under the influence, but they must be the exception to the rule. Most addicts make addiction their main concern and other things, such as hobbies, jobs, and relationships, will gradually fall by the waste side. You may no longer yearn for the activities that once excited you.


Takes away your inhibitions.


The effect of addiction can take away the ability to see right from wrong. Calling out of work because of late night binging or being hung over, can stifle your opportunities to move up in your job. Shoplifting or getting a DUI can make your criminal background check look less than stellar and take away your chance of being hirable for your dream job. Addiction can bring out a negative side making you do questionable things that can prevent you from having relationships that can be influential for you.


Takes away your happiness.


To want to do the things you enjoy, you must first be happy. Addiction strips away the pursuit of happiness leaving you irritable, restless, and discontented. The addiction at first may seem pleasurable, but the more it progresses the more and more you will try to reach an unattainable high.  


Takes away your drive.


When going after your goals, it takes effort and determination to get to the place you need to be. Addiction takes away the desire that is necessary to achieve what you are reaching for. Lack of sleep, poor diet, and other unhealthy habits that form during addiction can limit your initiative ability to perform the way you need to. Having the addiction as your highest prerogative takes away the necessary passion needed to follow your dreams.

Many of the crucial elements to chase your dreams can be minimized by addiction. Your brain chemistry is changed through abusing substances and activities, which lessens the inspiration to follow your dreams. Do not let addiction be the set back to having a life beyond your wildest dreams.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is 5-week addiction treatment where our qualified staff is instrumental in helping a loved one who has become addicted to drugs and alcohol start their plan of recovery. Every plan is uniquely customized to help them accomplish their long-term sobriety. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Tips to Get Rid of FOMO in Recovery

Tips to Get Rid of FOMO in Recovery

In this day and age, technology has completely taken over. Social media, apps, and texting have changed the way we communicate. Acronyms are used frequently to replace dialogue that may be a pain for some to type out. “FOMO” is something that you might see when it comes to fun and entertainment. “Fear of Missing Out” is commonly used when someone is constantly going to every event they can to avoid being left behind or left out.

In recovery, it is recommended to stop going to places that cause triggers and cravings as a precaution of relapse. FOMO happens often during sobriety because addicts can feel limited on the activities that they can actually participate in. Thinking that the fun is over now that they are sober is a total misconception. Life can be as just entertaining in recovery and there is no real reason to feel repressed.

Stop looking at social media.

If people’s posts are causing you strife when you see what they are up to, power off. You do not have to stop viewing people’s information forever, just maybe until the feeling of FOMO lessens and you can just be happy for their adventures.

Question what you are really missing out on.

Going to parties and bars may have been your gig while you were out there inebriated. You most likely woke up with hangovers and in strange places or in jail. Accidents, fights, and embarrassments probably happened regularly, which is not really that fun. Change the old acronym and step it up to a new and improved palindrome acronym of FOMOF: “Find Other Methods of Fun”.


The best way to beat FOMO is to Find Other Methods of Fun. Change your scenery to accommodate your new lifestyle and find things that do not involve drugs and alcohol. You may need to change the people also, because sometimes the people can be just as bad of an influence as the place. Change may not seem like any fun, but in the long run you will be happy that did something different to protect your sobriety.

Understanding that you have an addiction that leads you down a rocky path can keep you from thinking you are missing out. This is your chance to do something different with your life so that you can accept that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a partial-care program that can help somebody struggling with drugs and alcohol to change their ways. The fundamentals of our program are based on 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy to assist in showing them how to lead a more productive life. Call us today: 855-652-2683