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I couldn’t be happier with the way Serenity Point Recovery was able to help my son not just with his addiction to heroin but to also help him make every part of his life better. My son started using heroin when he was 19, he’s 27 now and for the past 8 years I watched him struggle with his addiction. He was in this never-ending cycle of going to rehab, struggling to stay clean and eventually giving in and relapsing, using for a while and then going back to rehab to start the cycle over again. It never mattered what kind of program he went to or how long he was there. Nothing we did seemed to help him long-term. After every rehab he went to he would try to stay clean. He never was able to stay clean for more than 6 weeks and those weeks when he was clean after a rehab were a constant struggle for him. Each day seemed to wear on him more and more until eventually he’d give in and relapse. After the last time he relapsed I started looking around for a place that was different. I wanted to find a place where my son could get help with more than just getting him off heroin. He needed a place where he could go that would really help him figure his life out. Serenity Point Recovery turned out to be exactly what my son needed. From the beginning, when I first found their website and called everyone was just wonderful. When I first spoke with the intake counselor he was great about answering all my questions. He explained to me why my son was having such a hard time staying clean, the different types of programs that they have there and the fact that they have those different programs because each addict is different and there isn’t one thing that will work for all addicts. He helped me get my son in right away and I was really impressed with the facility and staff when I dropped my son off. They were great with my son and right away made him feel more comfortable being there. Watching them talk to him, with how understanding and compassionate they were I could see my son start to relax. Doing the program at Serenity didn’t just deal with his addiction, the counselors helped him find and understand the reasons he started using drugs in the first place and helped he deal with those things. Dealing with not just his addiction but the reason behind his addiction made all the difference in the world. He completed his program at Serenity 6 months ago and going there changed everything for him. He went from not being able to stay clean for more than 6 weeks after finishing a rehab to being sober for 6 months after completing Serenity. He’s not struggling everyday trying to not use. He’s doing his aftercare and working to stay sober but it’s not this horrible, depressing struggle just to not use. For so long, every problem he had he dealt with by getting high. Going to Serenity helped him learn to deal with his problems in a positive way that didn’t lead to him wanting to use. Everyday he’s working hard to improve his life. What Serenity did for my son wasn’t just getting him off heroin. It was working with him to improve his life and to continue to improve every part of his life. After 8 years I get to see my son happy and doing well in life. It’s amazing and wouldn’t be the case if he hadn’t gone to Serenity.
Do not believe the pictures it is not what they say it's not what it looks it looks like a rundown dorm they do not offer any of the amenities that they have online it is a scam no mental health facility say they have pools in horseback riding they have nothing they take all your stuff they say you can bring and then make you buy it out of there, Sherry do not waste your time or your money
We all had a very good experience at Serenity Point Recovery. I say all of us because this rehab facility made sure to involve our whole family in the recovery process. That was very appreciated. This was the first rehab center our Elizabeth had gone to. She had been abusing pills, heroin, and alcohol, and she had started with alcohol about five years ago in high school. When she went off to college, she really got into trouble with pills, and when she was home on break, she overdosed on heroin and that was pretty brutal for all of us.At the end of the day we were all very pleased with Serenity Point Recovery. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone in the Grand Rapids area who is looking for a drug or alcohol rehab center. I recommend them based off of the above positive characteristics of the program that I noticed. There are likely other positive traits about the program that I know nothing about because I did not physically attend treatment there. Either way, this was a great program and they saved my daughter’s life.The points about Serenity Point Recovery that made this program so great were pretty easy to see. For one, this program had a lot of pleasant things going for it in the form of:1). Great facilities. Don’t get me wrong, Serenity Point Recovery is not a five star resort on a beach somewhere in Cali or FL. But Serenity Point Recovery is a nice place and a comfortable, residential facility. They are pleasantly well set up and there is definitely a feeling of peace of mind and a sort of kind and caring recovery method that goes into it. There is a home-like comfort to the place that makes it very easy to be there. 2). Friendly staff. I have never been to a rehab center for myself or anyone else before this, but if the rehab staff at Serenity Point Recovery are a testament to what rehab staff are like in other areas then I am truly surprised that more people do not want to get help for addiction. The staff at Serenity Point Recovery were truly friendly and truly nice to talk to, and we really appreciated them in a lot of different ways. They were kind to us, and they treated Elizabeth like family, which was good.3). An amicable program. We all really liked how diversified the rehab program at Serenity Point Recovery was. We really appreciated that the program and the rehabilitation tools that they used at this center were as varied and as well thought out as they were. They used a multi-modality approach to addiction treatment, which was very good indeed. This gave Elizabeth the chance to sort of pick and choose which recovery options she was going to take part in and which ones she was going to sort of leave off.4). A client-focused approach. One of the things that really blew me away at Serenity Point Recovery was their open-ended, results-based approach to addiction treatment that they use. They do not give their clients a strict, cut and dried 28 day program like so many other treatment centers do. They focus on using only a client-based approach, so their program is totally tailor made to the clients. Even the length of time that each client spends in rehab is based entirely off of how that client is doing in rehab. We all thought that was truly amazing too. 5). A family-based value system. Last but not least, this review would not be complete if I did not say a few words about how Serenity Point Recovery helped our whole family too, not just Elizabeth. They really did help all of us quite a bit. They helped all of us by getting us all together and getting us all focusing on recovery and on figuring out what was best for Elizabeth and for the rest of us too. Ultimately that made all the difference for us. We ALL healed as a result of Elizabeth attending treatment at this rehab center really. My hat is off to Serenity Point Recovery. This rehab center definitely got something right when they decided to put their program together.
Serenity Point Recovery is such an amazing rehab. Amazingly enough, I actually had fun while I was there and enjoyed my time. Going through detox obviously wasn’t the best, it’s not the best anywhere though and I was more comfortable going through detox at Serenity than I’ve been going through detox at other rehabs I’ve been to. The medical personnel and the staff working in detox made the whole process of detoxing much easier to get through. Once I was through detox and moved over to the actual program I sat down with my counselor and went over the different programs they have available. There isn’t one perfect system for getting every addict clean and sober and so they have a variety of different programs to choose from. I was able to do a program that fit with what I needed. Going through my program at Serenity was a completely different experience for me. The main thing was that the program I did made sense to me. I was able to work out the reasons behind certain actions of mine that always lead me to a relapse. Working on responding differently to those circumstances wasn’t easy but it was a big thing. One thing about Serenity is that some of the staff have been through their own troubles with addiction and so they were able to relate to me and the problems I was facing much easier than someone who just has experience at working at a rehab and not the other side of it. Another thing about Serenity is that they make sure their clients have a good time. When we aren’t in groups or classes there are plenty of things to do or activities that the staff create for us. They staff there are beyond anything I could have imagined. Every one of them is so caring and willing to do anything in their power to help with whatever you need. Even after I graduated. If I needed help working through something I never hesitated to call because I knew that the person I talked with would be able to help. My whole experience at Serenity was completely different from other rehabs and it’s because of that that I’ve been able to stay clean and sober since graduating. Thank you so much to all the Serenity staff for all of their help and determination to get me through the program. I have my life back because of them and the amazing facility!
Going to Serenity Point Recovery was pretty amazing. I’ve never been to a rehab that’s run the way Serenity is run and the difference meant I got so much more out of my program that I had thought was possible. For starters, Serenity is in a pretty remote location so there was nothing to distract me from doing the program. Going to rehabs in the past always made me feel like I was missing out on my life somehow. I doesn’t matter that I wouldn’t have gone to see my family, would’ve probably sent the entire month in my apartment by myself. Just the fact that I couldn’t do the things that I maybe, could’ve possibly wanted to do made me feel like I was missing out. Obviously, that’s not the case, I wasn’t missing out on anything. It didn’t matter though, I’d end up resenting the fact that I was in rehab and I would fake my way through the program. Serenity was different for me because I had fun there. The staff there are pretty amazing and they go out of their way to make sure that the clients there are doing well and having a good time when we had time off from groups and such. I didn’t resent that I was there and so didn’t try to hurry my program along. Not having a time limit on their programs, I was able to go at my own pace and really do my program right. Right from the start, the staff there helped me feel comfortable. By having different program choices and being able to decide my own path I became more invested in my own recovery and worked that much harder on my program. I go so much out of my program at Serenity and by the end of it, when I was ready to go home, I went home with the knowledge, tools and confidence to keep myself on the path I wanted.
A dear, dear friend of mine went to this treatment center for an addiction to opiates. He was not in a good way when he came here, and he was really struggling with even the simplest of efforts to recover from his habit. Though my friend was struggling greatly and was in a bad way in a lot of ways, it seemed like he was ready to give in one last shot as for getting free from the habit and for finding a way to recovery and abstinence from his substance abuse habit.Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is definitely a problematic and difficult issue to say the least, and while it may seem like beating an addiction to drugs and alcohol is definitely a very difficult and upsetting issue for those who experience it. A substance abuse habit in this country and at this time is such that it could devastate a lot of us, so it was very helpful that my best buddy was able to get the help that he needed and was able to get into a recovery center as soon as was possible. Though substance abuse is a definitely difficult and harsh issue for those who experience it, Serenity Point Recovery offers the right way out of an addiction battle. This is truly the best route I feel. My friend had already overdosed multiple times on his substances, he had also been to multiple different treatment centers and recovery programs too that honestly were not helping him as much as they should have. Instead, he was able to go to treatment at Serenity and get the skills and the services that he needed to go free from addiction for life. Even the most difficult and upsetting and harsh of addiction issues can and should be effectively addressed by a rehab center, but it has to be a good rehab center, and that is exactly what Serenity Point Recovery is. Serenity Point Recovery assists people in addressing and beating even the most harmful and damaging of addiction struggles and difficulties. They offer a multitude of different recovery outlets to assist people in focusing on and addressing the different kinds of issues and struggles that they face with substance abuse. Serenity Point Recovery is a full service inpatient addiction treatment center. This is a rehab center that offers full detoxification services and a capable and well thought out recovery approach to beating addiction once and for all and for good. Serenity Point Recovery has detox care, excellent recovery care, many different kinds of therapy and rehab services, and a good deal of other care options and physical service options. Serenity Point Recovery also offers aftercare options to helping people go free from the substance abuse habit once and for all and for good. Serenity Point Recovery helps their clients further by assisting them in going free from even the harshest and most unpleasant of addiction struggles. The basic idea here is to help people in their efforts out of beating addiction to even the harshest and most unpleasant of substance abuse habits. From what I saw, the main goal of Serenity Point Recovery is to make sure that people go free from their habits and find their peace of mind and stability and to make it lasting and permanent for life. I highly recommend this treatment center and this recovery program in such a way that people can fully and completely go free from the habit for life. My friend got his life saved at this rehab center, and they really helped him to find peace and freedom from the habit. I give the Serenity Point Recovery center the greatest of good reviews, and I strongly consider them to be a five star recovery program.When people struggle with addiction, they need to get help for there habits because if they do not get help they could suffer with addiction for life. I watched my friend almost die several times because of his substance abuse habit, and I realized that if I did not do what needed to be done by ensuring that he got into treatment, then he would not be with us much longer.
Rehab can be a boring and tedious process, but not here at Serenity! Besides their amazing detox treatment, which helps heal the body from within, they also have a great nutrition and physical fitness program that improves and assists the body during recovery. Additionally, their incredible music and art therapy provide a sense of healing and artistic creation for addicts to express their thoughts and feelings. Serenity is more than just a rehab facility. They truly wish to see you succeed after you leave and that is why they provide you with tools and skills from communication to responsibility and even helping you find a job! Thanks Serenity!
Serenity Rehab is amazing! They help in so many ways to free you from drug and alcohol addiction. Not only does it have a wonderful detox program, but they also provide inpatient treatment to help with your recovery. Furthermore, the serene location of the facility makes the rehabilitation process so much easier as there are no distractions of a noisy city. Not only does Serenity help with recovery, they also provide life skills to help you after you leave rehab such as communication skills, responsibility, and tools to help find and retain a job. Serenity has everything you need to start a life anew!
Serenity treatment is available to any person who wishes to put an end to his or her addiction for good. Drugs are powerfully addictive and that makes quitting without assistance very difficult. Once a person is addicted they hav e many changes many changes in the brain including feeling extremely low when not using, having to use more and more of the drug in order to feel similar effects to the first use, and changes areas of the brain that are responsible for impulse control. These changes make it difficult to resist using. Many people are scared to quit using because they are scared of the withdrawal symptoms...withdrawal symptoms can include tiredness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, appetite changes, nightmares, and insomnia. These symptoms keep the user running back to using in order to bypass the withdrawal symptoms. At Serenity treatment options and methods vary and choosing the right treatment program depends on the person’s needs. Being at a treatment center like Serenity is highly recommended since the person can be in a safe and encouraging environment in order to kick his or her addiction to cocaine. Temptation to use is minimized in a center, and the person will be supervised while receiving treatment. There are many treatment modalities and methods that will be used in rehab. The addict will work one-on-one with a professional counselor to decide the best method for his or her recovery. Serenity was really helpful for me when I needed them.
Have been at Serenity for like 2 months. Thanks to them now I am clean and sober and I can have a normal life. Since I came back, I found a good job, and I really found my place in the community. And with my family we are getting along so well. In the beginning it was a bit scary for me. I needed to get used to my surroundings. However, after the first week of settling in things began getting easier. Especially it was easier after once i have been through the detox, which is btw on sight. The staff was wonderful to me. All the counselors and teachers are wonderful, they really take their time with each client, and they are so non judgmental. They took the time to explain things to me. I started to realize that I was in a safe place. I felt well again a long time and I was not scared of what would they think if me, they have been many of them in my shoes before. They knew how to deal with whatever I asked them of. Serenity showed me a way to deal with my addiction and go on with my life. I am very grateful to them. I highly recommend Serenity to others.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.