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Newsweek “America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2020” Feature

August 15th, 2020 Posted by News 0 comments on “Newsweek “America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2020” Feature”

Serenity Springs Recovery Center is one of twelve treatment facilities to feature on Newsweek’s list of America’s best addiction centers in Florida, 2020. Partnering with global market research firm, Statista Inc., Newsweek’s list spotlights top facilities from across the country “based on quality-of-service, reputation, and accreditation relative to in-state competition”.

Addiction centers need to meet strict criteria for excellence to make the list. Facilities in the 20 states with the highest number of addiction treatment centers, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), were included in the survey.

The list features facilities from 20 states. These states are chosen based on the highest number of addiction treatment centers in operation, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

On a national scale, a feature like this means a lot to us. It means we’re making an impact in the lives of the people we work so hard to help.

About Newsweek’s List: America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2020

With over 20 million Americans struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, the rehab industry is more important today than it’s ever been. Newsweek assembled a list of 12 leading addiction centers to highlight the work being done in this industry across the country.

“America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2020 highlights the nation’s top facilities based on the quality of service, reputation, and accreditation relative to in-state competition. Facilities in the 20 states with the highest number of addiction treatment centers, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), were included in the survey.”

For anybody wondering, Statista released a full breakdown of their selection process for this list, which is available here.

About Serenity Springs Recovery Center

Serenity Springs is a top-rated Florida recovery and addiction rehabilitation center with offices in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach. We are one of the only drug and alcohol facilities offering inpatient treatment with an actual gender-specific model. Our residential Edgewater facility provides treatment on a beautiful 10-acre private sanctuary.

One of the key factors in our ongoing success is our 2:1 client-to-staff ratio. With this many professionals ready to give their focus to a patient, the results are better, more individualized care. This is a sensitive time in the life of most addicts. We take that into account, putting your treatment front-and-center on our list of priorities with access to one-on-one treatment.

Ultimately, our goal is simple: to help our clients recover from the damaged state of mind, body, and spirit that leads o substance abuse. We are a tight-knit, family-structured substance abuse treatment center and that homey atmosphere is a big part of our identity.

With so much going into the work we do, it’s an honor to be acknowledged among the recovery centers doing this very important work across Florida. We’d like to thank Newsweek for the feature, and all the best to our followers, current patients, and alumni.

If you or someone you love are struggling with addiction or alcohol abuse, get in touch with us at (386) 423-4540 or online, to find out more, today!

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2 Drugged Drivers → 3 Deaths and School Bus Crash in NJ

February 21st, 2019 Posted by Disease of Addiction, News, Opioid Epidemic 0 comments on “2 Drugged Drivers → 3 Deaths and School Bus Crash in NJ”

A substitute bus driver, Lisa Byrd drove a school bus and twelve children into a tree after overdosing on heroin. She lost consciousness and the bus from 14th Avenue School in Newark, NJ slowly rolled off the road. According to CNN, she was arrested by the Newark police on Wednesday after being revived by Narcan.

1. School Bus Driver Overdoses, Crashes in NJ<br /> 2. Fiery Crash Leaves Three Dead in Wayne, NJ

On Tuesday, Jason Vanderee, a 29-year-old male from Glenwood, NJ crashed his vehicle into a gas station in Wayne, NJ, killing three in a vicious head-on collision. According to, He was high and driving reckless while under the influence of heroin. Again, he was revived with Narcan by local police. Police found 9 bags of heroin in his vehicle, arrested Mr. Vanderee and charged him with 3 counts of death by auto, 3 counts of aggravated manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated.

Drug Overdoses are Dangerous for Everyone

The two stories out of New Jersey occurred over the past few days. This is very frightening to think that these types of drivers are out there and we might have to dodge an oncoming, overdosed driver at some point. However, no one can live there lives like this. Drunk drivers have been on the loose for quite some time now. Please stay alert on the road!!

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We are again asking the same question here. Where are we right now in this country in terms of stopping this opioid epidemic? It seems to be doing a bit of a roller coaster routine again and not showing any signs of slowing down. Just when we thought it was cooling off, New Jersey strikes again.

Will the opioid epidemic slow down?

Stories like the aforementioned will put knots in your stomach or fear in your hearts. We are in a scary place as Americans for a number of reasons, but we are not going to get into politics. In terms of addiction and the epidemic, there is no clear cut answer. Obviously, as citizens or human beings, we wish these stories and epidemic would disappear for good.

The truth is drugs are here to stay and we have to hope that scientists continue to improve methods for combating the disease of addiction like our amino acid therapy or the bridge device. All we can do is continue to live our lives, focusing on our goals one day at a time. Writing this actually brought on some déjà vu from this blog post below where we asked very similar questions, and the results have not changed much!

An excerpt from, “Fentanyl Epidemic: Week in Review,” posted 10/16/2017:

What can we do to stop this?

As of today, there is really no answer for why, when or how this epidemic is going to end. It seems that drugs will always be a problem in this country and throughout the world regardless of the efforts made by police, armed forces, government, citizens, etc. of any country. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we do not worry about the numbers or politics involved, even though these are hot topics in America. We are here to offer a solution for addiction and change the lives of suffering addicts and alcoholics. These changes come from the knowledge and spiritual principles that we instill into their daily lives. This can and will happen for all that thoroughly work our program of recovery.

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Recovery from Addiction is Possible

Not good when we are coming to the same conclusion from 16 months ago. However, we will keep fighting this thing from our corner, here in Volusia County, FL. We have seen many recover and will continue to recover opioid addicts, alcoholics, meth addicts, benzo addicts, we have even seen a few internet/pornography addicts recover at Serenity Springs. It is on the individual, if they want it, the solution is waiting for them and will always be available to those that seek freedom from addiction!

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Serenity Springs is Now Joint Commission Accredited. Here’s What That Means.

May 18th, 2018 Posted by Blog, News 0 comments on “Serenity Springs is Now Joint Commission Accredited. Here’s What That Means.”

What is the Joint Commission?

Formerly and still popularly known as JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), The Joint Commission was established in 1951 and today is the nation’s leader in the accreditation across the full spectrum of health organizations. Beginning in 1969, The Joint Commission established the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program to encourage safe, high-quality care, treatment or services to individuals receiving mental health or addiction treatment services. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has accredited and certified nearly 21,000 healthcare programs and organizations across the United States. Serenity Springs Recovery Center is proud to now count itself among this number of high-caliber, safe and effective providers.

What does Joint Commission Accreditation Mean for Me? 

Whether it is you or your loved one that is entering a treatment facility, you want to be assured that only the best level of care is provided. The Joint Commission’s vision statement is that “all people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.” Serenity Springs has always been committed to this idea since its inception, but our team made the decision to back up our mission statement by making every aspect of our program subject to the rigorous scrutiny that comes with a Joint Commission survey. It is a well-known and unfortunate fact that there are many other treatment centers out there who present themselves as excellent, top-tier facilities when they are anything but. These are the same organizations that would simply fall flat and receive failing grades when subjected to the demanding standards that The Joint Commission asks of its applicants. Plainly put, Joint Commission accreditation is an assurance for our clients and their families that every aspect of treatment received is trustworthy and superior to the industry average.

What is a Joint Commission survey like?

Upon application for Joint Commission membership, a survey date is set and a surveyor, who is a highly trained expert in the field of healthcare, comes out to examine and assess the facility or facilities in accordance with its extensive standards manual. The standards of The Joint Commission are updated frequently to reflect advances in healthcare. The survey is carried out precisely and addresses every aspect of care, including patient rights and education, infection control, medication management, the prevention of medical errors, staff competency evaluation, emergency preparedness, and how the organization collects data on its performance and uses that data to improve itself. While Serenity Springs is very proud to achieve accreditation through its strong survey performance, it only marks the beginning of our commitment to excellence. Serenity Springs will self-assess its performance to monitor its compliance of standards and set goals to exceed standards and provide and even higher quality of safe and effective care.

How did Serenity Springs perform on its survey?

Among the approximately 250 standards that The Joint Commission uses in its evaluation of behavioral health centers, Serenity Springs had 17 findings – none of which were high risk or pertained to client safety. This constitutes a 93.2% rate of adherence to the standards set forth. The survey evaluated the all of the current programs of Serenity Springs, which include our men’s residential center and PHP programs as well as our men and women’s IOP/OP programs. As such, each of these programs bears the seal of Joint Commission approval. Serenity Springs was found to provide quality assessment of the individual and the delivery of care, treatment and services with excellent monitoring of the outcomes of that care. Other areas of high performance include staff competency, risk assessment, emergency planning and preparation, infection control, medication processes and client record keeping.

What does this mean for Serenity’s preexisting CARF accreditation?

Our recent receipt of The Joint Commission seal of approval does not affect our status of a CARF certified center. The two bodies have different standards for accreditation but none of which conflict with one another and demand that facilities choose one or the other. While CARF and JCAHO accreditation are accomplishments on their own and any center should be proud to have achieved either one, the ability of Serenity Springs to secure and maintain both puts it in an elite class normally reserved for larger scale facilities. With its intimate, family atmosphere, high staff-to-client ratio and dual accreditation, Serenity Springs has cemented itself as a unique, high-quality addiction treatment provider.

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KDA6Y7 Staten Island, NY, USA. 12th Oct, 2017. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces support for a new bill that would categorize 11 different Fentanyl variations as controlled substances giving law enforcement the ability to pursue dealers and manufacturers of the drug across NY State in a press conference on Staten Island in New York City on October 12, 2017. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Media Punch/Alamy Live News

Fentanyl Epidemic: Week in Review

October 16th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, News, Opioid Epidemic 0 comments on “Fentanyl Epidemic: Week in Review”

On Wednesday, New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo held a press hearing to discuss a move implementing a significant crack-down on deadly pharmaceutical opioid drug fentanyl. Less than 24 hours before Governor Cuomo made the announcement; there were 14 overdoses in a four-hour time frame due to the synthetic opioid just down the road in Camden, New Jersey. Camden County, NJ ranks one in New Jersey’s heroin overdose frequency. [1]

Summary of the epidemic:

Drug overdose is the number one cause of death for Americans who are under age 50. Many state legislations report the overdose spike is related to the easily-accessible, synthetic opioid made by pharmaceutical companies. [2] FENTANYL is the name for those not paying attention to the opioid, AKA heroin, and for now, it is also the fentanyl epidemic. Puzzled parents and loved ones of opioid-dependent addicts now with more reason to fear a knock at the door or the phone ringing. They’re left to question, “What is fentanyl?” and “What are we doing to stop the never-ending, always-growing opioid & fentanyl epidemic?”

What does fentanyl look like?

There are really no distinct traits of fentanyl that make it stand out from heroin, cocaine or any other street drugs. The color is usually white or tan, when in powder form. However, there are many unique forms or “faces” of fentanyl. This is yet another reason it is so dangerous: the many ways it is produced, prescribed, smuggled, manufactured, and/or ordered into the wrong hands.

Not to mention, the staggering number of “research chemicals” that are coming from the internet, under the radar. These chemicals are shipped with a label, identifying them with a scientific formula. They also have a name, usually complex, with the drug name somehow mixed into it i.e. methoxyacetyl-fentanyl powder. The label will have something like, “USE FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY” or “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION,” which is or once was a way of reducing penalties for possession. This is some frightening information. That means that anyone with internet access, an address, and credit card can simply click the “I certify that I am 18 or older” checkbox and “research chemicals” will be delivered! Most of these chemicals are made in a lab, usually in China, and shipped from the same place.



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What is fentanyl used for?

Fentanyl is classified as an analgesic, commonly known as an opioid pain medication like morphine and OxyContin. The only similarity between fentanyl and morphine is just that, their classification. Differences, there are a bunch, the biggest being the strength of fentanyl. This lethal drug packs 50-100 times the power of morphine. Some forms of fentanyl analogs carry up to 10,000 times the potency levels we commonly see in prescription opioids, such as OxyContin, morphine, and Dilaudid. [3]

Celebrity Usage Exposed

Other common methods of delivery include gel patches and fentanyl lollipops. Media and many celebrities including pop princess, Britney Spears and the late music icon, Prince have been suspected of publically ingesting and referencing the opioid-laced lollipop. The death of Prince was said to be the direct result of his opioid dependence, which included fentanyl and fentanyl lollipops. Not only are the lollipops appealing to the youth of America, the media felt exposing dangerous drug use information about pop icons was necessary too. Just like any other addiction, this intimidating and deadly substance can grab a hold of anyone, anywhere.

Prince promotional picture early in his career (Died from fentanyl overdose April 21, 2016)

Overdoses Out of Control

Of the estimated 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, the most significant increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl with over 20,000 overdose deaths. According to the New York Times, estimated deaths due to drug overdose went up 19% from 2015 to 2016. This unfavorable sweep of death and destruction by from opioid-induced drug addiction doesn’t seem like it’s decreasing anytime soon. Adding insult to injury on Wednesday, October 12, 2017, Camden, New Jersey reported fourteen overdoses in four hours as the result of fentanyl-laced heroin.


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Fentanyl Epidemic Eruption

Unfortunately, acute tragedies involving several opioid-related overdoses are reported nationwide every day. West Virginia who leads the country’s overdose rates by three times the national average, in 2016 communicated 27 heroin-induced overdoses in only 4 hours. Early this year West Virginia Public Broadcasting cited a 46 percent increase in overdose deaths in the state in just four years. They claim direct relation to the rise of fentanyl and the choice mixture among drug traffickers to increase potency levels of heroin.

Massachusetts has recently put most of its energy and effort in combating this drug over any other drug, including heroin. The Boston Globe this month ran a story in which they interviewed Michael J. Ferguson, a special agent who oversees the New England field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In the article, they quoted Fergenson pleading, “Fentanyl is manufactured death, and it’s like no other epidemic that I’ve come across in my 27 years at DEA.” Mr. Fergenson and the rest of the state of Massachusetts saw that among the 1,899 death by opioid overdose in 2016, 69 percent of them tested positive for fentanyl.

Fentanyl Epidemic Headlines:

States all over the country are starting to feel the crippling power that fentanyl has over its citizens. The fentanyl epidemic is starting to explode nationwide. These are just some of this week’s major headlines involving fentanyl [10.8.17-10.15.17]

MARYLAND: Police seize over 6000 fentanyl pills while serving warrant in Baltimore

NEBRASKA: Investigators capture more than 30 pounds of fentanyl

NEW JERSEY: Governor Christie passes legislation to combat fentanyl-laced heroin

COLORADO: Registered nurse arrested for stealing fentanyl intended for patients

VIRGINIA: Fentanyl Hazmat exercise held in Virginia Beach

PENNSYLVANIA: Drug rehab founder accused of providing fentanyl to addict patients

FLORIDA: Authorities find 11-year child dead from fentanyl exposure during a raid

What can we do to stop this?

As of today, there is really no answer for why, when or how this epidemic is going to end. It seems that drugs will always be a problem in this country and throughout the world regardless of the efforts made by police, armed forces, government, citizens, etc. of any country. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we do not worry about the numbers or politics involved, even though these are hot topics in America. We are here to offer a solution for addiction and change the lives of suffering addicts and alcoholics. These changes come from the knowledge and spiritual principles that we instill into their daily lives. This can and will happen for all that thoroughly work our program of recovery.


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  1. Vicki Batts. “Drug Overdose Is Now Leading Cause of…” CDC News. 13 Sept. 2017. Web.
  2. “Fentanyl.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Oct. 2017. Web.
  3. Milo, Paul. “14 Overdoses in 4 Hours Linked to Fentanyl-laced Heroin.”, 12 Oct. 2017. Web.
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Google Cuts Addiction Treatment Ads

September 20th, 2017 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction, News, Treatment 1 comment on “Google Cuts Addiction Treatment Ads”

In a recent decision, Google decided to limit the number of advertisements it allows from substance abuse treatment facilities for addiction. In this decision, Google says that it believes it’s the safest thing to do, releasing the following statement.

“Prosecutors and health advocates have warned that many online searches are leading addicts to click on ads for rehab centers that are unfit to help them or, in some cases, endangering their lives.”

Is this the “safe” thing to do?

While Google’s attempt to keep its users safe is admirable, it’s hard to know if it’s really the right thing to do.

Yes, there are some advertisements that are misleading and there are some treatment centers that aren’t doing a great job, but for each of these, there are dozens of others that are truly changing people’s lives.

The main concern is that treatment centers, considering the opioid crisis this country is going through, are becoming big business, a very lucrative endeavor for investors and businessmen. This of course completely overlooks the treatment centers with caring, professional staff who are dedicated to helping people overcome substance abuse.

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Will Google lift the restriction?

Are other businesses restricted because they are lucrative or in demand?

According to a NY Times article, Google intends to lift the restriction, which has made it impossible for centers to buy ads that are related to drug treatment searches,

“if it can find a way to weed out misleading advertisements.”

The risky part of this decision revolves around this question:

How many people will be unable to find the care they need while this massive restriction is in place? 

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Opiate Withdrawal Finds Solution in Volusia County

September 18th, 2017 Posted by Blog, News, Opioid Epidemic, Treatment 0 comments on “Opiate Withdrawal Finds Solution in Volusia County”

Among the circles of recovery in New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, and throughout Volusia County, Florida, you experience and watch life get really good, or really bad. It vacillates between weddings, graduations, accomplishments, celebrations, or funerals. As a person in long-term recovery, I have attended my share of funerals. With the opiate epidemic and opiate withdrawal sweeping the country, any innovative solutions are intriguing, one, in particular, being The Bridge.

The Bridge

The Bridge is nothing short of a lifeline. Worn behind the ear, and free of opiates, The Bridge is a small device that works as a peripheral nerve stimulator, blocking pain signals by targeting cranial nerves. With its effect on the brain functions of the hypothalamus and the amygdala, it stops withdrawal symptoms in its tracks.

The Mind of an Addict Through Opiate Withdrawal

Let me take you on a tour of the mind of an addict. As an ex-opiate/heroin addict, there were hundreds of times I did anything to evade opiate withdrawal. This is parallel to the hundreds of women I’ve assisted in getting sober as well over the last five years.

Why? Why do we evade? Logically speaking, and from the average, unaddicted Joe’s perspective, acute withdrawal is only a few days in duration. Who can’t get through a few days? Isn’t it like having the flu? And why should we get to evade suffering?

Because there’s no logic driving the unprecedented brain of an addict in withdrawal. Because the experience of withdrawal causes the brain to send signals to the system saying,

“We’re dying. We’ll do anything to survive.”

Because us suffering withdrawal with do little to nothing to imprint the horror of the experience in such a way that will teach us not to do it again. Experience shows us this. And it is not, in fact, like having the flu.

Bridging the Gap of Sobriety and Addiction

The Bridge aids withdrawal symptoms for the first five days of withdrawal, and let’s be clear; the sole purpose is to aid in these first five days. After that, the real work starts; the core of the insanity of addiction lies in the fact that, even after being fully detoxed, nothing clouding our system, we will pick up again, without treatment. Hence the imprint of suffering having no weight in us not using again.

Tragically, many of us do not reach this point of crossroads in choosing life rather than death and doing this work. We run from withdrawal again and again. Withdrawal does not inspire the logical decision to get through it once and not use again. For the addict, it inspires the opposite; keep using, at absolutely any cost.

If we can “Bridge” over the first five days (yes, pun intended), we have crossed a major hurdle. Those five days feel like five years to an addict. We have now reached an opportunity to do the work necessary for freedom, should we be willing.

Opiate Free Solution to Opiate Withdrawal

I tried every which way; both long-term and short-term Suboxone, Methadone, Vivitrol, complete obliteration with other substances, you name it. The Bridge is opiate free, with a less than 1% failure rate. At an out-of-pocket cost of $495, which opiate users generally do not have, this has caught the attention of insurance companies and funding is currently in the works. Perhaps your support can help.

The Bridge works with us, not against us. It is revolutionary, the first of its kind, and will save lives. Rates of death are soaring and overdose often happens in the throes of withdrawal; I have lived through four near-fatal overdoses myself from this exact scenario, not to mention the years I burned running from withdrawal altogether. According to the Chicago Tribune, there were over 50,000 overdose deaths in 2015.

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Join Serenity Springs, one of the best rehab centers in Florida, and get through your withdrawal symptoms comfortably! Check out The Bridge which we can have placed by one of our licensed clinicians at our outpatient facility in New Smyrna Beach, FL. We also offer other holistic, drug treatment options for opiate/opioid withdrawal and substance abuse.

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Hurricane Irma’s Impact: PTSD and Addiction

September 11th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Disease of Addiction, News 1 comment on “Hurricane Irma’s Impact: PTSD and Addiction”

While much of the nation’s attention is rightfully glued to their televisions awaiting updates on the current conditions of Hurricane Irma another group of people is also being impacted: addicts and alcoholics afflicted with substance abuse disorder and other dual diagnosis disorders. As these are very trying times for everyone in Florida; men and woman in recovery are uniting together to ensure the safety of their brothers and sisters in recovery.

Recovered Addicts at Risk of Relapse

According to an addiction expert at Serenity Springs Recovery Center; a nationwide leader in treating substance abuse and dual diagnosis disorders in Edgewater, Florida stated, “Individuals with active addictions and those that have recovered from addictions are at risk of relapse or binges after a stressful event such as Hurricane Irma.  It is imperative that those in recovery stay close to their support networks, 12-step fellowships, and family’s in stressful times like the natural disaster we are experiencing here in Florida.”

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PTSD, Anxiety, and Addiction

When the brain experiences trauma, it releases excessive amounts of chemicals that physically and emotionally alters the body. Part of the fight or flight mechanism humans are equipped with, these chemicals are designed to help you escape imminent danger. For recovered addicts with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the chemicals continue to be released even when danger is no longer physically present.

Extensive research proves that addiction and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) go hand and hand. Individuals with PTSD, depression, and anxiety issues are much more likely to turn to drugs, alcohol and other mind-altering chemicals to cope with the trauma they have experienced, both physically and/or emotionally.  While substance abuse can seem like an appropriate response when you’re in the thick of PTSD, it is not only dangerous but potentially life threatening. Many people will have their lives forever altered when they begin to turn to substances as a coping mechanism.

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“What we are seeing with Hurricane Irma is an unrepresented situation. It is amazing to be a witness to how so many of our recovered alumni clients bond together in this time of crisis. A group of recovered alumni from Serenity Springs, originally from the beaches of Monmouth County, New Jersey, and now residents of New Smyrna Beach, Florida have come together to support each other. In the light of disaster and adversity, these men and woman have come together, for each other. That’s what recovery is all about!!!!” says Stephen Gallagher, alumnus and now an employee at Serenity Springs Recovery Center.

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New Holistic Treatment: Amino Acid Therapy for Addiction

August 23rd, 2017 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction, News, Recover, Treatment 1 comment on “New Holistic Treatment: Amino Acid Therapy for Addiction”

As many addicts will tell you, addiction is less about what they are addicted to and more about why they are addicted to it. As more and more research emerges around addiction and treatments for addiction, it is clear that the brain and its functions play a huge role. Without physically changing the way the brain is working, addictions are nearly impossible to overcome. Even if one habit is dropped, another will be picked up just as quickly. This is why many addicts are known to jump from substance to substance, habit to habit.

According to Psychology Today, many addictions are indeed psychologically based, which means that the actions of an addict are more psychological than they are physical. Of course, whether or not an addiction is truly a disease or a mental illness is still up for debate and remains to be a highly controversial subject. However, debating what causes addiction or why people become addicts isn’t immediately helpful for individuals dealing with its effects right now. In order to help individuals with addictions function in daily life, and to perhaps even save their life in some cases, effective treatments need to be discovered and made available.


One such treatment has of late been incredibly promising. A completely holistic treatment that is showing positive results in the lives of addicts, Amino Acid Therapy directly impacts the brain, repairing areas that have been negatively impacted by years of addiction. Contact Serenity Springs Recovery Center about the Amino Acid Therapy they offer to anyone looking to restore damages from substance abuse.

Why do Amino Acid Treatments work?

By nature of the addiction, most alcohol, drug, and other substance addicts are very nutrient depleted. Their years of misuse take a toll on the body and leave their brain, among other things, in disrepair. In order to help the body and brain recover, addicts need to replenish the nutrients that they have drained.

colorful brain with math formulas around it - amino acid therapy blog - Serenity SpringsAmong these nutrients, amino acids are the most important for recovery because they directly impact the neurotransmitters of the brain. The brain’s neurotransmitters are designed to react to their environment, which is why they can be damaged and altered by substance abuse. When these neurotransmitters no longer function as they should, the brain suffers, confusing how it perceives and understands pleasure. Neurotransmitters also have the ability to alter mood, proving substance addiction can produce such a dangerous tailspin.

By bolstering the brain’s neurotransmitters with an influx of amino acids, these centers can be rebuilt and restored. When they are, people with addictions are freed from the cycle. Initial amino acid therapy sessions allow other key elements of recovery to take hold. Without first treating the brain, other treatments will be less effective and the results will be short-lived.

What does an Amino Acid Therapy session involve?

At most recovery clinics, amino acid therapy is given to addicts intravenously. A highly-concentrated solution, these amino acids are dripped intravenously for up to eight hours each day. While this may seem like a long time, these sessions are effective because of prolonged exposure. In order for the amino acids to have an opportunity to actually repair the neurotransmitters in the brain, they need to be given ample time to do their work.

Dr. Humiston performing our Amino Acid Therapy for Addiction Recovery of the damaged brain. (300x200)As amino acids enter the body, the brain receives the tools its need to repair the damage that has been done over the years. For many addicts, they will undergo this day-long treatment for about a week in order to receive lasting benefits. For some addicts who have been using substances recently, the treatment needs to last much longer, sometimes up to fifteen days. Read more about Serenity Springs’ Amino Acid Therapy and Neurorecover from one of our clinical staff, Dr. John Humiston

Will the results of Amino Acid Therapy last?

When you start to rebuild the structures of the brain, you get lasting results. Incredibly, most addicts that undergo amino acid treatment say that are freed from cravings and depression. An article featured on Integrative Psychiatry reveals that not only does this type of therapy have lasting effects for addiction treatment, but it has incredible lasting results for individuals suffering from depression.

“Using amino acids (neurotransmitter precursors) in certain combinations, and with appropriate administration timing allows us to manufacture more of the specific mood elevating neurotransmitters in the brain.”

As a major underlying cause of many addictions, the capacity to treat depression as well as the addiction itself is just one reason why this type of therapy really works. Unlike pharmaceutical solutions that play with neurotransmitters in the brain, amino acid therapy actually rebuilds them. Without amino acid therapy, many individuals become reliant on prescription drugs, needing them in order to keep their brain functioning. Amino acid therapy has the benefit of not needing these types of drugs, as the brain is actually healed and rebuilt during treatment. This treatment is offered at Serenity Springs Recovery Center as part of our Health and Wellness program.

Where do you find Amino Acid Treatments for addicts?

Many clinics and treatment centers today offer amino acid therapy as an effective holistic treatment for addiction. Although the treatment is becoming more common, it’s always important to make sure it is done properly in order to get lasting results. Some professionals recommend having tests done that show which amino acids your body needs the most in order to receive those that will specifically help you during recovery. Replacing amino acids that the body is deficient in during treatment sessions is a powerful form of lasting therapy.

While you can find clinics that offer one-day treatment sessions, that is not enough for an addict or alcoholic. Sporadic treatments, although not harmful, will not have the same results as ones that are done consistently for several days, or weeks, at a time. If you deal with chronic addiction and need help, amino acid therapy treatments are effective. However, you will need to commit to back-to-back therapy. You should also choose a place where you are supported through the recovery and treatment process.

Find an addiction treatment center you can trust, one that can see you through from start to finish. You can use amino acid treatments to finally beat your addiction. Serenity Springs has helped so many do just that. Cutting-edge treatment options are available to all and are another component of our formula for success!

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February 7th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Disease of Addiction, News, Opioid Epidemic 2 comments on “Ohio Morgue Unable to Match Pace of Opioid-Induced Deaths”
In Montgomery County, Ohio, the coroner’s office has been so inundated by overdose deaths this year that it has resorted to setting up makeshift facilities.


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Sephora Promoting an Eyeshadow Called “Druggie”, Prompts Outrage

January 16th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, News 0 comments on “Sephora Promoting an Eyeshadow Called “Druggie”, Prompts Outrage”
While the nation is in the grips of a devastatingly deadly opioid epidemic, Sephora sought fit to trivialize and profit off of the pain and suffering wrought by addiction and death. (more…)

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On December 28, the NFL announced it was suspending Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin four games for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The two-time Pro Bowler will miss the team’s final regular season game, with the suspension carrying over to the next season. (more…)

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December 28th, 2016 Posted by Blog, News 0 comments on “Remembering George Michael”
In the aftermath of the passing of singer-songwriter George Michael on Christmas Day, it has been revealed that, according to a source close to him, he was battling a “secret heroin addiction. (more…)

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The New Drug Dealer

November 23rd, 2016 Posted by Awareness, Blog, News 0 comments on “The New Drug Dealer”
Online shopping has given consumers the power of purchasing anything they desire at a click of their fingertips.

This includes drugs.  (more…)

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Clinton vs. Trump: Who will be better for recovery?

November 4th, 2016 Posted by Awareness, Blog, News, Recover 0 comments on “Clinton vs. Trump: Who will be better for recovery?”
Substance abuse has been a key issue affecting the American people. As we prepare for the presidential election we want to assess each candidate’s stance on this issue. (more…)

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Dangerous Drug Outlawed in Florida

October 27th, 2016 Posted by Awareness, Blog, News, Opioid Epidemic 0 comments on “Dangerous Drug Outlawed in Florida”
A “new” and extremely dangerous drug has surfaced in Central Florida with 8 confirmed deaths already reported in the state and 80 nationwide.


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