Happy Renewal Year!

Happy Renewal Year!

A vintage illustration of the holiday season’s end depicts a wizened old man alongside a diapered baby. These are classic representations of the year almost gone and the new year aborning: Out with the old, in with the new. Painful memories can make the holidays a...

Forest of Hope Event in Baltimore County

As you may or may not know, September is National Recovery Month. There are local events all over the country celebrating recovery from addiction and raising awareness about the disease, to reduce the stigma. This Saturday, September 16, the Nikki Perlow Foundation...

Alcoholism Treatment is NOT One Size Fits All

One of the founding concepts of Serenity Acres is that addiction or alcoholism is a complicated disease. Every patient is different, with individual needs and histories, and treatment for these diseases cannot be approached under a “one size fits all” mentality. Now,...

Surgeon General to Speak in Harford County

Harford County, MD and Addiction Connections Resource, Inc. have teamed up to host an event that will allow community members to learn more about opioid addiction from one of the world’s leading experts. On Thursday, September 14, the former US surgeon general, Dr....

Hepatitis C Infections on the Rise

We all know the risk of overdose that puts the lives of opioid users in danger. But a different threat has emerged from the opioid epidemic that is equally as dangerous. Hepatitis C Risk Increases Injection drug users are contracting Hepatitis C at a rapid rate,...

Possible Vaccine for Opioid Addiction in Development

While local, state, and federal officials are rapidly scrambling to find solutions to the opioid epidemic, science is working equally as hard. Much of the root of addiction lies in biology. Drugs, after all, affect the brain first and foremost. Those of us in recovery...

Naloxone Training Opens to Public in Howard County

With the number of opioid overdoses not showing any sign of slowing down, Maryland officials are clamoring to find solutions that will help. Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, is already in high demand across the country. First responders, school...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2017

Thursday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day is an event held yearly to raise awareness of the overdose crisis and attempt to bring the truth about the disease of addiction into the light and reduce the stigma attached to it. It is also...

Howard County Fights Back Against Addiction

In the first three months of 2016, Howard County saw five fentanyl-related deaths. The same time frame this year, that number was up to 11. Local experts attribute the spike to the increase in fentanyl being used to cut heroin. As we have discussed on this blog in the...

Drunk Driving Program Changes the Game

Drunk driving legislation and punishment has historically focused on driving. Those convicted of driving under the influence are subject to license revocation, driving restrictions, and in-car breathalyzers that prevent cars from being started if the driver has...