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The second day of spring surprised us by dumping 8 inches of snow. I would say we weren’t expecting that, but it is Maryland we’re talking about! Hopefully, that will be the last of the snow for awhile (famous last words!). Newly fallen snow is pretty, but can I get a “hands up” for warmer weather? A more typical spring is a beautiful season. with the flowers blooming, birds chirping, and the children playing and laughing outside — sans snowsuit.

We’ll get there.

It’s easy to get distracted and forget why you got clean in the first place. You may find that right after leaving treatment you are easily “triggered” by certain things — even warmer weather. This is not unusual; your disease can sneak up on you when you least expect it. However, now that you have completed treatment, you have acquired certain tools to help you to avoid what once seemed inevitable: relapse.

Being able to identify your triggers so you can resist them is crucial to sustaining your recovery process. One of the wonderful addictions counselors here at Serenity Acres, Dwayne Jenkins, will be speaking about trigger management on the evening of May 6th. Please join us to learn some great strategies for the season! See below for more info.


Spring Cleaning My Recovery: Building Momentum for Change

 

Featured Speaker: Dwayne Jenkins, CSC-AD

1110 St. Stephen’s Church Road, Crownsville, MD 21032

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 6:30 PM

NOTE: This is a free event open to all Serenity Acres Alumni. Pizza and beverages will be provided! 

 

 

Spring…what a wonderful time of year. Spring cleaning, however, blends the excitement of a fresh start with the dread of having to do some work. Sorting through what once seemed necessary and useful, remembering the good times it represented. Deciding between keeping the item “for old times’ sake” versus the need to throw it out to make room in our lives for something new.  Does this process remind you of recovery? It should!

Ask yourself: Do I need to freshen up my network? Do I need to change my meetings?  Have I outgrown certain attitudes and behaviors? Have they led to corrupt coping mechanisms or even character defects?  “Spring cleaning our recovery” demands the same fearlessness as the 4th step, and it requires similar guidance.  And it’s not just for the “old timers”!  So grab your tools, invite your Higher Power, and let’s get to work and have some fun as we “clean house”!

 


 

SURRENDER TO SERENITY: Nancy’s Story

Hi guys!! My name is Nancy.  I came to Serenity Acres in November of 2017.  This was not my first time in treatment — it was my third.  My drug use didn’t take off until after High School.  I graduated nursing school in 2008 and had all the drug access in the world.  It wasn’t until March of 2010 that I realized I had a problem.  For seven years, I was in and out of Narcotic Anonymous.  The First Step talks about surrendering to the program.  That is what I didn’t do.  I wasn’t willing to change everything, or anything, for that matter.

 

By year six of the seven,  I had two kids and was still trying to manage my life while using.  At this point, my drug dealer was a doctor, which help me to justify my drug use.  My daughter had an accident last October where she required surgery.  A normal parent would be in the moment and caring for her daughter; I went on a Xanax and muscle relaxer binge. My other daughter saw me fall, and for two days afterward asked me why.  It was at that moment I knew I needed treatment.

 

I arrived at Serenity Acres on November 8th, 2017, which is also my clean date.  I was just done with using.  The staff taught me coping mechanisms I actually used.  There were no “rehab boyfriends.”  There was no blaming.  I surrendered to the recovery process and really started working on myself.  Since leaving treatment,  I have attended every single alumni meeting with the exception of Super Bowl.  I got a sponsor, work the Steps, regularly attend meetings, and I am honest — including with myself.   I have a service position in my homegroup and another for the alumni meeting.

 

I have come across many opportunities to use.  What do I do? I tell someone. This program works. Since leaving treatment,  I was able to move out of my inlaws’ house and have been trusted by the state of Maryland to raise my nephew.  That’s an incredible shift in responsibility. Six months ago, I needed supervision raising my own kids.

 

Serenity Acres is the lynchpin of my recovery.  With a service position and a commitment to be there every Sunday, the program is what recharges me for the week.  To see the clients and other alumni, it keeps everything fresh for me.   This time around, I love this process, this program, this treatment center.

 


Alumni Milestones

Congratulations to some of our Alumni in celebrating their clean time. Thank you for giving hope to those who are still suffering!

  • Keara V – 3 months on 4/5/18
  • Andy J – 4 months on 4/8/18
  • Nancy B – 5 months on 4/8/18
  • Erin D – 3 months on 4/11/18

 


Home Run for Recovery

 

 

This year is the 1st Howard County Home Run for Recovery Softball Tournament. If you want to come and be a part of the Serenity Acres team, please register here as a Recovery Agency Team Player! If you would just like to watch and cheer your fellow alumni on, you can sign up here as a Spectator! 

The tournament will take place on May 5th from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Centennial North Park, located on 9801 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Come out and have a “ball” with us! Spread the word to your friends and family. Only Alumni and staff can sign up to play.

If you have any questions please contact me anytime 410-721-6353 ext. 302 or joanna.mccarrick@meridianprograms.com. Thanks — and see you on the softball fields!


 

Jeremy’s Run

 

Jeremy Glass, who died at 20 years young from a drug overdose, was a kind, sensitive and loving person who was dearly loved by his family and friends. Jeremy fought what was ultimately a losing battle against this terrible disease that devastates so many lives. This race is dedicated to his memory, and to the memory of others who have been taken far too soon.

This year, Serenity Acres is assisting Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers in finding volunteers to assist in this event. We thought it would be a great opportunity for Serenity Acres Alumni to participate in a wonderful cause. This year’s event will be held on Memorial Day, May 28th in Olney, MD.

If you are interested in volunteering or signing up for one of these races please email Joanna McCarrick at joanna.mccarrick@serenityacrestreatment.com or call 410-721-6353 Ext 302. Check out the website for more details: www.jeremysrun.com

 


Serenity Acres Mobile App

Our program now has its very own Alumni App! We have had a great number of alumni sign up already, with many of them sharing their milestone (length of clean time). It is also a perfect opportunity to reach out if you are in need of support and encouragement. The setup is similar to Facebook and Instagram, where you can comment and “like” posts from other members. You can download the app on your smartphone from either the iTunes store or the Play store, depending on what type of smartphone you have. You can also access the site from the internet on your laptop/computer via the Serenity Acres.com website. It is a private app, strictly for Serenity Acres alumni.

DOWNLOAD THE APP FOR iOS or ANDROID


Upcoming Events

  • Weekly Alumni 12-Step meetings every Sunday, 6:30pm at the St Stephens Episcopal Church (1110 St Stephens Church Road, Crownsville, MD 21032)
  • May 5th – Howard County 1st Annual Softball Tournament (See info above)
  • May 6th at 6:30 – Dwayne J (one of our staff) will be speaking on “Spring Cleaning Your Recovery: Building Momentum for Change” at our next S.A.R.S.E (Serenity Alumni Recovery Support Event) Come out, grab a friend and have some pizza with us. No charge. 
  • May 28th – Jeremy’s Run (See info above)