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Ahhhh! Summer has finally arrived.

But for those of us in recovery, there’s a catch. To one degree or another, we may associate the warmer weather with the use of drugs and alcohol. At the backyard barbecue and during other summertime activities, temptation abounds. So it’s important to keep in mind we can still have summer fun (and more of it) as clean and sober individuals. Everyone around us, even if they don’t think to say it, will be grateful, too.

With the sunshine of weekend activities and family vacations, it’s easy to get worn down. A mindful season includes attending to some basic self-care, but make sure it’s all of you: mind, body, and spirit. Here are some essentials actions which will keep your summer a healthy one.


Sunscreen – In order to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, apply at least 30 SPF. Especially between 10am and 4pm, If you plan on being outside for a long period time, reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours.


Water – It is important to make sure you are drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses (8 oz. glass) of water a day to maintain a healthy weight, help prevent illness, improve your brain function while keeping your bones and muscles healthy. Most of all it is your fuel in order to participate in all your summer activities. Maybe find a fun insulated water bottle and make sure to never leave your house without it.


Exercise – Warmer weather usually brings people outdoors. Whether it’s going for nature walks, hiking, or jogging on the beach, getting up and moving will help improve your heart health, release stress and reduce those body aches and pains. Make an effort to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, even if it is just taking a walk around your neighborhood.


Meditation – One thing you can do either inside or outdoors to maintain your recovery is take a seat and practice a brief mediation ritual each day. Sitting meditation is the core act of mindfulness and well help you slow down the frenetic pace of your action-packed summer schedule for a few precious minutes. There are many approaches to mediation, but here is one mediation for healing addiction which can get you on your way!

Have a wonderful summer. Enjoy every moment!

Alumni Milestones

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

  • Brandon T (2 months on 6/3/18)
  • Shannon S (3 months on 5/31/18)
  • Allen B (4 months on 5/31/18)
  • Chris K (4 months on 6/20/18)
  • Stephanie H (5 months on 6/2/18)
  • Keara V (5 months on 6/5/18)
  • Mary Beth W (6 months on 6/5/18)
  • Terry (6 months on 6/21/18)
  • Ty M (8 months on 6/20/18)

Summer Recipe: Caribbean Beef Burgers with Mango Salsa

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  • 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • Salt
Mango Salsa:
  • 1 large mango, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Combine Ground Beef and jerk seasoning in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 3/4-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 13 to 14 minutes), until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. Season with salt, as desired.
    Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in medium bowl, mixing lightly. Serve burgers with salsa.


Home Run for Recovery

Our 1st Howard County Home Run for Recovery Softball Tournament was a huge success! Thank you to all who came out to support such a great cause. Everyone had a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next year… Congrats to the BLUE team for bringing home the trophy!

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 website. It is a private app, strictly for Serenity Acres alumni.


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)
  • Quarterly S.A.R.S.E (Serenity Acres Recovery Support Events) Next one sometime in August (Date TBD)
  • Annual End of Summer Family Picnic (Bring your significant other and kids) Date TBD