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Substance Abuse & Addiction:

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors. 

What is substance abuse or chemical dependency? 

  1. The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.

  2. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control use of the substance.

  3. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects.

  4. Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use the substance.

  5. Recurrent use of the substance resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.

  6. Continued use of the substance despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of its use.

  7. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of use of the substance.

  8. Recurrent use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous.

  9. Use of the substance is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.

  10. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

    1. A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.

    2. A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.

  11. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:

    1. The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for that substance.

    2. The substance (or a closely related substance) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.


I will partner with you to evaluate and treat your chemical dependency needs and provide options to create pathways to success.  Treatment may include individual counseling, 12-step programs, chemical dependency education, and family interventions.

If residential or detox is necessary, I will assist you in gaining the appropriate help.

Serenity Light Recovery offers an opportunity for a holistic and personal detox and/or residential treatment experience.  I personally attest that the staff are professional and truly care for the client's needs.  The medical staff is second to none and the recovery coaches help you through treatment during your rewarding journey to recovery.

Serenity Light Recovery presents a dramatic presentation of what addiction feels like for the afflicted

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