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December Newsletter

Recovery During The Holidays Holidays are generally a time of joy and celebration but for many people the holidays can be a painful reminder of years past where anxiety, trauma, and addiction took precedence over all other things in life. Holidays may be anniversaries...

November Newsletter

Weighing Cost & Benefit The staff at Magdalene Serenity House completed training for SMART Recovery this year. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) was started in 1994 and uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques to help people with substance use...

October Newsletter

What are you dressing up as this Halloween? At Halloween some of us wear masks or disguise ourselves so others won’t recognize us. Do you ever feel like doing that at any other time of the year? Do you wish you could be the assertive one in the room and stand up...

September Newsletter

Lessons Learned Magdalene Serenity House accepted its first resident two years ago. She works full-time, has her own apartment, and has custody of her son. Our next graduate is scheduled to leave in February. She will return to her home and regain custody of her two...

August Newsletter

Grief & Loss In Recovery People with substance use disorder (SUD) often suffer losses due to their addiction. Consequences of addiction result in many losses: jobs and careers, financial well-being, friendships and relationships (significant others and children),...

July Newsletter

Medication Assisted Treatment Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is now available for people with substance use disorders (SUD). According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2019) MAT “combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat SUD and...