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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...

June Newsletter

Where is Bottom? We often hear people comment that someone who is not ready to make lifestyle changes relating to addiction, have not yet hit bottom. Where is bottom? Is it in a cardboard box behind a dumpster, a jail cell, a hotel room estranged from family and...

May Newsletter

Welcome to Holland This poignant story was written by a mother of a child with autism. She describes how she was not prepared for the experience. She likened it to preparing for a trip to Italy and after landing finding out she was in Holland. She finds the new...

MSH Wishlist

This year we will be welcoming new residents to Magdalene Serenity House. We anticipate having two new residents by the end of May. We are so excited to welcome them home to begin their healing journey. We have created a Wish List of common items for the household and...

April Newsletter

Many women served by Magdalene Serenity House have endured adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as well as intimate partner violence. The impact of these events results in lasting adverse health outcomes: suicide, substance use, and post traumatic stress disorder...