What Can Meditation Do for Your Addicted Brain?

What Can Meditation Do for Your Addicted Brain?

Meditation is a practice that people may look down on because of a multitude of reasons. They do not know how to get started, they may have convinced themselves that that it will not help anything, and it mostly because they are unsure why they should do it in the first place. People in recovery also fight doing meditation and one of the main reasons is because they are unable to quiet their minds long enough to see any of the benefits of meditation.

Meditation is actually a great tool to help the addicted brain. There are many benefits to practicing meditation when you get into recovery. Brainwave activity increases in the brain with meditation as well as the volume of the gray matter in brain getting larger. Entering into the state of relaxation greatly improves the brain from what it was like during a addiction.


Master your mind


What works in meditation is gaining control over your thoughts. This may seem like an incredible task to comprehend, but you should not give up until you try it. You may be surprised at the results of using meditation to clear your mind.


Moderate your cravings


Meditation is not a cure for addiction, but it sure can help with cravings. Since cravings center in the mind, calming the cravings through meditation works well for relapse prevention. By focusing on attention, cravings are a lot easier to let go of.


Manage your stress


Stress is one of the number one reasons to practice meditation. The art of deep breathing and blowing it out, makes the mind and the body focus on the task at hand – getting to a place of transcendental mindfulness. Stress and anxiety of your everyday life must be let go of. The best way is by breathing out all the negativity and breathing in your confidence.


Man an app


There are some great apps that can help improve your practice of meditation. Guided meditation can be useful to get you to the place of surpassing all your expectations introspectively.

Getting help to improve your meditation skills can get you to where you need to be in your mind, with your cravings, and your stress. Meditation can be beneficial to the addicted brain.

Come to Serenity Oaks Wellness Center to try out our holistic therapies that include meditation. Our staff is here to guide you through our recovery model to help you achieve long-term sobriety,  Give us a call at: 855-652-2683

4 Reasons to Exercise in Recovery

4 Reasons to Exercise in Recovery

Recovery gives you aims to be healthy in all aspects of your life. When you were in your addiction, you probably let your health decline to take care of your withdrawals instead of focusing on your self-care which is extremely important to upkeep in recovery. One of the best things you can do for your physical health is exercise because there are reasons why it is beneficial.

Exercise is a great stress reliever.

Focusing on something other than the stressors of the job or stressful everyday occurrences, can help mitigate the stress if you add 30 minutes of exercise to your day regularly. Find something that you like whether it be lifting weights, or going on a hike with friends. Getting out and doing some physical activity will help relieve pent up tensions that can make you feel even better in your recovery.

Exercise can give you a natural high.

Endorphins are released in the brain to make you feel good and exercising can release them while or after you exercise. You were probably always chasing your next high while you were in your addiction. Now you can chase a new high in recovery that will keep you sober, but still make you feel naturally high.

Exercise can help put some structure in your life.

In recovery, it is important to fill up your time with events other than being under the influence or looking for the drug dealer. Exercise can be a filler for you to go and do something that is really good for the body, the mind, and the spirit. Staying on track in recovery can lead you to staying on track with exercise.

Exercise can give you a positive outlook on your recovery life.

Doing something for yourself like exercising, can give you the self-confidence and self-esteem you were probably lacking while you were drinking and using. Exercising not only makes you look good, but it can make you feel better too. Yoga and Pilates are types of exercises that not only help you physically, but can get you connected spiritually and mentally by freeing up the worry in your brain.

You do not have to spend that much time exercising, maybe enough to reap the benefits that exercising has to offer. Start with something small and work up to something bigger to get you back into shape.

Exercising is something that we promote here at Serenity Oaks Wellness Center in our 5-week partial care program. We also exercise 12-Step program aspects along with our holistic therapy exercises. We are here to help you get moving. Call us today! 855-652-2683

Am I Really Sober if I Take Suboxone or Methadone?

Should Alcoholics Participate in Stealth Drinking?

The age-old question of whether you are sober if you take Suboxone or Methadone, continues to pursue in the recovery world. Some people think that if you use Suboxone or Methadone, or even antidepressants, that means you are not truly sober.

What is Suboxone?

A prescription medication that is a mixture of Buprenorphine and Naloxone that is useful in treating opioid addiction. Buprenorphine relieves withdrawal symptoms and Naloxone reverses the effects of the narcotics.

What is Methadone?

A prescription medication that is considered a pain reliever for drug detoxification and maintenance programs with people who are addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs. Methadone will provide relief from cravings and block feelings of euphoria.

While both drugs can relieve withdrawal symptoms and reverse the effects of getting high, if they are not used exactly as prescribed, they can get an addict high if misused.

The controversy begins with these drugs being able to get you high in prescribed doses and ends with people that do not have any medical background giving unsolicited advice to someone who has a substance abuse disorder that cannot stop using drugs on their own because of their physical dependency issues.

Members of 12-Step programs have their own opinions on whether or not Suboxone or Methadone counts in sobriety. There are many that say that you cannot be sober unless you are completely substance free. While the other side says that if you take Suboxone or Methadone in the manner that it is prescribed and then wean yourself off, you’re using aid that is designed to help addicts stay sober without getting high. The physical aspects of withdrawal are different for everyone and some people need a supervised and safe medical detox to get them through the early weeks of sobriety.

Every addict is different and if you are using your medical professionals, your medication, your program, and your Higher Power in a rigorously honest way, you will have a chance to get and stay sober. The key is to be in honest in your recovery and if you are doing just that, then you are doing the right thing for your recovery.

At Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, we can help you safely detox off drugs and alcohol. We are here to walk you through your recovery as easily as possible. Our staff is ready to get you started immediately. Call us: 855-652-2683

Reasons that Medical Detox is Safer

Reasons that Medical Detox is Safer

Addiction creates mental and physiological conversions of the body. Once drugs take over the natural substances that the brain uses for its reward system, the once natural substances do not do their job anymore making addicts have to rely more on drugs and alcohol. There is no set time limit for the shift to happen in addicts, because everyone has different metabolisms and a different DNA structure.

Recovery from mind-altering substances can be an easy road for some and a tough road for others. The first thing that should be considered is the medical detoxification program that the addict will attend. An addict may get overwhelmed trying to wrap their brain around having to go through possibly uncomfortable withdrawals, intense cravings, and mood swings. This is a big leap to have to live without drugs and alcohol any longer.

The detox process is not for the substance abuse problem itself, but to relieve symptoms of withdrawals in the mildest way possible. Being in a medically safe detox program can help alleviate the complications that can occur when an addict detoxes on their own. Cessation of drugs and alcohol can be dangerous and lead to some serious medical issues which is why medical detox is much safer.

Having medicine for detox purposes available may aid in a smoother detoxification period. Withdrawals can be difficult to go through alone and not having the relief of medication can lead an addict right back to the very thing that they are trying to get off in the first place. Research has shown that people that attempt at detoxing alone have a decreased chance of staying sober for the duration.

Stopping use of drugs or alcohol suddenly without medical supervision, can lead to a fatal heart stoppage, seizures, or organ failure. Alcoholics that drink chronically can have delirium tremens which can be very dangerous, even fatal, and should seek immediate emergency care. Having around-the-clock support and care can be very comforting during an uncharted withdrawal experience.

Going about detox alone while white knuckling it, can leave an addict in much worse condition than even their sickest days in their addiction. Being in a medically induced detoxification program can help facilitate long-term recovery because having professional help will get an addict ready for the journey of improving mental and physical health.

If you need help with detoxing off drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is here to help you. Entering our detox program is the first step in starting your new life. Our staff wants to help you detox safely and comfortably. Give us a call today: 855-652-2683

Why You Should Push Yourself to Find a Physical Activity You Enjoy

Physical Activity You Enjoy

Physical activity is a great prescription to result in positive health results. Longevity of life, raising metabolism for weight loss, and reducing stress to improve your mood are a couple of examples of how physical activity provides a positive outcome from exercise. Pushing yourself to discover the physical activities that you may enjoy, can be found.

Why You Should Push Yourself to Find a Physical Activity You Enjoy


Find out what your doctor thinks


Getting your doctor’s opinion for what your potential is with exercises can help to find ways to take pleasure in doing them, rather than despising them. You may think that you must do a certain type of exercise, but consulting a doctor can open a wide variety of physical activities that may be better in the long run for you.


Find out if you like exercise better alone or in a group


Being in a group of like-minded exercisers can be a good thing to get the results you that are looking for with physical activity. Group exercise promotes unity and lends support on days that you may seem less likely to be motivated. In a group setting, you can push yourself harder by being encouraged by others who are doing the same thing.


Find your optimal location


Some people may find lifting weights and walking on treadmill dull, while others find it a way of life. Whether you like being within the walls of the gym or out in nature, figuring out which spot you thrive in makes a tremendous difference. Finding an optimal location can keep workouts from being boring or discouraging.


Find an activity that fits your lifestyle


People have a outlook on what exercising should be that may not actually fit their lifestyle. Time and fatigue are often big factors in preventing people from physical activity. You may travel for work or be the parent of young children. Whatever your circumstances may be, exploring different options of exercise can help decide on one that fits your lifestyle. Try a home workout, an outdoor workout, or even a hotel room workout to see what works out best for you.

Finding exercise that you enjoy, may be the answer that you are looking for. Life is too short to not do the things you enjoy and that includes doing physical activity. Pushing yourself to find exercise that you actually dig, can help you reap some really cool health benefits that you sow.


You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Call us today for information: 855.652.2683

Why Do People Addicted to Drugs Resort to Such Lows?

How Can I Help Someone to Get into Treatment?

People that are addicted to drugs may behave in ways that they never thought they would resort to. They may find themselves stealing, prostituting, or even using fraudulent activity to get the drugs they need to maintain their high. Drugs are known to lower someone’s inhibitions which can also lower their standards of how they would normally behave. Having a lower impulse control can greatly impact an addict to turn to criminal activity due to the desperation that they feel to get more drugs. Since drugs can take a person down when they are feigning for them, sometimes the addict will exploit drastic measures to get their next fix.

Addicts defy sound and logic in understanding why they resort to such lows to abuse substances. Reality is thrown out the window when an addict is under the influence. The mind becomes corrupt when it detects the caveat of withdrawal from drugs. Since the disease of addiction centers in the brain, a cerebral chemical imbalance from drugs can directly affect why an addict takes certain actions. Addicts are not wreckful because they wish to be. They usually are influenced by the chemical makeup in the brain that generates uncouth ethics and where the disease of addiction becomes a reality.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic brain disease that results in compulsive substance abuse in which addicts will continue to seek drugs, no matter the consequences they will face. Quantifiable changes in the chemical makeup of the brain can be noticed with the addict’s number one priority being drugs, instead of the necessities such as diet and sleep. There is no surprise that the addiction interferes with normal brain function.

Chemicals released from the reward center of the brain allow a person to feel pleasure when a need has been met such as for hunger or sex. The same thing happens when drugs release high levels of pleasurable chemicals into the brain. Over a period of time, excessive amounts of these chemicals create changes in the brain to where the body needs the drugs to feel normal. Once this change takes place in the brain, experts believe that an addict will lose control of their behavior.

Behavior becomes noticeably different when an addict is practicing their addiction making them carry out degrading acts. When executive functions of the brain are impaired by drugs, it is no wonder how an addict can go from being a responsible individual to one that only has drugs on the brain.

You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Call us today for information: 855.652.2683

Are Bath Salts Addictive?

Are Bath Salts Addictive?

Bath salts may sound soothing and relatively harmless, but some bath salts are known as a synthetic drug that is made from cathinone. These psychoactive bath salts (PABS) were sold disguised as bath salts for many years. Although the PABS crystals resemble something similar to Epson salts, they are chemically different.

Bath salts were first brought to the attention of US authorities in 2010 when poison control centers saw a rise in these cases when people started abusing them. Although the packaging of bath salts stated, “not for human conception”, they were still ingested as an underground market. Not only were they disguised as bath salts, they were also feigned as plant food, hookah cleaner, and other products that head shops and gas stations could get away with selling without authorities knowing the difference. In Europe, these so-called designer drugs were also sold online to bypass being controlled by drug prohibition laws. Today bath salts are illegal and cannot be sold clandestinely any longer.

PABS can be ingested, snorted, smoked, or even injected although injection is not recommended because the ingredients are rarely listed on the packaging which can make dosage a dangerous guessing game.

Symptoms of Bath Salt Abuse

  • Erratic behavior
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Heart attacks
  • Organ Failure
  • Dehydration
  • Tissue disintegration
  • Nausea
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Increased Body Temperature

The ingredients for bath salts are highly variable so it is difficult to know how bath salts affect people, since the contents of the drugs are unknown. Most bath salt concoctions will include methylenedioxypyrovalerone, mephedrone, pyrovalerone in different assortments. Once these chemicals get in the body, they can cause intense cravings once they are taken continuously for a period of time. Addiction can occur with bath salts after repeated abuse of the designer drug even after having negative experiences and consequences. Because of the erratic behavior along with delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia, bath salts have kept users disassociated from their own reality.

Bath salts have been known to land users in the emergency room as well as cause many deaths and suicides.

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Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is here to help you, or a loved one, cope with their addiction. Our 5-week partial program can instruct you on how to get and stay in recovery. One of our staff members is standing by to you help you today. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Drug Slang: How to Know if Your Teenager is Using

Drug Slang: How to Know if Your Teenager is Using

Teenagers are synonymous for trying to pull the wool over their parent’s eyes to get away with something. In this day and age of technology, teenagers have come up with their own language to be able to text and email their friends to communicate drug slang without their parents knowing any difference. Even with parental supervision to where parents can read their text messages and emails, parents can be clueless to the ever-changing secret jargon that teens use to disguise what is really going on.

Looking at teen’s messages to see any discrepancies in the text, can be an indication that the teen is up to something. Most of the language they use looks harmless, but look for weird phrasing in sentences, repetition of certain words, or anything that just looks unusual. Seeing phrases that do not make any sense does not necessarily mean that the teen is on drugs, but exploring more into the situation to be certain is the best bet.

Parents should educate themselves on whatever terminology is being used today, although it can be hard to keep up. Using online slang decoders and logging into urbandictionary.com, can help parents keep up with the latest drug slang and trends. Aside from learning the vocabulary that teens use for drugs, parents would be more successful at interpreting what their teens are talking by enlightening themselves on the different drugs that are out there today.

Drug Slang Basics




Charlie coke, nose candy, powder, toot, snow, white




420, blunt, chronic, grass, green, Mary Jane, pot, tea, trees, weed


Cough Medicine


candy, dex, robo, skittles, tussin, vitamin D




breakfast cereal, horse tranquilizer k, ket, special K, vitamin K




Adam, clarity, ecstasy, e, essence, lover’s speed, Stacy, x, xtc




anti-freeze, brown sugar, H, horse, junk, poison, smack




crank, chalk, fire, glass, ice, speed

Since teen slang evolves into different slang all the time, it is important to stay up to date with the latest craze. By noticing red flags in teen’s behaviors and communication, protecting innocent teenagers from making a big mistake can be the thing that saves them.

If you have a teenager that needs help with drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can be a place to get them into recovery. We use 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy to help maintain sobriety. Give one of our staff members a call today: 855-652-2683

Treatment is a Time to Disconnect from the Rest of the World

Why Anxiety and Alcohol Do Not Mix

A life of addiction is usually one of chaotic mishaps. Most of the addict’s time is occupied with trying to fill the void that addictive behaviors temporarily fix. Signs of addiction such as overindulging and blacking out can become the reasons that somebody needs to attend rehab. While in treatment, an addict may need to use this time to disconnect from the rest of the world.

Disconnect from the Rest of the World

Once in treatment, this is the time an addict must use to reflect on what is going on in their life in order to kick their habit once and for all. Rehabs may have a period of time to give addicts an opportunity to take a brief break from their life to evaluate what they need to change. Funny enough this period is called a “blackout time”, but it is not the type of blackout an addict may be accustomed to.

Blackout periods are intended to help put some pause in the day-to-day life an addict leads to improve individual prosperity. Change will require some work on the addict’s part which may seem daunting at first, but it should be well worth it in the long run.

One or two weeks is generally the timeframe that these blackout periods take place. The point is to help addicts get settled in their recovery without distractions from the outside world. Withdrawals may still be taking place during the first week or two in rehab. Being in a comfortable and stable environment with professional assistance can help with the process of detox by keeping the addict out of a possible enabling circumstance that could happen in the home atmosphere.

Taking this necessary space from family and friends can allow an addict to take a honest approach to their addiction without the complications of family dynamics that may aid in the continuation of their addiction. Cutting out dysfunction of loved ones can help an addict to be present in their recovery to work through issues that cripple an addict’s chances in recovery. Having the addict focus on themselves without the worries that usually accompany their woes, can make the success of recovery attainable.

The possibilities for an addict to remain sober without relapse can begin with disconnecting from the outer world. This crucial stage in rehab is instrumental in keeping outside distractions from impairing the focus of personal growth on the inside.


You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Call us today for information: 855.652.2683

Why Do People Addicted to Drugs Lose Their Practice of Hygiene?

Can OCD Start with an Addiction?

People addicted drugs give the highest priority to their addiction. The drugs take precedence over everything else including hygiene. The main reason that hygiene takes the back seat to drugs is because addicts just do not care. The drugs make an addict feel high on so many levels that hygiene is just not as big of a concern as getting that next high.

There are many aspects that are affected with the practice of hygiene. The lack of self-esteem is one the main reasons that hygiene suffers during addiction. “To look good is to feel good” motto is a real thing. Drug addiction strips away personal confidence because the drugs tend to strip away the moral compass. Addicts under the influence will generally do whatever it takes to get their fix including cheating, lying, and stealing. These actions come with the price of self-degradation which also lowers their regard to hygiene.

The environment that addicts have around them can usually depict how well they will take care of themselves. Addicts that remain high all day may not have the capacity to clean their surroundings. Filthy homes or living in drug houses can become a possibility for drug addicts. Conforming to their dirty surroundings may not inspire them to keep themselves clean which directly affects their hygiene.

Hygiene impacts many areas of an addict’s personal hygiene and appearance. Not only do addicts forget their hygiene, but taking care of themselves becomes second in command to their addiction.

  • Sullied Possessions
    Homes become neglected when addicts have a heavy infatuation with drugs. Paraphernalia and drugs become their prized possessions and their other material possessions become soiled and contaminated from being neglected.
  • Body Health
    Poor hygiene leads to body odor due to not properly or consistently washing their body. Infections of the skin and other body parts are very common with addicts due to physical symptoms that are manifested by drug usage.
  • Oral Health
    Dental care can be highly dilapidated along with addiction. It is not uncommon to see addicts with bad breath and rotting or yellow teeth due to direct effects that drugs can have on oral care. Negative consequences that develop in the addict’s mouth typically does not cause alarm for them since they have no real urgency to keep a consistent oral regimen.

Addicts are usually oblivious to how their hygiene has taken a turn for the worse. Losing their practice of hygiene is simply another symptom that addiction precipitates which starts in making their appearance unrecognizable.

You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Call us today for information: 855.652.2683