Drug Trends: The Evolution of Marijuana – NJ Addiction Rehab To Host Lunch & Discussion

New Jersey Addiction Rehab will host a lunch and discussion session for professional counselors on The Evolution of Marijuana

Serenity at Summit will host a lunch and discussion session for professional counselors titled, “Drug Trends: The Evolution of Marijuana” on Friday, November 10 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summit Outpatient facility at 4065 Quakerbridge Road, West Windsor Township in New Jersey.

The session will explore how the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana will affect counselors now that much of the stigma of using the drug is no longer a factor. Some counselors are concerned that public perception of marijuana as a dangerous drug has changed because of the prevalence of medical marijuana facilities in many states.

Paul Lavella Jr., Director of Alumni Services at Summit Behavioral Health will lead the discussion. Lavella Jr. has a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He interacts daily with teenagers, adults, and families impacted by addiction, and is focused on helping them through the long process of recovery.

“The big challenge for professional counselors is convincing marijuana users that long-term smoking of the drug has damaging physical and psychological consequences,” Lavella Jr. stated. “Marijuana use has gone mainstream, so in states where recreational use is legal, counselors may face more resistance from people who don’t see anything wrong with smoking marijuana.”

But the debate about the legalization of marijuana is not one-sided, as some counselors believe that legal status of the of the drug will not impact the number of people who will seek treatment to help them stop smoking marijuana. As an example, they cite the fact that the legality of drinking alcohol has not stopped people who drink to excess from seeking to counsel.

“That’s why we are having this session,” Lavella Jr. added. “There are many sides to this debate, but there’s no doubt that public perception of marijuana use has changed over the past few years. We want to explore how that affects our role as counselors, and whether or not we will face more resistance with patients, and whether or not legalization will cause more people to seek treatment. It’s time we get up to speed on this current trend.”

Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending the discussion should contact Jayme Poalise at (609) 471-7922, or send an email to rsvppj@summithelps.com.


Serenity at Summit is an addiction treatment center that offers drug and alcohol medical detox, inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment for patients who have successfully completed the residential program. Serenity’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation and relapse prevention.

Summit Behavioral Health Sponsors Drug Prevention Walk

Come and Support Drug Prevention Walk Sponsored By Serenity at Summit

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J.Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — New Jersey Drug & Alcohol Addiction Facility Summit Behavioral Health is a major sponsor of the 2017 Drug Prevention Walk.

Walk Details
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 am at Nomahegan Park, 1024, Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016.

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The theme of this year’s walk is ‘Invest in recovery instead of paying the price of addiction,’ and one of the major fundraising goals is to support the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School, the state’s first public high school dedicated to providing support for students and families impacted by addiction.

The high school was opened largely through the efforts of Prevention Links, a private, nonprofit organization that offers communion prevention services, family wellness services, and academic and recovery support for people battling drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

New Jersey is suffering through a horrible heroin crisis,” stated Paul Lavella Jr. MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS Director of Alumni Services. “It’s important that every one of us to do what we can to support programs that help addicts recover and regain control over their lives. Last year’s walk showed the power of a group of people committed to the same goal, and as a major sponsor this year, we are hoping to exceed all our fundraising goals.”

Prevention Links will also receive a portion of the donations for the Drug Prevention Walk, as the organization continues to provide educational resources that can help steer young people in the right direction and prevent the next generation from becoming addicts.

Serenity at Summit is an addiction treatment center that offers drug and alcohol medical detoxaddiction inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment for patients who have successfully completed the residential program. Summit’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation, and relapse prevention.

Serenity Doylestown Hosts “FACES” Community Support Group

(Doylestown, PA – March 27, 2017) Serenity at Summit, a regional leader in the treatment of substance abuse disorders, has opened its doors and its arms to those in need of addiction treatment, as part of their community outreach.

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Under the leadership of Bethany Kassar, Executive Director of Outpatient Services, Summit Behavioral Health’s Doylestown Outpatient Program has grown with the community’s need for quality treatment services. As it turns out, providing industry-leading standards requires more than just working with someone suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction– families have their needs as well.

While family support groups are not often offered by most addiction treatment centers Summit Behavioral Health has recognized the need to offer a more encompassing approach to addiction recovery treatment as research has shown that those suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction have much better long term outcomes when families are part of the treatment program.


 Beginning on April 6, 2017 Summit will be launching a community outreach initiative called #FACES: Families and Communities Embracing Solutions. FACES offers weekly education and peer-to-peer support for anyone, 18 years or older, who has a loved one struggling with addiction. This support group is designed to de-stigmatize drug addiction and alcoholism and give practical information for those who live with or love a person who struggles with this condition, as well as offer a safe space to gain peer support for personal well-being.

Paul Lavella, Director of Alumni Services, will be leading the group and his return to the Summit family brings with it a line of services he has envisioned that takes client care beyond the treatment environment and extends to the families and communities of Summit’s clients. FACES is the first of these programs to be implemented.

About Summit Behavioral Health

Summit Behavioral Health, operates six addiction treatment centers in Doylestown, PA, Union, NJ, West Windsor Township, NJ, Florham Park, NJ and Haverhill, MA and offers detox programs, inpatient and outpatient drug rehab, residential treatment 24/7 and provides teens and adolescents outpatient treatment.

FACES is open to the public held every Thursday evening from 6:30-8pm at Summit Behavioral Health, 702 Hyde Park Rd., Doylestown PA. For more information about Summit Behavioral Health please call 215-688-5886 or visit http://www.summitbehavioralhealth.com.


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Rebecca O’Mara, Director of Communications


Serenity at Summit New England Announces New Director of Clinical Services

Serenity at Summit, a detox and residential addiction treatment program located in Haverhill Massachusetts is honored to announce the appointment of Susan P. Grady LICSW as Director of Clinical Services. Susan has a distinguished career spanning over 35 years in the field of Mental Health and Addiction treatment. Prior to joining the Summit team, she was the Director of Ambulatory services at NFI MA, managing nine programs including Driver Alcohol Education, Medication Management, and Outpatient Services. Susan is uniquely positioned to manage Serenity at Summit New England in its delivery of a truly holistic and personalized approach for each patient.

“Susan’s vast experience and active role in the community, coupled with her passion and dedication to the field blends perfectly with our mission to provide a path to improve the overall quality of life for our patients and their families” said Chief Executive Officer James R. Kane. Kane explains that “Summit Behavioral Health’s programs are based on the fundamental belief that no single treatment philosophy or approach is best for everyone, I am confident that Susan can instill this in the team and help carry out our mission.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this most distinguished team of professionals dedicated to providing high quality health care services in a unique and innovative environment” Susan shared. “I look forward to the opportunity to support the patients through their personal transformations during residential treatment.”

Serenity at Summit New England is a state-of-the-art, 30 day residential facility that provides clients with exceptional clinical care in a nurturing environment. The program utilizes the latest research based pharmacological and psychotherapeutic techniques to alleviate detoxification symptoms and address the complex emotional issues. Serenity at Summit New England opened in November 2015 to provide detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment services to the New England and Northeast Communities.

For more information, visit http://www.serenityatsummit.com