Serenity at Summit Announces Relocation To New Facility

The outpatient facility provides personalized addiction treatment in a welcoming environment

Serenity at Summit is proud to announce its relocation to a new outpatient facility at 83 Hanover Road, Suite 160, Florham Park, New Jersey. The new facility will continue to offer Summit’s unique brand of personalized addiction treatment programs for people suffering from substance abuse disorders and alcohol dependency.

“We’re happy to announce the relocation to our new home,” stated Tricia Kostin, Clinical Director of Florham Park. “Although we’re just a few miles down the road from our old location, we feel as if this is an expansion in many ways of what has made our facilities so well-equipped to help people on the road to recovery.”

The Florham Park facility provides intensive outpatient services catered to each client’s individual needs with our flexible scheduling, adult and adolescent programming and family support. Patients in the outpatient program have access to professional counseling and group therapy sessions that provide them with the skills necessary to progress on the road to recovery.

“Our outpatient addiction treatment programs include educational sessions, ongoing support, family counseling, and access to behavioral counselors in times of need,” Bethany Kassar, Executive Director of Outpatient Services. “We offer both adolescent and adult programs and conduct assessments to ensure that the team designs unique treatment programs based on each patient’s needs. Summit views addiction as a family disease and holistically treats the entire system by having a client’s family actively involved in the recovery process.

Patients who choose outpatient treatment can maintain their daily lifestyle and pursue education and career goals while also having the assurance of anonymity and privacy that some patients need because of the possible consequences that discovery of their addiction might cause professionally and personally. Summit’s treatment programs have multiple levels of intensity based on a patient’s clinical history and existing struggle with addiction.


Serenity at Summit programs are based on the fundamental belief that no single treatment philosophy or approach is best for everyone. Our experienced staff collaboratively creates each client’s treatment plan to reflect their unique needs and empower them to succeed. We partner with the individual to begin a transformational journey from hope to healing and beyond. Serenity at Summit operates addiction treatment centers that offer different treatment programs that include: drug and alcohol medical detox, inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment.

Summit Behavioral Health’s Executive Director of Medical Services Dr. Patricia Allen To Appear At Recovery 360 Conference

Her presentation will provide clinicians and nurses with an understanding of the role of pharmacogenetics testing in co-occurring disorders

Union, New Jersey – July 11, 2017 –
Summit Behavioral Health is proud to announce that Executive Director of Medical Services  Dr. Patricia Allen will be a presenter at Recovery 360 Conference Sponsored by Pyramid Healthcare that takes place from July 20 to July 21 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Allen’s presentation will cover innovative testing methods for patients who suffer from both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder, commonly known as co-occurring disorders.

“I am honored to be included among the speakers at Recovery 360,” stated Dr. Allen. “The presenters for the conference are an impressive collection of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, counselors and social workers. Behavioral healthcare deserves this kind of gathering so that we can hear a variety of viewpoints, and learn new methods to improve our caregiving.”

The Recovery 360 Conference is the first of its kind, a gathering of behavioral healthcare specialties that includes mental health, addiction and eating disorder treatment. It offers seminars, 10 hours of continuing education, and multiple networking opportunities. The conference is hosted by Pyramid Healthcare, a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania that provides treatment for adults and teens suffering from mental health disorders, substance abuse issues and all phases of addiction.

Dr. Allen’s presentation will focus on three main learning objectives:

Applying the principles of evidence-based practice and cost effectiveness in the utilization of genetic testing in the treatment of a client with co-occurring disorders.

Determining the relationship between the use of pharmacogenetics results and treatment engagement outcomes for those with co-occurring disorders.

Describing ways in which genetic testing can empower the client and support sobriety and resiliency within the co-occurring population. 

Dr. Allen, who is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was a presenter at the recent Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, and the Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association, discussing issues related to pharmacogenetics and medication-assisted treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. She was also a presenter at the NEI Psychopharmacology Congress.

In her role as Executive Director of Medical Services at Summit Behavioral Health, Dr. Allen evaluates the treatment of patients in detox and also supervises the Intensive Outpatient programs. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Nurses’ Society on Addiction.


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. Summit’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation and relapse prevention.

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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.

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Kathy Ireland’s ‘Worldwide Business’ Program Spotlights Summit Behavioral Health’s Innovative, Individualized Addiction Treatment

Tune in to Fox Business Network or Bloomberg International on Sunday, October 30, 2016 to see Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane’s featured interview. See market-by-market listings below.

Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane recently was interviewed for an upcoming edition of the award-winning, internationally-televised TV program “Worldwide Business with kathy Ireland®.” In the segment, Kane focuses on his treatment network’s new individualized addiction treatment program.

Also in the upcoming episode, Kane explains why people might avoid seeking addiction treatment, as well as how Summit Behavioral Health offers a new approach.

“Quite a few things have not changed over the years,” Kane says. “One is denial. Many patients are in denial that they have a problem. The other problem is the stigma of having the addiction and how that is going to be viewed by their family members, their coworkers and others.

“At Summit Behavioral Health, we do a couple of things that are different. Our programs are very much individualized treatment programs. We incorporate evidence-based programming. We also provide DNA testing, which is state of the art and not being done, for the most part, in the treatment community.”

JL Haber, Vice President of “Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®,” said he thrilled to feature Summit Behavioral Health.

“Addiction is a problem that touches almost everyone at every socioeconomic level,” Haber said. “Summit Behavioral Health has come up with innovative, forward-thinking offerings that are exactly what people struggling with addiction need to get healthy. We are so proud to have this great company on our show.”

Summit’s Commitment To Individualized Addiction Treatment

Summit Behavioral Health’s mission is to provide high-quality, individualized, evidence-based treatment services for people who want to overcome their addictions. The company offers both intensive and non-intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs, which are organized into different phases and levels of care so that treatment can be tailored to fit each client’s unique needs. Summit Behavioral Health was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

For more information about personalized addiction treatment, visit

When The Episode Airs (And Where)

Tune in to see CEO Jim Kane talk about Summit Behavioral Health on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on October 30, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET. You can also catch the episode on Bloomberg International at 7:30 a.m. GMT and 3:00 p.m. HKT.

Visit for detailed airing schedules – or check your local listings.

About ‘Worldwide Business With Kathy Ireland’

“Worldwide Business with kathy Ireland®” is a weekly business and health television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives all over the globe. It can be viewed on Fox Business Network as part of its sponsored programming lineup, as well as internationally in more than 50 countries on Bloomberg International.

Serenity At Summit New England Earns The Joint Commission Certification

Serenity At Summit Joint Commission Certification

We are proud to announce Serenity at Summit New England has earned its behavioral health certification from the esteemed Joint Commission.

This means that after thorough review, our Serenity at Summit residential facility has met and exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards for effective integration and coordination of medical detox and behavioral health care services.

According to Tracy Griffin Collander, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission, Serenity at Summit New England “demonstrated its ability to provide treatment that addresses the health needs of the whole person.”

What Is Serenity At Summit New England?

Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Serenity at Summit New England is Serenity’s first facility to boast a residential treatment program. The staff uses holistic and evidence-based methods to treat individuals who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Serenity at Summit New England is also the second facility in the Serenity network to offer medically supervised detoxification services.

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The Behavioral Health Certification Process

In order to achieve accreditation from The Joint Commission, Serenity at Summit New England underwent a thorough on-site survey in early July 2016. A Joint Commission evaluator reviewed the facility and staff for compliance with his organization’s standards for person-centered health care that supports recovery.

The Joint Commission’s behavioral care accreditation program was launched in January 2014 for organizations that either provide primary physical health services or partner with health care providers that do. Behavioral health certificates from The Joint Commission are valid for a period of three years.

Jim Kane, CEO of Serenity at Summit, said he was delighted to see his Massachusetts facility receive behavioral health certification from The Joint Commission, which he called “the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.”

“By achieving this certification, we are operating within a framework to better meet the needs of the people we serve,” Kane added.

The Joint Commission’s Legendary Track Record

The Joint Commission Gold Seal Sized - Summit Behavioral HealthThe Joint Commission was founded in 1951 with the mission to continuously improve health care for the public. This is accomplished by setting health care standards and evaluating organizations and inspiring them to provide high-quality, effective patient care.

Nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. have the exclusive honor of being certified by The Joint Commission. Health care executives can refer to Joint Commission standards to help them measure, assess and improve the performance of programs and individual providers.

Joint Commission standards are developed as a collaboration between:

  • Health care professionals and providers
  • Employers
  • Subject matter experts
  • Government agencies
  • Consumers

New standards are frequently released to keep up with the advancements of the health care industry, but only if they have a positive impact on health outcomes, comply with federal law, and can be accurately and feasibly measured.

A nonprofit entity, The Joint Commission has the esteem of being the nation’s largest and longest-running standards-setting and accrediting organization in the health care industry.

More On Serenity

With detox, residential and outpatient options offered among six locations in three states, Serenity at Summit has quickly emerged as one of the nation’s must-watch health networks for drug, alcohol and co-occurring disorder treatment.

Summit’s individualized treatment programs are designed to expertly and compassionately guide clients from the first days of recovery to long-lasting sobriety, with after-care options available.

Located in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Serenity at Summit accepts men and women 18 years and older who are looking to break their drug or alcohol addiction and heal mentally, emotionally and physically.

Learn more about Serenity at Summit’s individualized treatment programs by clicking the button below.

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Can Ecstasy Treat PTSD? Summit’s Dr. Drew Weighs In On Fox News Health

Serenity at Summit’s Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew made a return appearance earlier this week on Fox News’ “Health Talk” segment with Dr. Manny Alvarez. This week, the two discussed the plausibility of using MDMA, aka Ecstasy or Molly, to treat veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

The online video of Dr. Alvarez’s interview of Dr. Drew accompanied a Fox News Health article about a young veteran who claims that Ecstasy is the only treatment he’s received that has calmed his PTSD.

Veteran Claims Ecstasy Significantly Alleviates His PTSD

The Fox News Health article shined the spotlight on a former combat medic who served in Afghanistan from 2011-12. The now 24-year old veteran, James (last name kept anonymous), said he came back from his tour with severe PTSD. His wife got him a pet dog after he returned home to help with the symptoms of his disorder, but James abused the dog at times during his several fits of rage.

So, James said he soon tried many forms of therapy, including:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Electrotherapy
  • Prolonged exposure therapy
  • Intensive group therapy (seven hours a day, five days a week for three months)

However, the Army vet said nothing really worked for him until he moved to Colorado and tried an experimental form of therapy using MDMA.

Eureka, James claimed.

“It gives you euphoria and love,” he said.

James said the drug helped him confront the demons that were eating at him, and he said his relationships with his family and dog improved.

Read The Full Fox News Health Article Here

Can Ecstasy Legitimately Treat PTSD?

Dr. Drew, Medical Director of Summit Behavioral Health, said at the start of her interview with Dr. Alvarez that Ecstasy has shown signs of helping someone with PTSD when administered and closely monitored by a therapist the patient deeply trusts.

Dr. Drew then traced the history of Ecstasy used in psychotherapy. She said the compound hit the market in 1914 and later was used by some psychiatrists and psychotherapists to treat “their very depressed patients.”

She said that all changed when MDMA was designated in the U.S. as a Schedule I drug in the mid-1980s, meaning it was deemed to have “no therapeutic benefits, but only significant risks.” However, she cited a recent study that found patients showed significant improvement after just two separate eight-hour sessions in which they were given Ecstasy and closely monitored.

Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Drew then concluded that perhaps MDMA should be taken off the Schedule I list, “but with very clear restrictions,” Dr. Drew emphasized. She added that if it were moved to a Schedule II drug, “it should only be available to facilities that are well-trained in its use.”

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To see Dr. Drew’s full six-minute interview on Fox News Health, click on the screenshot below.Summit Dr Drew Fox News Health

PTSD And Substance Abuse Treatment At Summit Behavioral Health

PTSD is one of the most common co-occurring disorders that we treat at Serenity at Summit. While we don’t treat PTSD alone, our counselors and clinicians are proficient at accounting for and addressing the disorder when it accompanies substance abuse (which it often does).

While we can’t offer Ecstasy as a medication for the treatment of PTSD – no treatment center in the U.S. legally can – we have other ways to help clients confront past trauma and begin to process it more healthfully. We give it everything we’ve got to help eliminate or drastically reduce clients’ drug or alcohol cravings and PTSD symptoms.

On the other side of the coin, if you suffer from Ecstasy addiction, Serenity at Summit is certainly ready to craft a customized recovery program for you. We offer medical detox at locations in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and we have many residential and outpatient treatment options available.

To find out how we can treat your substance abuse issues, and any co-occurring disorders such as PTSD or anxiety, just give us a call and talk to our friendly admissions counselors today.

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Essential Skills For Behavioral Health Executives: Summit CEO Jim Kane Shares Advice

With emerging trends and technologies dramatically changing the way people interact, behavioral health providers need to adapt and incorporate new methodologies in order to stay current and effective. Donna Marbury recently declared in an article for Behavioral Healthcare ( that the behavioral health field has often lagged behind technological advancements when compared to other industries.

Whether there is push-back until a new methodology has undergone sufficient scrutiny or whether adapting to a new system is seen as overly costly, many health care providers tend to be slow at adapting to new technologies. To counter this, Marbury provided a list of five skills behavioral health executives need to have to be more effective in an evolving industry:

  1. Embracing technology
  2. Encouraging program innovation
  3. Getting in tune with the staff
  4. Understanding patients’ needs
  5. Staying patient

In the article, Marbury leaned heavily on our very own CEO, Jim Kane, for insight on how to lead a team to success in the behavioral health industry.

Incorporating New Technology And Innovation Into Behavioral Health Programs

Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane
Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane

Kane noted that emerging technologies can be very effective in both organizing and administering treatment programs, but that top-level executives have to be the ones to push for systematic changes in order for them to be effective.

As a result, Kane said he personally reviews new technologies and stays up-to-date with current literature, webinars and conferences to determine which methods have an effective track record and are worth adopting.

At Serenity facilities, administrators and heath providers have effectively employed smartphone addiction recovery apps and electronic incident reporting as well as other technologies in order to streamline and improve treatment, Kane said. He further observed that industry executives are continually searching for other means to stay organized and connect with past, current and potential treatment seekers.

Read The Full Behavioral Healthcare Article Here

Working Closely With Staff To Identify Problems And Create Solutions

Executive Speaking To Staff - Summit Behavioral Health

Kane also said in the Behavioral Healthcare article that became more effective as an administrator when he began to work closer to his staff. So, he said he ditched his office and set up camp at various locations that were more centralized to the staff and clients, even those in the cafeteria.

“This has given me the ability to be on the front line with my team, interact with patients, families and professional referral sources,” he said.

He further shared, “The majority of the new and innovative changes that I have been able to implement have come from face-to-face contacts and observations while being with those that I serve and work with.”

Kane concluded that in order to be effective with big-picture administrative changes, an executive needs to be open and supportive of upper- and lower-level management teams, so that goals are clear and morale is high.

By implementing the previously mentioned techniques, Jim Kane has driven Serenity at Summit to the forefront of addiction and mental health treatment. Summit Behavioral Health is committed to providing premier addiction recovery services, while continually striving to stay current with technology and emerging techniques in order to offer the most effective and positive treatment programs possible.

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Tracing The Roots Of The Heroin Epidemic: Summit’s Dr. Drew Discusses On Fox News Health

Serenity at Summit’s Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew appeared on Fox News Health last weekend for a lengthy in-studio interview, during which she shared her insight into the ongoing heroin epidemic in the U.S. More specifically, Dr. Drew and Fox News Health’s Dr. Manny Alvarez discussed “What’s behind the heroin epidemic?,” as the segment was called.

How Bad Is The United States’ Heroin Problem?

As mentioned during the Fox News Health segment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there was a 286 percent uptick in heroin-related deaths in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013. The topic has been frequently discussed during the recent series of presidential candidate debates.

Dr. Drew told Fox News Health that physicians were commonly instructed in the late-1990s to “make sure they were evaluating and treating everybody’s pain appropriately,” so they became “vigilant” about prescribing pain medication, especially legal opiate painkillers. When patients’ pain medication ran out, according to Dr. Drew, many would find a cheaper and more widely available (on the black market at least) alternative: heroin.

Who Is Falling Victim To Heroin Addiction?

Although the highest rate of heroin usage seems to be among young, low-income white males, Dr. Drew said heroin addiction is affecting many other demographics of people, some of which may come as a surprise. In the Fox News Health segment, Dr. Drew mentioned:

  • “Soccer moms”
  • Business professionals
  • Teachers
  • Young college students
  • High school students

Anybody can develop an addiction to an opiate,” Dr. Drew emphasized. “When a prescription is written for an opiate, you don’t know whether you’re opening the door for this person to become addicted.”

She added that if you talk to most people who have become addicted to heroin or another opioid, they will tell you that they’re not seeking more of the drug to get high.

“All they want is to feel normal,” she said. “Every day they’re struggling with withdrawal, which is they feel sick in their stomach, they have chills, they have shakes, they have no energy.”

To see Dr. Drew’s entire interview and the Fox News Health online write-up of the segment, click here.

What Should Treatment For Opiate And Heroin Addiction Consist Of?

As Dr. Drew mentioned to Fox News Health, treatment for opiate and heroin addicted should be a multifaceted approach. Clinicians used to use methadone in detox treatment, which is a weaker form of opioid that helps people come down from heroin, Dr. Drew said. But now, suboxone, which is a buprenorphine, is more widely used. Suboxone is a partial agonist that acts like an opiate, she said, but doesn’t fully bind to receptors in the body like what happens with harder substances.

Dr. Drew also brought up using “total blockers” like Vivitrol in treatment. Vivitrol is a one-a-month injection that blocks receptors so someone doesn’t feel the effects of any opiate taken in that time. Additionally, Dr. Drew stressed the importance of counseling in the addiction treatment process. She said the individual needs to learn how to deal with stress and “understand what gives them joy in life.”

Serenity at Summit is committed to evidenced-based detox for heroin and opiate addiction, as well as effective counseling strategies in the post-detox phase. We offer various forms of counseling, such as individual and group therapy and even family counseling. Our multifaceted approach to treatment also involves a wide offering of holistic therapies to help the client grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

An emerging addiction treatment network, Serenity at Summit has a detox and residential facility in Massachusetts, four outpatient locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a detox-only facility in New Jersey. If you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction and looking to enter a rehab program that will fit all of your needs, look no further than Serenity at Summit.

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‘Molly’ As Medication: Serenity’s Dr. Drew Discusses On RadioMD

Molly As MedicationIn recent years, there has been a push to legalize the drug MDMA for use in treating those suffering from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MDMA is found in the popular club drugs Ecstasy and “Molly.”

Serenity at Summit’s Dr. Elizabeth Drew was recently interviewed by Dr. Melanie Cole for RadioMD’s “Health Radio” program, where the two discussed MDMA and its approval process in the segment, “Molly: What You Should Know.”

According to reports, MDMA’s second phase of testing appears to have passed FDA standards and it will progress to a third phase of studies with possible limited legalization within the next five years.

Dr. Drew Explains The Effects Of MDMA

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew-Medical Director-Summit Behavioral Health
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew

Dr. Drew explained that MDMA acts as both a hallucinogen and a stimulant – causing not only euphoria, but an intense connection with those around you.

This has been recognized as problematic, because those feelings of connection can easily be established toward strangers. For this reason, MDMA has garnered a reputation as a club drug and is also associated with date rape.

For those suffering from PTSD, however, the drug has shown promise in helping patients to essentially overwrite traumatic feelings with more positive emotions, thus helping their mood and anxiety to stabilize.

Could MDMA Be Legalized?

Given the drug’s dangerous reputation, Dr. Drew noted that MDMA would likely not be legalized for general use or even over-the-counter prescriptions, but would more likely be classified as a Schedule II substance.

Currently, MDMA is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning that it cannot be legally sold or used under any circumstance. Schedule II substances, which include cocaine, are those that can only be administered at licensed facilities by specially certified medical professionals.

Dr. Drew speculated that if the drug is approved at all, it would likely not be beyond a Schedule II, as it has such a strong effect on the brain and such a high potential for abuse.

Listen To The Full Interview Here

How Parents Can Tell If Their Child Is Becoming An Addict

Dad Talking To Son-Signs Of Molly Addiction In TeensOn “Health Radio,” Dr. Drew and Dr. Cole also discussed addiction and the signs that family members can look for when a loved one is suffering. Dr. Drew noted that some behaviors are more commonly associated with certain drugs.

According to Dr. Drew, a few signs of substance abuse that parents may observe in their children are:

  • Abruptly abandoning hobbies or former areas of interest
  • Withdrawing from former friends and family
  • Spending time mostly with new friends that are unknown to the parents
  • Seemingly extreme mood swings

That last point was noted to be associated with withdrawal cycles, particularly with drugs like opiates. Dr. Drew added that a child may act most irritable and abnormal during withdrawal phases, but once they begin using again, they will seem almost normal. Dr. Drew said that this is because the drug creates a new baseline for “normal” in the user.

Treatment For Molly And MDMA At Serenity at Summit

Serenity at Summit offers a range of treatment options for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Dr. Drew explained that from her experience working at Summit, she has observed that those who are most successful with the recovery process are the ones who are able to admit to themselves that they have a problem.

She added that sometimes it is necessary for a parent or loved one to tell an addict that they are afraid for them – even if that requires cutting off communication and support until they acknowledge the problem and seek treatment.

While acknowledging the severity of drug addiction, she explained that treatment processes have come a long way and there are now a lot of safe medications and tools at our disposal to help those suffering from addiction to succeed in their recovery.

At Serenity at Summit, we have solutions for those suffering from addiction, including detox, residential and outpatient programs. We have six premier treatment center locations across Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Learn more about our treatment programs that are specially tailored to teens by clicking here.

How To Grow Spiritually, Holistically: Summit’s Lydia Lipsy Writes For U.S. News & World Report

Serenity at Summit’s own Lydia Lipsy, MSW, LSW, Clinician at our Florham Park, NJ location, shares her voice and insight as a guest author on a byline article featured on U.S. News & World Report, titled, How to Nurture Your Spiritual Self.

As spring is among us, the focus on peace and spirituality is in full bloom. Now is the time to slow down and focus not on staying busy, but on healing and health. This starts with nurturing and growing spiritually.

Lydia Lipsy Offers Simple Ways To Grow Spiritually

In the article, Lydia provides tangible ways to both nurture and grow your spirit, connect with yourself on a deeper level and achieve mindfulness in the modern and fast-paced world. Her valuable suggestions include:

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Lydia Lipsy, LSW. Clinician at Summit Behavioral Health

Taking the Time to Rest – We’ve all heard the religious saying, “Sunday, the day of rest”. But have you ever actually ever truly thought about it, or taken head to it? Lydia shares that having a real day of rest, which does not include work (professional or house), running around making errands, etc. but real, serene rest, can truly help to reset your internal spiritual and mental being.

Practice Holistic Therapies – Spiritual and calming techniques such as mindful meditation can help decrease stress, improve quality of sleep, strengthen the immune system and much more. Lydia also touches on the fact that the holistic methodology is gaining ground in the addiction treatment world.

Find Reasons to Be Grateful – Starting each morning with a grateful heart and spirit can positively influence the rest of your day. Reminding yourself of what you have and what you’re grateful for, Lydia states, “Is a simple way to open up your spirit to good”.

To read the remaining ways to nurture your spirit and an expansion on those above, click on the button below.

Read The Full Article Here

Addiction Treatment With A Holistic Approach

Meditation_Addiction Treatment With A Holistic ApproachWithin Serenity at Summit’s addiction treatment model, we focus on both a clinical and holistic approach to recovery. Our holistic therapies include 12 step, mindful meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage and much more.

Call Serenity now to discover how you or a loved one can incorporate holistic therapies into a personalized treatment plan today!

Everyone experiences stress and a spiritual slump from time to time. Share this article with colleagues and friends and family, or with anyone you know who can benefit from these tips.

To learn more about the benefits of meditation and to see more of Serenity in the News, Check out Serenity’s Frank Spera Breaking Down the Benefits of Meditation to Medical Daily


Delaware Having Trouble Keeping Track Of ‘Heroin Babies’: Summit’s Dr. Drew Has A Suggestion

Delaware Online recently published a long-form news report on how the state is keeping track of babies born addicted to heroin and other hard drugs, and our very own Dr. Elizabeth Drew added her expert voice to the conversation.

According to the report, four addicted babies died in Delaware in 2015 that were in the care of a parent or caregiver. Another three babies were reportedly abused severely.

What Delaware Is Doing To Help Babies Born With Addiction

Several state lawmakers are pushing legislation that would let state agencies more closely keep tabs on parents of a child born with addiction. The proposal calls for mothers to sign an agreement with the state that says they will properly care for their addicted children.

Since many adult addicts change residences frequently, Delaware’s Division of Family Services has had trouble tracking down such parents and checking up on the well-being of their children. The bipartisan legislation would make it so families with drug-addicted babies would not be able to move without notifying authorities first.

It’s not usually the addiction itself that causes these children to die at such a young age. It’s actually neglect or simply being in the care of parents who are ill-equipped to handle raising a young child, according to the report, which also was printed on front page of The News Journal earlier this month.

See The Full Delaware Online Article Here

Dr. Elizabeth Drew’s Suggestion

Delaware is far from being alone in this crisis, though. More than 130,000 children have been born over the last decade in the U.S. hooked on drugs, according to a Reuters investigation, as cited by the Delaware Online article.

Addiction Treatment For Expectant MothersTo combat the trend of drug-addicted babies being left in a poor family environment, a Delaware lawmaker initially drafted a bill that would have allowed a physician or the police to take temporary custody of a child who is born dependent on drugs or with fetal alcohol syndrome. However, the lawmaker backed off the legislation because it might discourage mothers from receiving formal addiction treatment.

Dr. Drew, Medical Director of the Pennsylvania branch of Serenity at Summit, told Delaware Online that helping mothers get into an effective addiction treatment program should be a top priority. Doing so would help the mother and her baby get started on a good path, she added.

Regarding expectant mothers who are trying to kick their habit yet are afraid to disclose their situation, Dr. Drew said Delaware should allow pregnant women to come forward with their addiction and not have to worry about losing custody of their baby. If Delaware were able to establish such an environment, expectant mothers would be able to receive treatment without fear of judgment or legal punishment.

Learn More About Dr. Drew Here

Post-Pregnancy Treatment For Heroin And Other Addictions

Due to the delicate nature of treating substance abuse during pregnancy, Serenity at Summit actually does not accept expectant mothers into one of our rehabilitation programs.

However, we are here for women who need addiction treatment post-pregnancy in order to get themselves on a healthy path in early motherhood. To learn more about who we treat, click here.

Serenity currently has locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, including two facilities that offer medical detox. Inpatient and outpatient programs are available, and we treat all kinds of substance abuse, from street drugs and alcohol to prescription drugs.

If you’re a new mother and struggling with addiction, call Serenity at Summit today and our counselors can set you up with the right type of treatment program that will help put your substance abuse issues behind you.

To help spread awareness about the effort to help children who are born with addiction, please share this article with family members, friends and colleagues.

Adderall’s Effect On The Brain: Summit’s Patricia Allen Explains

Adderall can be helpful to individuals who struggle with narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the prescription drug comes with a laundry list of potential side effects, and is especially risky for teens.

The millennial-focused media outlet explored this topic earlier this week, enlisting our very own Patricia Allen for her expertise on the risks associated with the prescription pill.

What Is Adderall And How Does It Work?

Adderall is prescription medication that has a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. When taken, it raises the dopamine and norepinephrine (stress hormone) levels in the brain.

When the user is responding well to Adderall, he or she will experience the following benefits:

  • Increased focus
  • Feeling more awake
  • Fewer impulsive decisions
  • Reduced hyperactivity in the brain
  • Alleviated depression

Your Focus Needs More FocusThe medication doesn’t just target the areas of the brain that have to do with focus and alertness. Clifford Segil of Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA told that Adderall affects the entire brain, a trait it shares with cocaine, rather than just the parts that need it. This can have positive and negative ramifications.

Read The Full Article Here

Adderall Risks And Side Effects

Since Adderall impacts the entire brain, many medical experts argue that the drug stunts growth, according to the article. The hypothalamus of the brain helps regulate hormones, and if this area is impacted, then the body’s overall growth can be slowed. One expert quoted in the article, Dr. Tim Legg of Touro University Worldwide, said many doctors often recommend that children stop taking the drug during the summer so their growth can catch up.

Some Adderall users report low libido and frequent sleep disturbances as a direct result of the medication. Adderall is also very risky for those who have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Overactive thyroid
  • High blood pressure (aka hypertension)
  • Severe agitation
  • A history of drug or alcohol addiction

When an individual tries to quit Adderall cold turkey, several withdrawal symptoms can arise, such as:

  • Panic attacks
  • Intense hunger
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Children Who Are Prescribed Adderall

Study Drugs - Summit Behavioral HealthEven though Adderall falls into the same class as methamphetamine, doctors have been prescribing to young teens for decades, even on a long-term basis for some young patients. It’s intended to help them better focus on individual tasks, such as schoolwork, tests, etc.

Patricia Allen, Executive Director of Nursing Services at Serenity at Summit, told that it’s quite common for young Adderall users to continue taking the medication well into early adulthood.

Taking the drug for longer periods of time means larger doses will be required for the same effect down the road. This can make the user’s heart work overtime, while also damaging the liver and increasing blood toxins.

To learn more about Patricia Allen, click here.

Adderall Addiction Treatment At Serenity at Summit

Prescription medication addictions are on the rise in the U.S., so Serenity at Summit’s staff is well-equipped and trained to help alleviate the crisis.

We have detox, residential and outpatient program options for individuals 18 years and older who are trying to overcome an addiction to Adderall. We boast six treatment center locations between New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Learn more about what sets our prescription drug recovery program apart by clicking here.

To help educate the wider public on this important issue, please share this article with family members, friends and colleagues — especially those who have children who take Adderall.

Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan Saving Lives, Access Becoming Widespread

Heroin and opioid use and overdose is unfortunately becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. It’s reaching every corner of the U.S. regardless of wealth or economic status and has even made its way to the lives of celebrities.

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew, Serenity at Summit’s very own Medical Doctor, was recently featured as the only expert included in an article on News titled, Rapper DMX revived by Narcan — the opioid antidote that stops an overdose in its tracks. DMX was recently found collapsed in a parking lot in New York. Paramedics revived the rapper after injecting him with Narcan after he was found not breathing and without a pulse.

The drug that DMX was injected with is a breakthrough naloxone medication drug that reverses the effects of opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers and can prevent deadly overdoses.

Although Narcan was approved by the FDA 45 years ago in 1971, it has recently been gaining ground and making headlines for preventing overdose and saving lives.

Key Points From The Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Narcan News Story

  • Opioid Overdose Drug Narcan Saving Lives, Becoming WidespreadOpioid-related fatalities have jumped 200 percent since the year 2000.
  • Narcan has become a lifesaver in the midst of the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic.
  • Over 150,000 of the general public have received overdose prevention training and naloxone kits since 2014. It is estimated, per naloxone program participants, that 26,000 overdoses have been reversed.
  • CVS recently announced that naloxone would be available over-the-counter to  customers in 14 states and counting.  Even more recently, Walgreens announced that it would also start providing the opioid reversal drug OTC in 35 different states.

Dr. Drew Offers Expert Advice On Narcan And Opioid Addiction

Dr. Drew shared her expertise on the benefits of this opioid overdose reversal drug – including to those people who use opioids by prescription. She was quoted saying, “Anybody who has opiates prescribed in the home should probably have this medication in the home,” because even if you use it responsibly there’s always a chance it could fall into the wrong hands and become deadly. She added that Narcan is, “the equivalent of CPR,” and that opioid abuse, “is a predominant problem in every one of our communities.”

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew-Summit Behavioral Health
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew

It is important to note that Dr. Drew also mentioned that while this naloxone drug may save lives, it cannot in any way, cure opioid addiction. She shares that, “open access to all types of care” which needs to include medication-assisted addiction treatment and abstinence-based support groups are key to both overcoming opioid addiction and the epidemic.

Dr. Drew voices the importance of increasing the access nationally to Narcan since opioid and heroin abuse is a major problem in each and every one of all of our communities. She state, “Now we can see this isn’t someone else’s problem – it is all of our problem.”

Read The Entire Narcan Yahoo News Story Here

Opioid misuse and overdose has become a national problem and Narcan is a welcome help in the face of this epidemic. Please join Serenity in spreading this life-saving news. Addiction touches us all, you never know who may benefit from hearing this story.

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Finding Appropriate Addiction Treatment: Roman Petrocelli Writes For U.S. News & World Report

When an addict finally admits he or she needs formal help, it’s a huge step. Sometimes, interventions are needed, and in other cases, a brush with death or a serious life event is what it takes to get the addicted person to realize that he or she can no longer sustain the same lifestyle and behaviors.

Serenity at Summit’s very own Roman Petrocelli, MA, LPC, recently wrote a guest article for U.S. News & World Report about what steps to take and what questions to ask in looking for the most appropriate addiction treatment. The piece is titled, You Finally Decided to Get Help for Addiction. Now What?

Petrocelli, Clinical Director for our outpatient facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, offered advice in the following areas in his byline article for U.S. News & World Report, which has an average of roughly 20 million unique visitors per month:

Roman Petrocelli - Summit Behavioral Health
Roman Petrocelli, MA, LPC

• Proper course of treatment: Talk to an addiction counselor first, and see which course of treatment is recommended. Is medical detox necessary? Is treatment on an outpatient basis sufficient, or do you need to be more closely supervised for several weeks in a row? If the latter applies, then a residential program would be the most appropriate option.

• Need for holistic therapy: It’s highly recommended to look for a treatment program that incorporates holistic treatment modalities into its recovery program. These could be activities such as recovery yoga, nutritional counseling, art and music therapy, etc. Holistic therapy helps recovering addicts center their minds and improve physically. It’s also something that they can likely take with them after they graduate a formal treatment program.

• Need for evidence-based practices: While holistic treatment is essential, your treatment center of choice also needs to practice tried-and-true healing methods. Before committing to a particular treatment center, ask if the counselors there are well versed in evidence-based methods, such as trauma-informed care or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

• Treatment for co-occurring disorders: The best treatment centers are going to do more than simply detoxify a substance from your system and then only treat the symptoms that the substance caused. An effective treatment center will offer a psychiatric assessment to identify any mental health issues that played a role in a client’s substance abuse. Certain medication may need to be prescribed or continued in order to regulate any mental conditions that fuel cravings of certain harmful substances. Your treatment program should involve more than a primary counselor. A psychiatrist and medical team need to be included in the recovery treatment process.

• An accredited program:  Your treatment center of choice should be fully licensed in the state in which it resides, and you should ask if it is accredited by any national health care organizations, such as The Joint Commission. If you’re not sure if a certain treatment center is licensed and accredited, just call and ask!

• Family therapy services: Helping an addict get clean and stay clean takes a group effort. Yes, this means the family needs to play a role in their loved one’s recovery, too. The best treatment centers are going to offer family therapy services — such as family education classes, counseling for the family itself, and interaction with other families of addicts. Helping the client’s family heal together and support each other better is crucial in the long-term recovery process.

• Stance on self-help programs: Does your desired treatment center encourage attending self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, or does it like to keep its treatment all in house? First-rate treatment centers should see the long-term value in the AA and NA programs, and they should help their clients with the logistics of continually attending these meetings.

• Paying for treatment: It’s important to ask your potential treatment destinations what forms of financial assistance they have available. Do they work with insurance companies, and is financial aid an option? Finances shouldn’t have to be a barrier, but if a certain treatment center doesn’t have many options for making its fees more bearable, then you might have to move on to the next provider.

Read Petrocelli’s Full U.S. News Article Here

Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment At Serenity at Summit

Serenity at Summit currently boasts 6 addiction treatment facilities among New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, including four outpatient locations and two facilities with detox capabilities.

We combine evidence-based and holistic  (yoga, meditation, creative arts, etc.) modalities to provide the best possible addiction treatment. Clients are assigned a primary counselor for the duration of their treatment program, but a psychiatrist and medical team are highly involved in the process as well. A full psychiatric assessment helps us identify and then treat any co-occurring disorders.

Family education and therapy services are available for the family members of both our inpatient and outpatient clients. We also encourage inpatient and outpatient clients to attend AA or NA meetings, and we help them find the means to get there.

All of our 6 locations are licensed with the state in which they operate, and as a network, we are nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Many of our directors and treatment providers are called upon frequently by national and local media to provide expert insight on drug and alcohol rehabilitation issues.

Last, but not least, we also work with most major insurers and even offer financing to help potential clients get the care they need without suffering too big of a blow to their bank account. To learn more about our Admissions Process and to connect with one of our helpful admissions counselors, click here.

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Super Bowl Ad On Opioids’ Side Effects: Summit’s Dr. Drew Offers Perspective To

Did you catch the opioid-related commercial during Super Bowl 50?

The 1-minute spot, titled “Envy,” covered two topics rarely seen during the annual ad frenzy: constipation and opioid use.

The commercial reportedly cost around $5 million to make and then run during the Super Bowl. Pharmaceutical companies AstraZaneca and Daiichi Sankyo are behind the dramatic, somewhat humorous ad, which encourages viewers to visit, a small website that educates the user on opioid-induced constipation. The Super Bowl ad and the website it promotes are essentially designed to point to the medication Movantik, which treats opioid-related constipation.

How Opioids Can Cause Constipation

A day after the Super Bowl, media outlet published an article that looks into why the commercial was made and why the White House is spending more than $1 billion to fight prescription drug addiction.

Our very own Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew was featured in the article, providing insight into opioids’ effects on the gastrointestinal system.

Dr. Drew told that there are opioid receptors in the gastrointestinal tract that can slow down the progress of food through the bowel when opioids are taken. She added that the rate of opioid users who experience constipation is nearly 100 percent. Only if users have another gastrointestinal condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, can they avoid the constipation caused by opioids, Dr. Drew said.

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Medication To Counteract Medication

Medical experts have noted that the “Envy” commercial essentially proposes medication to counteract one of the side effects of another medication. While the use of opioids is legitimate, especially for chronic pain sufferers, proposing medication on top of medication might lead people down quite the rabbit hole.

Starting A Conversation On Opioid Use

While the “Envy” ad doesn’t delve into opioid addiction, it certainly has started a national conversation on opioid use. Other experts featured in the article suggested that the commercial might be normalizing opioid use, which should otherwise be a last resort for those suffering intense pain. The White House is even criticizing the pharmaceutical ad for the very same reason, especially at a time when the administration is trying to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough tweeted the following on Monday:

Whether the commercial triggers opioid use is debatable, but it certainly comes at a curious time, when prescription drug-related and heroin-related deaths are becoming a national crisis.

AstraZanceca executive Dave Fredrickson had a solid response to the backlash, however, as quoted by USA Today. He said he hopes the commercial raises awareness about the digestive effects opioids can cause, and that it starts a conversation about using the potentially addictive drug cautiously and only when necessary.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the administration has no plans to try to curb how opioids are advertised, but that he hopes drug companies will do their part in discouraging people from abusing prescription medication.

Treating Opoid Addiction At Serenity at Summit

Rather than turning to another medication to mitigate a side effect of your opioid medication, why not try to treat the source of your opioid usage?

Serenity’s treatment methods help break the individual’s dependence on opioids, and we have the tools to simultaneously manage pain. Detoxification is usually necessary in the case of opioid addiction, so we have detox locations in New Jersey and Massachusetts to help recovering users at the beginning of a formal treatment program. Inpatient, outpatient and even continued care treatment options are available to clients after they’ve graduated our opioid detox program.

To learn more about how we treat opioid/opiate addiction, click here.

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Fighting Heroin Abuse – What Heroin Is Doing To Us: Serenity at Summit On

News media giant recently featured our very own Medical Director of Serenity at Summit, Dr. William D. Stanley. The article shares shocking statistics on the epidemic of heroin use, sheds a light on heroin and prescription opioid abuse, and the promising fight against it.

Key Points From The ‘Fight On Heroin Abuse’ Article

  • President Obama proposes over $1 billion to fight heroin and prescription abuse in America.
      – According to the White House, the money will support access to addiction treatment, strategies to prevent overdosing from prescription drugs and increase the obtainability of naloxone.
  • Heroin use has seen a massive increase recently, jumping from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012.
  • Deaths related to heroin have tragically increased 4x between 2012 and 2013.
  • Heroin use among young adults, ages 18 – 25 has jumped more than 2x within the last 10 years.
  • The spike is linked to the country-wide epidemic of prescription opioid painkillers.
  • 45% of those who use heroin are addicted to prescription opioids as well.
  • All areas and populations across the country are being affected by this epidemic.

Dr. Stanley’s Insight On Heroin Abuse And Addiction

Dr. William Stanley-Medical Director at Serenity at Summit
Dr. William Stanley

This is where the expertise of Dr. Stanley comes in. In the article, he shares insight on what heroin is doing to us. He states, “When heroin is taken into the body – either by inhalation, nasal or intravenously – it ultimately will enter the blood circulation and make its way to the brain, where the drug is converted to morphine.”

He also explains how heroin binds to brain receptors and increases dopamine production, giving users a “euphoric” sensation, thus why opioid-related drugs are so extremely addictive.

Read The Full News Story Here

We at Serenity at Summit are committed to spreading the word of the dangers of heroin and prescription opioid abuse as well as the hope for recovery.

And ultimately with President Obama’s pledge and commitment, continued education and by sharing this and other important addiction-related articles, Summit Behavioral Health hopes to increase awareness, provide top-notch addiction treatment and ultimately save lives.

Please share this story to increase knowledge and awareness of the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in the United States.

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Opiate Overdose Drug Now Available OTC: Summit Behavioral Health On NJTV News

Opiate abuse and overdose is a known problem which grew into a national epidemic almost overnight in many parts of the U.S.. A viable solution has been needed for some time. Well now that solution is coming to fruition.

Overdose drug Narcan (naloxone) which can reverse the deadly effects of opioid overdose, is now available without a prescription, over-the-counter. This is welcoming news for those struggling with addiction to opiates, including their families.

Serenity at Summit’s very own Chief Clinical Officer, Maria Ulmer is featured in a recent NJTV News segment discussing how the naloxone reversal drug is a step in a larger effort to get individuals the help they need to recover from addiction. She also states that in addition to naloxone, the other part of the solution needs to be a change in behavior and that the two can offer “a second chance at life, a second chance of overcoming the disease”.

Key Takeaways From Narcan Opiate Overdose Drug News Story:

  • The way opiate addiction is spreading through every county resembles an epidemic
  • Antidote, Narcan can’t stop addiction, but can save lives
  • Law enforcement and civilians are getting assistance on developing state-wide programs to administer this overdose reversal drug
  • Since Law enforcement Narcan initiative started, over 500 agencies in New Jersey have been trained to use this overdose drug
  • 272 lives in Ocean County, NJ alone were saved in 2015 by this overdose reversal drug
  • Prosecutor’s Office states this is just step 1 in larger effort to get people the help they need to overcome their addiction
  • CVS offering overdose antidote drug in some stores, OTC (over-the-counter)
  • Chris Christie pledges his support and states, “Drug addiction, just like cancer, is an illness”

Watch the Narcan news segment here:

Spreading The Importance Of Narcan Opiate Overdose Drug AND
Proper Addiction Treatment

The fact that Narcan is now available OTC is a huge leap in the right direction to save lives from drug overdose! Join us in spreading the news that not only can this drug save lives, but also the importance of seeking proper addiction treatment to recover and successfully change behaviors.

Please share this story with loved ones who may be struggling with opioid addiction or anyone who may be interested in this important step to preventing deadly overdose.

Loved One Struggling With Addiction? Tips From Summit Behavioral Health On U.S. News Health

Drug and alcohol use is a growing epidemic in today’s society. Concerned friends and family members need help knowing the appropriate steps to take for their loved one. In a health article titled, What to Do – and Not to Do – If You Suspect a Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction expert advice and information is welcomed and provided.

Understanding Addiction

Authored by Serenity at Summit’s very own Clinical Director at Serenity at Summit New England, Dennis Bates expresses his concern that more and more often, Serenity has been receiving inquiries from worried family members seeking instantaneous results for their loved one’s substance abuse problem.

What individuals need to understand is that there is no quick fix for addiction. Addiction is a complex disease and long-term individualized care is needed.

Bates shares encouraging yet vital advice throughout the article including several important tips for family members who suspect that their loved one has a problem with substance abuse.

Bates’ Tips For Family Members Who Have A Loved One Struggling With Addiction

  • Take a deep breath and ask some initial questions regarding the suspicion
  • Voice your concern, but don’t shame or yell
  • Seek professional addiction treatment help

Read The Full U.S. News Health Article Now

Serenity at Summit – Committed To Educating, Healing And Recovery

Serenity’s goal is to continue to educate family members, along with the community regarding the truths of addiction and proper treatment. Please share this story as well as the all-important truth that there’s no quick fix for addiction.

If you believe your loved one is struggling with addiction, call us now. We are here for you. A caring and professional addiction specialist would love to help you take that first step to healing your family.

The time to get help is now, call us today.

Alcohol Consumption Limits: Summit’s Dr. Drew’s Compelling Insight On

Will the U.S. follow the U.K.’s significant change and tighten the recommended alcohol consumption limits?

A recent article on, which features our very own Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew, Medical Director at Serenity at Summit, weighs in on this question as the U.K. recently set new drinking limit guidelines, as well as the often “unthought of”, yet significant health problems with alcohol consumption.

Will Alcohol Consumption Behaviors Change?

For individuals who regularly enjoy a drink, The Street’s article, Will the U.S. Follow the U.K. in Tightening the Squeeze on Alcohol?, may have a significant affect on their behavior. Dr. Drew states, “It may affect behavior to know that there is an actual difference in mortality and morbidity based on the amount of alcohol that you drink in a week.” She also makes the compelling point that while most people understand that alcohol can damage their liver, many don’t realize the other substantial health risks which include heart disease, pancreatitis and multiple cancers.

Read The Full The Street Article Here

Individualized Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Serenity at Summit offers a customized solution to alcohol addiction. We fully assess each client, to understand their individual history, needs and goals and then create a fully customized treatment plan based off the assessment.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, now is the time to get help. Why wait? Break free from the bondage of alcohol today. Let us help you take that first step by calling now.

Join us in spreading the word of alcohol awareness by sharing this important story with family and friends.

Panic vs. Panic Attack: Summit’s Patricia Allen Explains To Men’s Health

Panic Attacks - Summit Behavioral HealthEverybody panics at times, but not everybody has had a panic attack. Men’s Health explored the difference between the two earlier this week in an article that features our very own Patricia Allen.

Panic attacks are a sudden burst of fear or discomfort that peaks around 10 minutes and deescalates within an hour. The person’s heart speeds up, and they begin to hyperventilate and breath in more carbon dioxide.

Symptoms of panic attacks include:

  • Shaking
  • Tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Pounding heart

Panic attack sufferers are no strangers to visiting the emergency room, as the symptoms are quite similar to those of a heart attack.

What Triggers A Panic Attack?

Allen, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Serenity at Summit, told Men’s Health that people often have their first panic attack after a traumatic event, but sometimes it even happens after a minor life transition, such as getting engaged or being laid off.

Young, otherwise healthy men are especially susceptible to these attacks, and they can occur at random, or even during sleep, according to the article.

To learn more about Patricia Allen, visit the Our Team page and scroll down to “Medical Team.”

‘Anticipatory Anxiety’

Some people that have had panic attacks develop an intense fear of having another attack, a phenomenon known as “anticipatory anxiety,” according to Men’s Health. If these types of worries recur for more than month, the individual could be diagnosed with panic disorder.

Allen recommended getting your heart checked if you’ve had a panic attack, so that you can rule out heart trouble. Also, you’ll want to review your medications to see if something’s putting you at risk for another attack. Stimulants for ADHD and thyroid treatments can trigger an attack. Using cocaine or heavily consuming caffeine can put you at risk, too.

Read The Full Men’s Health Article Here

Dual Diagnosis Treatment At Serenity at Summit

Drug use can trigger more frequent panic attacks. Meanwhile, those with panic disorder may turn to drugs to deal with their symptoms. Anyone diagnosed with panic disorder should seek treatment, as those with the condition have a 30 percent greater risk of attempting suicide, according to Men’s Health.

Serenity at Summit specializes in treating co-occurring disorders. This means in addition to treating individuals with drug or alcohol addiction, we also incorporate treatment for any mental and physical conditions present, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder and more. If you’re struggling with substance abuse and panic disorder, Serenity at Summit is ready to help you out. To see more about our treatment for co-occurring disorders, click here.

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