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Serenity Lane partners with Umpqua Health Alliance, will begin accepting OHP for treatment services

Serenity Lane partners with Umpqua Health Alliance, will begin accepting OHP for treatment services

(MARCH 9, 2017) Roseburg, Oregon—Serenity Lane drug and alcohol providers announced this week a new contract with Douglas County CCO, Umpqua Health Alliance, to accept the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) for addiction treatment services including Intensive Outpatient, Recovery Support, mental health and DUII programs at their Roseburg clinic. Serenity Lane will also begin accepting OHP referrals from Umpqua Health for detox and inpatient programs at its residential campus in Coburg, Oregon.

“We’re excited to partner with Serenity Lane to provide Umpqua Health Alliance members increased access to a comprehensive collection of addiction treatment services,” said Sue Goldberg, vice president of network and business development at Umpqua Health. “This partnership will complement the variety of programs we already offer our members and ensure they receive the help they need when and where it’s needed most.”

Serenity Lane opened the outpatient office in 1993 to help provide a range of outpatient addiction treatment services to the people of Douglas County. Under the new agreement, Serenity Lane will accept Oregon Health Plan for detox, residential, Intensive Outpatient, mental health, long-term recovery support and DUII programs.

“This agreement will allow Serenity Lane to provide lifesaving programs to more men and women struggling with addiction,” said Tony Haynes, Clinic Manager of Serenity Lane in Roseburg. “We save lives and put families back together and this agreement is a big step forward in that mission for us.”

To learn more or schedule an assessment call: (541) 673-3504. Serenity Lane’s Roseburg outpatient clinic is located at 2575 NW Kline St. More information is available at: www.serenitylane.org/Roseburg.

Enjoy this preview teaser episode of Serenity Lane’s new podcast!

Enjoy this preview teaser episode of Serenity Lane’s new podcast!

We are very excited to announce a new podcast series that features stories from Serenity Lane alumni who went through treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and are now living life in recovery. While the full series won’t start until next month, we have a special holiday teaser episode to share.

 Just in time for Christmas, here is our teaser, holiday-themed episode of Voices of Recovery. Click below to listen or head over to https://soundcloud.com/voicesofrecovery to download. 

Each new episode will be published here on our website and blog, on Serenity Lane’s Facebook page and the podcast’s Facebook page. Like and follow these pages to receive podcast updates including notifications when new episodes are published.

 

 

Holidays Straight Up: Sober Holidays 101

Holidays Straight Up: Sober Holidays 101

Christmas Labels - ornaments, decorations.Being seated around the holiday table with family is an image that evokes many different associations. The mouth-watering smell of roasted turkey. The warm smile on faces as plates are passed and piled high with delicious foods. The full belly and happy heart of a meal shared with loved ones. However, time spent with family can also be stressful, even painful. For those early in their recovery there may be hurt feelings or bad memories from past holidays. Or you simply are not looking forward to being the odd one out when they’re passing out the eggnog. As a person in recovery you can’t turn to the glass of wine or cocktail to “mellow” you out. So what’s a sober person to do when the going gets tough? We’ll delve into all of this in more detail in the weeks ahead. But for now, here’re the definitive Big Five Basics of celebrating the holidays sober — while keeping your cool.

  1. Try the bookend technique
    Simply put, this is when you do something before you head over to your holiday event and something directly after. Call your sponsor, call a friend, hit a meeting, do a gratitude list, have a coffee and pie “debrief with friends,” or go for a walk/run/trip to the gym. Exercise, meditation, yoga and going to a meeting are all great activities to get you in a good emotional and physical space to deal with stress and other emotions. Having something set before and after will help you to keep the event right sized and remain connected to your recovery throughout.
  2. Have an Out
    When you are new in sobriety it is helpful to develop the practice of knowing your escape routes. So to speak. This imply means you know how to get out of a situation that is beginning to feel uncomfortable — or downright perilous to your sobriety.  This can mean giving yourself permission to quietly grab your coat and keys and duck out with no explanation at all or simply having an imaginary appointment or event that you need to leave to take care of. The point is that you practice putting your sobriety and your emotional wellbeing first and know that tapping out and taking your leave is okay to do.
  3. Sweets and Warm Beverages
    First off, please avoid going into these events with low blood sugar. You’ll overeat and you’re more likely to be grumpy. A little snack or hot tea with honey and lemon will go a long way towards cutting down stress and change your spirit animal from Grumpy Cat to this happy little guy. Also, here are some great recipes for non-alcoholic, tasty beverages:

  4. Remember Your Sober Tools
    People in recovery have tools. Meetings are tools. Sponsors and sober friends are tools. Service is a tool. Meditation and gratitude lists are tools. Prayer is a tool. At any given time these holidays, if you start to feel yourself going off the beam try using one of your tools. Examples:

    • Be helpful: Volunteer at a soup kitchen or just help clear the dishes and then make sure you compliment everyone who cooked. It’s easy to be helpful and every little act of kindness pays dividends in happiness.
    • Pray: Doesn’t matter if you have a strong spiritual practice. It’s not about knowing what you’re praying to or why. It’s the action–the power of ritual — kneeling, bowing your head, closing your eyes — asking for help or for strength or just turning over a person, place or thing you are having trouble accepting lightens your mental and emotional load.
    • Make a gratitude list: Seriously. five things, write them down. Text them to a friend. Say them to yourself int he mirror in the bathroom. Gratitude thumps resentment, fear, anger and even sadness.
    • Get to a meeting! Have a meeting guide? get one. Traveling somewhere and don’t know where the meetings are? Check the local inter-group. You can find this by googling the name of the place you are going and “AA meetings.” You would be amazed how much fun it can be to visit meetings when traveling and how big a relief it can be to sit in that chair in the midst of holiday stress.
  5. Don’t Drink 
    So simple right!? Except it’s not. Stay strong. Use your tools and do your best.
Video Series Part 2: Recovery is Freedom From Opiates

Video Series Part 2: Recovery is Freedom From Opiates

A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics noted:

Opioids are ubiquitous now. Enough opioids are prescribed every year to put a bottle of painkillers in every household. They’re everywhere…”

 

Serenity Lane has been treating opiate addiction and helping people manage chronic pain without prescription painkillers since 2006. In our second installment in the “Recovery is” video series, Rip Sawyer, director of Serenity Lane’s Addiction-Free, Chronic Pain Management program talks about the ways that people can become addicted to opioids (prescription painkillers) and how our program helps patients safely detox and develop long term sobriety and pain management practices that work.

Bend brings the spice with annual Chili Cook Off

Bend brings the spice with annual Chili Cook Off

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Terri Coffey stands beside table of goodies.

Lots of thanks to the talented cooks, judges and eaters who made our annual Chili Cook Off a success!

More than 30 people came out to eat, fellowship and enjoy some experience, strength and hope from guest speaker Kara K.

The spread included five different types of chili to try, sides and sweets.

For more news about events at Serenity Lane’s Bend clinic, visit their page or send an email to mdanziger@serenitylane.org with the subject line: Alumni events in Bend. You can always follow our Facebook page to stay up to date also.

Legalization of Marijuana: Treatment Providers Expect Trouble for Years to Come

Legalization of Marijuana: Treatment Providers Expect Trouble for Years to Come

Oregon was the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and one of the first to approve use of cannabis for medical purposes. The voters have spoken again, and by approving Measure 91 in 2014, Oregon becomes the third state to approve use and sale of recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21, following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, our neighbor to the north.

How this will all work out, in the long run, remains to be seen, and most people agree that legalization of recreational marijuana presents both pros and cons. For example, on the plus side, an influx of millions of dollars is a windfall that according to the OLCC, will be distributed to schools, mental health and addiction services, state police, cities, counties, and the Oregon Health Authority. Much of the funding is earmarked for law enforcement and drug and alcohol addiction services.

Many proponents believe law enforcement agencies will be freed up to deal with more serious, violent crimes, and others argue that use will be safer because people who purchase marijuana won’t be in danger of buying products that have been adulterated, or “cut” with dangerous substances.

Addictive Properties of Marijuana:

Addiction treatment providers aren’t as excited about the new law, as experience has proven to most clinicians that while marijuana isn’t addictive in the same way as cocaine or heroin, it definitely presents the potential for abuse. Many fear that the impact on society will be shown in years to come with greater numbers of people seeking help for dependence issues.

According to Health Services at Brown University, marijuana may be highly addictive for an estimated 10 to 14 percent of users and is responsible for more than 15 percent of admissions to drug treatment centers in the United States. Studies indicate that people who stop using marijuana may experience withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, restlessness, irritability and nausea. Tolerance is a factor, and heavy users require more of the drug to attain the same results. However, the detrimental effects of heavy marijuana use are subtle and more difficult to recognize.

Marijuana as a Gateway Drug:

This is an argument that continues to rage, and there are no clear answers. However, most treatment providers agree that use of marijuana can introduce users to more serious, illegal drugs, and that users are more likely to abuse prescription drugs. There is a legitimate concern that legalization of marijuana, in the long run, may increase the number of people who are addicted to harder, more dangerous drugs. There is little doubt that it opens the door to risky behavior. With marijuana being readily available it is likely that those younger than 21 will get their hands on it. Since the young brain is still developing, marijuana use threatens the natural process of development and treatment providers see many examples of “amotivational syndrome” where teens turn away from their studies, stay stuck in a place of emotional immaturity and lose their motivation towards higher education and career goals.

Threats to Health:

Obviously, smoking regular cigarettes is a bad idea, and inhaling marijuana smoke may be even worse, as inhaling deeply pumps even higher levels of carcinogens into the lungs. Smoking marijuana also raises the heart rate for up to three hours after use, and studies indicate that smoking marijuana restricts blood flow to the brain, an effect that can last a month after the last use.