Founder’s Story

Founders, John & Jane Derry sail to Panama to develop Serenity Vista rehab

Founding Director’s Story Background John Derry, B.Sc.Phm., M.A., is Founding Director of Serenity Vista. He has an impressive track record of success throughout an extensive professional career spanning pharmacy, addiction, and management leadership.  John is a licensed Canadian pharmacist and holds a Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling from the world-leading Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Read more about John’s professional background here. Driven by Passion John’s passion in life is to help others experience joy in living their fullest potential. John is a devoted father and husband, and role models what he teaches through his own life. John’s life is a manifestation of his values and ongoing journey of spiritual exploration and development. The establishment of Serenity Vista is a reflection of this passion and life journey. John is originally from Canada where he developed a successful career…

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Spending Christmas In Rehab? Yes!

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It May Be Your Best Idea Yet to Spend Christmas in Rehab! We wish you a Merry Christmas. Bah Humbug! That’s a sentiment expressed by many people at this time of year. The pressures can be unbearable for such a joyous time, even more so for addicts and alcoholics, even if they are sober in recovery. But Why? Old Wounds Cut Deep Let’s forget about the stresses of buying gifts and how much to spend and cooking and baking and finding the time to do it all. Instead, look deeper into the issues of why Christmas is such a difficult time for the active addict or alcoholic, or the clean and sober addict in recovery. Often addiction has its roots in the family. Whether your family is ‘picture perfect’, or there is some past abuse, trauma, or conflict, Christmas means…

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California Wildfires Highlight the Need for More Oversight of Rehab Facilities

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Wildfires in California Spotlight the Rehab Riviera The recent wildfires that tore through California further underscored the need for better oversight of addiction treatment facilities in the area. The human cost was high all over the state, but the fires in Southern California have harmed an especially vulnerable group of people: people in the midst of their addiction treatment. The Woolsey fire in Southern California hit LA hard: Malibu was put under a mandatory evacuation order, which included all sober living and treatment facilities in the area. Malibu has about one sober living or treatment center per square mile, and as the fires raged on, it became clear that many of them were underprepared for a natural disaster. The centers struggled to hold onto clients rather than refer them to other facilities, putting people in the early stages of recovery…

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Relapse Again. Now What?

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Relapse Again Now What? You’ve had a relapse again. Now what? The word relapse is perhaps the most ominous word in the addiction recovery vocabulary. Why? Because regardless if you have been sober one month or 20 years, relapse again is a possibility every addict or alcoholic faces. Does a relapse mean that it was all for nothing, that you’re a failure? Absolutely not! But what’s next? The Emotional Turmoil A relapse is possibly the most devastating blow to a person’s recovery. The emotional stress can seem unbearable. You’re feeling shame and guilt. You’re embarrassed. An overwhelming, gut-wrenching, all-consuming sense of failure fills you to the core. Your body aches with misery. You want to hide away from the public shaming and ridicule you are positive will follow if anyone found out. What you’re feeling is normal. It’s what you…

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Rehab Help for my Addicted Daughter

Peace in Paradise for Addicted Daughter

My Addicted Daughter Needs Help If your daughter is in active addiction, whether it involve alcohol or other drugs, discussion of any kind can be tricky to navigate. Family dynamics often play a foundational role in addiction. Thus, past hurts and misgivings can further complicate things. Your family’s dynamic may include codependent behaviors that are multigenerational. From the outside, it’s easy to see that wanting a loved one to go to rehab is coming from a place of love. However, from the addict’s perspective, it may feel very negative, even threatening. It is likely the first conversation about rehab will not be well received. If you want to help your addicted daughter to choose rehab, it is absolutely necessary to make sure the conversation is well thought-out and presented in a way she will hear. Planning the Conversation with your Addicted…

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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

When is the best time to go to rehab? Rehab now. Serenity Vista rehab in tropical paradise

Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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Nicotine Addiction and Drug Rehab

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Smoking is Nicotine Addiction If you are still smoking, you are an active drug addict. That may sound harsh, especially if you are in recovery, and have stopped using alcohol or other drugs…except nicotine. Nicotine addiction IS drug addiction. Period. Tobacco use kills more people than all other illicit drugs combined, yet this is often denied in the recovery community. Back in the ‘old days’ of 12 Step meetings, one of the first basic jobs for newcomers was to wash ashtrays. AA meant coffee and cigarrettes. Even the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous said not to worry about smoking cigarettes. It is very noteworthy though, that the two co-founders, Dr. Bob, and Bill W., both died early deaths from emphysema due to smoking. So, times have changed, no one denies the toxic properties of tobacco anymore, and the powerful addictive…

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Relapse: Now What?

Relapse Doesn’t Have to Mean Failure What should I do if a relapse in my drug addiction or alcoholism recovery? Unfortunately, alcohol & drug addiction relapse is tragically common among people who are working on recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction. The problem is especially bad among people who have completed a short term stay in a rehab center, usually 30 days or less. Experts agree that between 40 and 90 percent of people relapse within 30 days after completing a short term rehab stay. So if you’ve relapsed, you should know that you’re not alone. Addiction is a chronic, progressive condition that, when inadequately treated, invariably involves relapse and disease progression. So, relapse isn’t necessarily a sign of failure, just that treatment has been inadequate and there is more work to do. There are positive steps you can take. Click…

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How Does Addiction Impact My Family? The Top 4 Ways

How Does Addiction Impact My Family? The Top 4 Ways

The Top 4: Ways Alcohol or Drug Addiction Impacts the Family If I have an alcohol or drug addiction, how does it impact my family? No matter who you are, you have family. And though people often talk about alcohol or drug addiction as a “victimless crime,” the true facts are that the real victims are the family members caught in the middle of drug addiction and you. It’s a lie to think that alcohol or other drug use or abuse doesn’t impact your family in some way. In fact, it can have huge consequences for your family. Don’t stay in denial—figure out what you need to do to get drug-free, for your family’s sake if not your own. Click here to learn more about how changing your scenery at rehab can change your life. Family Health If one thing…

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