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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Treatment for Alcohol, Nicotine and Other Drugs in Panama

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Quality Addiction Treatment For Alcohol, Nicotine and Other Drugs in Panama Discovering that you or a loved one have a problem with alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, other drugs, or sex and gambling can be a very upsetting event. Most likely you never imagined in your wildest dreams that you or your loved one would become an addict. You’ve been successful in so many other areas of your life, right? A ‘take charge’ kind of guy, work hard and play hard. But, little by slowly this picture of success becomes a little shabbier at the edges. Secrets. Shame. Guilt. Remorse.  Living a double life, fear of being caught, perhaps feeding the fire of organized crime? What? That’s not what you signed up for! You just want to have a good life! You love your family. I don’t want to be an addict!! I…

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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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Advantages of Going Abroad for Alcohol & Drug Rehab Outside of the US

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Are there any advantages of going abroad for alcohol and drug rehab? There are many great reasons to seek help for alcoholism and other addictions outside of the United States and Canada. The answers are really multifaceted. 13 points are discussed below, based on our experience in the field. 1. The state of addiction treatment in the United States is in chaotic flux a. The combinations of Obama-care mandatory coverage of addiction treatment, opioid epidemic, lax and unregulated laws and procedures for billing the insurance companies. The active addicts themselves turning to easy unscrupulous operations of rehabs, referral services, sober living houses, patient-brokering and exorbitant urine-testing scams. The backlash against this travesty is as to be expected – the pendulum has harshly swung to tightly controlled bureaucracies, regulations upon regulations, accreditations of accreditations. Players involved now include the giants of…

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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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Ethical Drug Rehab: What to Look for (and What to Avoid) in an Addiction Treatment Center

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Ethical Drug Rehab If you or your loved one are struggling with addiction, you’re no stranger to how completely unmanageable it can make your life feel. Sooner or later, most of us who struggle with addiction reach a breaking point – a point at which we realize that the rationalizations, attempts at moderation and failed promises aren’t working, and it’s time to get professional help. But once you make the all-important decision to seek addiction treatment, another weighty one presents itself: Which center to choose? With most of the US rehab industry being private and underregulated, and virtually no objective information easily available online (most third-party referral sites are in fact managed and paid for by rehabs themselves), learning what to look for in a center is crucial to your treatment success. Here’s what you should look for – and…

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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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Byron Katie’s The Work in Addiction Treatment Rehab

The Work of Byron Katie in Drug Rehab

Using The Work of Byron Katie in Residential Treatment for Alcoholism The Early Days of 12 Step Recovery Recovery from addiction began with one alcoholic, Bill W., talking to another alcoholic, Dr. Bob, May 13, 1935, in Akron, Ohio. We continue sharing experience, strength and hope with each other, one day at a time, and hopefully, we continue growing and changing. The 12 Step Literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Al-Anon, etc., are treasure troves of this recovery design for living. AA and other 12 Step program’s General Service Conference-approved literature reflect the group conscience of the Fellowship of the individual 12 Step programs. This is where the program of recovery, and how to live it is spelled out precisely. Alcoholism and other forms of addiction became to be understood as a malady of body, mind and spirit. Ongoing sobriety is…

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Rehab – It May be Now or Never

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When Is The Best Time to Go to Rehab? If you are asking this question, the time is NOW.   The Disease of Denial Alcoholism and other forms of addiction is the only disease that tells you that you don’t have a disease. The hallmark symptom of alcoholism is denial. Did you ever hear yourself trying to convince someone that you are NOT an alcoholic or other form of addict? Guess what? People that are not alcoholic, never try to convince anybody that they are not alcoholic. The point is, when the moment of clarity comes for the addict, it won’t last long. This little window of opportunity, when the alcoholic realizes there is a problem is ready for help, is a very little window. Alcoholism is a subtle foe. When the disease of addiction experiences the threat of exposure,…

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