Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease; 135,000 lives are lost each year. Over 23 million continue to struggle with this chronic disease,

100 million share their pain.

Everyone knows someone touched by Addiction.

Addiction doesn’t discriminate.

It’s time to say enough.  

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

 


 

When you’re struggling with drug addiction, sobriety can seem like an impossible goal. But recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless your situation seems. Change is possible with the right treatment and support, and by addressing the root cause of your addiction. Don’t give up—even if you’ve tried and failed before. The road to recovery often involves bumps, pitfalls, and setbacks. Your addiction has given you a second chance at life. 



​​​​Warning signs that a friend or family member

is abusing drugs

Drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs,

look for the following warning signs:


Physical warning signs of drug abuse

  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination


Behavioral signs of drug abuse

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)


Psychological warning signs of drug abuse

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

Serenity Recovery Clinic

Substance Abuse Treatment

Drug addiction has well-recognized cognitive, behavioral,

and physiological characteristics that contribute to continued use of drugs despite the harmful consequences.


Scientists have also found that chronic drug abuse alters the brain’s anatomy and chemistry and that these changes can last for months or years after the individual has stopped using drugs. This transformation may help explain why addicted persons are at a high risk of relapse to drug abuse even after long periods of abstinence and why they persist in seeking drugs despite the consequences.

We are a full service

Wisconsin State Certified Substance Abuse Clinic

offering a variety of services to clients dealing with

substance abuse and chemical dependency