Annual Flint Recovery Walk & Rally
Recovery awareness and recovery support services are extremely important to encourage healing from addiction. Serenity House of Flint annually hosts the Flint Recovery Walk & Rally during September’s recovery month to celebrate the reality of recovery and communicate the need for services and support to make recovery a top priority so those with addiction can recover and contribute meaningfully to our community. It is estimated from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health that in 2010 close to 21 million who needed addiction recovery help at a substance abuse facility were not able to receive it. It is also estimated that 23 million Americans are living in long-term recovery. Participants include people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, as well as their families, friends, addiction-treatment professionals, elected officials and other allies as part of National Recovery Month. Our attendance has been approximately 1,500 people since the event began five years ago. We reach even more through marketing and a strong online media presence.
Annual Flint Recovery Arts & Music Show
Arts and music are excellent healing modalities when it comes to addiction recovery. The Flint Recovery Arts & Music show is an annual awareness event held every March in downtown Flint with the intent to bring attention to arts and music and holistic modalities for addiction recovery. According to UNITE to Face Addiction coordinator Greg Williams, 83 million Americans are touched directly or indirectly by addiction. Events like this are necessary to eradicate the stigma of addiction and recovery and to act as an outreach platform for those who are still suffering from addiction.
So far we have served about 1,000 people since the event began in 2016 and have reached many more people through news outlets and marketing campaigns.
Serenity Community Outreach Program
The Serenity House Community Outreach is a group of certified enthusiastic, dedicated, recovery coaches and holistic practitioners whose desire is to raise awareness and availability of the benefits of holstic options through community service and education.
We are currently working diligently to find public institutions and venues in which we can serve offering holistic options to underserved populations, those who serve this population, as well as introducing the benefits holistic care to mainstream medical institutions.
Since its launch in mid March we have educated and served well over 200 people at Crossover Ministries, Wellness Services of Flint, Kindred Hospice staff and nurses, UAW’s Soberfest, McLaren Regional Medical Center’s Hospitality House fundraising event as well as The Holistic Healing Hour sponsored by The Serenity House of Flint for recovery coaches, clinicians, and those who serve the underprivileged in Genesee County.
We expect these numbers to grow rapidly as we gain popularity and add new venues such as the Odyssey House Intensive Outpatient Rehab and start working with the patients and caretakers enrolled in the care of Kindred Hospice.
Additionally, the Serenity House Community Outreach provides invaluable practice opportunities for the practitioners in working with the public as well as volunteering for the betterment of the community at large.
Recovery Reiki and Recovery Reiki Trainings
Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a combination of two Japanese words rei and ki meaning universal life energy. Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. The foundation of Reiki is self-healing. Reiki is great for addiction. When a person has an addiction the trauma to the energetic body can be severe. Reiki helps the body facilitate its natural ability to heal itself.
Serenity House provides a Recovery Reiki Group Healing on the second, third, fourth, and fifth Friday of the month from 6-7pm at the Stockton Center.
We also train practitioners at Recovery Reiki levels I, II, and III.
Mindfulness Meditation for Recovery
Mindfulness Meditation is beneficial in so many ways. Mindfulness encourages the participant to accept the moment exactly as it is. This is a space where the body, mind and spirit can heal. Meditation practices at The Serenity House of Flint aid each person in getting in touch with their inner divine spark. When we take time out of every day to be still in our own presence the body is able to heal. We can come into to help your center to provide mindfulness to your clients and staff! We also have the ability to train people in mindfulness for recovery practices.
Talking circles are based on the sacred tradition of sharing circles. People leading a traditional sharing circle will have a blessing from an Elder to do this, and will use special prayers and sacred objects in the ceremony.
The purpose of the less formal talking circle is to create a safe environment in which people can share their point of view with others. In a Talking Circle, each one is equal and each one belongs. Participants in a Talking Circle learn to listen and respect the views of others. The intention is to open hearts to understand and connect with one another.
Talking Circles are rooted in the discussions of harm reduction, spirituality, codependency, the nature of fear, self-love, and letting go. Talking Circles are every Friday night following the Holistic Healing Hour.
Aromatherapy for Recovery
This program is designed to introduce people to Aromatherapy and essential oils and how they can foster a better relationship with their recovery plan. Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine practice utilizing fragrant/aromatic essential oils that are derived from a wide variety of healing plants. When inhaled or applied to the skin, therapeutic-grade essential oils have been shown to help people overcome various health problems without the need for medications.
Aromatherapy can be performed in several different ways:
- Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air (or just one single oil)
- Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly off of a cloth or from the bottle
- Receiving massage therapy utilizing oils
- Soaking in an oil-infused bath
- Rubbing oils directly onto the skin
- Using oils as household cleaners
Research shows that anyone with the following health conditions can likely benefit from aromatherapy:
- Chronic Stress or anxiety
- Insomnia and trouble sleeping
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Respiratory infections
- Digestive upset
- PMS or menopause symptoms
- Skin problems or disorders, including bites, rashes, bruising, cellulite or acne
- Blood sugar fluctuations
The key to achieving results from aromatherapy is to use pure, therapeutic-grade oils rather than those with synthetic ingredients or fragrances. The effectiveness of aromatherapy practices always depends on the quality of the oils used, plus the dosage. Every first Friday of the month we offer no-cost Adult Coloring & Aromatherapy.
Several thousand years ago, East Asian physicians discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Auricular Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi by inserting five hair-like needles at specific points in the ear. Auricular acupuncture can return the body to its natural balance, detoxify the body, and promote the body’s ability to heal itself.
On the first Friday of the month participants can experience this modality from 7:15pm-8:15pm at the Stockton Center. Suggested donation is $15.
Drumming for Recovery
Drumming is an ancient practice. Cultures from all over the world have used drums for healing practices. In Shamanism, drumming is used as a healing meditative journeying practice. The repetitive beats invoke a trance-like state that is a deeper meditative journey where the healing process takes hold and continues even after the journey is over.
Drumming connects you to the earth, her heartbeat, her vibration. You sync every fiber of your being to the beats and find all your negative energy and negative emotions being released. Drumming generates a sense of oneness and community at the same time. You are able to connect both sides of your brain harmoniously during drumming. It is an analytically artistic expression.
Drumming is everywhere; every creature large and small drums. From the smallest termite to the mammoth elephant, even our aquatic friends. The trees even make percussive sounds to communicate through their roots. Drumming is also a lot of fun!
Drumming has many health benefits:
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- Anxiety/Stress Relief
- White Brain Matter & Cognitive Function are Increased
- Pain diminishes
- Transcendent Healing
- Reduces response to PTSD behaviors and triggers
- Immune System boosting.
You need no special skills to join in; just yourself along with an open heart and mind. Most people walk away from a drum circle feeling energized and notice a sharp increase of self-esteem and self -awareness.
Ashtanga-based, which translates to English as The Eightfold Path. First branch of Ashtanga is Yamas which consists of personal restraints next is Niyamas which consists of personal observances next is Asanas (postures) followed by Pranayama (breath control) next Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) then Dharana (concentration) the seventh limb being Dhyana (meditation) and the eight limb Samadhi (bliss/happiness/enlightenment).
This class is taught through Ashtanga and how Yoga can be a tool for stress management, healthy coping skills, detoxification of the body, meditation techniques and how other forms of Yoga can help reprogram a negative mental state.
Holistic Healing and Burn-out Prevention for Treatment Providers
Clinician and Recovery Coach burn-out is common in the SUD and mental health arena. Let Serenity House come into your facility to offer a holistic healing hour. You can tailor the hour to your organizations specific needs. Whether it be Reiki, meditation, aromatherapy, and Acudetox, let our professionals come into increase energy in your clinicians for better outcomes with your clients. For more information on pricing click on this link: The Serenity House of Flint Capability Statement Draft
Serenity House has access to a variety of speakers for any recovery-oriented event. Our speakers have years of experience in traditional and non-traditional pathways for recovery.
Do you want to learn more about The Serenity House? Contact us today for more information.