Peer Recovery Program

 
Serenity’s Peer Recovery Program helps person’s early in recovery achieve long-term sobriety through a variety of during and post-treatment supports. Peer Recovery Coaches form the heart of the program. Our dedicated staff work with individual’s to help them build and rebuild their lives around 8 central domains defined as critical to a holistic approach to recovery by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); these can be found at https://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness. These domains include: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, and Social. Our experienced staff help strengthen these areas to provide a well-rounded recovery effort. Through assertive outreach, education, additional support groups, community activities such as game nights, disc golf, and others, we improve chances of sustained recovery.
 

Abilene Peer Recovery Coaches:

 
Aaron Cherry, PhD,   An Abilene native, Aaron grew up in a family torn by the disease of addiction.  Having had a spiritual experience—a calling to help people—Aaron pursued education that would help him answer this call.  During his formative years as an undergraduate at Abilene Christian University, he worked at Serenity House as a Chemical Dependency Technician.  Aaron pursued a doctorate at Texas Christian University studying the treatment of addictions and the implementation of evidence based practices.  Now holding a PhD he has returned to Serenity and currently directs the Peer Recovery Program.  Aaron is fulfilled by this opportunity because it fulfills his calling—to help people.

Phone: 325-673-6489| Email: aaronc@serenitytexas.com

 

Tresha Miller, PM/PRC,   Although Tresha came from a long line of pastors, she learned at a very young age about drug abuse and the associated drug life.  Through the struggles of addiction, Tresha lost custody of her children which prompted a realization of the need to change.  Her recovery story begins in Abilene, TX where she relearned how to face life on life’s terms.  Tresha developed a passion for serving God and giving back to others struggling with addiction.  Tresha feels blessed by the opportunity to serve at her job as a Peer Recovery Coach at Serenity.  She has a passion for showing others that they can achieve recovery just as she did.  Tresha now has reestablished trusting relationships with her family and children and has a proven track record of developing trusting relationships with her participants and this is a cornerstone in providing long-term support for the individual’s she serves.

Phone: 325-673-6489| Email: tresham@serenitytexas.com

 

Amanda Uphill, PM/PRC,  An Abilene native, Amanda grew up in a broken family riddled with alcoholism. She too found herself struggling through life, broken by alcoholism. Rock bottom came on September 1, 2012 and recovery journey began. Amanda is currently a junior at the University of North Texas, pursing her Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative Studies. Her biggest passion as a recovery coach is helping ladies overcome abusive relationships and become the best mothers’ possible. Seeing the transformation in those overcoming their past is the most rewarding part of her job. Helping those who suffer addiction to find their truths and never give up on their dreams is one of Amanda’s greatest joys. The rewards of recovery are unimaginable and limitless. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys being with her husband and two children.

Phone: 325-673-6489| Email: amandaf@serenitytexas.com

 

Justin Uphill, PM/PRC, &nbspBorn and raised in Copperas Cove, TX., Justin grew up in a loving and caring home with older parents
and sisters. Justin excelled in school until life started to happen. He lost both parents at a younger age and his addiction became the center of his world. In October of 2013, Justin came to Serenity House and completed the residential treatment and outpatient programs. He decided to make Abilene his home and has continued his recovery journey since October 7, 2013. Justin is now a Peer Recovery Coach at Serenity House and recently resumed his education. He was recently accepted at the University of North Texas to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative Studies. Justin loves being able to give back what was given to him and help men become what they really want to be. Being able to assist others in finding their purpose is one of his greatest passions. In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family and the little moments that make this life

Phone: 325-673-6489| Email: justinu@serenitytexas.com

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