iFound Serenity Message by Dick Spalding

“A few years ago we ran this heading and asked some of our alums to send videos of their stories. That was great for us and the answers were as varied as you might imagine.

The truth is that everyone came here hunting something. They had addiction trouble and they came to deal with it. Some had criminal justice issues. Some were losing their families because of the fierceness of the disease and its effects on their lives. Others had never really had the comfort of a Higher Power leading in their lives. Most came because of their specific and urgent need.

The words that they used to describe the needs were varied but they came here pursuing change. And most found Serenity.

Now Serenity meant different things to each of them. To some it meant a way was found to deal with the legal issues they faced. Some had lost access to their children because of the disease, but over time they were able to find a way to restore former connections.

Others who found themselves battling life day after day and seemingly alone, were able to find a personal spiritual relationship with a Higher Power, who was able to strengthen them and shoulder much of the heavy loads they felt they had had to handle alone.

So, Serenity was a gift. It was and is here for the asking and taking. Our founders who named us Serenity House probably had personal knowledge of what might be found here by those who come. We are glad that those folks came. We are glad that we remain here offering the same to all who come with willing hearts.”

Patient Videos

Megan’s Story

Melissa’s Story

Patient Testimonials

“I was told it was the best in the nation and having been to other treatment centers several times I have never had an experience quite like this and the education to my family had a phenomenal affect on my family.”

“I will refer Serenity to every person I meet that wants to better themselves. I will always be grateful for my time spent here at Serenity House. I truly believe that this has been a life altering experience for me.”

“Far as I’m concerned from Techs to counselors to nurses and management you people have kept me from dying.”

“The techs were the best. I will miss them. They were never too busy to help. They kept the peace in the house and went out of their way to answer any questions we had.”

“I am so very grateful to the entire staff. You all have inspired me with your genuine care and concern.”

“I am so thankful that I came here. I just want to say thank you for helping God help me. I love Serenity House and I’m starting to love me.”

“I came in thinking I’ll go through the motions but now I am well on my way to becoming the husband and son I was intended to be. My life will forevermore be changed by the enlightenment of Serenity House.”

“A program that works if you are willing to work it.”

“Wonderful staff and excellent program.”

“I would and or will refer more than one friend.”

“Serenity House saved my life from me.”

“You have the best nurses around, very patient and caring.”

“I love all of you. I’m blessed to have been so cared for by all of you.”

“I am so grateful to have been given a place to be safe and serene so that I could just focus on my recovery. I found what I was looking for because of Serenity. All my worldly needs were met.”

“I know now I can have fun clean and sober. I’ve done more fun stuff here in the last 28 days than I’ve done in my whole life, I couldn’t list it all if I tried.”

“I came here broken, scared, alone and unloved. I never walked into a room where there wasn’t a smile and a hug.”

“After attending 15 previous treatment centers (always leaving before completion) I am happy to say I have FINALLY learned that I can’t do this alone. I’ve got to have my higher power. Thank you for teaching me that I have tools to use to help me stay sober and all I have to do is take one day at a time and work my steps.”

Patient Stories

Read through some of our patients’ success stories! These former patients have found hope and freedom from drug and alcohol addiction through our recovery program. We hope their stories give you hope.

Michael’s Story 

Run fix me a drink son,” was a common request from Michael’s father when they would be out fishing and hunting on his grandparents’ 15,000 acre deer ranch in south Texas.

At that point in his life, Michael did not know anything about alcohol or alcoholism and certainly could never have imagined the destruction that the disease would bring on every aspect of his life. All he knew was that his grandparents had a large collection of pretty crystal and glass bottles and that they seemed to get friendlier when they were drinking.

Michael tried alcohol for the first time when he was eleven or twelve years old. Fixing a whiskey and water for his dad, as he had so many times before, he got curious and tried a few shots of whiskey for himself…

Read Michael’s Full Story Here 

Bart’s Story 

From Bart’s Father:

From a father’s perspective and in the judgement of seasoned professionals, a heartbreaking train wreck was delivered to Serenity House nine years ago and who we got back became a hero.

A young man who put his goodtime drink and drugs ahead of everything else learned to embrace and enjoy stability. The lessons that Serenity House taught him to reach within and become someone who is trustworthy and dependable–not just for his kids, friends and family, but, most importantly, for himself. Serenity House helped him build this sturdy foundation for happiness.

As a result of his personal triumph, the joy of serenity has become a family feeling. Our lives, thanks to Serenity House, have been blessed by conversations, not shouting matches, understanding, not resentment, and above all, the genuine excitement of respectful life enjoyed one happy and serene day at a time.

With new hope and deep gratitude,
Bart’s Father

From Bart:

I would always think I could do it on my own. I didn’t realize how powerful the drugs and alcohol had become in my life. I had lost everything and watched a house of stability crumble into and isolated man with no answers. I knew there must be a place to help me. I walked into Serenity House on March 19 and found those answers.

Every person I met at Serenity House took the time to explain to me that it was a disease and I was not the first to feel this way. Since my time in Abilene, I have become the father I wanted to be, the friend and family member I needed to be, and the positive part of my community I had always hoped to be.

If you feel you are at a point where you are alone, please understand there is a place to find help. For me, the quickest way home was through their doors.


Divorced At Last (from Whiskey)

Written by a former Serenity House patient

Our divorce is final NOW. I can finally breathe again and celebrate my freedom.

I tried everything to make our relationship work. I gave you the house, all my retirement, the vehicles, the boat. I even gave up most of my friends and career for you.

You never really gave my family a chance. You were hateful to my mom. You even tried to keep me from talking to her and my son.

You ruined all of our family get togethers. You must have loved me a lot; you were very jealous of others and kept me secluded and all for yourself.

You were a very abusive mate; but, I loved you no matter what. After all, it was ‘til death do us part.

You were constantly scheming to involve the cops in our relationship – but, I would always take you back and try again. I tried to make our relationship good for both of us; I enrolled us in counseling sessions in several attempts to keep us compatible.

I don’t generally give up on relationships very easily. This one is no exception. I fought hard. I thought a lot about how to continue our relationship; but, there is too much hurt, too much loss, too much distrust – reconciliation is out of the question.

I was so faithful to you, I gave you everything I had. But, the divorce is over now. I can start fresh, the judge has settled our case.

Read this protective order closely as it shall be enforced.

  1. You are not to come to my house.
  2. You are to stay away from me at all times.
  3. You cannot come to my place of work.
  4. You are not allowed visitation of my son.
  5. You will not be allowed to harass me or my family in any way.

Don’t be sad. As seductive as you are, you’ll find another. You’ll be back out on the town tonight most likely.

As for me, I am going to enjoy the single life for a while.”

Good bye Whiskey!
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