Beating addiction with holistic health

    Serenity House of Flint hosts Bowling for Recovery on Sun, Feb. 17, 2019. (Photo by WEYI/WSMH)

    FLINT, Mich. - Addiction can seem to take control of a person’s life. The Serenity House of Flint believe people must confront all areas of their lives—mind, body and spirit—in order to heal.

    The team behind the Serenity House of Flint call themselves “a community with holistic options for recovery.”

    They were “bowling for recovery” at B's Bowling Center in Flint on Sunday evening.

    The organization relies on donations and grants to serve more than 1,500 clients each year who battle addiction and substance abuse.

    Serena Gunn, chairwoman of the nonprofit’s board of directors said she has been clean for about three-and-a-half years. Her 10-year struggle led her to 12 rehab facilities without the results that she desired, she said. Then, she embraced a holistic lifestyle.

    “I didn’t know how to regulate my emotions and deal with my past trauma; and through meditation, through energy work and reiki, I've been able to get this peacefulness and serenity. And that's what the Serenity House offers,” she said.

    Nicole Stroub, secretary of the board of directors and the lead organizer of the bowling fundraiser, said she has her own journey of recovery that included learning how to have sober fun.

    “I really wanted to bring some fun into the lives of people that are in early recovery, especially,” said Stroub. “The awareness is serious and the stigma is serious, but introducing people who have not experienced what it’s like to have fun in sobriety is really important to me.”

    The Serenity House of Flint is inviting the community to the Flint Recovery Arts and Music Show at the Masonic Temple on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

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