Drugs And Addiction Counseling/Psychotherapy

Drugs are chemicals. At Serenity center we prefer to use the word “Substances.” Different drugs/substances, because of their chemical structures, can affect the person in different ways. Some drugs can change a person’s body and brain in ways that last long after the person has stopped taking drugs, maybe even permanently.

There are many different reasons why people use drugs, among them are: curiosity, relief from stress or depression, because friends are doing it, or in an attempt to improve physical performance. Often this behavior is a one-off or an infrequent activity that people dip in and out of; however, in some cases using drugs leads to abuse and then Addiction.

At this stage the user begins to experience major life problems including: losing a job(s), dysfunctional relationships with friends and loved ones, physical

complications, social mal-adaptations, mental disorientation, spiritual alienation and many others. But despite all that the person continues to use, this precisely means the person is no-longer in-control but needs help.

At Serenity Centre, we use a holistic approach to addiction treatment. This aims at improving the physical, mental, psychological, social, and spiritual wellbeing of the affected person and their family.

Addiction counseling is a relationship in which a counselor helps the client mobilize resources to resolve their problem and modify attitudes and values.

Forms of counselling offered at Serenity Centre

·         Individual therapy: The counsellor should have at least two individual sessions with each client every week.

·         Group therapy: The counsellor should conduct at least one group session with the clients in his/her care every week.

·         Family therapy: the counsellor should conduct at least one family counselling session per month. These may be conducted at the centre or in their respective homes.          

Most commonly used therapeutic modalities used at Serenity Centre include.


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-established form of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested to be effective in treating a wide variety of disorders, including substance abuse.
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Contingency management
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • 12-Step program

We also offer counseling to out-patient clients, both for alcohol and drugs plus other psychological needs. 


Are you or a loved one currently struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs? Get help now before one of the worst-case scenarios happens.





According to Serenity Centre, The occupational therapy approach encourages clients’ sense of self-determination and promotes an active role for the person in working towards recovery.  Therefore, the service user becomes an active participant in the development of his or her own future.
Occupation is the term used to describe all the things that people do in everyday life, including caring for themselves and others, working, learning, hobbies and interests and interacting with other people.  Occupations form an important part of each person’s personal and social identities.
Occupation is central to the existence of individuals, groups and communities.  It is the mechanism by which people maintain themselves in the world and realise their potentials.
Maintaining an acceptable and personally satisfying routine of activities that have meaning and value for the individual gives a structure to time and creates a sense of purpose and direction to life.  Occupation is, therefore, essential for good mental health and wellbeing.
When a person is unable to engage in occupation, whether due to personal, social or environmental factors, the occupational therapist works with him or her to develop skills, challenge inequalities and promote social inclusion.  The value of occupational therapy is demonstrated in action.
Key areas:
 The focus of OT service is to assist individuals whose addiction has impaired their ability to cope with activities of daily living (ADL’s). This may include:
  • Mental/physical health
  • Psychological
  • Social problems