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Addiction Recovery Newsletter July 2017

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Newsletter July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to read our first newsletter. We are reaching out to our colleagues in the health care industry that care about mental health and addiction and are looking to make a change to save thousands of lives.

We work every day not only to help those that are treated at our facility but also to help find essential services for people suffering from addiction and mental health. We believe in a strong continuum care model and we look forward to working with professionals to help us provide care before admission into our program as well as a long-term plan of care once they leave our program.

Please give us a call if you would like to stop by for a tour of our facility or if you would like to meet with our clinical team to discuss program fundamentals and philosophy.


  • Addiction News- National and Local. Learn about “Gray Death”
  • Staff Spotlight- Luke Deboy, Clinical Director, Tranquility Woods
  • Cool Addiction Wellness Stuff- Info about Addiction Wellness
  • Addiction Community Events- Stay Involved!


Five-star facility! Tranquility Woods exceeded all my expectations the moment I walked through the door. Beautiful home located on a private wooded lot. Pool, hot tub, gym are great! Food is out of this world. Treatment was outstanding. I feel confident I can take what I have learned from all of the great counselors and succeed on my road to recovery.

National Addiction News

Gray Death Drug and its Side Effects

CBS/AP May 4, 2017, 10:59 AM
“Gray death” is the latest, “scariest” opioid drug threat
It’s being called “gray death” and the new and dangerous drug combination underscores the ever-changing face of the opioid epidemic. Investigators have found it and recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder. Read More Here

Local Addiction News

Report: Opioid use continues swamps Virginia emergency rooms 
In one year, Riverside Regional Medical Center saw an increase of more than 47 percent in emergency room visits related to opioid use. The Newport News hospital had 26 cases in 2016, compared with 16 in 2015. There were 23 in 2014, hospital spokeswoman Wendy Hetman said in an email.​

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Maryland General Assembly passes HOPE Act improving behavioral health services – MHAMD

Posted by MHAMD on April 10, 2017
The Maryland General Assembly passed the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) Act of 2017 ( SB967/ HB1329), today, a comprehensive behavioral health measure aimed at expanding treatment options for those with mental health and substance use disorders and allocating more resources to reducing opioid dependency in Maryland.

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Chronic Pain Treatment at Tranquility Woods and Dr. Jon Dombrowski

Cool Addiction Wellness Stuff

What’s the Best Diet for Newly Sober Alcoholics and Addicts?
Good nutrition is crucial in early sobriety
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At Tranquility Woods, we use a private chef to prepare meals based on recommendations from clinical and medical staff. We are able to cater to the needs of the vegetarian diets and cultural or religious requests such as Kosher diets.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Opiate Addiction
Acupuncture is an accepted treatment worldwide for various clinical conditions, and the effects of acupuncture on opiate addiction have been investigated in many clinical trials. The present review systematically analyzed data from randomized clinical trials published in Chinese and English since 1970.

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Staff Spotlight
Luke DeBoy, MSW, LGSW, CAC-AD. Director of Addictions

Luke DeBoy’s career as a counselor is deeply rooted in a passion for addiction medicine. From his own personal experiences to his impressive career in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, Luke is dedicated to a mission of recovery. He first began in addictions treatment while studying at Salisbury University as an undergraduate. During his time there Luke designed and implemented a substance abuse education and referral program for the student athletics department. After obtaining his Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Luke has been dedicated to his work in addiction and his experiences have opened his eyes to the importance of education and person-centered treatment modalities for recovery. Currently, Luke leads a team of clinical professionals with over 40 years of cumulative experience and helps facilitate the skill set of each professional into the treatment of every patient.

Q & A with Luke DeBoy
1. From your clinical experience, what makes Tranquility Woods unique from other programs you have worked with in the past?

Tranquility Woods provides the acute intensive clinical services of an individual, group, and family therapy. Additionally, the emphasis is placed on further insight and the education component for both the clients and their family members.

We do not stop at “treating” the client’s presenting issue. We help both the individual and their family members begin to implement the healthy change and growth necessary to maintain continued recovery, peace, and happiness.

2. Tell us about how your team works with patients with co-occurring disorders.

Our comprehensive treatment is designed to treat the whole person bio-psycho-socially. As behavioral health encompasses both substance use and mental health; true recovery-oriented and individualized treatment MUST address both in order for sustainable change to occur. Our Addiction and mental health services must exhibit a type of flexibility in order for change to occur. The Clinical Team works to identify and address root causes and conditions rather than only treating a symptom or a diagnosis. Tranquility Woods uses a blended approach to address addiction and/or mental health needs.

3. Describe some of the treatment modalities the Tranquility Woods team provides in the program.

The clinicians at Tranquility Woods will evaluate every individual to determine which modalities and clinical paradigms will be best suited to a patient’s needs and wants. Then, through intensive individualized work with the counselor, we can measure patient responsiveness and determine the effectiveness of our therapeutic modalities, adjusting if necessary. Based on our philosophy of setting up conditions for patients to not only receive treatment but to experience the action of recovery; our top modalities often include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Learning, and Eye Movement Integration.

Community Events

Schedule of Community Events to Avoid Drug Addiction

Isiah Coles, Director of Outreach and Aftercare

Our main purpose for outreach and aftercare is to provide a long-term continuum of care for anyone who contacts our facility or professionals in the community that treat patients with behavioral health disorders. Please feel free to call us for questions about our program or if you need appropriate placement anywhere in the US.


Isiah Coles

Director of Outreach and Aftercare




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