Serenity Point to offer free treatment -- with strings

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Substance abuse can derail anyone, and getting back on track can be a long, hard road.

It can be an expensive road, too.

A local business, however, is extending a helping hand to people whose troubles go hand in hand with their need.

Serenity Point Counseling Services, which does business at 705 W. Rose St., Suite 1, is offering no-cost intensive outpatient treatment for the first 20 qualifying patients through Sept. 8, according to a news release.

There are some significant strings attached.

To be eligible, a patient must be at or below the state poverty level, have at least 98 percent attendance to sessions, pass all drug screens and complete 100 percent of requirements and objectives in the treatment process. Maybe the biggest string: The services would ordinarily run $3,000 and the cost -- excluding drug screens -- is waived if the patient pulls through the eight-week program successfully.

But on the flip side, Serenity Point says patients can learn to enjoy life substance-free and point themselves toward a fruitful future.

"As the subcontractor for Walla Walla County to provide substance abuse services for the low-income and indigent population, we want people to know that there are resources available to assist them with substance abuse," said Serenity Point Program Manager Patrick Flores in the release.

For more information and details about the program, call Serenity Point's admissions office at 529-6036.

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