Longterm Treatment for Relapse Prone Individuals
Serenity Lane offers a residential track featuring a longer length of stay for complex cases and patients who work in a safety occupation
Serenity Lane provides long-term residential programming for relapse prone individuals. In the extended residential setting, patients undergo aspects of life in a therapeutic community. Our extended residential programs are also often required by members of safety occupations or healthcare professionals with compliance requirements.
Therapeutic communities have made the greatest impact on alcoholics/drug addicts for the following reasons:
- Addiction is viewed as a disorder of the whole person, affecting many aspects of daily life. Therefore, it is not enough to deal exclusively with the chemical of abuse.
- The Extended Residential program has a highly structured daily regimen: providing order, reducing boredom, reducing drug use preoccupations, enhancing satisfaction of accomplishments
- The program promotes a willingness to confront others in a supportive way in keeping with the rules and spirit of community: checking attitudes, moods, and appreciation of each other’s progress.
Each person’s needs define their pathway to recovery with a focus on elimination of self-defeating behaviors, promotion of social attitudes and values, and caring for others. “Love your neighbor…”
This program is specifically designed for relapse prone individuals. Some features include:
- Greater emphasis on identifying and addressing core issues and unfinished business directly related to addiction and that can trigger relapse.
- Examination of core psychological personality and abuse issues that may result in relapse.
- Tactics and strategies for managing cravings.
Length of the program varies with individual needs.
The Last Treatment Program You’ll Need
A bold statement, but true for many of our patients!
The profile of an Extended Residential patient is one who has had two or more residential treatments of 21+ days and has been unable to find lasting recovery. Our patients could give lectures in most programs on the disease of addiction, denial, communication, family systems, 12 Step programs, sponsorships … and the list goes on. ExSL patients know how to “talk the talk,” but can’t (or won’t) “walk the walk” of treatment and recovery. Typically, they are the wisest of the “treatment wise.”
The clientele in our ExSL program are those patients who haven’t been successful in traditional treatment settings. We love the challenge, and so do the patients! There are no lectures in ExSL, only hard-hitting, compassionate confrontation of the numerous cognitive and spiritual blocks that are keeping the patient from surrender and acceptance. Family sessions, in one-on-one settings and group sessions, are included in the program. These meetings are meant to shed light on the family dynamics that have been infected by the disease and to allow healing to begin.
How do we accomplish this mission where others have fallen short despite their best efforts?
Perhaps the most important ingredient is time. The belief systems are so entrenched and well guarded that only the keenest clinician can spot them, which requires extended time, observation, and a therapeutic alliance for trust to be established. Our typical patient has mastered the survival skill of deceit to such a level that they are no longer aware of the patterns they use to keep the disease active.
Additionally, the concepts of therapeutic community, responsibility and accountability create an environment where the disease lives under a microscope. Behaviors, written and verbal statements, attitudes and beliefs are constantly being challenged and dissected. As a result, no stone is left unturned in ferreting out the core of the disease.
Back to basics, a theme that is constantly stressed. All patients must present a “time-line first step” that clearly and thoroughly tracks their disease, their treatment experiences, how they sabotaged them, and the relapses and consequences. A rigorous schedule of therapy includes two groups (1.5 hours each) Monday through Friday and one group (1.5 hours each) Saturday and Sunday. The groups are facilitated by your primary clinician or co-facilitated by our two clinicians. In addition, Thursday afternoon is a specialized interactive relapse prevention group experience that are designed to assist the patient in surrender and acceptance of the disease of addiction. Compliance, acceptance, surrender, and spirituality are common themes.
Extended Residential patients are required to start the process of helping the alcoholic/addict who still suffers by meeting with these patients and sharing their experience, strength and hope, The immersion into service work, combined with 12 Step involvement and cognitive therapy, produce an environment of awareness at all levels for our patients. The core ingredient of our program comes from the wisdom of the 12 Step community, a requirement that the patient be honest, open, and willing to participate.
Internal studies have been conducted that demonstrate a very high success rate of recovery for those patients who complete their prescribed course of treatment. Even though Extended Residential patients are the “toughest of the tough” to treat, we’ve experienced excellent results!