Serenity Lane is a drug rehab facility that can honestly and guilelessly say that it has changed the way addiction and substance abuse is treated. Serenity Lane pioneered many programs that were not in use before. The now-common “step-down” approach that combines inpatient and outpatient care started at Serenity Lane, and it is near ubiquitous as a treatment plan in almost every substance abuse treatment center in the country.
Changing the Game
Started in 1973 by Dr. Thomas A. Kerns as a substance abuse and alcoholism treatment center, Serenity Lane has had such an impact on the treatment of addictions that the street on which it is located was renamed in its honor.
It currently offers an inpatient residential program at its main facility in Coburg, Oregon, that also provides a medically supervised detox wing. There are eight different outpatient centers spread out over Oregon and southern Washington.
Serenity Lane has one of the only addiction counselor training programs in Oregon, and its graduates have gone on to work and practice in many different treatment centers around the country. It is famous for its specialty in treating medically supervised withdrawal, and it is the only facility in Oregon licensed to do so.
A Legend at Work
The Coburg campus has over six different buildings on its premises. The total capacity of the inpatient residential program is about 65. Men and women are housed separately but have access to the same on-site amenities. Inpatient stays last for the typical 28-days, but Serenity Lane offers an extended stay component to its treatment options for people who have suffered multiple relapses.
The withdrawal facility is what Serenity Lane is most known for in the world of substance abuse treatment. Any inpatient residential program must first begin at the withdrawal center. There a team of nurses and physicians, as well as licensed counselors, work in close conjunction. They not only monitor your progress but they also develop an individualized treatment plan for the rest of your stay.
The detox phase lasts, depending on your symptoms, for a minimum of one day. Detox could last longer, but different substances have different withdrawal periods, so it mostly depends on the substances from which you are detoxing.
For more severe cases of opioid withdrawal, Serenity Lane makes use of Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a medication that eases withdrawal symptoms. In the past, detox from opiates brought on severe pain and discomfort, with Buprenorphine those symptoms dissipate.
Buprenorphine decreases withdrawal time substantially, and all those severe symptoms become more manageable as compared to standard withdrawal treatment. Buprenorphine also allows for recovery and inpatient treatment to begin as the patient is detoxing.
The inpatient residential program follows a treatment schedule carefully plotted around the patient’s needs. All inpatients have a particular therapist who then brings together all of their clients into a group.
The group sessions are where inpatients can work through their history as well as their ongoing struggles while in treatment. Patients are also assigned to assist each other, like sponsors in AA, who help each other with their problems.
The spiritual aspects of recovery are also given importance by the presence of spiritual advisers who can help you work through any internal issues as well. Addiction education classes and lectures from alumni at Serenity Lane round out the rest of the inpatient program.
The outpatient programs are spread out over eight facilities in two states. The outpatient programs, along with recovery support services are the natural continuation of the inpatient programs and are only offered to those who have completed the residential program successfully.
Patients slowly taper off from daily counseling sessions to less frequent meeting with counselors and therapists. Serenity Lane also connects you to local support groups as part of their extended aftercare program, which also allows you to attend outpatient meetings at any one of their locations.
For all the fanfare regarding their place in substance abuse history, the Serenity Lane program seems to have limited offerings, in terms of offering anything other than counseling and 12 Step meetings. Their detox treatments may deserve accolades, but as for their inpatient and outpatient treatment, they should perhaps, once again, apply that pioneering spirit to find newer methods.
Price for 28 days at Serenity Lane: $14,700
Price for detox: $3,000