Founded in 1959 by a recovering alcoholic, this treatment center is the only state-licensed, non-denominational alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility catering to women and children. In the base of stunning Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara, Casa Serena offers help to people with different social and economical background. With over 50 years of tradition, this facility is the oldest rehab for women and recovering mothers in Santa Barbara.
Casa Serena: Treatment, Programs, and Staff
The comprehensive residential treatment program at Casa Serena is licensed by the State of California.
Before entering the treatment program, all clients must pass a phone interview as well as an in-person interview and they have to be sober for at least 24h. Casa Serena offers three unique home settings, each supporting a different phase of recovery process.
The Main House offers a 90-day program. Upon entry, a client is introduced to the case manager and counselor who works on developing recovery goals and determines course of action.
The beginning of the treatment focuses on intensive recovery counseling, during which clients do not leave the facility unless it is with a group and a staff member. Every resident should participate in three hours of group therapy. After the two weeks of counseling, residents should begin to seek employment or nonprofit volunteering positions. Each resident is supported throughout the whole way of recovery, by personal counselors.
After the completion of the 90-day program, clients are offered with the possibility of choosing between leaving the facility or moving to the secondary house – the Graduate House for nine months. All residents of this house must be employed or enrolled in school, full time – minimum of 30 hours per week. During these nine months, individual therapy, group therapy and 12-step meetings are the essential parts of treatment at Casa Serena. The last phase of rehab is a home for recovering mothers and their children – Oliver House.
Here, mothers live with their children and incorporate techniques which will enable them to lead a prosperous and sober future life. Women at Oliver’s House are required to work, volunteer or attend school – 20-30 hours a week. They also attend 12-step meetings, process groups, parenting education, individual counseling sessions and work with a child development specialist.
Residents at Oliver’s House are welcomed to stay up to eighteen months, since this is the estimated period necessary for establishing optimal functioning of the family.
The professional staff at this treatment center includes Certified Addiction Treatment Counselors as well as Marriage and Family Therapists. The treatment is based on social model so the facilities are not run by a medical staff.
Facilities and Extra
One of the oldest rehab centers in California, the Casa Serena includes three facilities, all surrounded by tranquil, garden-settings, with lots of fresh air. The Main House can host 18 clients, in shared rooms (two to three beds per room). A shared country-style kitchen is a place where the meals are served and residents may cook their own meals.
The Graduation House offers accommodation to 35 clients, and Oliver House hosts up to six women and six children. Friends and family are welcomed and may join residents for dinner.
All houses are very comfortable and warm, with a lot of wooden furniture.
Laundry is available in all their houses. Flower garden and BBQ allow the residents to enjoy and relax.
Rules and Regulations at Casa Serena
While residing in the Main House, women shouldn’t leave the facility and no outside appointments or electronic devices are allowed, including cell phones.
The social model applied at Casa Serena allows clients to take medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, blood sugar and high blood pressure control medications. Certain medications which help the clients cope with strong cravings and urges are also allowed and include Camprel, Naltrexone and Antabuse. Methadone and Suboxone are not allowed since they are considered to be addictive.
The cost of Casa Serena treatment is $2,400 for 30 days, three month minimum.
Casa Serena provides effective treatment and a safe, sober living environment for women who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction. The experienced staff of this treatment center introduces the residents to the philosophy of Alcoholic Anonymous and the 12-step process. Each of the three unique home settings offers housing, meals and treatment for the disease of addiction.