A person’s time at Serenity House is a time to learn or re-learn healthy habits and establish a daily rhythm that will allow him or her to function in the normal world, drug-free. For this reason, most of the day is scheduled with activities and learning opportunities that both mirror the responsibilities of the real world and provide the patient with vital skills for his or her recovery.
6:30 am – Wake-up and eat breakfast
7:00 am – Hygiene/Chores
8:00 am – Meditation
Specific time for meditation is an integral part of the Serenity House program. It allows patients to set specific recovery goals for each day, calm their bodies and minds, connect with their higher power if they choose to, and foster a positive mindset. Establishing this habit is also something essential for a patient’s recovery after he or she leaves Serenity House.
8:30 am – 11:50 pm – Didactic Lectures and Group Processing
During lectures, Serenity House’s licensed counselors guide patients through the Recovery Dynamics curriculum. This is a twelve-step-based curriculum that helps patients delve into the underlying factors contributing to their drug or alcohol addiction. During group processing sessions, patients digest the information they have learned and apply it to their own situations. They are able to share about their own addictions and life situations and receive support from the Serenity House staff and their fellow patients.
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch in the on-campus dining facility
1:15 – 2:15 pm – Group Counseling
Patients have the opportunity to meet daily with a core support group, along with trained counselors to work through the challenges and joys of their recovery process. This is a safe place where patients can process the myriad emotions and struggles inherent to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
2:30 – 6:30 pm – Classes/Exercise Time, Individual Study Time, and Individual Counseling (as scheduled)
Twice every week, patients are given access to a local fitness center where they can use exercise equipment.. On the other days the early afternoon is spent in specialized group sessions and lectures, such as the Bridges group for young adults or lectures on a variety of topics such as grief, denial, parenting, and many more.
Late afternoon is an opportunity to complete homework assignments involved in the cognitive behavioral therapy. A key aspect of the cognitive behavioral therapy philosophy is that it is very hands-on for the patient. Each of the twelve steps has corresponding assignments that aid the patient on their road to recovery.
7:00 pm – Dinner in the on-campus dining facility
8:00 – 9:00 pm – 12-step meeting
10:30 pm – Bedtime