In-House Treatment

Abilene, TX | Fredericksburg, TX

Our comprehensive, personalized residential treatment program offers temporary relief from situations that exacerbate addiction; it’s an opportunity to practice a healthy, drug-free life and build the habits necessary for such a life, as well as a set of tools that can bring sobriety within reach. Our program is based on a 12-step model that addresses the underlying factors contributing to addiction.

Depending on the severity of a patient’s addiction, their drug of choice, and their recent usage, detoxification is often the first step of the process. Our medical staff of nurses and physicians supervises patients 24/7 to ensure safety and health and to ease the difficult process of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

Graduation from the program is by no means the end of a person’s recovery process. In fact, in many ways, it’s just the start! As patients return to their homes, family, job, and everyday life, they will do so with new tools and knowledge for overcoming addiction. We encourage them to remain plugged in with aftercare. Our aftercare program allows them to remain plugged in with a fellowship of recovery that will support them in achieving long-term recovery goals. Pursuing our drug rehabilitation or alcohol rehabilitation programs instills in our patients a life free of drug addiction and alcohol addiction.

If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from our residential treatment program, call us toll-free at 866-795-4673 or begin the admission process online. We provide in-house treatment for Lubbock, TX; San Antonio,TX;  Fort Worth, TX and Abilene, TX.


Long-term drug and alcohol abuse takes a toll on both the mind and body. For someone addicted to drugs and alcohol, withdrawal can be quite severe; it can possibly even lead to seizures or death. We offer a medically-supervised detoxification process to ensure rehab is accomplished in the safest and easiest way.

The decision for someone to undergo detox is made by our medical professionals, as is the duration of their stay. If required, detoxification is medication-assisted with 24-hour professional nursing care. With standing orders, our nurses begin the process as soon as you are admitted to detox. Within 24 hours, every patient is seen by a staff physician who will establish and monitor physical care.

If the process is required to be medication-assisted, this means that medication is used to help reduce and control withdrawal symptoms and ensure a patient’s safety. There is no definite duration for detox; it is simply patient driven. For someone addicted to depressants (alcohol or benzos), a 4-5 days stay is typical. For opiate detox, or in cases with complicating medical factors, the process may take longer and be based on the needs of the patient, the discretion of the physicians, and medical necessity.

For opiate detoxification, patients are given buprenorphine, a drug that substitutes for opioids and prevents withdrawal. The patient is then gradually weaned off of buprenorphine, a partial agonist, meaning that it can interfere with withdrawal symptoms without producing the same side effects of the opiate it is replacing. The effects of the drug increase with the dosage, but only to a certain degree. Once this “ceiling” is reached, an increase in dosage does not increase the effects, which reduces the risk of abuse.

Substance detoxification should never be undertaken without medical supervision. Our detox facility in Abilene, Texas offers a safe, medically-supervised method for eliminating drugs from the body. When this happens, cognitive ability will gradually improve, and the patient will be ready to enter residential treatment.

No one should have to go through their rehabilitation process alone. At Serenity House, we believe this, which is why each patient participates in daily group addiction counseling sessions. Group counseling is an opportunity for patients to share their deepest struggles and challenges, confront blocks to recovery, personalize information they have received during daily lectures, and provide and receive support along with their fellow patients.

Groups are led by an experienced, licensed drug and alcohol counselor, with whom patients share their deepest, most personal feelings and receive encouragement, help, support, and insight to aid in their recoveries. Knowing that the other group members are experiencing a similar journey, patients can trust the group with things they would not normally share.

Group addiction counseling is one of the key building blocks to our drug addiction treatment and alcohol addiction treatment programs. Patients receive the fellowship and solidarity they need to effectively recover from drug and alcohol addiction, and they process the new information and insights from daily lectures so that the learning becomes personal and applied.

Individual recovery counseling is one of the key components to a successful recovery. Each patient is assigned a counselor upon admission to Serenity House, with whom they work closely throughout the course of their recovery. At graduation from the program, counselors are there to congratulate their patients and encourage them for the next stage of their recovery.

Individual recovery counseling sessions are an opportunity for patients to identify and work through the specific “whys” of their addiction and any obstacles to their recovery. These obstacles can include low self-esteem, mental health disorders, dysfunctional family dynamics, unresolved grief, and co-occurring conditions. At the start of recovery counseling, counselors work with each patient to develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. They work with other Serenity staff members, as well as doctors and mental health professionals, to coordinate seamless, holistic care for each patient.

During one-on-one recovery counseling sessions, patients confront the deep, underlying causes of their addiction. Counselors provide important information and insight along the way, but they mostly give patients the encouragement they need in a safe environment to deal with anything that would block their recovery.

The more you know about the disease, its effects and its underlying causes, the easier it will be to navigate the road to recovery. This is why Serenity House offers daily recovery education lectures on a wide range of addiction-related topics. We will equip you with the knowledge and resources that you need to successfully overcome your addiction.

During daily recovery education sessions, drug and alcohol specialists teach our patients about addiction. Understanding the way that drug addiction and alcohol addiction affect the body and the brain is essential for recovery. Recognizing the pathology of addiction, how “cravings” occur, and the common pitfalls that lead to relapse, empowers patients to find long-term recovery that actually breaks the addictive cycle. Realizing how grief, family dynamics, friendships, stress, and a host of other factors exacerbate the disease is also important and essential for restructuring their lives.

Everyone participates in recovery education, including the basics of addiction and recovery, based on our Recovery Dynamics curriculum. Additional elective lectures are offered for specialized topics, like grief, parenting, chronic relapse, and many more.

Since addiction does not just affect an individual, but the whole family, recovery education is also offered weekly for family members to learn about the disease of addiction and the essentials of true recovery. Families learn about the role that they can play in their loved one’s recovery and gain insight into what their loved one’s recovery journey looks like. Then, in family counseling, they have an opportunity to process these discoveries, along with their own personal feelings and experiences.

Graduating from our drug and alcohol recovery program is a true, new beginning for our patients. We understand that it can be challenging and scary to return to your everyday routine, especially if it involves environments that sometimes are not conducive to sobriety. This is why Serenity House makes your continued care and relapse prevention a top priority.

Our aftercare program gives you the ongoing recovery support you need to stay clean and sober for the long haul. These meetings go far beyond a regular 12-step meeting, however. Our purpose is to continue to prepare you, monitor your progress, and encourage your long-term success. Aftercare focuses on relapse prevention and life skills that help you practice effective self-care and navigate through treacherous and tempting situations.

There are weekly aftercare meetings held in several locations throughout Texas because we have clients from all over the state. We want you to be able to stay connected with Serenity House after returning home and resuming a normal life. Aftercare helps you to effectively find a new normal, or in other words, a life that’s free of any drugs or alcohol.

A Typical Day in Treatment

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 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 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 12-step-based curriculum that helps patients delve into the underlying factors that contribute 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 their own addictions and life situations with others 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 emotions and struggles they experience during their recovery process.

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 exercise and relieve stresses or emotions. On the other days, the early afternoon is spent in specialized group sessions and lectures, such as the Bridges Youth Treatment 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 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

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