Substance abuse involves the incorrect or unsafe consumption of alcohol or other drugs. This term covers a wide range of substances and levels of consumption. Both legal and illegal substances can be abused. Substance abuse puts individuals at risk for many negative effects and outcomes, including mental health disorders, physical ailments, and accidents. It also puts individuals at risk of addiction, which is known clinically as developing a substance use disorder.
When a person becomes trapped in a pattern of problematic use of alcohol or drugs to the point that it interferes with daily living, that person may be struggling with a substance use disorder. Despite the negative effects of substance abuse, individuals who have become addicted may feel that they are incapable of stopping their consumption of dangerous substances.
At Serenity Knolls, we recognize the tremendous impact that substance use and addiction can have on individuals and their families. Our specialized treatment programming offers recovery solutions for men and women who have been deeply impacted by addiction and its effects. We believe that every person who struggles with substance abuse also has the ability to heal and begin a happier, healthier life in sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you care about has been struggling with substance abuse, you may feel a great deal of anxiety. It is easy to become frustrated, and even resentful of your loved one’s behavior. Despite the disappointment and concern you may be feeling, there are ways that you have positive impact on your loved one. Consider these steps:
- Study the signs, effects, and symptoms of substance abuse as well as addiction. If you know what particular substance or substances your loved one is misusing, study it or them as well. Become aware of the signs of a potential overdose so that you will be better prepared in case of an emergency.
- Research substance intervention tactics that may help you communicate with your loved one and help him or her enter treatment successfully. Hospital and government-based websites often have the most complete and accurate information on these topics. You may want to consider talking with a professional interventionist, your family physician, or a counselor.
- Have an open and honest conversation with your loved one and gently express your concerns and fears about the situation. Be sure to allow your loved one time to share his or her point of view as well, and understand that your loved one may become defensive or respond negatively. Remain steady, kind, and persistent and rely on your knowledge of how powerful addiction can be.
- Research some potential treatment programs that meet the needs of your loved one and present your loved one with a few well-researched options. Share this research with your loved one when appropriate.
- If your loved one is willing to accept treatment, you can offer support by alleviating any possible roadblocks to treatment. For instance, you may be able to help arrange pet-sitting or childcare to help your loved one while he or she attends treatment. You may be able to offer transportation to treatment, or simply assist with everyday household tasks.
- Remain an active part of your loved one’s healing process. Attend family sessions or family counseling if your loved one’s treatment center offers it. Not only will it help you, it will also help you be more helpful to your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Treatment for an addiction or substance abuse issue may mean the difference between life and death. Addiction is a disease that will only grow without treatment. Substance abuse can negatively impact or destroy physical health, worsen mental health disorders, and wreak havoc on careers and relationships. Addiction can cost individuals their families, their friends, their freedom, and even their lives. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help eliminate the devastation that an addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause.
Serenity Knolls has been helping individuals and their families for over 25, years. Through the decades, Serenity Knolls has offered specialized treatment planning that recognizes the needs of each unique individual. Comprehensive care provided by experts who are familiar with substance use, addiction, and successful recovery can help those who want a better life. Recovery is possible, and it can begin at Serenity Knolls.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to alcohol or other drugs and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with experienced alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome addiction.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from substance abuse and addiction. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to alcohol and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
- Process groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as the work towards overcoming substance abuse and addiction.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by substance abuse and addiction and would like to partake in quality treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.