Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Serenity Knolls?

Serenity Knolls is located in West Marin, forty minutes (30 miles) northwest of San Francisco.  We are 14 miles west of highway 101 via the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit.

What Type of Problems and Disorders are Treated at Serenity Knolls?

The primary problem we address at Serenity Knolls is addiction to alcohol and drugs. However, it is very common for an individual to suffer from an emotional disorder as well as addiction, called dual diagnosis. In our Initial Psychological Evaluation, our clinical staff is assessing for underlying and unaddressed psychological issues. Many include anxiety, depression, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. We work closely with psychiatrists who specialize in addiction to treat these disorders and will offer referrals to those doctors. At Serenity Knolls, residents are offered weekly therapy sessions with the clinical staff to address these issues as well. We offer a group focusing on the difficulties treating a dual diagnosis and to offer skills to do so.

Do you Offer Drug & Alcohol Detox?

Residents meet with one of two consulting physicians within 24 hours of their arrival to assess their level and need for detox.  If appropriate, we offer a medical detox.

Do you Accept Insurance?

We are not contracted with any insurance company so we do not take insurance as a form of payment.  Some insurance companies will reimburse the individual depending on your plan.  We are happy to make contact with your insurance provider on your behalf while you are a resident to help you get a reimbursement. Prior to entering our program, we recommend that individuals contact their insurance provider and ask if they reimburse for out of network rehabilitation at a social-model residential program.

What Are the Insurance Criteria for Treatment?

Every individual is different and it is based on your insurance plan with your provider.

What is the Length of Addiction Treatment at Serenity Knolls?

The minimum length of treatment is 30 days, although many individuals choose to stay for 60-90 days of treatment.

Will I Have a Roommate in Treatment?

As a part of our social model of treatment, everyone has a roommate and we do not offer private rooms.

Are Their Any Other Options to 12-Step Recovery?

We believe that the 12-step social model of treatment is the most effective and provides for the highest level of long-term sobriety.

Will my Family be Involved in Treatment?

We believe that addiction is a family disease and highly encourage family members to participate in the recovery process.  Two weekends a month we have Family Weekends that are dedicated to family therapy and involvement.  On our Family Weekends, we offer a group called Family Circle for residents and their families, Partners in Recovery for only the family members and friends of the residents, and Teen Support Group for children and siblings of the residents. Serenity Knolls’ Weekend Family Program is a lifetime benefit for those completing the 30-day program commitment.

Is There Aftercare After I Leave Treatment?

When a resident stays at Serenity Knolls for 30 days, they are able to receive free aftercare services for life.

Before residents leave treatment, they create an aftercare plan with the counselors to have a consistent schedule after they leave treatment.  We also hold an Aftercare meeting each week (Tuesday nights in Marin and Wednesday nights in San Francisco) for Serenity Knolls alumni.  The last Tuesday and Wednesday of each month is chip night and alumni are allowed to invite family and friends.

What Will I Need to Bring to Treatment?

We do not allow the use of computers, cell phones or cameras. Our Admissions team will provide you with a detailed welcome package that includes a packing list.

Do You Offer Sober Living?

We do not offer sober living; however we offer referrals to sober living houses and help arrange viewings of those locations prior to leaving Serenity Knolls.

What's a Typical Day Like?

All residents are required to attend all meetings and meals. We also require residents to take part in daily chores. A full schedule can be seen here.

Is There an Exercise Program?

Exercise is not a priority but we do encourage a healthy lifestyle.  We have gym equipment, a walking trail, volleyball court, basketball court, and swimming pool.  Activities can be done during free time.

Do you Offer a Nutrition Plan?

We do not offer a nutrition plan, but we do provide healthy buffet-style meals and try to accommodate to individual needs as needed.

Who Do You Accept For Treatment for Drug & Alcohol Addiction?

We accept individuals age 18 and over who want to treat their alcohol and/or drug addiction.  We help identify other mental health issues although the primary diagnosis has to be substance dependence.

Is It a Locked Down Facility?

No. However, residents are not allowed to leave the property unless on a scheduled pass.

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Individuals doing Yoga
Individuals in Circle Talking
Facility Pool and Basketball Court
Individuals Sitting and Talking
Individual Reading
Individual Journaling
Individuals Sitting at Tables
Individuals Playing Basketball

Serenity Knolls helped not only my husband – but our whole entire family. We go back every year during the holidays to visit and not a day goes by where we are not grateful for where we all are now.

– Henriette C.