Addiction Treatment

Here at Path To Serenity we offer a comprehensive choice when it comes to levels of care. These include, a residential detox program, a residential treatment center, intensive outpatient care program and support groups for family members and friends! Our program begins with a thorough clinical and psychological assessment. We then create a treatment program and therapies that will work best in your situation. These include Sand tray therapy, mindfulness training, one-on-one sessions, group sessions, art therapy, yoga, meditation and much more. Add to all of this that you are in an environment with people who understand your situation and what you are going through in a place where you’ll have all the privacy and peace you need to really focus on getting your life back and renewing your zeal for living. All of our clinical staff are trained in a variety of therapeutic models and have extensive experience in the substance abuse field. Additionally, many of our counselors are in recovery themselves and are therefore able to relate with the struggle and the heartbreak of addiction. Below are the services offered:

Residential Treatment (RTC)

For most people with an addiction a residential treatment center is the best way to begin a recovery program as there can be psychological aspects, physical damage and discomfort and other social issues that need to be taken into account as part of the treatment protocol. Here at Path to Serenity we understand that and one of the key reasons people who try various forms of treatment often fail is that they are still in the setting that they became addicted in the first place. They are still seeing their addicted friends, or experiencing an unhealthy family situation that often played a part in their substance abuse problem. By coming into a residential treatment center you remove the addict from the current living situation so that he, or she, can focus 24/7 on recovery without any distractions. Following a complete assessment of your condition, we’ll recommend a personalized treatment program and therapies including one-on-one sessions, group sessions, sessions for the family, sand tray therapy, exercise, meditation, yoga, and mindfulness training, among others. All with a focus on helping you understand why, and how, you became addicted, and how not to relapse when you leave. If you’re looking for a residential treatment center with a treatment program geared specifically for women, then call us today for more information or to get started on reclaiming your life.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment is a comprehensive on-site program designed to provide all of the important elements of alcohol rehab or drug rehab that help lead to lasting sobriety. IOP is a six-hour addiction rehab agenda that includes addiction, behavioral, and mental health services as well as support to the family suffering from the effects of a loved one’s disease of addiction. Our Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment is offered on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, with mornings, afternoon, and evening sessions available.

Therapies Primary Group Therapy:

This is a ninety-minute process group in which patients share their assignments and process individual problems while in a group setting. This group is made up of up to 10 patients and meet five times each week.

Individual Therapy:

Patients at Pat to Serenity will meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy for thirty minutes once a week.

Family Therapy:

Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy in which couples and families work together to nurture change and development. Family therapy is an important aspect to psychological functioning. Family therapy is typically offered to patient as needed.

Family Therapy:

Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy in which couples and families work together to nurture change and development. Family therapy is an important aspect to psychological functioning. Family therapy is typically offered to patient as needed.

Education Groups Addiction Topics:

Addiction is the continuous engagement in an activity despite having negative consequences. Education is provided on the types of addiction there are, the nature of the addictive process and the ways addictive behaviors interact. These education groups are held every day and facilitated by a trained therapist.

Communication/Boundary Skills:

The importance of healthy communication and boundaries are skills that patients typically lack so we provide these in a setting whereby education on common distortions and dysfunctional patterns are discussed and brought into play.

Intensive Relapse Prevention:

Relapse is the process of returning to a former state of behavior. Often times, relapse is a part of the process of addiction. Education is provided on the nature of the relapse process and patients will be offered skills and tools to help cope more effectively. This is a subject that is discussed and talked about on a regular basis.

Communication/Boundary Skills:

The importance of healthy communication and boundaries are skills that patients typically lack so we provide these in a setting whereby education on common distortions and dysfunctional patterns are discussed and brought into play.


Topics related to emotions in recovery include: Healing the Hurt Behind Addiction, Dangerous Emotions, Emotional Triggers, Dodging Emotions, Mindfulness and Emotions, Coping w/ Depression, Grief and Loss, Positive Psychology, Anxiety, Guilt & Shame, and Anger.


Topics related to motivation, include: Motivation in Recovery, Stages of Change, Addressing Boredom, Avoiding Relapse Drift, Preventing Relapse, Building Hope, Personal Strengths, Empowerment vs Oppression (How Body Language Shapes Who You Are), Vision Boards, Goal Setting, Implementing Structure, Positive & Negative Consequences, and Staying Busy. I also teach a class on Understanding the Neurochemisty of Addiction and Recovery, which can impact emotions and motivation.


R elated classes include: Thoughts as Triggers, Rational vs Irrational Thinking (expectations & the fear spiral), Mindfulness and Thoughts, Relapse Justifications, Schemas & Rewriting Your Personal Narrative, Be Smart not Strong, Critical Thinking, Keeping Track of Your Thoughts, Power of Positive Thinking, Affirmations, the Cognitive Triad, Recovery Tool Kit (e.g., playing the tape all the way through, reframing, all or nothing thinking, looking at bigger picture).

Other classes include

Impulsivity and Compulsive Behaviors, Laughter Medicine, Exercise in Recovery, Trauma, Be Here Now, Developing Resiliency Through Tolerance, Mind-Body Concepts for Reducing Stress, Alternatives to Addictive Behavior, Phases of Recovery, and Understanding the Neurochemistry of Addiction and Recovery.


Is an excellent complement to any healing program as it helps heal the mind, body and spirit. Not only does it build core strength and help the body achieve alignment but often it can pinpoint specific issues in the body. It is low impact, gentle and follows the principals of anatomy to achieve results and avoid injury. Pilates is an excellent overall fitness program to improve an individual’s physical health and when undertaken three or more days a week, dramatic results are experienced including weight loss, reduction of stress, relief of arthritis, mental acuity and spiritual health. Traditional Pilates utilizes extensive knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body, focuses on specific parts and strengthens, lengthens, tones and balances. It is a complete fitness program and has become one of the most revered forms of fitness around.

Additional Resources Twelve Step Support

The twelve step program is based on a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addictive processes. Patients will be educated on the importance of the twelve step program. Offsite twelve step meetings are conducted daily.

Therapeutic Outings:

We provide patients the opportunity to participate in therapeutic off campus outings several times a month to places such as the Prestigious Bower Museum in Orange County.

Detoxification (DTX)

Detoxification cleans the body of the chemicals and toxins related to drug or alcohol use. Sometimes this can be one of the most difficult phases in treatment as you go through the process of withdrawal. We understand that drug and alcohol addiction can be very difficult to overcome on your own, especially in the beginning stages of recovery. At Path to Serenity you or your loved one will work closely with our treatment team and medical doctors to help reduce the impact of the withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. Your health will be monitored to ensure your safety and you will have our trained and experienced staff to provide medical and emotional support during this necessary process to your new journey to sobriety. Not every patient will need to go through the detoxification process. It will be determined if you need this service at the time of your intake assessment. The severity of your addiction, the length of time you have been using or drinking as well as your physical health condition will play a role in determining if you will require detoxification.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

The partial hospitalization program is a structured program for patients who are not severe enough to require inpatient hospitalization, but need more structure than just outpatient. Therapy. The program is designed to facilitate a patients return to their maximum level of independence using group therapy focused on coping skills, cognitive behavior, life skills, medication education, stress management and interpersonal skills. Most patients participate three to five days per week and often for up to six weeks in group therapy. The groups are facilitated by experienced, licensed clinical therapists, registered nurses and music/art therapists. Partial hospitalization allows patients to return home at the end of each day. Once home, patients can practice the skills and tools they have learned in therapy, knowing they will be supported by the mental health care team when they return the following da


Meditation/Relaxation: Meditation refers to the practice in which an individual practices focusing attention and awareness in order to bring mental process into greater voluntary control. Each week the benefits of mediation are discussed and patients are educated and encouraged to participate in such therapy.

Community Meeting:

At Path to Serenity we believe in the value of patients sharing and receiving open, honest and direct feedback. This group allows for safe practice of communication skills and an opportunity for problem solving. A community meeting takes place three times each week with patients and staff. Because this is such an important group meeting we require that patients attend a minimum of two meetings per Month.

Values and Commitments:

Actions & Behaviors, Self-Revaluation, Trust, Honestly, Acceptance, Gratitude, Abstinence, Volunteering, Family, Community, Respect, 12-Step/Recovery-based Programs, Forgiveness, and Spirituality an influence their experience with and ability to, recover.

Social-related Topics

Repairing Relationships, Relationships in Recovery, Sex in Recovery, Family Roles, Addictive Families, Recovery Programs, Peer Support and Building a Recovery Family, the Power of Play/ Healing our Social Engagement System, Communication, Assertiveness, the Language of Letting Go. Social Anxiety, and Domestic Violence.

Adjunctive Therapy Yoga

Is a mind/body form of exercise that helps a person learn skills to relax as well as improve health. Because yoga combines movement and a concentration on breathing it allows an individual to focus on what their body is physically doing and what is happening internally. Classes are 2-3 times each week as part of the therapeutic process.

Art Therapy

Is a form of psychotherapy in which art is the primary method of communication and is undertaken once a week. Nutritional Therapy – Is based on the belief that our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. Nutritional therapy includes education about meal planning, appropriate food choices, and healthy portion sizes. This education is provided by our registered nutritionist and is available to all patients every day.