Ex-SL Extended Stay Program

Serenity Lane's Long-term treatment program

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ExSL Program Overview

The ExSL program treats long term addiction and focuses on a therapeutic community for the healing and support of recovering addicts who are relapse prone and who have made slow progress in primary treatment. Therapeutic community  is a communal approach to addiction recovery that brings healing and support through a total change in life-style. Therapeutic communities have made the greatest impact on alcoholics/drug addicts for the following reasons:

  • Addiction is viewed as a disorder of the whole person, effecting many aspects of daily life. Therefore, it is not enough to deal exclusively with the chemical of abuse.
  • The ExSL program has a highly structured daily regimen: providing order, reducing boredom, reducing drug use preoccupations, enhancing satisfaction of accomplishments
  • The program promotes a willingness to confront others in a supportive way in keeping with the rules and spirit of community: checking attitudes, moods, and appreciation of each other's progress.
Each person's needs define their pathway to recovery with a focus on elimination of self-defeating behaviors, promotion of social attitudes and values, and caring for others. "Love your neighbor..."

The ExSL program is specifically designed for relapse prone persons.
  • The program helps patients deal with the core issues and unfinished business directly related to addiction that triggers relapse.
  • The ExSL program helps relapse prone persons to look at core psychological personality and abuse issues that may result in relapse.
  • Patients are taught how to manage cravings.

Patients in ExSL live in non-coed housing on our residential campus in Coburg. They share shopping, cooking and cleaning duties with their ExSL housemates. Patients attend a rigorous schedule of therapy that includes two groups (1.5 hours each) Monday through Friday and one group Saturday and one group Sunday (1.5 hours each). Length of the program varies with individual needs, but the program is a minimum of one month.

Length of the program varies with individual needs, but the program is a minimum of 2 months.

Clients must be at least 21 years of age and have already completed primary treatment, either at Serenity Lane or elsewhere.

Interview with the mother of a young male ExSL patient.

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