Ex-SL Extended Stay Program

Serenity Lane's Long-term treatment program

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The Last Treatment Program You'll Need

A bold statement, but true for many of our patients! The profile of an ExSL patient is one who has had two or more residential treatments of 21+ days and has been unable to find lasting recovery. Our patients could give lectures in most programs on the disease of addiction, denial, communication, family systems, 12 Step programs, sponsorships ... and the list goes on. ExSL patients know how to "talk the talk," but can't (or won't) "walk the walk" of treatment and recovery. Typically, they are the wisest of the "treatment wise." The clientele in our ExSL program are those patients who haven't been successful in traditional treatment settings. We love the challenge, and so do the patients! There are no lectures in ExSL, only hard hitting, compassionate confrontation of the numerous cognitive and spiritual blocks that are keeping the patient from surrender and acceptance. Family sessions, in one-on-one settings and group, are included in the program. These meetings are meant to shed light on the family dynamics that have been infected by the disease and to allow healing to begin.

How do we accomplish this mission where others have fallen short despite their best efforts? Perhaps the most important ingredient is time. The belief systems are so entrenched and well guarded that only the keenest clinician can spot them, which requires extended time, observation, and a therapeutic alliance for trust to be established. Our typical patient has mastered the survival skill of deceit to such a level that they are no longer aware of the patterns they use to keep the disease active.

Additionally, the concepts of therapeutic community, responsibility and accountability create an environment where the disease lives under a microscope. Behaviors, written and verbal statements, attitudes and beliefs are constantly being challenged and dissected. As a result, no stone is left unturned in ferreting out the core of the disease. Due to the complexity of issues, and the need to investigate and correct belief systems, a 60 day minimum stay is required after the assessment process of three to five days is completed.

Back to basics, a theme that is constantly stressed. All patents must present a "time-line first step" that clearly and thoroughly tracks their disease, their treatment experiences, how they sabotaged them, and the relapses and consequences. A rigorous schedule of therapy includes two groups (1.5 hours each) Monday through Friday and one group (1.5 hours each) Saturday and Sunday. The groups are facilitated by your primary clinician or co-facilitated by our two clinicians. In addition, the Thursday afternoon is a specialized interactive relapse prevention group experience that are designed to assist the patient in surrender and acceptance of the disease of addiction. Compliance, acceptance, surrender, and spirituality are common themes. All patients are required to attend one 12 Step meeting per day in addition to program activities, obtain a sponsor, and do "mirroring work". Since we have standard 21 and 28 day residential programs and hospital detox available, all ExSL patients are required to start the process of helping the alcoholic/addict who still suffers by meeting with these patients and sharing their experience, strength and hope, The immersion into service work, combined with 12 Step involvement and cognitive therapy, produce an environment of awareness at all levels for our ExSL patients. The core ingredient of our program comes from the wisdom of the 12 Step community, a requirement that the patient be honest, open, and willing to participate. When those concepts are honored, ExSL will guide the patient to a lasting recovery.

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