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Tucked away at the base of the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara’s Casa Serena is the city’s only state-licensed, non-denominational alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility catering to women with children. Casa Serena is also JCAHO accredited in addition to SAMHSA accredited. Founded in 1959 by a recovering alcoholic named Mildred Pinheiro, who recognized the need for a safe haven for women struggling with alcohol abuse. More than 50 years later, Casa Serena is Santa Barbara’s oldest rehab for women. The facility boasts a diverse community from all walks of life, and is an intimate, three-phase retreat comprised of three secluded homes offering sanctuary and sisterly help towards a life of sobriety. It remains the only haven in Santa Barbara for recovering mothers to reunite and rebuild their lives with their children.
Accommodations and Food
Casa currently has only one residential treatment facility, called Main House, which is a 15 bed facility, as well as Millie’s House, which is a 12 bed structured sober living located nearby and open to women, and women with children.
The Main House is comprised of shared rooms (two or three beds per room) and has a shared country-style kitchen where meals are served three times daily. Residents are welcome to cook their own meals according to their own special dietary needs if necessary.
Friends and family are welcome visitors, and may join residents for dinner.
Treatment and Staff
Clients will be evaluated prior to admission for the need for detox if indicated. Casa Serena’s treatment is facilitated by a medical staff and therapists. Casa Serena is a short term residential (30 to 90 days).
Three hours of group participation are expected from every resident each day. After the two week counseling period, residents begin to seek employment or nonprofit volunteering positions. Personal attention is lavished upon each client each step of the way on the road to sobriety. Personal counselors are assigned to each resident to address such addiction-related issues as anxiety and depression, and treatment goals are progressively reviewed and re-assessed according to each resident’s progress. In addition to a mandatory 12-step AA recovery groups, there is a required two-week recovery counseling period with the goal of preparing residents for re-entry into the outside world.
Yoga, meditation, career counseling and art therapy are additional nurturing facets of the first phase of rehabilitation.
With more than 50 years and thousands of success stories to its credit, Casa Serena is a very affordable rehabilitation option for mothers who are ready to take back control of their bodies, spirits and families. Casa Serena accepts private insurance and offers some financial assistance for self pay clients. No state financial aid is accepted.
Casa Serena Location
1515 Bath St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Casa Serena Cost
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