Established as a private, non-profit treatment facility for alcoholism and drug abuse in 1973, Oregon’s Serenity Lane now has 10 outpatient facilities throughout the state. It also operates a residential program in Eugene that, while not technically a hospital, is fully licensed to provide medical detox services and comes complete with medical staff and 24-hour nursing care. Serenity Lane also offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), young adult inpatient and court-ordered DUI programs.
Accommodations and Food
Serenity Lane’s Eugene facility is a sprawling, tree-lined campus with six different buildings on the premises. The main building houses the detox unit, cafeteria and space for some of the treatment activities. The women’s housing unit is a dorm-style complex, with shared rooms that feature twin beds, a desk, a dresser and closet space for each client; there’s also a common area in between the rooms and shared bathrooms in the hallways.
There are typically 65 residents on-site at a time, with a more or less equal mix of men and women. The men are housed in townhouses behind the main building, with two double-occupancy rooms and a shared bathroom between each unit. Men have the same amenities in their rooms as women, and also share a bathroom between the two units in each townhouse. There’s also a young adult residential program at Serenity Lane for those 25 and under; clients in this program stay in shared rooms in the main building. Finally, Serenity Lane keeps a cooking team on-site who prepare weekly menus. All meals are served cafeteria-style three times a day in the main building’s dining hall.
Treatment and Staff
Serenity Lane offers its medical detox in the hospital wing of the main campus building. This process is supervised by their medical doctor and 24/7 nursing staff. Residents are housed in hospital rooms (separated by curtain dividers) typically with one other client, though they can occasionally get their own room if space permits. From there, they move into housing units and begin their daily treatment regimen, which lasts between 21 and 28 days depending on their initial evaluation.
Daily schedules are busy, filled with group and individual therapy with plenty of time for breaks built in. Serenity Lane promotes a 12-step influenced DBT/CBT method of treatment, with clients typically working the first three steps during their stay. Each day begins early with a 6 am wakeup call; from there, residents can choose between several recreational activities such as a visit to the YMCA, a group walk around campus or a recovery reading group to start their day.
After that, residents have a cafeteria-style breakfast before beginning lectures and group sessions, with breaks at 11:30 and 5 pm for lunch and dinner. There is also a break in the middle of the day after lunch, with residents able to choose from the same activity options as the morning free time. While some treatment sessions are co-ed, others are separated by gender.
Serenity Lane has a medical doctor and mental health provider on staff, but there is no psychiatrist available and they do not offer dual diagnosis care. The majority of staff are licensed CDAC level-one counselors and licensed CDAC social workers. After dinner, clients participate in an in-house AA or NA meeting, and typically go to an off-site meeting three times a week.
Once a resident completes their 28-day stay, they can participate in Serenity Lane’s long-term aftercare program, which can last up to two years, for an additional cost of $5,200. This takes the form of outpatient sessions at any of their locations, which include a second Eugene location, three in Portland and one each in Salem, Albany, Bend, Roseburg and Vancouver, Washington. An initial aftercare program consists of three, three-hour sessions a week for 10 weeks. After that, clients transition into a “recovery support” program, which means one session per week for a year.
Besides the morning and afternoon break activities, Serenity Lane also sponsors weekly off-site trips. These include visits to the local hair salon or to shopping centers in downtown Eugene.
With a long history, medically-based detox services and an inviting campus, Serenity Lane offers a stable environment for recovery. Though the program is relatively short and the client load is rather large, the aftercare program makes the facility worth seriously considering.
616 E 16th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
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