Walla Walla, Washington is the largest city in the county and famous for its wineries. This lush, green city is home to several theater companies, art galleries, museums and Serenity Point Counseling Services. Since 1995, founder Pat Flores and his family have worked to provide outpatient substance abuse services for residents of Walla Walla and surrounding areas. As a member of the recovery community, Flores says he is acutely aware of the progressive and unpredictable nature of addiction. The mission statement of Serenity Point Counseling Services is to provide the highest quality of outpatient treatment services to the community, clients and their families by offering respect, empathy and a valid solution.
Treatment and Staff
Upon entering the building, clients are greeted by the receptionist in a friendly and comfortably furnished lobby. Brick walls, white blinds, a cushy sofa and floor lamps offer a relaxed setting. Both adults and adolescents are treated, though a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.
This first step in the process is for potential clients to undergo a counselor’s assessment to determine what level of care they need. The staff is comprised of six certified chemical dependency counselors and treatment focuses on evidence-based practices that include Motivational Interviewing (MI), 12-step meetings, relapse prevention therapy and CBT. Depending on the client and the severity of their condition, either outpatient treatment or Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is recommended.
Outpatient clients meet for group therapy once a week for 90 minutes and have individual therapy twice per month. The length of treatment varies, but runs anywhere from 13 to 26 weeks. Clients attend groups on relapse prevention, family dynamics, substance abuse education, the 12 steps, grief and peer feedback. There are morning and evening options, depending on the client’s schedule. IOP usually runs six to eight weeks. Clients meet for group sessions three times a week for one hour, with one separate weekly individual session. As with outpatient, clients attend various groups, just with more frequency. There are also the morning or evening options. The Youth Group program for adolescents is an eight-week program that meets once a week for two hours. Parents are required to join the parental support group, which meets simultaneously but separately. Group sizes vary, but are limited to 10. Twelve-step philosophy is an integral part of Serenity Point’s treatment program and attendance at local AA or NA meetings is required.
Serenity Point Counseling Services is a recovery program steeped in the 12 steps that also provides additional counseling and education around substance abuse. The belief that recovery is a life-long process of growth and change is the guiding force behind their treatment. With most of the staff members in recovery, the identification factor is a big plus. Other positives include the flexible schedule and the fact that parents are required to attend groups while their kids are in treatment. The only drawback could be that meeting once a week is not enough
Serenity Point Counseling Services Location
919 South 2nd Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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