Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
- Beach Community
Awakenings by the Sea Philosophy
Awakenings by the Sea’s vision is to provide alcoholic and/or drug-addicted women and their families an opportunity to choose a healthier way of life at an affordable rehab. The untreated alcoholic or addict may suffer physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual maladies; the impact that the alcoholic or addict has on those around them can be equally devastating. Awakenings by the Sea’s alcohol and drug treatment center in Oregon believes that alcoholism and drug addiction are primary illnesses, which are chronic and progressive and that, without proper treatment, are ultimately fatal. Although there is no cure for the disease of addiction, recovery will occur by following a carefully structured recovery program that requires self-honesty, a willingness to change and the belief that a continuing support system, which may include other 12-Step recovering people, is essential. The cornerstone of this recovery program is total abstinence from any mood-altering substances. This is followed by education and application of the concepts outlined in 12-Step programs of recovery. Using this foundation and other therapeutic methods, we believe that our treatment program can provide knowledge, a supportive environment and the basic tools necessary for our clients to begin their journey into recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Meet the Staff
Serenna Stone MS, CADC III, CCTP
Clinical Program Director
Serenna brings 10 years of treatment programming and leadership experience to her position as Clinical Director. She combines her training in DBT, relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing skills in helping patients and their families become independent, active and empowered to lead healthy and product lives in recovery. Serenna received her Master’s Degree in Psychology and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She is a CADC-III-level Drug and Alcohol Counselor, has completed training and certification from the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is also certified as an ACCBO educator and has helped many achieve their goals in becoming substance abuse counselors. Recently, Serenna has obtained her EMDR therapy certification to provide a new level of care to women. We are thrilled to have Serenna leading the Awakenings by the Sea team.
Keith has been in recovery for almost 10 years. He worked in “corporate America” for 15 years before realizing his true passion was helping people receive the same gift of sobriety that he’s received. He’s worked in recovery for 5 years and takes pride in walking alcoholics/addicts and their families through the admissions process. His goal is to offer solutions no matter what the circumstances of each individual are. He will recognize the positive no matter what the situation is and formulate a plan to achieve successful sobriety. His motto is: “Call Me Anytime.” And he means that.
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Nicole joined Awakenings in 2015. Nicole was raised in Gresham, Oregon. She resides in Seaside, Oregon and loves bike riding, surfing and running. She has three children, ages 14, 11 and 6. Nicole has been in recovery for four years and is very active in AA. She has started working towards becoming a drug counselor. She is very passionate about helping other women find recovery and teaching them that recovery can be fun. Nicole is working towards her CADC certification, with the goal of completion in April of 2018.
Allison Myers CADC
Allison Myers joined Awakenings by the Sea in April 2017. She has an associate’s degree in addiction and three years of addiction counseling. She has eight years in recovery and a huge passion to be an agent of change in the lives of women who struggle with addiction and their families. She is in the process of working on a bachelor degree in psychology. She has been happily married for 11 years and has three adult children and five beautiful grandchildren. Allison looks forward to working with your family.
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ABOUT AWAKENINGS BY THE SEA
Awakenings by the Sea is a residential treatment center for women located on the North Oregon Coast. With 12-step treatment at its core, Awakenings offers an intimate recovery setting with a full range of care options, including on-site medical detox, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and family programming for women struggling with substance use. The facility is one of only 37 long-term residential facilities in Oregon, and one of only 24 residential facilities to offer medically assisted detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
With residential programming designed to last 30, 60, or 90 days, treatment addresses various issues affecting women struggling with substance use, such as trauma and grief, along with co-occurring addictions with food, shopping, gambling, and relationship and sexuality issues. There is also a 90-day IOP track, for those with less severe issues, as well as aftercare counseling for successful graduates of Awakenings by the Sea.
In the first 30 days of treatment, many women begin their recovery process with medically monitored detox under the supervision of an on-site physician and a 24-hour nursing staff. While in detox, women undergo a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation. Once medically stable, patients are introduced to 12-Step and begin attending educational lectures on addiction.
Women who stay for the second and third phases of treatment dig deeper into issues, such as body image, relationship dynamics, guilt, and shame. They will also take part in the Recovery Enrichment Program, a unique five-day intensive seminar designed to help women recognize self-destructive behavior patterns while they are still manageable.
Seeing physical health as an integral component to a successful recovery, Awakenings by the Sea also provides women with nutrition education, fitness programming, and yoga classes. In addition, each month families are invited for a weekend-long family addiction recovery program. Featuring topical lectures on the nature of addiction, family dynamics, and relapse within the family, the two-day program takes place at a nearby hotel and is accessible to families near and far.
Awakening by the Sea’s treatment team consists of a licensed physician, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), certified drug and alcohol counselors (CADCs), and other facilities and administrative personnel. Supervised care is available 24 hours a day.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The quaint, two-story house (referred to by the program as “The Little Yellow House”) features comfortable furnishings and a shared living space. Women are housed in semi-private rooms with single beds.
Gourmet meals are served family-style in the dining room, and amenities include an on-site yoga and exercise studio, as well as a communal computer.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Sharon, the one former client polled by Rehabs.com to date, shared a mixed review. Although she gave four out of five star ratings for the 12-step meetings, the family involvement, and the quality of meals, she went on to list several complaints. “Not enough recreational, or therapeutic programs. If they had more medical treatment and therapy, people would be better off.”
However, feedback sourced from secondary sites was very positive. On Google reviews, 15 individuals awarded the center an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars to date. On Awakenings' Facebook page, which the facility may have the ability to control, 54 reviewers left an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.
“This place is great!” alum Aaron wrote in a representative review on Google. “The program is great, providing a healthy balance between academia, treatment, and recreation.” Alum Val agreed and shared her success story: “Taught me how to love myself for first in my life.”
Much in contrast, former client Rose left a furious two-star review in which she called the staff “disorganized,” and reported insurance issues and missing items. “I would recommend looking elsewhere for drug and alcohol treatment.”
Awakenings by the Sea accepts private insurance, though prospective clients are advised to call and confirm coverage information. Financing options and loan terms are also available.
Published on April 2018
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