Serenity Acres Philosophy
At Serenity Acres, treatment for drug and alcohol addiction involves balancing the mind, body and spirit. The residential rehab understands that every client is unique and strives to give its residents a personalized recovery experience at a reasonable price. Treatment plans are designed by the facility’s team of medical and addiction specialists, offering a broad range of effective therapeutic modalities, including gender-specific campuses, dual diagnosis care and holistic therapies. A non-institutional, family-style setting encourages clients to open up, explore their core issues and create a solid plan for life-long recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Meet the Staff
David Semanco, MS, MAC, CADC, CSAC, CAC-AD
David earned his Master’s degree in Human Services from Capella University, with a focus on addiction treatment. He is a licensed Addictions Counselor specializing in the application of complementary therapies to enhance the treatment and recovery process. He has worked in hospital, residential, and outpatient settings. He utilizes traditional modalities and is also trained as a neurofeedback clinician. David is dedicated to minimizing the stigma of addiction and is a strong proponent of innovative treatment methods which are underutilized in conventional treatment settings, but which have demonstrated success through evidenced-based research.
John Norris, LCPC, LCADC
John graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Community Counseling. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Human Services, and a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from the College of Southern Maryland. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). He began working at Serenity Acres in August of 2015 as a mental health therapist, which involves working with the clients to treat dual diagnosis issues, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
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ABOUT SERENITY ACRES
Located in Crownsville, Md., Serenity Acres is a luxury residential treatment facility for adult men and women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. It also specializes in treating clients with co-occurring mental health disorders, and medically monitored detox services are offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health assessment to create the most effective and individualized treatment plan. The facility is able to provide appropriate care if an eating disorder is identified as a co-occurring issue. Medically supervised detox is available for clients who need it.
The length of stay is 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on client needs. All programs at Serenity Acres are firmly rooted in the 12-Steps. They also utilize evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Clients receive daily one-on-one counseling, participate in daily group therapy sessions, and attend regular 12-step meetings on-site. Recreational treatments such pet and equine therapy are combined with holistic practices (e.g. yoga, massage, acupuncture, and vitamin therapy).
Serenity Acres also incorporates aftercare plans and relapse prevention into its program.
The treatment team includes medical doctors, licensed and registered nurses, licensed mental health counselors, certified and licensed addictions counselors, a dietician, psychiatrist, a dog therapist, and staff nutritionists. An emotional support dog named Bella is also available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is located on 12 acres of wooded, tranquil grounds, complete with outdoor seating areas and koi pond. Clients live in converted single-family homes with furnished common areas, shared kitchens, and private and semi-private rooms that accommodate 50 clients. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor fireplaces, shared flat-screen TVs, a game room with billiards, a sauna and a swimming pool.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 11 alumni reviews received to date for Serenity Acres are overwhelmingly positive. Alumni praised the caring staff, the comprehensive counseling options available, the individualized care, the comfortable accommodations, and the holistic treatment offerings.
All alumni were impressed with the counseling, giving counseling-related categories such as the various counseling options, frequency of counseling, and the quality of the lead counselors four or five out of five stars. Alum Toni wrote: “The counseling and level of care I got at Serenity Acres was beyond any other place I have been. The house and grounds were cleanly and well taken care of. Here I did not feel like a number.” And alum Kat added: “My increase in self-worth and self-love was the biggest change I made while at Serenity Acres.”
There were a few negative comments posted to Rehabs.com, although almost all of them were contradicted by positive feedback. For instance, one anonymous alum would have appreciated better meals, but alums Donna and Rvn both wrote they were impressed with the quality of the food. Regardless, alum Kyra noted that the program lacked a solid aftercare plan, and Rick complained that there were no quiet areas for clients to read or work on assignments.
On Google, Serenity Acres earned 3.8 out of five stars from six reviews to date. Note, the two reviewers who did not give five out of five stars did not attend treatment but called the facility to inquire about costs and treatment offerings.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com gave Serenity mixed reviews. One loved one was happy with the treatment program, providing five out of five stars in most categories, including accommodations, holistic treatment offerings, affordability, counseling options, and whether the program was worth the cost. The other loved one gave one-star ratings in many categories, including its holistic offerings, family participation, and affordability.
Both anonymous loved ones highlighted the staff, including one loved one who wrote: “They are extremely caring and demonstrate excellent bed side manner. They truly care about you and your family.”
Serenity Acres accepts most insurance providers and can check coverage before a potential client begins his or her stay. According to the facility’s website, the facility will also work with clients without insurance.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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