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Serenity at Summit New Jersey Philosophy
We partner with the individual to begin a transformational journey from hope to healing and beyond.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
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.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
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.
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.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Dr. William Stanley MD
William D Stanley, born and raised in Baltimore, MD, attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical school. Later, he did his internship and residency at Albert Einstein Med Center in Philadelphia. Initially, he practiced primary care for many years but due to the influence of many people—in particular, Dr. Lou Baxter—his eyes gravitated to the world of substance abuse.
Dr. Stanley became certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2000. He initially focused on outpatient treatment of opioid dependence with Suboxone and, more recently, Vivitrol. He was invited to join the family of Summit Behavioral Health in 2013 part-time and started full-time as the medical director of their detox in December 2014.
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ABOUT SERENITY AT SUMMIT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Serenity at Summit is a network of six rehab facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Across its various locations, the agency offers a full spectrum of addiction treatment programs, from medical detox through outpatient care. Parent company Summit Behavioral Health is part of Delphi Behavioral Health, which operates numerous rehabs in the US.
This Union location of Serenity at Summit, in the suburbs of Newark, provides medical detox and residential treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. It's one of just 4.1 percent of rehabs in New Jersey that offer medical detox in a residential (as opposed to hospital) setting.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
During an initial evaluation, staff determine the best treatment program for the individual client. Clients referred to medical detox will have follow-up clinical and medical evaluations within 24 hours of admission, to enable staff to form an individualized treatment plan.
Detoxing clients are monitored 24/7 and begin counseling and other treatment modalities while they withdraw from drugs and/or alcohol. The length of stay in detox varies according to the client's needs, but for most clients, it's a five-to-seven day process.
Clients who have completed or don't need detox may proceed to residential treatment, which typically lasts 30 to 90 days, depending on the client's needs — positioning Serenity at Summit among the 11 percent of New Jersey rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days.
Serenity offers a broad program that combines 12-step participation with evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), offered in individual, group, and family settings. These traditional modalities are complemented by a range of holistic treatments provided at an extra cost, including acupuncture (which is available at 2.6 percent of New Jersey rehabs) and reiki. For clients struggling with dual diagnosis, Serenity at Summit may offer trauma-informed counseling, educational sessions, and other relevant treatment options.
The center is also committed to instilling life skills in its clients. Sessions focus on topics including nutrition and preparing meals, paying bills, managing a budget, and preparing a résumé.
Graduating clients might be encouraged to progress to treatment at one of Serenity at Summit's outpatient facilities, which offer intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) as well as standard outpatient treatment. And graduating clients are also strongly encouraged to attend community-based 12-step meetings.
Serenity at Summit Behavioral Health employs a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurses, masters-level counselors, licensed social workers, and support staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential facility offers both spacious double-occupancy bedrooms and private bedrooms, well-furnished TV lounges, and a dining hall. During the detoxification process, clients have 24-hour access to medical and nursing care.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Although Rehabs.com has yet to receive any feedback from alumni of Serenity at Summit's Union location, secondary sites offer polarized reviews: the center has a 3.1 out of five-star average rating based on 15 reviews on Google, a one-star rating and a five-star rating on Yelp, and three five-star ratings on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page).  
The reviews contained repeated complaints about unprofessional and/or unhelpful staff, particularly those staff who run the place outside of typical office hours. Some reviewers were also disappointed by the physical facility, and felt that there was a lack of meaningful programming. "The facility is dirty, not just the group rooms but also; the bedrooms don’t get cleaned properly as a whole... The food is trash and the technicians are mostly unprofessional. Counselors are the only good part about this detox," B.K. wrote in a typical comment on Google.
However, other reviewers praised the center's detox program, noting that it had helped them on the way toward long-term recovery, and thanked, in particular, the efficient intake staff and the helpful treatment staff. The facility's physical comfort also received repeated compliments. "All in all I had a great experience with serenity at summit they provided me with the care and comfort that I needed to get over that first hump of detoxing and helped point me in the direction that I needed to go once I left," Nick wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised Serenity at Summit, offering perfect five-star ratings for its overall effectiveness and accommodations, with no additional commentary.
According to its website, Summit Behavioral Health accepts most major private insurance plans and offers financing options for self-pay clients. The center also has relationships with medical loans companies, for those who may require financing and a payment plan for treatment.
Published on February 2019
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