Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Serenity Rehab Philosophy
Serenity Rehab provides a variety of treatment options such as SMART recovery, which takes a scientific and secular approach to treatment and incorporates behavioral techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Serenity also offers counseling in communication, taking responsibility, overcoming “crooked” thinking, and life skills training.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
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.
I came into this program expecting to just go through it without a problem and a core. But when I started this program I started to realize that this program will change me if I put the steps into action. So I admitted the problems I had and decided it was time for me to change my future because if history repeats itself my future was not going to be okay. The life I have been living is not positive and it will not get me anywhere. These steps helped me learn to grow up because I’m done with this addictive behavior. Through the help of God I am willing to stop using and start being the man that I was put on this Earth to be. Through God I will be able to overcome the struggles. By keeping a clean house I will be able to stay sober, by helping out the community I will be able to keep my mind off of the things that would make me relapse and to keep myself busy so that I don’t go down that wrong path I’ve been choosing. I feel like my mind has changed and I am finally ready live in real sober happiness in which the drugs and alcohol had given me. These steps have changed me for the best and I feel if you try your hardest to follow these steps your life and sobriety can be changed and achieved. Just like what I have accomplished from this program changed my life, why don’t you let it change yours also.
When I came to Serenity Point Recovery I was a broken man. Failed several times at recovery. After 23 years of trying 12 Step programs and many rehabs. I still could not understand why I kept using. I decided when I came here to try something outside of my comfort zone. This program has changed my life. It has helped me become comfortable with myself for the first time in a long time. Going through ethics has really helped me understand my wrongs and how they hurt myself and other people. It has allowed me to finally let go of things I have done in my life that have affected all my life. This course also gave me a better understanding of the 12 Steps. With both I feel that I have a good chance to stay clean and sober today. Out of the several rehab programs I have been to this is the best I have learned more about myself and recovery here than I have anywhere else. I would suggest to anyone here give yourself a break and the time for the fog to clear and let this work.
After treatment through Serenity I feel like I am more in control of my life. From the things I’ve learned I realize that fate or luck have very little to do with my destiny. Even though some people are fortunate to have blessing to help get them farther in life faster, if I continue to always do the next right thing there isn’t anything out of reach. I am capable to pursue anything in life I desire. People are naturally good but chose to make poor decisions that affect all areas in their life. this in mind, I can now move forward and remember that I am small compared to the universe but every action I make a difference. I want to live and work for the greater good in my legacy and my past will remind me, not define me.
Before I took the Communication Course at Serenity Rehab I always believed I had to use some sort of substance to have fun in life. I’ve always had a problem with doing nothing. Now, once I’ve completed this portion of the program I feel more relaxed, I’m more outgoing, I’m happy and I’m content with just hanging out or doing nothing.
Through treatment at Serenity Rehab, I learned a lot about myself and my beliefs during this Red Road to wellbriety study. It really messed with my core beliefs and values. I do believe in a higher power and that the higher power wants a personal relationship with everyone. I believe that many world religions teach the ideals of the positive warrior and love based thought system. The idea that living this way brings harmony to our personal and family lives, our community and nation. I believe in the idea that all things grow and come full circle. I have seen many of the teaching come true in my past due to my actions, both positive and negative. I look forward to returning home and implementing these principles in my daily life.
Meet the Staff
Tammy Zylstra, MA, NCC, LPC
Clinical Director/Senior Director of Production
Tammy Zystra has a Masters in Clinical Counseling and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. Tammy has 10 years of experience in multiple modalities of therapy with a diverse population. She has worked with families, children, and adolescence. Tammy has experience in crisis intervention, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, addictions, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral intervention. She been trained in multiple training and educational techniques, such as Moral Recognition Therapy, SMART Recovery, AA/NA, and behavioral modification. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker
Sarah Russell, LLMSW
Sarah Russell has a Masters of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Masters of Public Administration. Her populations of interest include adults of any age suffering from the consequences of addiction and those who are seeking active recovery. Sarah has 5+ years of experience working with individuals, families, and groups in the greater West Michigan area in the fields of both mental health and substance abuse. She is passionate in incorporating a holistic approach while utilizing classic clinical methods.
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ABOUT SERENITY REHAB
Nestled in a the peaceful town of Marne, Mich., approximately 15 miles from Grand Rapids, Serenity Rehab is a residential treatment center for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse. Medically-supervised detox services are offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Serenity Rehab is highly individualized, and the facility takes a secular, scientific approach to addiction by utilizing evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing (MI).
Treatment primarily adheres to the SMART Recovery program, a popular alternative to the traditional 12-Step model. Though optional, Serenity Rehab also encourages clients to integrate spirituality into their recovery process.
Other aspects of treatment include gender-specific process groups and life skills workshops, as well as regular fitness and holistic opportunities including yoga, meditation, and music therapy.
The treatment team includes licensed practicing counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed master’s level social workers, and case managers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Located in a secluded area surrounded by nature, the 150-bed residential campus provides clients with cozy, dorm-style rooms that are shared or private. Amenities include an on-site gym, hot tub, shared dining area, basketball court, and game room.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
When asked if they would recommend Serenity Rehab, the eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, gave an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. The positive comments, which were the majority, mentioned compassionate, qualified staff and a supportive and encouraging environment for recovery. “The staff is very caring and have helped me in many ways with any questions or concerns that I have had,” A.F. wrote. Alumni also appreciated the different holistic therapies such as art, music, and yoga.
Several alumni credited the facility with saving or changing their lives, including Tommy who told Rehabs.com, “I've received so much love and support. I am a firm believer in this type of recovery treatment because I am seeing great results in my life.” More than one alumni also commented the rehab was the most effective they have attended. “I have been to every kind of rehab there is and this one is the best,” Alan wrote.
The unhappy alumni complained about false advertising of some kind, including N.P. who told Rehabs.com: “The website and reality are 2 different things.” Other criticisms included terrible food, a disorganized staff, and even “deceitful” practices. “Serenity Point Recovery provides exaggerations, disappointment,” Jerry wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the two loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, one gave an overall positive review and one gave negative. Loved one C.S. whose fiance attended the program wrote “I see such a huge change in him. I feel like what he learned really helped him, and now he is not suffering, and doesnt have side effects. I think that this program is very effective, because he was not like this with the previous treatments. There at Serenity they really did a tood job, it is obvious on the results.”
Similar to some alumni comments, however, J.E.C. wrote, “Lack of communication, no support for families, communication with the family was hindered by staff, staff lied to patients and families.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Serenity Rehab positive feedback. "Experienced caring staff members, multiple methods of treatment, great counseling, nice building" wrote C.R.
According to information provided by the center, treatment costs $30,000 per month. Serenity Rehab accepts most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and BlueCross BlueShield. They also work with lenders and have in-house financing options.
Published on December 2017
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