Treatment Center Setting
Serenity View Recovery Center Philosophy
Serenity View Recovery Center is located in Princeton, Texas, north of Dallas on 43 acres of beautiful land, providing a serene setting for adult men and women suffering with substance use and co-occurring disorders. The residential treatment facility offers a full continuum of care including on-site medical detox, residential, and outpatient services. The cozy, southwestern-style facility boasts an expanse of land that offers patients the tranquil splendor of peace and serenity, while offering a modern environment and all of the amenities one could need to support their journey to recovery.
Areas of Specialization
12-Step, SMART & Celebrate Recovery
While the 12-Step self-help approach to recovery is widely utilized in Texas, this approach does not suit everyone in treatment for addiction. Serenity View offers SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery as two alternatives, one based in science and the other based in Christian-faith. Having options for all treatment needs and lifestyles is an important aspect of Serenity View's individualized approach to care.
Personal Trainers & Mind-Body Wellness
With a state-of-the-art fitness center and gym, two personal trainers, and a dietitian on staff, patients at Serenity View will be able to develop an exercise regimen and dietary plan with one-on-one sessions to address their individual nutritional and fitness needs. Having an exercise routine in place after treatment can be lifesaving as it keeps people healthy and focused on healing while providing an outlet to deal with stressors and triggers they may encounter in day-to-day life.
Serenity View offers spiritual support for patients who wish to incorporate their religious beliefs into their treatment program. Many people find strength in their faith and benefit from having their religious practice go hand-in-hand with recovery. Texas offers spiritual support through the services of a pastoral counselor who can guide patients spiritually whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish. There are two hours of worship on Sunday and Bible study offered Monday and Wednesday nights, but the pastoral counselor will also offer non-denominational spiritual groups.
Sexual Trauma/Sex Addiction
With a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist on staff, Serenity View is able to address a history of sexual trauma or sex addiction that may be an underlying cause of a substance use disorder.
Caters to the Needs of Executives and Professionals in Recovery
Texas is able to cater to the needs of executives, professionals, and business owners in treatment who may need to check work emails and attend meetings during treatment in order to stay on track in their work. This outside contact must be approved by the clinical team and the patient's primary therapist, but Texas will absolutely work with patients so that they may maintain their livelihood even in treatment.
Detox is often the first level of a treatment plan. This period of no drug use is important for the patient to reach a stable state of mind and body to begin addiction treatment. Our clinical staff will guide and support the patient throughout the entire process.
During residential treatment patients live onsite in housing with access to care from clinical staff 24/7. Patients have a full schedule of individual and group therapies according to their unique treatment plan, preparing them for life in recovery.
Each patient will have a dedicated Family Therapist with a weekly session focused on issues related to the family, including them throughout the treatment process. Texas hosts an Intensive Family Weekend to educate the patient’s loved ones on the biology of addiction and their role in recovery with the patient joining on the last two days.
Serenity View utilizes evidence-based treatment methods, meaning that the treatment modalities and therapies are based on clinical evidence and proven success in guiding patients to heal and recover. Patients who would benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will receive medications that are proven to aid patients in achieving sobriety.
In addition to individual and group therapies that are based in psychotherapy methods like CBT and DBT, patients will learn to apply new coping skills through experiential therapies like meditative hikes, yoga, fitness programs, nutrition education, and recreation activities that show patients how to find hope and how to prosper in recovery.
I got my treatment from Sunspire Health Texas; I feel comfortable and, with confidence, I can say that it turned my life around for good. I spent a month there and it was a very rewarding experience. I rate my therapist, as excellent; she provided me with tools to better understand who I was. My therapist is the Clinical Director and I was fortunate to have therapy and counseling from her. It was really an eye opener for me. The therapy staff is excellent and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the problems that addicts and alcoholics face. Some of the therapists also act as family counselors and are highly qualified, and get involved and sincerely work with the patient and families to help reach a harmonious, mutual understanding by setting up phone calls and family days. The treatment program is rigorous with AA- and NA-meetings, excellent counselors who know the 12-step program, class book studies, sharing past events in life with other patients, and 12-step work. The patients have their daily morning and evening meetings with a staff member monitoring the meeting but not interfering. There are doctors and nursing staff who are kind and very well informed. The lectures on nutrition are excellent, along with a gym and trainers. The cafeteria staff is excellent with providing different food choices and more importantly, dishing out generous portions. There is a staff [member] to help the patient locate a sober-living place to continue the ongoing successful recovery process after the treatment. Jena is good at keeping track of the alumni, and she sends out an invitation for alumni to participate in the activities in Sunspire Health after the patients have left the treatment. I will recommend to anyone who is interested in transforming their life for the better.
When I first arrived at Sunspire, I was broken, confused and scared to death. I am not a small person, and I often use this to my advantage. The staff at Sunspire never batted an eye and accepted me as I was. They showed me love and compassion even when I had none for myself. What I experienced was a long journey of learning things about myself and how to accept and get beyond all of my hang-ups and setbacks. I was also introduced to AA. [In AA], I discovered there is fun and excitement in recovery through the 12 steps and having a Higher Power. At Sunspire, I was surrounded by a loving and caring staff who led by example and showed me that my recovery is an action and gave me the tools for my success. Thank you Sunspire for saving my life, my spirit and my All!
Meet the Staff
Selena Stockley is Executive Director at Serenity View, where she is responsible for overseeing the 40-bed facility, managing employees and ensuring the quality of patient care. She brings over 20 years of experience in various behavioral health areas that include business development, environment of care and residential care.
Prior to joining Serenity View, Selena served as the Chief Executive Officer at Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, a facility offering acute detox and residential services, which grew from 44 to 108 beds under her leadership. Before that, she worked as the Chief Operations Officer for Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health in Tulsa, Oklahoma that provided behavioral health care services to children and adolescents.
Selena is a compassionate leader who values the lessons she learns from each person she encounters and truly believes in the value of serving others. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Manoela Denman, MD
Manoela Fonseca Denman, MD, is the Medical Director of Serenity View and is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been active in the field of behavioral health for nearly two decades. As Medical Director, Dr. Denman oversees the quality of care for patients and manages the medical staff, ensuring that the treatment programs are exceeding clinical standards.
Dr. Denman is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and completed her Residency in Psychiatry (2014) and a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2016). Previously, she completed Fellowships in Psychiatric Genetics and Neuroimaging of Mood Disorders at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2006-2008). She graduated from medical school in 2001 at the School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil and completed her residency in psychiatry at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Clinical Director - Delise Morris, MBS, LPC
Before joining Serenity View as Clinical Director, Delise worked as the Director of Admissions at Serenity View, supervising admissions, completing utilization review, helping with discharge planning, facilitating multi-disciplinary team meetings and networking within the community. Prior to Serenity View, Delise was an admissions coordinator at Caron Texas. She has also worked as a psychometrician in various behavioral health settings and offered private practice counseling. She received her MBS degree in community counseling at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and her bachelor's in psychology from Texas Tech University. Delise has a passion for working with patients and their families to provide a healthy environment for patients to thrive in their recovery, as well as mentoring and supporting a clinical team.
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ABOUT SUNSPIRE HEALTH TEXAS
Sunspire Health Texas, formerly a Caron treatment center, provides a continuum of treatment services for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Princeton location, one of multiple facilities within a national network, offers on-site detox, residential care and partial hospitalization (PHP). Programming on sex addiction is also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Many clients begin their stay with a one to two-week period of detox. Detox is administered on-site and medically supervised by nurses and doctors who monitor vital signs and prescribe medication as needed.
Once stabilized, clients transition to residential treatment, the duration of which is between 30 and 90 days. During this time, clients follow an individualized treatment plan that includes one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and family therapy. Counseling staff use a variety of treatment modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Clients are introduced to 12-step and SMART Recovery models, and participate in psychoeducational workshops.
Holistic treatment is also utilized. Clients may learn yoga and meditation and participate in equine therapy and mindful fishing at a nearby pond. Spiritual support, nutrition therapy, and relapse prevention may also be utilized. Optional Sunday worship and weekly Bible study is also offered.
The center’s PHP is typically used as step-down treatment from residential treatment. Clients attend sessions between five and seven days a week for six to eight hours, returning to their homes in the evening. IOP treatment, which often follows PHP, is less time-intensive. Clients often attend three- to four-hour sessions three to five times a week in this form of aftercare.
Sunspire Health Texas maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:4. The interdisciplinary treatment team consists of physicians, nurses, master’s level therapists, licensed addiction counselors, a pastoral counselor, and other mental health professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 28,000 square-foot-facility is set on 43 acres of secluded Texas countryside. The rehab accommodates up to 40 residents, and clients stay in simply furnished bedrooms. The residence also features airy communal areas and outdoor lounge spaces, and clients have access to an indoor basketball court and a fitness center equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as a swimming pool. There is also a low ropes course and meditation rooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, most of the 23 alumni polled by Rehabs.com had positive things to say about their experiences. Nearly all alumni who provided high ratings noted the quality of the center’s staff, which they characterized as “excellent” and “highly skilled.”
“The staff truly cared and worked hard to supply the tools to help me succeed in my journey outside their 4 walls. The therapists and counselors were amazing. (Tough at times but it was very fitting and much needed),” Tracy wrote in a representative review. Multiple alumni were impressed with the grounds and the living conditions. “This facility is so picturesque!” Pat wrote.
One alum found the programming to be too reliant upon 12-step principles. “Very AA based, which can seem both depressing (listening to endless horror stories), and brainwashing. I knew going in it was AA based, but expected that to be just one aspect of the program. Very little private counselor time,” J.W. wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com shared varying perspectives. D.M. was disappointed in the program’s level of family involvement. “Family is not wanted or apparently needed for treatment,” they wrote. D.S., also a loved one, felt that the facility was too focused on money. “I was lied 2 at every turn they seem 2 b all about the money do not trust 3 staff members in particular what a mistake...if u love your child go somewhere else,” they wrote.
More positive feedback was also given. "We witnessed a tremendous change in him for the better, from an addict in denial to an an addict in recovery. The fact that most of the staff are in recovery made it much easier for him to relate to the staff, as they understood first-hand his experiences," wrote S.S. Offering some criticism, they added, "The only complaint I have is that they appear to be a bit understaffed and hence at times unorganized."
Sunspire Health Texas accepts plans from many private insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, Anthem, and Value Options. Clients may also access financing options through the center’s partnership with American Healthcare Lending.
Published on November 2017
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