Q: How do I get into Serenity Street?
A: The majority of our residents are referred from local detox and treatment centers, prisons or jails. Those interested can contact Terry Kelley from our “CONTACT US” link. There is a mandatory drug screening before admittance. It is suggested that a potential resident be alcohol and drug free for at least three weeks prior to the interview.
Q: How much does it cost to come to your program?
A: There is no cost to to be admitted to Serenity Street. All basic needs are provided for the resident during their time with us. However, once employment is secured, the resident pays a sliding scale program fee of up to $125/week. In addition, they receive a stipend starting at $25/week to cover incidentals. The remainder of their check is deposited into a bank account controlled by Serenity Street. The resident is continuously made aware of the amount of savings in his account. After nine months, a portion of the funds can be used to purchase a vehicle. Following the completion of the program, the resident receives an exit check for the balance of his savings.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The suggested length of stay is approximately one year.
Q: Am I able to work while in the program?
A: Upon arrival, residents work for Serenity Online, our business venture which began operations in 2013. Serenity Online is a job readiness and training program whereby the resident learns discipline, valuable work skills and a positive work ethic. After several months of training, Serenity helps place the men with a partner employer with the possibility of thriving in a career setting.
Q: What is your success rate?
A: We graduate approximately half (6) of our beds each year. Of these, nearly 70% stay clean and sober. This amounts to a success rate of close to 35%. In addition, most of the residents who do not graduate, testify that the help received while at Serenity Street was instrumental in their eventually achieving and maintaining sobriety.
Q: Can I talk to and/or visit my loved one while he is at Serenity Street?
A: We suggest that initially there be minimal contact with your loved one. You can rest assured that as long as he stays in the program – he is in good hands. As difficult as it may seem, contact with loved ones can exert added pressure, and be a distraction from the necessary requirements of the program and focused mindset your loved one needs to develop, in order to be successful at staying sober and maturing in his recovery.
Q: Why is addiction so dangerous, destructive, devastating and deadly?
A: Here are just three reasons why addiction is so cunning, baffling and powerful:
- PROGRESSIVE NATURE OF ILLNESS: As long as the addicted person continues to ingest the addictive substance, the irrational and delusional thought patterns and accompanying self-centered, erratic and unpredictable behaviors will cause his/her life to continue to spiral out of control. The negative consequences will continue to mount until hope seems like an impossible dream. These are some of the manifestations of the progressive nature of addiction. Things always gets worse over time. While there may be time periods when the alcoholic/drug addict appears to be getting his/her act together – as long as the drinking/drug use continues – there will inevitably be another blow up or adverse consequence as a result. Total abstinence is the only remedy to initiate the recovery process.
- SYSTEM OF DENIAL: The power of the denial system, developed over time, which the alcoholic/addict employs to blind them to the reality of their deteriorating life situation – thereby justifying in their mind that it is okay to continue using – is staggering. It is worth noting that the loved ones of the alcoholic/addict develop their own elaborate system of denial that there is a problem in the family. This is usually done to protect the family image.
- NECESSITY OF HITTING BOTTOM: There must come a time in the alcoholic/addicts life when their eyes open to the fact that there is a serious problem requiring serious action. Getting a DUI, going to jail, a car accident, receiving an ultimatum from a spouse, divorce, financial difficulties, job loss, and other serious consequences can be identified as hitting bottom. A strong jolt is needed to awaken the individual to the seriousness of their condition. It is then that any serious attempt at recovery can begin.
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