What to Expect at Serenity View Recovery Center

We pride ourselves in being one of the best drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers available, committed to your care and recovery. Patients will reside at Serenity View with around-the-clock guidance and supervision from our clinical staff. The staff at Serenity View works with each patient to determine the appropriate length of residential care, but most people stay for 25 days after successful completion of detox.

Residential Schedule

Throughout their stay, patients will have a full schedule of individual and group activities all tailored to their personalized treatment plans.  This is just an example of what patients can expect during their residential treatment at Serenity View; all schedules and activities are dependent on the needs of each person.

Weekends at Serenity View give patients opportunities to bond with each other and with the staff in a more relaxed setting through organized group activities. After the first five full days of treatment, patients are able to earn ten-minute “phone cards” for contacting family and friends. Earning these cards depends on each individual’s needs for treatment, their progress through treatment, and the discretion of that person’s primary therapist. We offer two hours of family visitation every Saturday and Sunday for patients who have completed the first five days of treatment.

Residential Schedule

Family Therapy & Intensive Family Weekend

Every two weeks, families of patients are invited to Serenity View’s four-day intensive family weekend. During the first two days, the staff gives a presentation about the disease of addiction and its effects on the brain followed by an explanation of how treatment is handled at our Texas facility by our clinical staff. This way, families can understand what their loved ones experienced when they were addicted, what they experience while being treated for the addiction, and how to prepare them for a lifetime of recovery after they leave Serenity View’s care. On the tail end of the weekend, patients join their families to participate in communication exercises together as a cohesive unit.

What Happens When I Leave Serenity View?

Aftercare & Sober Living

Once patients have successfully completed their first five days of treatment, the facility’s Discharge Planners work with them individually to discuss goals for life after treatment, otherwise known as an aftercare plan. Patients may request to continue their care in a sober living community as they adjust themselves to lifetime recovery outside of Serenity View, which we are happy to accommodate. Our staff works with sober living communities both inside and outside Serenity View’s network of partners based on the patient’s needs and his or her location preference.  Patients in a sober living community are mostly independent but still have the option to receive care based on their needs. Most of our patients who go to sober living after leaving our facility stay for around nine months.

Alumni Support

Serenity View is dedicated to helping patients through their lifetime of recovery. We are proud to have a large, active alumni community organized by our staff. On the first Tuesday of every month, there is an alumni support group held in the Dallas metro area, and there are two alumni reunion dinners held each year. Serenity View also has an annual alumni weekend for former patients to reconnect with themselves and each other. When there are no major events going on, our staff keeps alumni active and engaged through e-mail newsletters. Patients at Serenity View are given the option to begin plugging into the alumni community during their fourth week of residential/inpatient treatment.


Your treatment plan is tailored to your needs so providing an exact schedule here isn’t possible, but we can review what an average schedule may include. Please note that this is a sample schedule and is subject to change. 


  • Breakfast
  • Serenity Walk or Movement with Intent
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Spirituality Group
  • General Process Group or Trauma Group
  • Dialectic Behavior Therapy
  • Grief Process Group
  • Communication / Self-Esteem
  • Team Building
  • Addictive Thinking
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Codependency Group
  • Wellness Coaching
  • VolleyBall
  • Positive Feedback Group


  • Lunch
  • 12-Step Education
  • Life Skills Series
  • Medical Education
  • DBT Skills Training
  • Relapse Prevention Series
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Family Visitation or Mentorship
  • Addiction Interaction Disorder
  • Alternate Recovery Series
  • Yoga
  • Family Systems Series
  • Wellness Series
  • Art Group Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Fishing or Equine Therapy
  • Big Book Study
  • 12 x 12 Study
  • AA/NA Book Study


  • Dinner
  • Phone Time or Personal Time
  • Reading and/or Personal Assignment Time
  • Inside Meeting
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • SMART Recovery
  • Outside Meeting
  • Sober Fun Activity Night
  • 10th Step

This list covers many of the therapy options offered during your stay. Your personalized treatment plan will be developed by pulling items from this list.