Magazine article Addiction Professional

Serene Center

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Serene Center

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Andrew Martin thought he had presented an interior designer with a tall order when he sought to execute his ideas for how a men's transitional living facility should look. He envisioned an environment comfortable for men who still weren't experiencing the clearest thinking and were struggling to improve their lives, but one that still needed to project a masculine feel.

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Martin, president of Serene Center, Inc., says both men and women who tour the three-story building in a mixed-use urban setting of Long Beach confirm that the environment "works" from this standpoint. "The women love the way things look and say, 'This is perfect for men. 'The men simply say, 'I'm ready to move in,"' Martin says.

The 38-bed facility has been open since June. It is designed to bridge what Martin considers a dangerous gap in the continuum of addiction care, an often murky world somewhere between the supervised structure of residential treatment and a sometimes directionless feel of sober living residences. "Each resident is given an opportunity for individual and group counseling sessions once a week," Martin says. "Relapse prevention is the focus, looking at warning signs and establishing new cognitions around them."

The atmosphere is welcoming and offers the male adult residents opportunities to work their recovery in ways that suit them as individuals. An outdoor meditation garden becomes an important space for residents who need room for contemplation and who might find peace in a leisurely read, though Martin acknowledges that this might describe less than half of the resident population at any one time.

Most of the living units at Serene Center are two-bedroom apartment-like dwellings with a living room area and a kitchen. Each unit has a bathroom, meaning there are substantially fewer residents per bathroom than is the case in the typical sober living environment. …

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