Path to Serenity

By The Fix staff 08/28/17

Path to Serenity is a residential drug rehab for women in Villa Park, California, an upscale neighborhood suburb near Anaheim. 

Path to Serenity
Location : 18912 Patrician Dr Villa Park, California
Phone : (800) 274-2740
Price : $21,500 (30 days)
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Insurance : No
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Introduction and Basic Services

Path to Serenity is a residential drug rehab for women in Villa Park, California, an upscale neighborhood suburb near Anaheim. The program itself is an intimate one with room for only six residents at a time, all with necessarily gender-specific treatment. As its name might suggest, Path to Serenity puts a premium on creating a safe and tranquil place for clients to get centered and face down addiction, with support for co-occurring disorders available as well. Though the company’s flagship program is exclusively female, they also have an analogous facility nearby for men.

According to alumni, Path to Serenity represented a broad range of women though not necessarily a broad range of ethnicities. The average client at the program could be described as “mostly white, straight [and] mid-income,” though others reported some bisexual women also attended. Though many residents are likely to be in their early to mid-20s, some in attendance were up to 50 years old, with jobs ranging “from drug dealing to working for NASA.” Regardless of background, though, the common theme was a house of “extremely supportive and helpful” women, all of whom were “completely committed to the program.” Treatment is usually a minimum of 30 days in length.

Facility and Meals

Though the Path to Serenity facility is essentially a residential home, residents may still end up sharing their room with up to two other women. Still, all those surveyed gave high marks to the accommodations—all bedrooms came with full beds with cozy comforters, dressers and enough space to maneuver. Nobody seemed to mind sharing their space with other clients and daily life was described as “calm and tranquil,” with only “light chores” which often included “taking out the trash or cleaning the bathroom.” As an added bonus, the facility also boasts an outdoor pool with a cabana-style lounge area. There is a separate area in the residence for clients undergoing detox, which can be facilitated on site.

The organization’s careful approach to recovery is reportedly also reflected in its food, described by alumni as “healthy, gourmet [and] delicious.” In fitting with its holistic treatment approach, Path to Serenity’s dietary plans draw on organic ingredients whenever possible, very little processed sugar and fresh fruits and vegetables. All meal plans are individualized though some highlight meals included lentil soup, tuna melts and the orange chicken with rice. Although the meals skew healthy, caffeine addicts will rejoice that coffee is readily available.

Treatment Protocol and Team

According to alumni, daily life at the facility focused on “working on yourself and being sober” above all other priorities. Days typically began with breakfast, simple chores and a morning walk before clients were led into group and individual therapy sessions throughout the day. The program includes 12-step support and mentions the concept of a Higher Power, though the residents polled mentioned that alternatives were available whenever necessary. “You had the freedom to explore your own beliefs and take what you wanted from the program,” one alumnus said. On the other side of things, treatment also includes evidence-based clinical therapy, which can include CBT and DBT. Though visits from consulting doctors and psychiatrists were mostly by appointment (and off-site), alums reported on-site LVNs who “genuinely [cared]” about the residents.

Although the vibe of treatment was universally described as quite warm, the flip side to it is a “very stern” enforcement of the house rules. “The staff would report [you] to clinical if you broke rules and you could get a behavior contract,” one alumnus said. Another said that whatever rules there were still fairly straightforward. “No drugs and alcohol were the biggest [ones],” they said. While rule-breakers were reported to face basic consequences for their actions, nobody reported any expulsions during their stay. Overall, the approach was called “compassionate” and “a good balance [with] a lot of love but also some tough love.”

While the alums reported lots of rules designed to keep clients sober, things were a bit more permissive when it came to electronics and telephone calls. “You had your classes from [8:00am to 4:00pm] with breaks, of course,” an alumnus said. “On your free time you could use the phone, watch cable TV [or] smoke outside.” Still, residents were required to turn in their cell phones for the first 30 days of the program.

Bonus Amenities

On the lighter side of things, alumni mentioned a very full life outside of clinical treatment with lots of activities. There included “fitness classes, yoga, meditation, hiking, walking [and] swimming,” though there were also day trips to get groceries, go to the movies or hit a nail salon. Clients were also encouraged to look for employment once they were stabilized, though alums said that hanging out by the pool was a popular pastime since “you don’t work a job everyday.” To cap off every day, all the residents would go to a nearby peer support meeting, mostly AA/NA.

In general, alums gave Path to Serenity a warm reception—perhaps more importantly, all of them were able to remain sober as well. “I will always remember how much the staff cared about all their clients,” one alumnus said. “I’ve never been to a program with so much love.” Many reported warm memories of attending AA/NA with the other women in treatment, though others liked the off-site excursions and beach trips. Another still was just happy to see “‘the promises’ [of sobriety] slowly [coming] true.”


Overall, the opinions on Path to Serenity were overwhelmingly positive, all stressing the intimacy and warmth of the program. Many reported that their lives had changed for the better, and that they had made life-long friends in the process. “The communication between staff and residents could be better but overall they’re an amazing treatment center,” one alum said. “I know how to have fun in sobriety now.”

Path to Serenity

18912 Patrician Dr

Villa Park, California

(800) 274-2740

Path to Serenity Cost: $21,500 (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Path to Serenity on Facebookand Twitter

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