Serenity House in Addison Illinois Review

Providing extended residential care in Addison, Ill., Serenity House Counseling Services offers support through sober living environments and outpatient programs for those struggling with substance abuse.  Their programs also include DUI services and HIV awareness.  Through a partnership with United Way, they strive to support each client’s long term journey to a stable and sober life.  Through these efforts, they are able to support each client as they transition back to their communities.  The residential programs feature gender specific living spaces to allow each client to begin living in a sober environment. 

Treatment & Assessment

The outpatient programs are abstinence free and available in multiple options that range from a standard treatment program to a more aggressive approach.  Each program uses a variety of treatment modalities.  Every client receives a combination of group and personalized counseling session.  These sessions are managed by counselors who utilize acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).  During the treatment process, clients have regular drug testing and are encouraged to involve their loved one in the recovery process. 

Upon entering the residential programs, clients are given an orientation.  They also go through an assessment with staff that covers their health, social and psychological status.  Following intake, clients are expected to attend five group counseling sessions each week.  They are also encouraged to find full time employment within one week.  For those involved in the extended residential care, there is a three phase system to support their needs.  As clients move through the program phases, they earn more privileges. 

Staff Credentials

The medical director of Serenity House Counseling Services manages a full treatment team.  The team includes a full time staff of certified addiction counselors. 

Accommodations & Amenities

 Located in a calming, natural environment, Serenity House is actually a small cluster of living facilities.  Each building has a warm, homey environment.    In all, they can provide care for 107 in house residents.  In the men’s homes, private rooms are available that are equipped with WI-FI and a small refrigerator. 

As a highly structured program, the sober living program has a comprehensive set of rules that residents must adhere to.  For instance, there is an 11 pm curfew during the week (midnight on weekends).  Also, residents are expected to do chores each night.  There is a dinner every night for the entire community.  Designated hours allow for friends and family members to visit with clients while they are undergoing treatment. 

What Alumni Say has gathered information from former clients and staff.  Their data shows that clients have appreciated the support from staff and counselors.  They also enjoyed the quality of the accommodations.  One client, James, commented that Serenity House was “a great halfway house with a great program and staff.”  He awarded them a five-star rating across the board.  Another alum, Joel, gave the program a four-star rating on Google reviews.  He said, “This is a very clean and structured program for those who need a safe and secure place to get a recovery foundation started.”  This comment was supported by Theresa, another alum, who gave the program five-stars on Google reviews.  She stated that, “Miracles happen here.”


The organization accepts a number of insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicaid.  Also, for qualifying individuals, there is a sliding fee schedule available.  Fees are determined based on the client’s needs.

* The Addiction Advocates has no affiliation with Serenity House Counseling Services LLC.