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Casa Serena

1515 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93101
Our mission is to provide effective treatment services and a safe, sober living environment to women suffering from the disease of alcoholism or who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs and to introduce them to the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12-Step process.

Facility Highlights

  • Parenting Education
  • 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Individual and Group Counseling


  • Three Unique “Home” Settings

    Casa Serena offers a separate housing program for women with children, and pregnant women. They also offer a short term housing program and a 9 month, long-term, housing program.
  • Comprehensive Program

    The Casa Serena program begins with Phase 1, and optional detox, and then patients can advance to Phase 2, and continue with the aftercare program.

Facility Settings

  • Beach Community

Meet the Staff

  • Nancy Belknap
    Nancy BelknapProgram Director
  • Craig Belknap
    Craig BelknapExecutive Director

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Located in Santa Barbara, Calif., and in operation since 1973, Casa Serena offers residential treatment to women struggling with substance use disorder. It's among the 54.5 percent of facilities in California to provide treatment tailored to women. It also provides residential beds for its clients' children, which is a service available in just 4.8 percent of treatment facilities in the state.


Upon admission, clients outline a set of recovery goals with the help of a counselor and case manager. The residential program typically lasts up to nine months and is divided into four phases. Casa Serena is among the 33.6 percent of treatment facilities in California to offer residential treatment lasting longer than 30 days.

The program is evidence-based and includes modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed therapy. Women participate in educational programming, individual therapy, and group counseling, as well as 12-step meetings.

Clients also have access to yoga and meditation classes, recreational activities, and workshops that focus on parenting skills, job preparedness, and relapse prevention.


According to the center’s website, the clinical team includes marriage and family therapists, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and counselor interns.


The center’s main house accommodates up to 18 women at a time. Clients sleep in twin beds in shared rooms and have access to a flower garden, large backyard, and laundry room.

Oliver House, which adds residential beds for clients' children, offers similar amenities, with the addition of both indoor and outdoor play areas. Up to 12 women and 12 children can be accommodated at a time.


The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Casa Serena highly positive feedback. They described the facility as a positive, female-focused treatment center with compassionate staff and effective programming. "My time spent at Casa Serena allowed me tools I needed to remember the person I was and to look forward to the person I can become," wrote M.G. in a representative review. The one alum polled on a series of metrics offered high four and perfect five-star ratings for the facility's discharge planning, ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and the staff's level of experience and training.

Casa Serena also received positive feedback on Google[1], where it earned an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 20 reviews, and CiteHealth[2], where it received an average rating of 4.5 stars. Alumni praised the rehab for its focus on women and their children, including Heather who wrote the following in a representative review on Google: "Casa Serena showed me how to live a happy sober life, and how to be a mother to my children."


The one staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Cara Serena positive feedback, noting that she was proud to be an employee. “This is an effective treatment program with lots of support offered from staff and other residents. Women talk about the feeling of safety that is experienced upon entry,” she wrote.


According to the facility’s website, clients pay what they can, and many receive financial assistance.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/california/cities/santa-barbara/casa-serena-based-at-1515-bath-street#reviews

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