ABOUT OUTBACK SERENITY CENTER
Outback Serenity Center, located in Hazlehurst, in southeast Georgia, offers residential, faith-based treatment for adult men struggling with substance abuse. According to its website, the mission of the facility is for clients to “learn a new concept and design for living based on the truths and principles of God’s Word as taught from a recovery perspective.” Within the state, Outback Serenity Center is among 17.2 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer long-term, residential non-hospital care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, clients are required to commit to a minimum of six months for the Outback Serenity Center recovery program. Residents follow a Christ-centered, 12-step curriculum that draws on personal examination and the application of biblical principles.
"Step-work" is supplemented by daily group counseling and weekly individual counseling, plus devotions, Bible study, and therapeutic recreation. The treatment team considers addiction a symptom of deeper issues that may need to be addressed in a person’s life, and that addiction may cause an individual to deem themselves unworthy of love or unable to accept the love of God. Treatment aims to address those feelings.
The facility does not publish specifics of its staff’s credentials. However, according to a video on the website, the director and property manager established the facility because he had struggled with substance abuse and wanted to provide those in this situation with a safe and healing haven.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Outback Serenity Center is a rustic rehabilitation facility with open landscapes with horse stables. Treatment is offered from a secluded environment surrounded by woods and open green space seven miles outside of the small town of Hazlehurst. Photos on the facility’s website show extensive grounds with a woodworking shop and chapel where clients can engage in song and worship, outdoor swings, barbeque area and dining pavilion, fire pit, and lake with canoes. Bedrooms are spacious and shared. Family wellness and communication is encouraged and facilitated by events such as holiday celebrations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, four alumni submitted favorable feedback about Outback Serenity Center to Rehabs.com, specifically praising the faith-based approach of the facility. D.R.H. gave perfect five-star ratings for a range of survey metrics, including the facility's ability to resolve conflict, extracurricular activities, and amount of staff support, as well as four stars for respect shown to clients and three stars for staff experience and training. “The Christian based center was my main factor I went here,” D.R.H. wrote.
Two others gave five-star ratings for the overall effectiveness of the facility. “I am so thankful for everything I learned. It was a life changing experience,” one alum wrote. Another alum now works at the center in an effort to “give back to the ministry by running the office, bills and taxes quick books,” after sustained sobriety. Although the fourth alum wrote, “This rehab is alright,” they were critical of bed bugs, forced church services, and a lack of staff engagement at times, though was not critical of the faith-based approach.
Outback Serenity Center does not share information about the cost of treatment online. One alum surveyed by Rehabs.com indicated that financial support was not available, but they believed the program to be worth the cost.
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