Find Your Joy
Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment For Women
Change Your Story, One Step At A Time
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About Casa Serena
Celebrating Over 60 Years of Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Women in Santa Barbara, California.
Santa Barbara Beach
Our Philosophy
Casa Serena sees you as a whole person, not just your diagnosis. We are a unique program placing focus on specific issues to women in recovery, including mothers who are facing hard issues their disease has brought upon their children and families.
Santa Barbara Mission
Our Mission
To help women and their families recover from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination, and empowering them with educational opportunities and financial literacy.
Our Vision
A joyous and purposeful life
Santa Barbara Courthouse
Our History
Casa Serena opened its doors to alcoholic women in August of 1959 primarily through the efforts of our founder Mildred Pinheiro. Recovering from alcoholism herself, Mildred wanted to open the home “because there was no place in Santa Barbara for a woman alcoholic to go for help.” The house became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in 1973. In over 60 years of service to our community, Casa Serena has helped thousands of women recover from their addictions to alcohol and drugs, while managing their dual diagnosis mental health disorders. Today, we are Santa Barbara’s only licensed and Joint Commission accredited nonprofit, evidence-based, residential treatment and rehab program for women.
Who We Treat
Women struggling with
  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription Pills
  • Poly-substance
  • Marijuana
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Club Drugs
Co-Occurring with
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Underlying Eating Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorder
How We Treat

For alcoholics and addicts in crisis, we provide immediate stabilization with medically managed residential detox. Once women have been safely titrated off drugs and alcohol, they begin our residential dual diagnosis rehab program, where underlying issues of substance abuse are addressed, and evidence-based interventions are delivered for long-term successful outcomes. Upon completion of residential treatment, women can transition to our outpatient program, while still remaining in a structured and supportive sober living environment.

At this level of rehab, women are learning to practice their new recovery skills while still receiving extensive alcohol and drug treatment. During the outpatient level of treatment, we incorporate vital life skills with our Job Readiness, Continuing Education, and Parenting Programs, all individually designed to give women the critical tools needed to remain sober and create a new, healthy life. Women are welcome to receive all of these services while either residing in our structured sober living home or independently living on their own. For more information on our programs, please click on any of the levels of care below.

Located in beautiful Santa Barbara and a few blocks from the ocean, Casa Serena is truly a destination treatment and rehab center for women in recovery from alcohol and drugs. Our two charming Victorian Homes are nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, near cultural landmarks and sprawling beaches. With sizable bedrooms and beautiful private backyards alongside vegetable and flower gardens, we deliver our suite of services in a comfortable home environment.
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Main House Santa Barbara Peir Entrance
Millie's House Downtown Santa Barbara
I just completed my ninety days at Casa Serena and I am forever grateful for this house and all it has done for me and my future. I was a very sick alcoholic before I came in to Casa Serena.Within ninety days I have been given the tools I need to rebuild my life and future. Casa is not just a recovery center it is a home where woman feel safe and get the counseling, therapy and guidance that I So needed.I also formed a sisterhood and bond with my Casa sisters that will last a lifetime. I recommend Casa to any woman that wants a safe place to recover and change their lives.
C.B. (Facebook)
An unparalleled organization that continually transforms lives around our beloved community. I regularly have the privilege to interact with the women who have attended Casa Serena. Every time I am amazed at the complete turnarounds these women exhibit, doing hard work one day at a time with the loving hand of people who understand. If you or someone you know are ready to make that courageous step toward recovery, start here.
T.M. (Facebook)
Casa Serena and its Staff provided a safe and loving environment when I needed it the most. Their well structured program, and empathetic and knowledgeable staff gave me everything I needed to begin my life of sobriety. Casa Serena saved my life and I will forever be proud to call myself a “Casa Girl”.
S.W. (Yelp)
Casa Serena is an awesome life changing place! Being in the house has truly helped me to shift my perspective on my journey and working through my addiction. I am very grateful!
B.B. (Facebook)
I spent 4 months in Casa Serena’s sober living house, which is right down the street from the main residential house. I absolutely appreciate this house and its wonderful program. It has been instrumental in protecting my sobriety as I worked to create new habits as well as working my steps through some tough life situations. There is accountability here that is vital to those in early recovery and I will forever be thankful for it and this program!
J.B. (Yelp)
As a CATC IV and CIP, I have referred many women to Casa Serena and have seen many miracles as a result. Thank you so much for all you do, for the women who come to your program, for the community and the struggling families.
S.M. (Facebook)
Casa Serena helped save my life. I continue to participate at Casa Serena today because of the love and support I was given as a resident. The program is comprehensive and helped me learn how to live a purposeful and sober life. I highly recommend the program to other women who are suffering from addiction. The family program is amazing and helps heal wounds of all who are affected by the disease.
A.F. (Yelp)
Amazing recovery program designed to help women and their families recover from the ravages of alcoholism and drug addiction. Staff are caring, educated and compassionate led by an amazing executive director. Casa Serena rebuilds lives and does so with compassion and empathy.
E.R. (Yelp)
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1900 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Call or Text: 805.966.1260
** At this time we do not take Medicare, Medi-Cal or Cen-Cal Plans
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More About Casa...
Why choose Casa Serena?
Casa Serena is a rehab program designed for women-specific treatment. We understand how women can feel particularly vulnerable when examining their underlying issues from the disease of addiction. Gender specific treatment provides the safety and containment needed in order for women to feel comfortable letting down their guard, and doing the deep recovery work that will bring them freedom from alcohol and drug dependency. We are a unique program that recognizes all journeys are not the same. As the only nonprofit treatment center for women in Santa Barbara, we stand behind the fact that we are not in this for financial gain, and we have proudly been helping women recover in the same beautiful home for over 60 years.
Will Casa Serena still accept me into treatment if I am pregnant?
Yes. We welcome you at any stage of your pregnancy, and we will help connect you with the valuable resources you and your precious little one will need before and after delivery.
How long is a typical length of treatment?
At Casa Serena, we recognize that not everyone is able to devote the same amount of time toward their length of stay. While longer stays in rehab treatment tend to yield better outcomes, we will meet you where you are at in terms of your ability to commit to a treatment time. We offer 30, 60, and 90 day lengths of stay, with the flexibility to design each program to your individual needs. As you move through the treatment process, we slowly begin incorporating your aftercare plan as we surround you with the support you need to maintain lifetime sobriety.
What kind of therapy does Casa Serena offer?
There are many different modalities that professionals use to treat substance use and dual diagnosis disorders. At Casa Serena, our therapy approach is designed to target the underlying issues that have caused a person to self-destruct with drugs and alcohol. The interventions offered include DBT, CBT, ACT, Trauma Informed Therapy, and Shame Resiliency.
Does Casa Serena offer a detox program?
Yes. Casa Serena Treatment Programs for Women offers a sub-acute, medically managed residential detox program. Medically-managed residential detox services are appropriate for clients whose level of physiological dependence on alcohol and/or other drugs requires prescribed medication for the management of withdrawal.
Will Casa Serena accept my insurance?
Casa Serena Treatment Programs for Women accepts all private health insurance plans. Many insurance providers will cover the entire cost of your treatment with us. Each individual insurance plan offers different types of coverage, so our verification of benefits team is always available to immediately check your eligibility for our program.
How important of a role does the family play in drug or alcohol addiction treatment?
Family can play a key role in motivating and encouraging individuals to enter and stay in treatment. Involvement of an individual’s identified family can help strengthen and extend all treatment benefits. At Casa Serena, we understand the importance of family during the treatment process. We offer a unique family immersion program and family therapy to support your family’s involvement in the treatment process.
What if I have attempted treatment before and failed in the past?
At Casa Serena we do not believe that relapse means failure. Instead, we look at the factors that may have caused relapse. To avoid relapse, all clients receive a collaborative initial treatment plan within 24 hours of admission to our facility. Treatment goals and objectives are identified, and individual plans of care are created to encompass all treatment services needed. We also encourage the proper after care to extend the integrity of treatment. In collaboration with the client, we arrange aftercare providers, coordinate care with existing providers and make referrals to appropriate treatment programs and services.
In addition to the intensive therapeutic services you offer, what skills will I learn at Casa Serena?

At Casa Serena our programs provide evidence-based treatment services while building community, instilling self-determination and empowering our clients with educational opportunities and financial literacy.

Some of the skills and training we offer include:

  • Vocational Support
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Manners
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Social Skills
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Resume Writing
  • Professional Etiquette

Does Casa Serena offer financial aid?
Yes. Casa Serena offers financial aid for those with limited resources. Our admissions department can help design a payment plan that works for you.
Message From The CEO
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Welcome to Casa Serena. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or for a loved one, we understand the disease of addiction and the powerful struggle it can be to achieve and maintain sobriety. Call us today for a tour of our programs and let us help guide you to safety.