By utilizing current technology and providing respite in the rural farmland of central Alberta, Canada, Serenity Ranch brings traditional, proven drug addiction help into the 21st century. In a relaxing residential program that offers each individual a private single room, Serenity Ranch’s iRecover drug addiction treatment center program provides iPads to all its clients as a means of equipping them with educational materials, workbooks and videos needed in recovery. Another key component of the iRecover approach is the ability for clients to contact their counselors at any time, including during aftercare. As the first of three iRecover facilities, Serenity Ranch has laid the groundwork for expanding the program into a worldwide franchise operation.
In a gradual transformation from its origin as a transitional prison, Serenity Ranch has taken full advantage of buildings surrounded by farmland to create a hotel-like drug addiction help center where clients are likely to notice deer scampering through the surrounding acreage or hear cows mooing as they graze in the neighboring meadows. Clients meet together for classroom experiences and group therapies during the day, and they take part in communal meals. They have the comfort of a private suite, with a bathroom included, for individual study and quiet time. The Serenity Ranch main building has 27 rooms on 1 side and 10 detox rooms in another area. Serenity Ranch is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which means treatment meets the highest level of quality care standards.