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Serenity Knolls

145 Tamal Road, Forest Knolls, California, 94933
At Serenity Knolls, we treat addiction for both alcohol and drugs. Dual diagnosis – depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders – which may lead to relapse and threaten long-term sobriety are addressed. We work with our clients as they begin their journey to a new and fulfilling sober life.

Facility Highlights

  • Aftercare
  • Personalized Treatment
  • Family Support Meetings


  • Weekend Family Program

    Chemical dependency affects not only the person addicted, but it impacts the lives of everyone close to the substance abuser. The Family Program at Serenity Knolls was created for spouses, friends, adult and adolescent children, or for anyone involved with the recovering person. This program takes place every weekend to assist both the person in recovery and their family and friends adjust to a new way of living. A variety of educational and group participation sessions are held every Saturday.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Sierra Poppe
    Sierra PoppeTherapist
    Sierra Poppe, LMFT, attended the University of California at Santa Barbara receiving her B.A. in Psychology, followed by her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University, while working part time at Serenity Knolls. Sierra also has 3 years experience working in elementary and high schools as a school mental health counselor. Her focus at Serenity Knolls is to work with individuals and their families, while emphasizing on the experience of the children in the family, to develop understanding of addiction and to promote communication. Sierra shares her personal experience as an adult child of alcoholics to empathically join with children and families of all ages.
  • Mike Neustadt
    Mike NeustadtFounder
    Mike Neustadt was born in Chicago. At age 21 he was the youngest person ever given membership to the commodities exchange. However, he lost this opportunity due to his drinking. His love of sports and his leadership capabilities allowed him a career as a college level basketball coach in the Midwest. He was highly successful coaching, but alcohol took this from him as well. He entered treatment in 1983 with 35 cents in his pocket. Mike and his wife Louise opened Serenity Knolls in May of 1990 with the sole purpose of helping other alcoholics and addicts achieve sobriety.

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Patient Reviews

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Before getting sober almost 10 years ago, I spent time in a few different rehabs and sober living houses over the period of about 5 years. Without question Serenity Knolls is by far and away the best rehab I\'ve been to. The staff is both capable and caring. The food is incredible and the accommodations are cozy, clean and comfortable. Amazing place overall. I live in LA but if I lived up there I would be active in their alumni after care for life program. I couldn\'t say enough about this place...
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The treatment was good & caring, but our son relapsed once he was out. He said their food was amazing & part of the reason he stayed. You can drag a horse to water, but without a desire to drink, it's not going to quench anybodys thirst.Setting in nature. Great food. They kept the family involved. It was expensive. Might have helped to have our son paying or have a partial work-to-stay to help pay for some of his rehab cost.
    My exhusband provided a check for $15,900.00 for 1 MONTH to Serenity Knolls which check was used as the basis for reducing child & spousal support. That is a lot of money to pay for 1 month to pay and to actually believe that a long term drinker is \"cured\". The minute he got out - he drank. I have not been able to find out if a claim as filed with Blue Cross for reimbursement in 2014. The \"treatment\" did not work.
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    Nice and knowledgable staff, family engagement. Expensive, but worth it.
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    I spent 5 months at the Knolls between 2000 and 2002. I am very proud to be an alumni and I have been sober since then. Thank you for being there when I needed direction.