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Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse

5034 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing, New Jersey, 08330

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Recovery Centers of America’s main concern is patient safety, whether from their addiction, or COVID-19. RCA has implemented new policies and procedures due to COVID-19 regarding pre-screening, medical clearances and limiting exposure to those who are not RCA staff or patients. That said, addiction is a deadly disease and it is important to seek medical help. RCA continues to admit new patients 24/7. Our addiction treatment philosophy centers around offering evidence-based, individualized treatment solutions for individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring disorders. With an individualized approach to addiction treatment and a comprehensive continuum of care, we heal patients and their families from a life of active addiction and alcoholism to a life of hope and healing. We deliver comprehensive addiction treatment services in a safe and comfortable environment. Our addiction treatment services include drug and alcohol detoxification, individual and group therapy, family counseling services for both patient and family, case management, life skills training, 12 Step education, psychiatric care, individualized aftercare planning, and recovery resources designed to support patients for life. With evidence-based treatment practices at each one of our neighborhood-based locations, we offer each patient and their family the highest quality addiction treatment services and an opportunity to heal, regain hope, rebuild and recover – for life

Facility Highlights

  • 24/7 Psychiatric & Medical supervision
  • Masters-level therapists
  • Industry-leading staff:client ratio
  • Full continuum of care from medical detoxification to outpatient treatment
  • Evidence-based practices & 12-step integration for top-quality physical & spiritual support
  • Nutritionist on site

Specialization

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
  • Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • Individualized Treatment
    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
  • Addiction Treatment with a Christian Faith-based Component
    Drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t have to define who you are and is not a reflection of the sincerity of your faith. At RCA, we understand the internal conflict of those who possess strong Christian convictions while also battling substance abuse. You may be at a loss for where to turn for treatment and feel as though your faith community does not understand. You might also feel your addiction has damaged your relationship with God and that it needs to be rebuilt. The Christian Program offers an invitation to return to your Christian beliefs by embracing God’s love and acceptance. RCA’s Christian Program is optional and self-selected for patients who identify Christian principles as integral to their values and life before, during and/or after their treatment with RCA. RCA offers various specialized programs to meet the needs of all individuals. Like the disease of addiction, RCA does not discriminate on the basis of faith, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, marital status, age, disability or other classifications.
  • Trauma Informed Program
    Breaking Free: a Trauma-Informed Program Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse can help you or your loved one take the necessary steps to start the process of recovery with Breaking Free: a program addressing trauma in treatment. Trauma takes a heavy toll on a person – so does addiction. Both need to be treated with professional, compassionate care in order for the trauma impacted person to live a fulfilling, healthy, happy life. Recovery Centers of America can help you or your loved one take the necessary steps to start the process of recovery. Breaking Free is a 4-week course that runs alongside of addiction treatment.
  • Relapse Prevention
    PRISE: a Program Designed for Patients Who Have Relapsed The path to recovery is unique to each person struggling with addiction. For some people it takes multiple attempts at recovery, and with each passing attempt they may feel less optimistic about their future. At Recovery Centers of America, we see each attempt at recovery as a sign of commitment and hope. This specialized program uses a therapeutic, evidence-based approach designed to help those for whom recovery has been elusive. PRISE (Promoting Recovery through Intensive Support and Education) focuses patients on their recovery, rather than addiction, and focuses on a bright future

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness
  • Beach Community
  • Luxury
  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Dawn Belamarich Berry, LPC, LCADC, CCS, CCGC
    Dawn Belamarich Berry, LPC, LCADC, CCS, CCGCCEO
    Upon completing two master’s degrees and working in various social service and treatment settings, Dawn found a permanent home within the social service fabric of South Jersey. For over a decade, Dawn has been an influential leader within the field, carrying roles such as therapist, supervisor, and administrator, and she developed an unrelenting passion for working with those dealing with addiction. From working with adults in a state prison environment to working with youth in intensive outpatient and aftercare modalities. Dawn has not only developed a concrete understanding of how addiction works but has also developed the most important characteristic in addiction and mental health treatment: knowing how to best guide individuals on their journey to bring about positive, sustainable change. In her new role as Executive Director at RCA at Lighthouse, Dawn hopes to continue to aid individuals in bringing about positive change on their path to recovery.
  • Corey Richey, MS
    Corey Richey, MSDirector of Admissions
    Corey brings to Lighthouse a combination of personal and professional investment in RCA’s mission to save a million lives. Born and raised in Atlantic County, she has watched firsthand the effect drug and alcohol addiction has had on Southern New Jersey, especially with limited resources devoted to quality inpatient substance abuse care. Corey has 10 years of experience in addiction/psychiatric care, initially beginning in case management and then expanding to mental health screener in a psychiatric crisis center, which is where she found her true passion in helping those in a crisis state to stabilize and take their first step to wellness and recovery. Corey completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The College of New Jersey and obtained her Master of Science in Psychology from Walden University.
  • Edward Quirk
    Edward QuirkMedical Director
    Dr. Quirk has over 36 years of medical experience and holds board certifications in Addiction Medicine, Preventive Medicine Subspecialty, and Anesthesiology, and is a Certified Medical Review Officer. He has experience in all forms of medication-assisted treatment and inpatient and outpatient management. As the Medical Director of Lighthouse, Dr. Quirk is dedicated and focused on making an impact on the lives of our patients and families. His goal is to assist in providing the direction to achieve long-term recovery, health, and overall well-being for the patients, as well as education and support the families.

Financial Details

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Rehabs 360 Guide

ABOUT RECOVERY CENTERS OF AMERICA AT LIGHTHOUSE

Located in the scenic community of Mays Landing, just inland from New Jersey's southern shore, Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse (RCA Lighthouse) provides medical detox, residential care, and outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with problematic substance use and dual diagnoses. The center is among the 4.1 percent of New Jersey facilities that offer medical detox in a residential setting.

RCA operates a total of six residential treatment centers, in Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, plus several outpatient centers in the region.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The treatment ethos at Recovery Centers of America is built around the 12-Steps, supplemented by counseling, evidence-based treatments, and holistic options.

In the residential program, clients participate in individual and group therapy that uses such evidence-based methods as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), that latter of which is used at 60.5 percent of New Jersey facilities, mindfulness, and motivational enhancement therapy.

Residents also receive educational sessions on the nature of addiction and recovery, relapse prevention training, and leadership training sessions. Weekly family meetings are held for loved ones and include educational workshops and multi-family group therapy.

Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), offered at 23 percent of New Jersey facilities, which consists of approximately 25 hours of treatment a week, and an intensive outpatient program, (IOP) that meets three days a week for three hours at a time. An alumni program offers education, support, and access to community events.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment team includes licensed social workers and addiction counselors. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were mostly impressed.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Pictures published on the center’s website indicted full-sized beds in bright, airy rooms, and some outdoor space. Yoga is also offered as an integral part of treatment. The six individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's cleanliness and exercise and leisure offerings gave lukewarm feedback.

Cleanliness: 3.5/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3/5

In March 2016, Business Wire reported that the facility had undergone extensive renovations following its purchase by Recovery Centers of America. The remodel reportedly included new furniture, upgraded technology, and more gourmet dining options.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The nearly two dozen alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave overwhelmingly positive feedback, praising the facility's amenities, serene atmosphere, and staff. "This is a beautiful establishment, one of the best I've ever been to and I am grateful for my time here. I will miss seeing all the staff everyday," Ashley wrote in a typical comment.

Numerous reviewers reported that they had attended treatment at several other facilities, and this was the best, and some even credited the center with saving their lives. "I had a really good experience the place was beautiful. I loved all the staff! I went to all the outside meetings they took us to. They also took us to get our nails done, to the movies and for pizza," Jessica wrote in another representative review.

However, one or two reviewers left complaints about the facility, most often complaining about inadequate treatment programming. "While the overall amenities and meals are good the actual meat of their program, which is supposed to be counseling and group instruction is the cheapest form of therapy you can provide that insurance will let them bill," A.F. wrote in a representative review.

Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse also has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.2 out of five stars based on 21 reviews on Google and 4.7 stars based on 31 reviews on Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page.[1] [2]

Like alumni polled by Rehabs.com, the reviewers often emphasized how caring the staff was. "Just completed their residental program today and I will say it's not always ran perfectly but the staff is really caring towards every client & their life!" Patricia wrote in a representative review on Google.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Reviews submitted to Rehabs.com by loved ones were mostly positive, though the four loved ones polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave it lukewarm ratings.

Counseling Options: 3/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.7/5
Family Participation: 2.5/5

More than one reviewer cited a lack of follow-up and aftercare, and some also echoed alumni by complaining of inadequate services during their loved one's residential stay. "There was no follow-up at all from The Lighthouse," Gail wrote in one representative review; "Very poor treatments. Granddaughter spent time there and hated it," an anonymous reviewer added.

However, other reviewers disagreed entirely, noting that treatment had been effective for their loved ones. "This rehab did wonders for my daughter. If it wasn't for her two counselors, I don't think my daughter would be alive," D.C. wrote in a particularly glowing review.

FINANCING

According to its website, RCA Lighthouse is in-network with most private insurance plans and offers some financing options, though the details of these are not specified at the time of this writing. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave lukewarm feedback:

Affordability: 3.6/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/RecoveryCentersofAmericaLIGHTHOUSE/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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Great facility very clean and wonderful staff . I learned a lot about my problems and how to address them when the urge comes up . Can’t say enough about the facility.

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Not totally upfront or slightly accommodating at all. They accepted my father in law, sent him to hospital, and wouldn’t readmit even after all tests were cleared. After numerous calls we finally got a call back and received a runaround. They claim to go above and beyond but clearly they don’t care. After this experience, now he will NEVER agree to go to Rehab. Super frustrating

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my rehab here was polite respectful and comfortable.

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This place was absolutely fantastic and I will recommend it to every single sick person i come across. LIGHTHOUSE!!!!!

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this treatment facility is great I've been to many in the state of new jersey and this facility blows every other one out of the eater that i have ever been too. The staff all here is very great understanding and willing to help you in all ways. They go above and beyond there job on the daily basis for the community inside and outside of there 8 hour work shift.