Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse Philosophy
Our high level of expertise has convened with the singular purpose of reimagining treatment and recovery. We implement research-based, holistic best practices for clinical delivery of benefits. These include extensive inter-family communication work, mindfulness education, personalized fitness programs, nutritional counseling, spirituality, health, and education for patients and their families.
In short, our multi-disciplinary team treats the whole patient. At Recovery Centers of America, we commit to practicing evidence-based principles in all our approaches – helping every patient transition to a life in long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
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.
The accommodations here are fantastic, honestly what they have done here is incredible.
All of the staff are genuinely here for the patients. Everyone thoroughly enjoys what they do and it shows. These people are like angels.
From the minute you walk through the door you feel loved and cared for in a sincere and true way. The staff is genuinely here to help the patients.
The staff makes you feel very safe. Everybody makes it like a family in here
They make you feel like you are living in a resort but getting great treatment as far as the groups, counselors, and everybody.
Meet the Staff
Michael DeShields, MD
Dr. DeShields is a well-regarded leader in the field of addiction medicine. Besides his position as Lighthouse’s medical director, Dr. DeShields serves as the president of the American Society of Addictions Medicine (ASAM), New Jersey chapter, and as a consultant for the organization. In his role as consultant, Dr. DeShields mentors physicians new to the process of Suboxone detoxification, one of the latest medications for opiate detoxification. He has a private practice in addiction medicine in Camden County, N.J., and serves as the medical director of Camden County Health Services. Dr. DeShields is board certified in internal medicine and in addictions by ASAM. He is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Medicine and a part-time associate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.
Director of Nursing
Director of Outpatient
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ABOUT RECOVERY CENTERS OF AMERICA AT LIGHTHOUSE
Located in the scenic New Jersey community of Mays Landing, Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse provides residential substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents. Outpatient programs and medically monitored detox services are also offered.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Recovery Centers of America’s website, all clients receive a comprehensive evaluation upon admission to determine the most appropriate level of care. Residential treatment is individualized and evidence-based, and includes one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and medication management, in addition to workshops, recreational activities, the 12-steps, and discharge planning.
Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP), which consists of 25 hours of treatment a week, and an intensive outpatient program, (IOP) that meets three days a week for three hours.
Weekly family meetings are held for loved ones and include educational workshops and multi-family group therapy. There’s also an alumni program offering education, support, and access to community events.
The center’s website states the treatment team includes a medical director, personal case managers, and other licensed clinicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility’s website advertises farm-to-table dining, chauffeur services, TVs, basketball and volleyball courts, and a modern fitness center. Pictures on the center’s website show full sized beds in beach themed rooms, and an outdoor space.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni who were surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had mostly positive experiences with Recovery Centers of America. Most former clients gave the facility four or five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.
Alumni also rated the center’s staff well with 4.5 stars.
However, one alum only gave the center three stars when asked if they would recommend it. They wrote: “Counselors are very compassionate, but there should be more individual and group counseling.”
The two other alumni had great experiences with the center, both noted they have been sober for more than five years.
On the other hand, a couple of negative reviews were posted on CiteHealth, especially from alumni concerned with the facility’s focus on money. One of the anonymous reviewers also noted: “They advertise one-on-one counseling. That is a lie. There group therapy is the entire group. In my case 30 people. Sex is not separated for group, so sharing is very hard.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three left positive reviews. Loved ones gave the center high marks for cleanliness and treatment effectiveness.
A loved one noted his father went to treatment and it was effective, however he gave his father medication “that made him seem very disconnected.”
Another loved one who gave the center five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend it, wrote: “Overall it was a good place but they could improve their food and nutrition program. Also they should offer more follow up contact and assistance after discgarge.”
However, one loved one left a negative review, and wrote: “Granddaughter spend time there and hated it.”
According to the website, Lighthouse accepts private insurance and offers some financing options.
In early 2016, the facility underwent extensive renovations when it was purchased by Recovery Centers of America. The remodeling included new furniture, upgraded technology, and more gourmet dining options.
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