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Located on a suburban street in Fond du Lac, eastern Wisconsin, Beacon is one of Wisconsin’s 117 non-profit facilities. It offers a sober living environment for women and mothers recovering from substance use disorder. Women may also bring their children to stay with them during treatment. Treatment is available to residents of Fond du Lac, Dodge, Washington, Winnebago, Waukesha, Kewaunee, Clark, Jefferson, and Calumet Counties, as well as two Native American tribes. Detox is not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Beacon focuses on the treatment needs of women and is one of the 111 facilities in Wisconsin that provide gender-specific treatment for women. The average length of stay is 90 to 120 days making Beacon one of Wisconsin’s 39 long-term, non-hospital residential programs.
The treatment process focuses on creating a healthy lifestyle through community help and practice. During the first 60 days of treatment, clients focus on rebuilding healthy habits. In the last 30 to 60 days, the focus shifts to helping clients transition out of the program with life skills. By providing clients with educational opportunities, the facility can help them establish a healthy lifestyle outside of the facility.
The 12-step model is used in 69.6 percent of Wisconsin’s treatment facilities, and forms the majority of treatment at Beacon. Beyond 12-step programming, treatment focuses on the whole woman in a holistic care method. This is achieved through individual and group counseling, family education and interactive groups for families, parenting classes, life skills training relapse prevention planning, and referrals to community services as needed.
The facility also provides therapy and community groups dedicated to topics such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, eating disorders, spirituality, and cognitive intervention programming. These groups expose clients to possible concerns as well as the methods of addressing them, which increases the chances that they will be less likely to relapse.
The center employs two full-time counselors as well as other trained staff. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treatment is offered from a four-level Victorian home that offers a total of 12 beds. Clients live in a home-style environment with a full kitchen. Clients stay in single-occupancy rooms and share communal amenities like a dining room. The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its accommodations, meals, and cleanliness.
Daycare is provided for children on weekdays, and all residents must complete chores throughout treatment, including keeping their own bedroom clean. There is also a weekly trip to the YMCA to help residents achieve physical fitness.
Clients may not consume caffeinated beverages on- or off-site during their stays. Families may visit on weekends, and once they’ve been in treatment for a while, clients can earn passes to leave the facility to visit family.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback. Alum K.Z. indicated that she would highly recommend Beacon, and awarded the center five out of five stars in most of the 15 evaluated treatment metrics, including its level of staff experience, its exercise offerings, its family participation, and its counseling options.
The alum gave only three out of five stars for the center’s holistic options. “A live in facility, you may bring your young children, gives you structure n routine… caring understanding staff and counselor who have gone through rehab,” she wrote. However, she also added that she left early because she did not like her fellow residents, whom she described as “very immature.”
The single review on CiteHealth at the time of this writing was negative.  “Counselers that demean people. Group meetings where people are allowed to use profanity including counselers,” the anonymous reviewer wrote in a one out of five star review.
On Facebook, where the facility can manage its page, the Beacon House has a four out of five star rating based on four reviews to date. While one reviewer wrote defamatory insults about specific staff members, the others gave positive feedback about the “verty structured and intense program.”
Treatment costs $171 per day, including when the resident is off-site. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its affordability.
Over the past several months, Beacon has undergone some renovations to make the facility better for residents. It recently had a new air conditioning system installed and the front porch was re-finished. Also, aging steps were replaced to make the front walkway safer and to improve the look of the facility.
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S.F.The counselors were old-school “break the client down” types - very shaming, always accusing us of lying. I came with much lower self-esteem than when I went in, already suicidal. Strengths: Beautiful clean well-maintained house. Strong management. Excellent access to good food (clients take turns cooking supper for the group - usually about 12 clients at a time, 90 day facility). Very organized schedule and rules and abide by sanitary guidelines, health care like flu vaccines for everyone, and care to prevent communicable diseases being spread. Also excellent facility for troubled mothers with young babies, as small children can stay with their mothers. Weaknesses: Overly strong emphasis on 12-steps as the only way, and strong religion emphasis, clients can be shamed if they do not believe in God.
KEZA live in facility, you may bring your young children, gives you structure n routine, groups all through the day, caring understanding staff and counselor who have gone through rehab, guide you to other community programs to help you in other areas that heighten your success. Very encouraging. I felt I was being held back and didn't and left 2wks. before my 99 days was up. A downfall was that the group of females I was there with were very immature and easily manipulated staff, or alot of backstabbing. I really liked it, I learned slot about addiction and about myself. Family treatment was every other weekend and that was great for educating them.
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