A Beacon in Recovery
All Beacon House clients, through each transition of treatment, which could include primary inpatient residential, sub-acute detoxification, outpatient, family support, experiential, and/or extended stays up to ninety days, can transition from one level of care to another. With protection and supervision, notes Meagher, they can learn how to navigate a full life without drugs or alcohol.
“The longer you can provide structured treatment, as their needs change, as they transition into outpatient or extended,” adds Larimer, “the more chances it gives them to practice recovery in the community.
One of the ways clients learn to practice is through experiential therapy or recreationally based activities. Through them, chemical dependents in recovery learn coping skills to aid in the development of stress-reduction, mindfulness, hopefulness, and spiritual awareness. To this end, Beacon House integrates four programs into residents’ recoveries: birding, equine therapy, golfing, and surfing. Its location near Big Sur makes it ideal for all four.
“We are fortunate,” notes Meagher, “to be in the area we are for outdoor access. It’s great for hiking on the beach, golfing, participating in the equine program. It’s a way to show residents how to go through life with sober eyes.
“They get out there and experience all of those activities, and they get to see what is out there. They come back [to Beacon House] and process that.”
For many patients, it’s a powerful process, one that leads them to make spiritual connections and recognize their place in the larger world.
As a whole, the community around Beacon House offers supportive structure. Alumni remain in the area, and the treatment center supports after care with meetings and community events.
“It is our intention to give them the tools for recovery for a lifetime,” Meagher says. “We stay in touch to help support their continued recovery.”
When clients leave, whether they’re from the region or not, it is important that they return home to a network of support. “It is important that they have that follow-up care. For example, they need to have AA support groups in place,” Meagher suggests.
“Every patient, at the end of their treatment here,” adds Larimer, “receives a discharge plan that we have put a lot of time and energy into. When they go, they’re going to leave treatment with a pretty clear plan for supporting their recovery. They’ll have an AA group, a sponsor, knowledge of where they’re going to meetings, and referrals to an outpatient therapist, medical coverage, and a family counselor.”
In short, from beginning to end, Beacon House helps light the way for people seeking recovery.