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Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse

5034 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing, New Jersey, 08330


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Don't hide from your addiction this holiday season, Recovery Centers of America is open to help you 24/7/365. 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


  • 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.
  • Freedom: For faith-based treatment
    Created by ordained ministers, who are also experts in the field of addiction and recovery to ensure the needs of Christian patients are met, Freedom is a unique and life-changing Christian addiction treatment program that can help you refresh your connection to God and achieve lasting freedom from drugs and alcohol.
  • Breaking Free: for patients with Trauma
    Breaking Free is a unique and life-changing program that begins the healing process for overcoming trauma and addiction to drugs or alcohol. The program is designed with an evidence-based approach that gets to the root causes of your trauma and addiction, and helps you… break free.
  • PRISE: For patients who have relapsed
    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
  • WorkFlex
    RCA WorkFlex, a service unique to RCA, enables patients to continue fulfilling employment or education responsibilities during their time at our inpatient rehab facility. Through this treatment enhancement service, patients are empowered to keep their primary focus on their personal recovery during inpatient treatment, while having the ability to spend three hours a day maintaining virtual work and school obligations.
  • Evolutions: treatment for older adults age 50+
    The Evolutions program at Recovery Centers of America is designed with adults 50+ in mind. Whether you are at a transition point in life involving retirement, your children leaving the home, or your health deteriorating, you are not alone. In Evolutions, you will be with peers 50 years of age and older who are understanding, supportive and focused on making a positive change.
  • ReWired: Treating Substance use and gambling disorders
    Recovery Centers of America is now offering RewiredTM, a treatment enhancement service for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction as well as problem gambling. The purpose of the service is first and foremost to navigate your recovery from substance use disorder, while also addressing your compulsive gambling disorder. When you turn to RCA for inpatient drug or alcohol rehab and wish to treat your gambling problem too, we will enroll you in RCA Rewired as part of your overall treatment experience.

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.
  • 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.
  • Crystal Fabrizio
    Crystal FabrizioClinical Director
    Crystal brings to Lighthouse a strong passion for addiction, education, and mental health. She hopes to utilize her leadership role as Clinical Director to help enhance clinical programming and therapeutic techniques to get that much closer to RCA’s mission of saving one million lives. Upon completing her Master’s degree from Rosemont College, she immediately followed her heart and found her passion for addiction in 2013. Crystal has worked in several different levels of care, however found her home when she came to RCA in 2017. Since coming to RCA, Crystal has held several roles beginning as an outpatient therapist, inpatient therapist, supervisor and now Director. Crystal has extensive knowledge in substance use and co-occurring disorders. She particularly enjoys working with individuals with identified trauma, co-occurring issues, as well as has a special interest in the study of eating disorders. As the Clinical Director, Crystal oversees daily programming and assist in development of continued enhancements, helps manage day-to-day responsibilities and functions, as well as is a part of the growth process for the clinical team. Crystal believes that being a great director reflects in those growing around you and that is what she strives for daily. Crystal’s greatest pleasure is having the opportunity to work alongside passionate and caring individuals. Working in the field, such as addiction can be hard at times, however Crystal believes in RCA’s mission and strives to provide the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion for all clients that come to treatment. Crystal stands by the saying, “they say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” With this company and Team, she believes that couldn’t be more true. Each day is an honor and a privilege. Crystal cannot wait to see how many more lives we save and how much more we grow.

Financial Details

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Rehabs 360 Guide


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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The communication between the staff is awful. If you have a question they push it off to the next person. I had no help from my therapist. I didn’t speak with the case manager until the day before I was leaving. They are under staffed. I feel all they care about is your money. I explained to them from the beginning I was only staying for 21 days. They wouldn’t agree with me leaving before the 30 days unless I had an iop set up even though I explained to them that my husband has rotating shifts therefore I couldn’t commit to 3 specific days a week. A patient had to leave because her parent was undergoing triple bypass and they wouldn’t give her belongings. They don’t allow anyone to come in the building while signing consents so I recommend being able to understand what you are signing. I was under the influence with a 2.27 alcohol level. I requested the documents I signed which I never received. Shady if you ask me. The floors were gross. They hardly swept or mopped all they did was collect trash. The overall appearance of the rooms are nice. They include tv. It would be a great place if the staff was trusting and not under staffed. I also think they need better groups to help understand the underlying issues of addiction. The groups were repetitive and spoke the same thing over and over.


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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

John B

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my rehab here was polite respectful and comfortable.

Dallas S

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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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