The Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery is a holistic treatment facility in Delray Beach, Florida that addresses just what its name promises: alcoholism and addiction recovery. Founded in 1976 by James Byron Sr., it aims to combine the structure of a therapeutic program with the support of a sober community.
Accommodations and Food
Beachcomber is located just 352 steps from the Atlantic Ocean and boasts open-air patios, rich vegetation and flower gardens. For inpatient clients, the 14-bedroom facility houses up to 28 residents at a time, each with double and same-sex occupancy. What makes Beachcomber stand out from other residential treatment programs is its focus on relationships and present moment awareness. That means there is no media room or television on-site, and personal computers and cellphones are not allowed for the duration of treatment.
All meals at Beachcomber are provided and served family-style by the on-staff chef. Proper nutrition is a priority here, so all food is health conscious and carefully crafted. Dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan and kosher can be adhered to upon request. Sugar and caffeine are allowed in small amounts, and clients are permitted to have their own snacks.
Treatment and Staff
Beachcomber aligns itself first and foremost as a holistic and spiritual program, so spirituality is a large component to their addiction treatment; however, they are not affiliated with the 12 steps. Treatment is a mixture of rapid resolution therapy, emotional freedom technique and light-sound neurotherapy (a process using light and sound to produce favorable responses in the brain). Light-sound neurotherapy has been shown to strengthen desired brainwave patterns by taking advantage of the brain’s natural tendency toward pleasant rhythmic stimulation. The Beachcomber does not offer detox on-site, so any potential clients in need must complete this phase before arriving.
A typical day at Beachcomber has residents waking up at 6:30 am for breakfast at 7, followed by approximately five meetings of either group, individual or family therapy. Clients attend two meetings before lunch and three meetings after with a break for dinner, all lasting until 8:30 pm. If there is free time between meetings, clients are encouraged to spend it at the beach, to practice yoga or to socialize with fellow residents. Meditation and acupuncture are also part of Beachcomber’s holistic and spiritual approach.
Staff here are comprised of licensed therapists who work under the supervision of a clinical director. There are also a nurse and a doctor on-site, and a staff-to-resident ratio which is usually about one-to-three.
Adhering to the belief that long-term recovery is based on a solid support system, family therapy is strongly encouraged. The family program includes an education on enabling and relapse prevention, as well as on understanding the physical, mental and spiritual effects of addiction on the family unit.
The Beachcomber has many of the alternative and holistic amenities of a luxury program at an affordable price. Their spiritual yet non 12-step approach to recovery is a rare asset for a residential treatment program, and for that reason alone they may be an attractive option for anyone seeking that combination. The aesthetic beauty of the grounds, warm Florida weather and attention to health conscious cuisine make this a well-rounded treatment program.
The Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Location
4493 North Ocean Boulevard (A1A)
Delray Beach, FL 33483
The Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Cost
$14,900 (30 days). Reach The Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery by phone at (561) 734-1818. Find The Beachcomber Family Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery on Facebook
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