Founded in 1990 by Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Faith Nichols Peterson, Beacon Center is an outpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation program for adults and adolescents that now operates multiple facilities in Western and Central New York. Areas of service include Amherst, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Herkimer and Utica.
Beacon also runs a men’s sober living facility called the Albert O. Nichols Supportive Living House in Herkimer. The Utica facility is the only location in the Beacon Center family where clients can get IOP treatment. Outpatient treatment for adults includes special attention to clients with co-occurring disorders.
Treatment and Staff
Certified counseling staff evaluate clients over the course of three different appointments before they are admitted to one of the five Beacon Center outpatient locations. Once a client is admitted, he or she continues on the appropriate individualized treatment track. Treatment in this program follows evidence-based counseling involving individual and group therapy. Clients receive treatment for six months to a year.
IOP treatment, available only at the Utica facility, requires clients to meet for one individual and five group therapy sessions per week. There is a strong focus on identifying triggers and improving the outlook of clients.
Clients undergo random toxicology screens throughout outpatient treatment as well. Those with chemical dependency issues can qualify for the opiate addiction treatment program, which is a gradual detox. Counselors guide clients through Suboxone therapy with the help of naloxone to ease withdrawal symptoms, with a staff physician available to monitor and assess clients on detox medication. Counseling staff work with the physician to implement medication management within the structure of individualized counseling.
The Compass Program is a relatively new addition to the Beacon Center, and is designed to educate clients with co-occurring disorders on their specific issues. Dual diagnosis therapy is offered in two phases of this evidence-based program. Group sessions are offered three days a week.
Finally, the Beacon Center Adolescent Treatment program provides counseling and therapy to teens, who participate in one individual and one group counseling session each week. There is also a family day once a month.
Beacon Center provides gender-specific groups. Programs for men and women focus on how substance abuse affects personal relationships with the self and others. Men in early sobriety who are prepared to begin assimilating back into the community may apply to live in Beacon House’s own Albert O. Nichols Supportive Living House, their Victorian-style home in Herkimer. Beacon Center incorporates relapse prevention into all aspects of treatment.
Beacon Center places a heavy emphasis on educating clients about their alcohol and drug abuse. The treatment programs focus on teaching clients new skills for relapse prevention in every phase of their development. Clients are supervised diligently with regular counseling and toxicology screens by staff to encourage full participation for the extended year of outpatient treatment. For those with co-occurring disorders who need some flexibility with their treatment, Beacon Center could be a good fit.
Beacon Center Locations
3131 Sheridan Dr, Ste 106
Amherst, NY 14226
295 Main St, Ste 105
Buffalo, NY 14203
36 E Ave, Ste A
Lockport, NY 14094
473 Third St, Ste 102
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
210 S Main St
Herkimer, NY 13350
1508 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
The Albert O. Nichols Supportive Living House:
201 King St
Herkimer, NY 13350
Beacon Center Cost
$195 (initial visit); $40 (subsequent visits). Reach Beacon Center by phone at (716) 831-1937 (Western NY) or (315) 717-1937 (Central NY).
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