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Lighthouse at Mays Landing offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol. The facility was opened in 1986 and is located in picturesque Mays Landing, New Jersey, where it serves adolescents and adults.

Accommodations and Food

The Lighthouse at Mays Landing facility is almost too clean, with corporate office-style furnishings in nondescript hues like taupe, purple, sage and teal. Its exterior is clad in grey siding with white trim and it is surrounded by manicured lawns and pleasant outdoor spaces with patio furniture under a canopy of trees. Bedrooms have a similarly stock-photo-esque appearance and are shared by two adults or three adolescents (no, not together) with individual twin beds or bunk beds for the teens. No private rooms are available. Media rooms offer television, albeit small-screen models.

A nutritionist plans the menu and takes care of residents with special dietary needs. Otherwise it’s cafeteria style for all.

Treatment and Staff

The inpatient program for adults at Lighthouse at Mays Landing includes on-site medically-supervised detox, 24-hour nursing care, 12-step meetings, individual and group therapy, recreation therapy, dual-diagnosis support and educational lectures. Medication monitoring is offered along with relapse prevention using Gorski Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Lighthouse at Mays Landing also provides addicted teens between the ages of 13 and 18 with treatment intended to promote sustainable recovery by creating an environment in which teens feel safe and valued. Residents attend a daily community meeting, where they practice interpersonal communication and conflict resolution in safe, healthy ways. Group meetings also cover anger management, cultural sensitivity, relapse prevention and 12-step education. Individual counseling with a psychiatrist and medication management are also available if requested. The facility is contracted to accept residents through the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services. Additionally, it offers funding for drug-addicted youth whose families have been affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Lighthouse at Mays Landing was founded by Dr. Kenneth Sandler, who remains the president and CEO. He is a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified in psychiatry and addictions. Dr. Michael DeShields, the medical director, teaches at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. The facility’s other medical professionals include a psychiatrist, psychologist, dietician, registered nurses and nurse practitioners.


There is a particular emphasis on planning for discharge and successfully reintegrating into the community. To further that objective, Lighthouse at Mays Landing offers a family program on Monday evenings in which family members of addicted individuals are invited to share and learn from others affected by addiction. This program is offered even after treatment has ended.

Yoga and pet therapy are offered to residents multiple times weekly.

In Summary

The treatment at Lighthouse is as straightforward as its facility. But the blank canvas may be just what addicted individuals need to find help and enter recovery.

Lighthouse at Mays Landing Location

5034 Atlantic Ave
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Lighthouse at Mays Landing Cost

$14,000 (28 days). Reach Lighthouse at Mays Landing by phone at (609) 625-4900. Find Lighthouse at Mays Landing on Facebook and Twitter

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