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Located near the Monterey Bay coast, Beacon House offers a space for comprehensive recovery from addiction. Our team treats the whole person by creating custom care plans for every patient. When you become a patient at Beacon House, you get a support network that cares, and you can start your journey to recovery with expert guidance.
In 1958, Beacon House began as a group of medical professionals dedicated to helping people in recovery. Throughout the next 60 years, this group expanded to a community of addiction experts and patients working toward sober living. The partnership between Beacon House and Gateway Foundation began in 2018, empowering us to provide an even higher standard of care.
Together, Beacon House and Gateway Foundation bring the world’s most innovative thinkers in addiction care to the Central Coast. We offer both inpatient and outpatient programs that feature a wide range of services. Our evidence-based treatments use cutting-edge knowledge to save lives.
As one of the western United States’ first drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, we understand how to support patients. Our patient-centered approach to care involves:
These techniques allow us to develop treatments that target each patient’s symptoms while involving them in a supportive community.
As a leader in addiction care, we set ourselves apart in the industry with qualifications such as:
We consider every aspect of your health and well-being key to recovery. Our home-like environment gives you the support you need to recover physically and mentally.
At Beacon House, we offer several outpatient and residential addiction treatment options for adults aged 18 and older. Our services include:
When you request our services, our team will work with you to understand your payment options. Our professionals will work with your insurance providers to ensure that you receive all of the eligible coverage available to you. We also offer financing plans for your out-of-pocket costs.
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Get compassionate, evidence-based care in Pacific Grove, California. The connections you will make and the skills you will build at Beacon House will stay with you for life. Schedule your first appointment by contacting us online today or calling us at 866-418-0235.
With 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Susan Cowen returns to California via Chicago to lead Beacon House and Gateway Foundation’s northern California operations. Most recently, Susan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Kenneth Young Center, a large behavioral health organization serving mental health, substance use disorder and older adults’ needs in 24 communities in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Susan’s professional experience also includes holding the position of Executive Director for Family Service of Glencoe, Chief Executive Officer for Youth Network Council, and Chief Executive Officer for the Illinois Collaboration on Youth. Susan completed her Ph.D. coursework in organizational design, nonprofit management, and social policy at the University of Illinois, holds a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University in Social Work Administration, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Law and Public Administration. Now residing on the Monterey Peninsula, Susan is a licensed clinical social worker, mother of two, and enjoys tennis, walking and meditation in the incredible natural environment all around her!
With a background in mental health and co-occurring disorders, Lara Clayton has been a part of the local non-profit sector for over 15 years, working with children, families, adults, and seniors in both outpatient and residential settings. She has extensive experience and training in trauma-informed services, attachment therapy, CBT, group work, grief and loss, and depth psychology. Utilizing a Social Rehabilitation Philosophy, she is dedicated to cultivating empowerment, personal safety, and healing in a community setting. Prior to joining Beacon House, Lara spent the past 7 years leading teams as Program Director of Permanent Supported and Transitional Housing programs, as well as the Short-term Crisis Residential programs at Interim, Inc. She has experience working with diverse populations, including survivors of domestic violence, couples, families, and trauma survivors.
Lara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Collaborative Humans Services at CSU Monterey Bay, Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Lee Goldman has been with Beacon House since 2012 and has over 30 years of expertise in family practice, addiction treatment, and emergency medicine. He is Board-Certified in both family-practice and addiction medicine, and has been actively involved in the local addiction community since 1980, when he accepted the position of Medical Director for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) Recovery Center. There, he developed and implemented an alcohol withdrawal scale tool still utilized at CHOMP, as well as at numerous forensic facilities. In addition to his work at Beacon House, Dr. Goldman continues to work for the CHOMP ER Department, where he received the Physician of the Year award in 2009.
Dr. Goldman completed his medical training at University of Southern California, moving to the Monterey Peninsula after finishing his residency in Pennsylvania in 1978. In his free time, Dr. Goldman enjoys bike riding along the beautiful coastal trails, spending time with family and grandchildren, gardening, and ballroom dancing.
Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Her professional experience includes board certification and practice in internal medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry. She currently maintains an active practice at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, where she is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and works closely with Dr. Goldman. She also serves as a Board Member of the Catholic Medical Association, where she is a Regional Director for Region XI (West Coast). After seeing the impact of the current opioid epidemic, Dr. Hunt has become an outspoken advocate for addiction treatment services, and serves as chair of the national CMA Opioid Task Force. She regularly meets with the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC regarding shared goals in the biological, psychological, social and spiritual treatment of addiction. She also joined colleagues in representing North America at a recent international meeting on addiction at the Vatican. In May 2019, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CMA for her work on the opioid crisis.
Dr. Hunt is sought out as a speaker for national and local organizations on several topics, including that of the opioid crisis. She is also an adjunct faculty member of St. Patrick’s Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. An accomplished pianist and Lay Carmelite, she has been blessed with her husband of 27 years and their three children.
Dr. Allen Berger is an internationally recognized expert in the science of recovery and the clinical director of The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety and the California Institute of Gestalt Experiential Therapy. He wrote Hazelden’s popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2008) as well as 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone (2010), 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends (2013) and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2016). His first book, Love Secrets-Revealed (2006), was dedicated to Dr. Walter Kempler, his dear friend and mentor.
Dr. Berger is widely known for his work on several areas of recovery, including the integration of modern psychotherapy with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, understanding the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps, and Emotional Sobriety. He is also an expert at helping new patients understand the benefits of group therapy and how to get the most out of it and helping families adjust to the challenges of recovery. Dr. Berger has been working with Beacon House since June of 2014.
Ed Storti pioneered the concept of Motivational Intervention starting in 1973. He published his bestselling book, Crisis Intervention: Acting Against Addiction, in 1988, a chronicle of his early work in creating a positive moment in the life of addicts and their families. The Storti Model of Intervention personifies the motivational, inspirational, and spiritual method of working with an addictive person. Ed devotes much of his time to education on the disease of addiction, the process of intervening, and exceeding customer expectations.
His most recent book, Heart to Heart, has received numerous recognitions for his style of intervention and expectations of staff professionalism. Medical centers, chemical dependency facilities, universities and national conferences request Ed’s educational lectures and presentations, and many notable institutions in the healthcare industry have acquired his expertise on implementing symposiums on professional behavior for their staffs and management teams. Ed works with the Beacon House clinical and admissions teams to ensure a seamless transition of individuals into recovery.
Noah Shumpert has over 50 years of experience as an addiction counselor, consultant, and interventionist on the Monterey Peninsula. He is a skilled group facilitator, and brings to Beacon House a passion for working with people in recovery and their families. Among his many distinctions, Noah was the 2013 recipient of the Daniel J. Murphy Award, which recognizes leaders in the drug and alcohol recovery community. At Beacon House, Noah facilitates the family program and facilitates groups at both the residential and outpatient programs. He has previously worked for the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), Marin General Hospital, Fred Finch Youth Center, and as an Employee Assistance Program counselor. Noah has been working with the Beacon House team since April of 2010.
Kate Englund, CADC, Admissions Counselor and Continuing Care Coordinator
Stacie Simmons, Admissions Counselor
Barbra Humphries, Admissions Counselor
Pam Rice, Admissions Counselor