Located on a pretty, tree-lined suburban street in Fond du Lac, eastern Wisconsin, Beacon is a nonprofit that offers a sober-living environment for women and mothers recovering from substance use disorder. Women may bring their children to stay with them during treatment. Treatment is available to residents of Fond du Lac, Dodge, Washington, Winnebago, Waukesha, Kewaunee, Clark, Jefferson, and Calumet Counties, as well as two Native American tribes.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The average length of stay is 90 to 120 days. During the first 60 days of treatment, clients focus on rebuilding healthy habits. In the last 30 to 60 days, the focus shifts to helping clients transition out of the program with life skills.
The 12-Steps model is used for the majority of treatment. Beyond 12-step programming, treatment focuses on the whole woman: her mental, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual life. This is achieved through individual and group counseling; family education and interactive groups for families; parenting classes; life skills training; relapse prevention planning; referrals to community services as needed; and groups dedicated to topics such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, eating disorders, spirituality, and cognitive intervention programming.
The center employs two full-time counselors as well as other trained staff. The single alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Treatment is offered from a pretty four-level Victorian home that offers a total of 12 beds. The single alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its accommodations, meals, and cleanliness.
Daycare is provided for children on weekdays, and all residents must complete chores throughout treatment, including keeping their own bedroom clean. There is also a weekly trip to the YMCA, to help residents achieve physical fitness.
Clients may not consume caffeinated beverages on- or off-site during their stays. Families may visit on weekends, and once they’ve been in treatment for a while, clients can earn passes to leave the facility to visit family.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback.
Alum K.Z. indicated that she would highly recommend Beacon, and awarded the center five out of five stars in most of the 15 evaluated treatment metrics, including its overall effectiveness, its exercise offerings, its family programming, and its counseling options.
The alum gave only three out of five stars for the center’s holistic options. “A live in facility, you may bring your young children, gives you structure n routine… caring understanding staff and counselor who have gone through rehab… I really liked it, I learned slot about addiction and about myself,” she wrote. However, she also added that she left early because she did not like her fellow residents, whom she described as “very immature.”
The single review on CiteHealth at the time of this writing was negative.  “Counselers that demean people. Group meetings where people are allowed to use profanity including counselers,” the anonymous reviewer wrote in a one out of five star review.
Treatment costs $146 per day, including when the resident is off-site, for example on a home visit. There is currently no further information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs. However, the single individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its affordability.