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Light at the End of the Tunnel – RCA at Lighthouse CEO Discusses Solutions for Recovery in the Pandemic

Dillon McClernon

Authored by Dillon McClernon

On Saturday, February 4, 2021, John Demasi, host of South Jersey radio show Talk With A Purpose, hosted Dawn Belamarich, CEO of RCA at Lighthouse, located in Mays Landing, as part of his ongoing series Fighting the Opioid Epidemic.

In a wide-ranging conversation, covering the promise of recovery to the challenges of the pandemic, a particular focus was RCA’s new WorkFlex service, which enables patients to continue fulfilling employment or education responsibilities during their time at the inpatient rehab facility.  

During the ongoing pandemic, isolation and a lack of structure have compounded the struggles of addiction, leading to increases in relapse at the same as the infrastructure for recovery has been reduced.

In an effort “to remove the barriers to recovery one by one,” as Demasi put it, RCA at Lighthouse has instituted their WorkFlex program, which allows pre-approved participants to work or continue school for up to three hours a day, as part of their holistic approach to treatment.

And the early results are in. As Belamarich notes, WorkFlex has not only made getting help for addiction “common practice,” it has also seen “a significant improvement in how employers view treatment.”

For more on WorkFlex and all the other treatment opportunities afforded by RCA, listen here.

Authored by

Dillon McClernon

Dillon McClernon

Dillon currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at RCA. After his tenure as Chief Communications Officer and senior advisor to RCA, he opted for a full-time position at RCA where he could build a new team linking sales and marketing to directly impact RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.


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