Mission Statement

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Our mission at Free by the Sea is to offer alcohol and substance addicted individuals the opportunity of a life free from addiction.


Our vision is one of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being for everyone seeking recovery.


Our goal is to meet the individual needs of every client, giving them the tools and skills they will need to achieve and maintain a life of recovery.

Treatment Philosophy

  • First, foremost and always, clients will be treated with respect, dignity and understanding.
  • We utilize evidence-based approaches to treatment while emphasizing a holistic and integrated method of treatment.
  • We teach and promote client accountability, responsibility and honesty.
  • We apply defined and readily identifiable clinical consistency in all aspects of our treatment methods.
  • We will respect and treat our clients as individuals and refrain from any categorical classifications, assumptions or actions.
  • We provide client focused treatment, respecting their choices, concerns and individual needs and expectations for their own treatment.
  • Clients experiencing co-occurring addiction and psychiatric disorders are the expectation, not the exception.
  • We understand and accept the complexity of dysfunction and pain inherent in clients who struggle with addiction and do not place unrealistic expectations on them, or ourselves, for rapid progression in treatment; we maintain sensitivity to client needs and respond to them professionally, effectively and efficiently.
  • We consistently educate ourselves, becoming skilled in the application of leading-edge treatment modalities, never relying on historical methods as being totally adequate.
  • We will refrain from utilizing any elements of: intimidation, degradation, humiliation, confrontation, interrogation, manipulation, threats of reprisal, ultimatums, vulgar or other inappropriate language or behavior, anger, fear, or punitive measures, in any aspects of our treatment or interactions with clients.
  • We will refrain from personalizing how a client behaves or progresses while in our care; only professional perspectives may be applied.
  • Our treatment will not be prescriptive; we will transfer clients to an alternate level of care based on documented clinical evidence of changes in symptom severity, identified in the interdisciplinary treatment plan, which warrants the alternate level of care.
  • We embrace professional differences, utilizing it to gain multiple perspectives that assist us in making the most effective decisions for quality client care.
  • We value and respect the effective and appropriate use of prescribed medication to assist our clients in obtaining both psychiatric and physical stability for diagnosed disorders.
  • We do not represent ourselves as authoritarian or in control of the outcome of a client’s life; we simply provide a source of guidance, suggestions, support, education, insight and possible alternatives.
  • We do not have to agree with the choices a client makes for their life, but we do have to accept it.
  • We provide professional, timely, effective and individualized interventions to assist clients who may be struggling with retention in treatment.
  • We value a client’s potential and strive to assist them in recognizing and capitalizing on that potential to assist them in successful treatment and recovery.
  • Client’s are in treatment to learn how to more effectively live their lives; we do not expect them to have all the answers or appropriate behaviors.
  • Consistent and effective interdisciplinary communication and cooperation is a fundamental imperative for effective client treatment; no one individual or discipline has overall authority or priority.
  • We understand and accept that a critical element of treatment is educating the client in making effective and productive choices and changes which is accomplished by focusing on positive rather than negative skills, attitudes and behaviors.
  • Clients are not denied admission or dismissed from treatment based on any one individual’s decision; rather, interdisciplinary input is acquired and documented, resulting in a comprehensive decision with the Administrator retaining final authority if necessary or required.