WE BELEVE CONNECTION IS THE OPPOSITE OF ADDICTION.
What is a recovery community organization (RCO)?
RCO's are nationally recognized independent, non-profit organizations, run by people in long-term recovery. RCOs organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or provide Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) to a broadly defined recovery community struggling with substance use, in recovery, their families, friends and allies and recovery-focused professionals who reflect ALL PATHWAYS OF RECOVERY. The sole mission of an RCO is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of life from the adverse effects of substance use. [excerpted from The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO)]
Peer support services do not constitute clinical or licensed therapy or other health care services. If you need clinical counseling or therapy services please contact a licensed provider. If this is a medical emergency, call 911.
Sea Change RCO was founded in November 2020 by Elizabeth Burke Beaty of Long Beach Island, NJ. As a practicing Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Life Coach with 29 years of personal recovery and a recognized leader in her community since 2012, Elizabeth had been witnessing community members suffering, dying, and grieving losses of their loved ones. She has a background in entrepreneurship, building three businesses as well as professional experience inside state-supported non-profit organizations. Lastly, with lived experience as a Foster Parent in the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency, essentially living inside families, she has directly witnessed the unnecessary suffering due to the opioid crisis and mental health concerns.
Substance use disorders and overdose deaths had been rising during the pandemic; in NJ, overdose deaths increased 17% during only the first five months of the pandemic. In the first half of 2020, nearly 1,600 residents lost their lives to overdose. Our state is currently on track for a record number of fatalities related to alcohol, opioids, and other drugs in 2021. Southern Ocean County has been hit by the opioid overdose epidemic at a rate disproportionate to other areas of the state, with thousands of residents suffering in silence and currently underserved. In 2020, Ocean County has lost 178 lives and administered 690 doses of naloxone.
Elizabeth recognized the need for direct services for people recovering and their immediate loved ones.
As of May 4th, 2021, we have already served over 200 individuals through all of our services!
Board of Directors
Erin Donnelly, President
Danni Hagler, Vice President
Jennifer Begonia, Secretary
Christine Jones, Treasurer
Laura Dunlap, Member
Executive Director/Founder: Elizabeth Burke Beaty
What is Substance Use Disorder?
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) spans a wide variety of problems arising from substance use, this includes alcohol too. When diagnosed properly with a clinician, two or three symptoms indicate a mild substance use disorder; four or five symptoms indicate a moderate substance use disorder, and six or more symptoms indicate a severe substance use disorder.
~Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you're meant to.
~Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
~Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
~Cravings and urges to use the substance.
~Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
~Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
~Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
~Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
~Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance.
~Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance).
If you feel you need help or have questions it's ok to talk to someone.