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Coming Full Circle
Staff & Alumni Highlight: Darryl “Flea” Virostko,
Beacon House Alum & Surfing & Watersports Instructor

Santa Cruz native, former pro surfer, Mavericks champ, and proud Beacon House Alum; Darryl Virostko is now leading the charge, with a new role – instructor. Heading up the newly developed Surfing & Watersports Program at Beacon House, Darryl can relate, first hand with our Beacon House clients and alum. Sober now for almost nine years, Darryl is helping Beacon House residents focus on physical activity and replacing the high of drugs with the endorphins of exercise. Using his amazing skillset as an accomplished waterman, Darryl has designed an exercise-based approach to rehab including surfing at local beaches and other water sports, for clients currently in the program at Beacon House, as well as our Alumni.

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Healthy Living Inside & Out

Director of Culinary, Facility & Fitness Services, Jim Sapia has been creating healthy and delicious meals at Beacon House for many years. With a focus on living your best life, Jim has created a nutritional lecture program for residents, as well as cooking classes and exercise outings including beach walks, hiking and jogging – with the goal of inspiring and teaching Beacon House clients to build healthy habits that extend beyond treatment.

“It was about seven years ago, that I began reading about the culinary or the nutritional component of Alcohol and Drug Addiction recovery, I decided to develop a program and put in place at Beacon House. Today, I am still as excited and passionate about how nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can support Alcohol and Drug Addiction recovery, as I was the first day I launched this program.” – Jim Sapia

Try one of Jim’s popular recipes – Chicken Picatta with Artichoke-Olive Sauce!

Experiential Treatment Highlight: Surfing & Watersports

With access to world class surf and water sports up and down California’s Central Coast between Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur, the Surfing & Watersports Program at Beacon House is truly breaking barriers. This unique and specialized service, led by Beacon House Alum and former Pro Surfer Darryl “Flea” Virostko and Noah Greenberg, MSW, LCSW & owner of Carmel Surf Lessons, is making its mark on clients and alumni. Completely unique to Beacon House, this Experiential Program includes instruction encompassing: water safety, surfing, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding, and other water activities. Focusing on building self-confidence and the benefits of living a healthy, sober lifestyle; Darryl and Noah offer individualized instruction based on level of comfort and experience – providing a safe and supportive environment, which in turn is leading to emotional breakthroughs and life changing revelations.