Who We Are

Who We Are

New Beginnings Lake Charles is a private corporation that exists solely for the purpose of treating patients and their families for the disease of chemical dependency. In addition to medical detoxification, inpatient, outpatient services, and family treatment programs, we provide extended care services, aftercare, educational programs, and relapse prevention programs designed to help chemically dependent patients and their families.

New Beginnings Lake Charles was founded in 2008 by Dick Kessler. For decades, he was nationally known and recognized in the addiction recovery and treatment industry. A former addict himself, Dick realized there were very few places to seek help for addiction. When Dick became sober, he made it his life's mission to make sure that those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction had a place to go for help. With Dick's vision and dedication and a little help from some friends, today New Beginnings Lake Charles is licensed for 28 residential beds. Our facility is fully licensed by the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

New Beginnings Lake Charles is dedicated to treating those affected by substance use disorders, and their families.


  • Providing the highest quality care throughout our continuum of services.
  • Valuing the importance of family participation in the recovery process.
  • Providing a physical and therapeutic environment conducive to the transforming power of a spiritual awakening.

Treatment provided by New Beginnings Lake Charles is based upon the belief that addiction is a primary, progressive, chronic, and potentially fatal disease that may be arrested with treatment and an ongoing recovery program. The disease impacts and results from causative factors in the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual realms. The process of treatment, from assessment through continuing care, must therefore address all of the aforementioned realms.

The Services at New Beginnings Lake Charles include:

  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Medical Detoxification
  • Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
  • Bio-psychosocial
  • Addiction Certified and Licensed Clinicians
  • Gender specific programming for men & women
  • 12 Step philosophies of AA & NA
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Didactic Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma Reduction
  • Spiritual Exploration
  • Healthy lifestyles, nutrition, stress management
  • Team Building Activities
  • Community Driven Peer Accountability
  • Family Program
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Aftercare Program
  • Alumni Association
  • 28 bed residential facility located in Lake Charles, LA

New Beginnings Lake Charles Treatment Team closely collaborates with:

  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Courts/Legal System
  • 12 Step focused facilities
  • Case Managers
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Sober Living Facilities
  • Interventionists