Our Mission

To heal and empower any person with substance abuse disorder in a safe, nurturing environment to assist them in becoming a respected, responsible, productive member of the community.

About Us

Executive Director John McManus

Medical Director Ruby Bayan. MD

In 2015, Executive Director John McManus and Ruby Bayan, MD, an adult, child and addiction psychiatrist  shared a common vision to provide the best care needed for those suffering from addiction in our community.  With more than 50 years of experience between them in this field, they collaborated with other community stakeholders to bring their vision to life.
Waterfront Recovery Services is the first detox program in Humboldt County certified by the State of California Department of Health Care Services to provide Incidental Medical Services.

Executive Director John McManus and Medical Director Dr. Ruby Bayan meeting with political leaders and community partners. Congressman Jerad Huffman, Danco Builders, St. Joseph Hospital administrators.

Together, they are actively pursuing an extended vision for providing services to the community to include youth services and programs to address issues of mental health and non violent drug offenders effectively and compassionately.

Addressing the Needs of a  Community in Crisis


Addiction Studies

Wellness Practices

Employment Opportunities

Life Skills

Transition Support

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Thank you Waterfront staff! I love you all and appreciate your care and encouragement. You have given me a good starting board for my recovery journey; I will miss all of you.


My counselor couldn’t have done a better job. He always had time for me and gave me excellent care. I was given the same from detox staff all the way to the good food of the kitchen staff. Thank you!

Our Staff

Alcohol Drug Care Services opened Waterfront Recovery Services in the fall of 2017 to provide medically supervised detox and addiction therapy. Our staff of medical professionals and counselors specializing in addiction issues work continuously to develop compassionate and effective programs for residents in an effort to treat the whole person. Extra curricular exercise programs, yoga, art workshops, and a variety of spiritual practices scheduled on site bring inspiration and vitality to the process of putting lives back together.

Resumes, job interview skills, cooking classes, budgeting are some of the offerings our transitional housing staff make available.


. . . really pulled through for me in detox going above and beyond, helping me through a very tough time. I should be getting my daughter back very soon. Thank you so much.

Our Board

Jon Sapper, Chair

Kathryn Donahue, Vice Chair

Catlin Conlin, Treasurer

Eileen McGee, Secretary

Caren Wise

Stuart Altschuler

Retired Humboldt County Office of Education Administrator

Retired Registered Nurse,  Union Rep, BOD CA Alliance for Retired Americans

Eureka High School Teacher

Community Media Producer

Artist, Art Therapist

College of the Redwoods Substance Abuse Instructor, Private Therapist