A Time to start the process…
How do I get started?
The First Step – Confidential Telephone Screening
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines a substance use disorder as a medical illness characterized by clinically significant impairments in health, social function, and voluntary control over substance use. Substance use disorders range in severity, duration, and complexity from mild to severe. If you or someone you know needs help, then please call our Admissions Department for a confidential telephone screening. During your call, our staff will guide you through a brief confidential questionnaire to determine the severity of the substance use disorder, and either schedule an onsite assessment for you with a member of our Clinical Team or refer you to another treatment facility, agency or organization. If it is more convenient for you or to expedite the process, you may complete an Online Referral Form. If you choose this option, a member of the Admissions Department will contact you by telephone the next business days to schedule the screening appointment.
The Second Step – Assessment and Diagnosis
The assessment interview will be conducted by a member of our Clinical Treatment Team. The evaluation will help us gain a better understanding of your drug, alcohol, medical, psychiatric, legal, social, vocational, family and treatment history, and will assist us in gaging the nature and severity of the individual’s health and social problems as a direct result of the substance use. We will utilize several assessment instruments to diagnose substance use disorder, such as the identification of the abused substance(s), amount of use, loss of control, interference in daily activities, socioeconomic impact, tolerance levels, consequences of use and withdrawal symptoms. Based on this information, and the severity of the disorder, a decision will be made as to whether an admission to Harbor House is appropriate, or if the intensity of the disorder, or the existence of any co-occurring psychiatric disorder, may require a higher level of care. If the person meets criteria for admission, then the Admissions Department will schedule an admittance date with you. Every effort will be made to arrange for your admission as soon as possible.
How long will it take to enter Phase I – Primary Care Residential Program?
Admission dates for all programs at Harbor House are assigned based on the availability of beds. A member of the Treatment Team will discuss your admission date once the assessment process has been completed. Please note that we are a community based non-profit. This means that sometimes, we do not have a full administrative staff on weekends or after regular business hours. Therefore, we are not able to conduct assessments or process admissions during those times.