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Phase I – Primary
The first phase of recovery at Harbor House for individuals interested in overcoming addictive behaviors and lifestyles is the Primary Care Residential Program. We have a separate program for female and male residents, and clients are expected to commit to a minimum of 30 days in residence. We recommend a longer stay, which may be granted depending upon individual needs, progress and goals. The Program utilizes evidence-based practices and a 12-Step recovery model. Residents will work with alcohol and drug counselors, a family therapist, and our medical team during their stay, and should anticipate substantial peer interaction and support.
The individual and clinical staff together develop a Recovery Plan based on an individual’s strengths and goals, resources and ability to recover. This plan is used as a guide to prioritize client objectives and measure progress. Each plan will include individual counseling and therapy sessions where a client will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their counselor to process issues that may be better addressed in an individual session. Several group therapy sessions will be conducted each week, facilitated by certified alcohol and drug counselors, giving our residents a setting to give and receive feedback and support, learn from other’s experiences, and practice healthy communication skills. The Clinical Treatment Team designs each plan to consider age, gender, race, ethnicity, language, literacy, spirituality, culture, trauma history and co-occurring physical and mental health issues.
Residents should also expect to attend 12-Step Meetings, both on campus and in the Recovery Community, and Educational Groups. Time is allocated each day for clients to complete written assignments, meditation groups and therapeutic household chores. Clients will also have the opportunity to arrange for private family therapy sessions with our Family Therapist while they are in Residential Care. Research shows that those who participate more fully in treatment typically have better outcomes. We make every effort to encourage those in our Residential Treatment Care Program to fully engage in their treatment plans, and we periodically assess progress to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the individualized Treatment Plan.
Phase II – Transitional
Clients are able to extend their treatment for another 60 days by transferring to Phase II – the Transitional Care Residential Treatment Program. Research shows conclusively that the length of treatment has a direct relationship to the probability of successful, long-term recovery. By the time a client reaches this phase of treatment, they are feeling better physically and mentally, and have begun to discover what being alcohol and drug-free feels like. Clients report an increase in mental awareness, physicality and an overall sense of better health. Engaging clients here by addressing an individual’s barriers to recovery and creating positive attention to gender oriented issues will increase a client’s success rate.
The Transitional Program is based on the philosophy that individuals in recovery need practice to change old habits and maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle using the information learned in Phase I – Primary treatment. During this phase of treatment, clients begin to transition into a clean and sober life, replacing the coping skills learned in addiction with new tools of recovery, such as honest self-appraisal and responsible decision-making abilities.
Clients in Phase II become more active in a 12-Step Recovery Community, but still participate in Group Therapy twice per week and individual therapy sessions with the Transitional Counselor once per week. As a client progresses in their treatment program, and in order to promote self-direction, a gentle shift occurs from a strong clinical influence to a less clinically driven plan. Emphasis is placed on monitoring threats to relapse, personal motivation and peer accountability. Individuals in the Transitional Program should be searching for and obtaining employment, practicing budgeting and becoming more responsible for independent time management. Family obligations are often addressed during this time, and a more concentrated effort is made to practice those behaviors that are conducive to long-term recovery, such as honesty and integrity. Other goals are more individual in nature and involve personal growth in both humility and spirituality.
Clients in Phase II may bring a vehicle (with current driver’s license, tags, and insurance) to be parked in an enclosed lot, take the city bus or use the Harbor House van for transportation to and from work and shopping. Harbor House Staff will be available during designated times, and with the proper written requests to provide transportation for pre-approved schedules.