- Addiction Recovery Treatment
Our programs and services are designed around Twelve Step addiction recovery fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and take place in a highly structured residential environment. The daily regimen focuses on the unique physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of each client to arrest the disease of addiction and restore healthy behavior. The goal is to rehabilitate each individual so that they are able to return to the community as sober and productive members. We treat each client with dignity and respect and believe that clients need to participate actively in their treatment and rehabilitation, and we provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which to do so.
Daily activities for the Primary program (30 to 90 days, depending) include participating in individual and group counseling and attending psychoeducation classes on addiction and recovery. Clients are also expected to frequent 12-Step meetings and practice sober living and socialization skills. As clients advance from Primary Residential to Transitional Residential treatment, the program begins to introduce life skills, such as budgeting and time management. Clients in the Transitional phase are required to obtain employment within the first 30 days of admission into that program.
Harbor House provides routine on-site nursing services. All clients admitted to the Primary Care Residential Treatment Program undergo a comprehensive nursing assessment and medical evaluation by a licensed physician. In some cases, the Treatment Team or nursing personnel require that a client who may be at risk of a significant physical withdrawal, such as when an individual ceases alcohol and benzodiazepine consumption after an extended period of use, undergo a medically supervised detoxification to ensure that the client’s medical needs do not exceed our on-site resources. Additionally, we have found that, in most instances, full physiological stabilization prior to admittance allows the individual to be physically prepared to engage in their treatment. Withdrawal from other substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, while unpleasant, do not produce physical symptoms of withdrawal, and are manageable on site.
The medical staff handles minor illnesses and injuries, dispenses medications and makes referrals for specialty medical, surgical and mental health services. The medical department also assists clients in establishing relationships with community-based primary care medical and mental health providers, collects specimens for drug screens and helps to explore medication options while clients are in residence. Medical Services also arranges for dental, vision and medical appointments and coordinates transportation for each. Our medical department keeps the overdose-reversing drug, Naloxone, on site, in the event of an opioid overdose.
With the onset of the nation’s opioid epidemic, Harbor House implemented a Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT), under the supervision of a licensed addictionologist. Studies have indicated that MAT reduces opioid abuse and overdose deaths, and further, once an individual enters drug treatment, it improves their ability to retain what they learn in treatment. The medications we use allow a client to function comfortably while reducing the effects of opioid withdrawal. Oftentimes, it is the unpleasant, and sometimes painful, withdrawal that causes an individual to leave treatment in search of relief . We feel that by incorporating a MAT program, we give the individual time for balance to gradually be restored to the brain functions that have been changed by repeated and extended substance use. Our on-site medical staff dispenses such medication to the prescribed individual and monitors each client’s progress. By incorporating these new tools, we do believe we can arrest and treat opioid use disorder.