Harbor House



Primary Care

The first phase of recovery at Harbor House for individuals interested in overcoming addictive behaviors and lifestyles is the Primary Care Residential Program.

Clients stay full-time at the main campus for six to eight weeks. The Program utilizes evidence based practices and a Twelve Step recovery model. There is a

separate program for men and for women.


The clinical staff develops a Recovery Plan for each client which is used as a guide to prioritize client goals and objectives and measure client progress. The

Plan outlines a roadmap for the client to follow to become a productive member of society, improve relationships with families and friends, secure gainful

employment and enhance their level of spirituality. The daily program includes individual counseling, small group discussions andHarbor House Services educational classes. Time is

also allocated each day for clients to complete written assignments and household chores,

interact with their peers on a one-on-one basis, engage in physical fitness activities and attend a

Twelve Step recovery meeting. Arrangements are made with other agencies, organizations and

providers if clients need services not available at Harbor House.


Secondary Care

Clients are able to extend their treatment for another sixty (60 to 90) days by transferring to the

Secondary Care Residential Treatment Program (sometimes referred to as the Transitional

Program). Research shows conclusively that the length of treatment has a direct relationship to

the probability of a successful, long-term recovery.


The Secondary 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

primary treatment. Transitioning into a clean and sober life involves becoming active in Twelve

Step recovery groups such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, finding employment and

taking responsibility for making honest, informed decisions.


Secondary clients 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. Staff is available twenty-four hours per day at each location.


The major goal of the Secondary Program is to provide a stabile environment which promotes individual accountability, responsibility and productivity. Objectives

supporting this goal include handling housekeeping chores, learning time and money management, becoming an active member of the recovery community,

gaining awareness of relapse signs and symptoms, acknowledging family obligations and maintaining gainful employment compatible with treatment

requirements. Other goals are more individual in nature and involve personal growth of both integrity and spirituality. Records are maintained of client

participation in small groups, completion of daily written inventories and weekly assignments, consistency in following daily itineraries and weekend schedules,

as well as their attendance at Twelve Step meetings, Aftercare, Big Book and Twelve Step study sessions and morning meditations.


Extended Transitional Program for Men

Men who have completed the Secondary Program have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Extended Transitional Program (also referred to as Phase

III). This program allows a client to remain in residential treatment for up to 9 months from the date they were first admitted to Harbor House. Phase III is not

simply an extension of the Secondary Program; rather, it is to become role models for other clients and leaders in the recovery community. This program offers

boundless possibilities in pursuing a new lifestyle and a fresh beginning.


Phase III clients are given more freedom. They also help with the daily operation of the facility, such as monitoring the menu and grocery list preparation and

inventorying supplies and equipment. They also serve as mentors for new clients, offering them guidance in adjusting to secondary treatment and introducing

them to members of the recovery community. The Phase III program benefits the Transitional Program as a whole as much as it benefits those clients who

enter it.


The ultimate goal for the Phase III program is to allow clients to remain in treatment for a sufficient length of time to develop confidence in themselves, their

Higher Power, and their support groups to make a successful transition into the broader community. Some of the objectives that are set for Phase III include

saving money in preparation for independent living, clearing up legal and financial problems, making amends to family members and others and continuing

Twelve Step work with sponsors.


Medical Services

Specialty Programs- Aftercare, DUI, Family, & Ropes

Residential- Primary, Secondary, Extended


Frequently Asked Questions