Harbor House offers separate male and female Aftercare Programs. The Aftercare Program is voluntary (unless court ordered) and is available to all clients that
complete the Primary Care Program. Primary Care clients can attend the Aftercare Program at the main campus after they have completed 30 days of
treatment. The Program consists of weekly group meetings facilitated by a trained counselor. The Aftercare counselors monitor client progress, meet with
clients on an as needed basis and make referrals to other agencies and organizations for additional services and support.
The goal of the Aftercare Program is to provide ongoing peer-focused sobriety-oriented support
for clients who want it. Some of the areas that are covered during this phase of treatment include
helping clients to take active roles in making continuing recovery plans. Clients are expected to
attend the weekly sessions and Twelve Step recovery meetings on a regular basis, abstain from
drugs and alcohol and harmful behaviors, participate in the random drug screening program
and have a strong relationship with a sponsor.
The DUI Diagnostic Assessment Service
Harbor House is licensed to conduct DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Diagnostic Assessment
Services. This program is for individuals who have been convicted of two or more DUI violations
and have had their driver’s license suspended. This program was developed and sanctioned
under the Mississippi Implied Consent Law to encourage alcohol and drug treatment and to
reduce the suspension period for offenders.
Clients who acknowledge at the time of admission to the Primary Care Residential Treatment
Program that they have been convicted of two or more DUI violations receive a summary of the
Mississippi Implied Consent Law, an hour of DUI educational films and information on how to get their driver’s license reinstated. A certified counselor then
administers an approved standardized test (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory). The results of this test, in combination with the initial intake, blood
alcohol content report, motor vehicle record and other information, are used in developing the client’s Primary Care Residential Treatment Plan.
The Family Program
The Family Program is available to all interested parties. It focuses on information and education about the disease of
addiction and is held at the South Jackson campus on Thursday evenings (for a total of six sessions). The major goal of the Family Program is to provide
families and friends with information and education that allows them to understand the disease of addiction and what they can do to begin the process of
recovery. Families are affected by addiction in many ways and they suffer many consequences; their own recovery is essential for their welfare and for that of the
client. Families in the Program can sign up for a formal family conference.
The Family Program covers the same six-week curriculum as that of the educational program for clients. At the start of each session the topic for the evening is
introduced, followed by a film, a brief lecture and a discussion circle that includes the clients whose families/friends are in attendance. The last fifteen minutes
of the Program allow for clients and families to visit and continue their discussion together in small groups. The films provide information on the medical
aspects of addiction, the stages of recovery, the signs and symptoms of relapse, spiritual advice on the dangers of enabling, behaviors associated with denial
and client testimonials about relapses associated with cross addictions.
The Ropes Course
The purpose of the Ropes Course, which is also called adventure based counseling, is to challenge groups of individuals to work together as a team to
overcome obstacles in an effort to reach their goals -- those set by the facilitator and those set by the participants themselves. As opposed to the typical “feelings
groups,” in which residents sit around a circle and work through concerns verbally, this approach to group therapy places participants in a hands-on learning
situation. The Course takes place over two days (4 hours each day).
In many cases, this environment provides an opportunity for the more withdrawn members to assume an active role in the problem-solving process, while more
headstrong members are challenged to rely on other people for support versus relying totally on themselves. The group moves through typical stages: (1)
forming, (2) norming, (3) storming and (4) performing. A crucial component of the ropes course experience is the process circle in which the members reflect on
their experience, sharing insights and feelings related to the activities.
Members set goals for themselves that are positive and meaningful to the group as a whole and personally challenging. The idea is for them to build upon
personal and group strengths, while eliminating, or minimizing negative, ineffective behaviors. After completing several ice breaker activities, group members
are asked to come up with goals that will guide the group, providing them with a compass to gauge where the group stands. Some examples of group goals
include working as a team, being open-minded, honest, and willing and setting realistic goals.
The group is also asked to identify behaviors that it does not want to tolerate. These behaviors usually include things such as: general negativity, one person
trying to run the show, blaming, giving up and arguing. When this sort of negativity arises, the members agree to confront and work toward changing this
behavior. Additionally, each member is asked to specify two personal goals, usually related to character defects identified in the treatment process, to work on
throughout the Ropes Course activities.
Programs- Aftercare, DUI, Family, & Ropes
Residential- Primary, Secondary,