Harbor Hall has provided long-term, residential treatment services for adult males (18 years of age and older) since our inception in 1973. We get clients from all walks of life but, the number one characteristic they all have in common is a long-standing problem with addiction.
Harbor Hall operates with a peer-led therapeutic environment, where you help each other see and change what is blocking your path to meaningful recovery. By living and working together in a controlled environment, you start to think more clearly, as the length of time gets further out when you last used mood altering chemicals.
Our goal is to be able to provide you with a long enough treatment experience where you can start planning for a recovery oriented life.
Our length of stay is typically 90 days or longer, with an average duration of 90 days. All applicants should plan on participating in Harbor Hall programming for a minimum of 90 days. We’re often asked why we don’t offer a shorter program. A November 10, 2008 LA Times article summarizes our reason very well.
One important discovery: evidence is building to support the 90-day rehabilitation model, which was stumbled upon by AA (new members are advised to attend a meeting a day for the first 90 days) and is the duration of a typical stint in a drug-treatment program. It turns out that this is just about how long it takes for the brain to reset itself and shake off the immediate influence of a drug. Researchers at Yale University have documented what they call the sleeper effect–a gradual re-engaging of proper decision making and analytical functions in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex–after an addict has abstained for at least 90 days.
During the first couple of weeks you will be in integrating in to the program. This period of time gets you acclimated where, we are getting to know you and you are getting to develop a relationship with your counselor and the other residents. We complete many assessments during this period of time to get to know you better. These include a psych-social assessment, spiritual history, physical exam, recreation/leisure assessment, psychological testing, and a family/concerned other questionnaire. From these interviews and tests, we will develop a plan together on what you will be working on while in treatment. This planning is what makes your treatment program highly individualized and personal to you and your situation.
The next phase of treatment is the discovery period, where you are getting to know yourself and the harms that have been caused to you and others over your addiction. You will also be learning how to develop a new way of life and integrating tools to help you remain drug/alcohol free when you leave. We have a recreational therapist who will schedule many fun activities for you to participate in. All of your meals, sleeping quarters, group therapy sessions, lectures, 12 Step Meetings, counselors, laundry, linen, etc. are provided for you. We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible so that you can focus on the most important work of your life; getting to know and like yourself and making a commitment in continuing to move forward in your life. Harbor Hall is also highly integrated in to the local recovery community. We will be sending you out to and also hosting many recovery groups on site. We believe that the recovery community can help you to develop a life of recovery. You will also be thinking about what comes next after you leave Harbor Hall. Many of you have developed a drug oriented lifestyle that incorporates friends and places that are associated with that former life. Several of you may come to realize that you cannot go back to former playgrounds and playmates and remain abstinent. If that is the case, then we can help you to develop some alternative plans to help you achieve lasting recovery. See Transitional Living Section.
For more information on this program please call 1-888-880-5511 or click here to contact Harbor Hall.