Harbour Hall

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Adolescent Addiction Services

As children become adolescents, they begin to develop their identity, relationship skills, and emotional awareness and stability. This period of growth can be a challenging time for many teens, if they are dealing with un-healthy relationships, peer pressure, depression or abuse. As a result, many teenagers begin to experiment with drugs and alcohol, which can lead to long-term addiction.


Signs that may indicate substance abuse include
  • Decrease in school performance.
  • Problems with family and other relationships.
  • Loss of interest in normal healthy activities.
  • Impaired memory.
Harbor Hall provides help with any or all of the following
  • Strength-based, Individualized treatment planning. Empowerment
  • Prime for Life® Early Intervention. Prime For Life® is a motivational risk reduction program. It is used most with people who have had a legal or policy violation such as impaired driving, possession, or workplace violation, but it is relevant for everyone. Prime for Life helps foster attitudes, beliefs, and understanding that helps people reduce risk for any type of alcohol or drug problem. It also creates a unique self-assessment experience to help people be more aware of what they value, what they are risking, and how to protect the things that mean the most in their lives. https://www.primeforlife.org/Programs/PRIME_For_Life_Prevention
  • Trauma informed recovery. peer support, psycho-education, interpersonal skills training, meditation, creative expression, spirituality, and community action to support survivors in addressing and healing from trauma. Trauma can lead addiction, but also to depression.
  • Evidenced Base Therapies
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on the principles of social learning theory and views addictive behavior as functionally related to major problems is a person’s life. The purpose and design of Harbor Hall’s structure is to identify and place emphasis on life skill deficiencies and to increase an individual’s ability to cope with high stress and high risk situations. CBT helps the client to change behavior, reinforce the change and develop self-efficacy.
  • Seeking Safety
Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It can be conducted in group (any size) and/or individual modality. It is an extremely safe model as it directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into the trauma narrative (the detailed account of disturbing trauma memories), thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement.
The key principles of Seeking Safety
  • Safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions)
  • Integrated treatment (working on both trauma and substance abuse at the same time)
  • A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both trauma and substance abuse
  • Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management
  • Attention to clinician processes
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a cognitive-behavioral approach that highlights the psychosocial facets of treatment. DBT suggests that some people are prone to react in an intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.

Characteristics of DBT: Support-oriented, Cognitive-based, Collaborative