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Our view of addiction

We view addiction as a chronic illness requiring long-term support and management. We assist men in learning to manage their disease and in building a foundation for lasting recovery.

We believe in utilizing state of the art approaches in addressing addictions, including a supportive, success based approach and a weekly relapse prevention group. The use of Suboxone, Methadone and anti-craving medications are supported where appropriate, with secure storage and monitoring of medication compliance. Most psychiatric medications are accepted.  We are especially mindful of risks of overdose and have Narcan available.   

                                     

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Relapse concerns

In our experience, relapse is often associated with untreated co-occurring mental illness, such as depression or anxiety. Trauma, grief and medical issues are also common issues contributing to relapse. Due to the seriousness and complexity addictions, participation in outpatient treatment is required. At Harmony House, we work in cooperation with treatment and medical professionals to help residents prevent relapse and develop a lifestyle that supports physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.  We do not provide treatment services.

Typical issues facing new Harmony House residents

  • Broken or severely strained relationships with loved ones

  • Separation from children

  • Intense feelings of guilt, remorse and shame related to behaviors during active addiction

  • Reluctance to ask for help from others

  • Neglect of physical or mental health

  • History of repeated relapses

  • Unemployment, under-employment or serious job dissatisfaction

  • Uncertainty about the future

  • Fears of failure

 

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Typical daily activities of residents of residents of Harmony House

  • Actively working to stay clean and sober

  • Participating in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous

  • Debating with self about whether or not to call sponsor

  • Calling sponsor

  • Going to work or school

  • Building coping skills, without the use of drugs and alcohol

  • Reducing impulsive behavior

  • Taking pride in being self-responsible

  • Doing assigned house chore

  • Improving self-awareness and self-esteem

  • Cooking dinner

  • Building social skills and increasing connectedness with others

  • Repairing damages caused by use of drugs and alcohol

  • Practicing assertive behaviors

  • Laughing with housemates

  • Attending counseling or medical appointments

  • Developing supportive relationships in the house and in AA, NA, CA  groups.

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