When looking for a quick service restaurant for lunch or dinner in the Magic Kingdom, it would be easy to completely miss The Columbia Harbour House. This Liberty Square mainstay has been quietly serving up fish and chicken since the Magic Kingdom opened way back in 1971.

The restaurant really blends into its surroundings, but that doesn’t mean that we should skip by as we rush off to the Haunted Mansion or the Hall Of Presidents. (I still rush off to the Hall Of Presidents sometimes, don’t you?).

Let’s take a look at six interesting facts about the Columbia Harbour House:


The Columbia Harbour House sits at the border between Liberty Square and Fantasyland. If you look at the building’s façade from the Liberty Square side, it looks like it would fit in perfectly with a small New England fishing village.

Columbia Harbour House New England styled architecture.
Columbia Harbour House New England styled architecture.

However, if you look at the building from the walkway leading in from Fantasyland, it has a much more Swiss or German feel complete with window boxes for flowers. This building definitely has multiple personalities!

Columbia Harbour House Swiss styled architecture.
Columbia Harbour House Swiss styled architecture.


There are many great touches inside the building, and most of them help you feel like you have walked straight into Colonial America, from the simple fireplace to the pewter plates and pitchers.

Columbia Harbour House fireplace.
Columbia Harbour House fireplace.


This is a “harbour” house after all, so you will see plenty of little touches that build on the seaside theme. From the model of a ship to a ship’s figurehead statue, from the hanging ship’s wheel turned light fixture to the artwork on the walls, there are great sea-faring details to uncover everywhere.

Ship's wheel turned into a huge light fixture.
Ship’s wheel turned into a huge light fixture.
Ship figurehead carving in the ordering area.
Ship figurehead carving in the ordering area.


Even in nautically-themed Colonial America, you can find a hidden Mickey. Check out the design of the circles in this map. Pretty cool, huh?


Hidden Mickey?  You be the judge.
Hidden Mickey? You be the judge.


Ok, this dining room isn’t technically hidden, but many people overlook it. There is a huge dining area on the second floor of this building. Since many people don’t know about it or don’t look for it, this can be a nice, quiet spot to enjoy your lobster roll or fried shrimp platter. There are lots of wood accents, plenty of large round tables, and windows that let you look down into both Liberty Square and Fantasyland.

You will find plenty of seating upstairs.
You will find plenty of seating upstairs.


Many people think that the Magic Kingdom is only about burgers and fries. While that perception has been changing over time, especially with the opening of the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the new Fantasyland, the Columbia Harbour House has been serving up some unique meals for many years. Yes, you can get fried chicken strips here, but you can also get grilled salmon, a broccoli peppercorn salad, and the Anchors Away sandwich, which includes tuna, lettuce, and tomato. Vegetarians might enjoy the Lighthouse sandwich which is made from hummus, tomato, and broccoli slaw.… Read the rest

5 Life-Changing Benefits of Completing Drug Rehab

The goal of drug rehabilitation it to stop drug use and learn the tools to build a productive life. That may sound easy enough, but it can often be very challenging. For many, the most difficult part is acknowledging a need for treatment.

Entering – and Completing – a Treatment Program

Once in treatment, the challenge is usually staying in treatment long enough to not only break free of drugs but to get your life back on track. With that in mind, let’s look at five important benefits of a drug rehab program for you or a loved one.

Rehab can help you:

  • Break the Addictive Cycle

People who are addicted to drugs need to be in a drug-free environment with people who will hold them accountable for their goal of getting off drugs. Drug rehab may begin with detoxification, which helps the addict rid his or her body of the drugs and treat any withdrawal symptoms. Not everyone needs to go through detox, but detox alone is not enough treatment to effectively break the addictive cycle long-term. Once detox is completed, the real work of addiction treatment begins.

  • Learn About Addiction

Once you are free from drugs, you have the ability to think more clearly and can educate yourself about your addiction. Learning about your addiction means gaining insight into which people, events, sensory experiences and habits trigger cravings for drugs. Most drug rehab facilities can help you explore those triggers so that you can make deliberate efforts to avoid or manage them when you transition back into your daily life.

  • Dig into the Underlying Issues

There are many reasons people get addicted to drugs, but you must gain insight into what draws you towards your substance of choice. Is it a means to cope with stress? Do drugs help numb you emotionally so you don’t have to feel emotional or physical pain? Are drugs a way to avoid responsibility, gain others’ approval or belong to a group? It’s important that you peel back the layers of your behavior to understand what is behind your drug habits.

Counselors at rehab facilities are trained to help you dig into these underlying issues, make sense of them and help you build new coping skills that don’t rely on substance use.

  • Build New Habits and Practices

Most people with a history of drug use have poor discipline and self-care habits. A critical part of self-care for a person in recovery is setting and accomplishing goals. Most people, whether in recovery or not, do not know how to set goals that are likely to be achieved. They begin with sincere intentions that eventually get abandoned because they didn’t approach goal setting with the proper mindset. The repetitive cycle of wanting to change habits but continually falling short gradually weakens a person’s resolve to the point where many stops trying.

What characterizes the vast majority of people with addictions. They initially think a few tweaks of their schedule will help them stop their use of substances, but they fail to realize the compulsive nature of addictions and the strong grip it has on their life. Rehab can help you set short and long-term goals in the areas most important to a strong recovery. These areas include goals for your physical and emotional health, relationships, occupational and spiritual aspirations.

  • Establish Healthy Boundaries

Substance abusers typically take too little responsibility for their life and behavior while friends and family take on too much responsibility. The relational boundary that typically helps people navigate a healthy relationship is often distorted or unclear in families where there is an addictive pattern.

What emerges from relationships with poorly defined boundaries is a survival mentality where family members assume roles to help cope with stress. Though these roles can temporarily lessen stress, they increase confusion and anxiety because the underlying issue of substance use is never directly dealt with. Rehab can help you understand where these boundaries get tangled up and show you ways to keep them healthy.… Read the rest

Advantages & Disadvantages of Going to Rehab Away from Home

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Pros and Cons

When a person enters substance abuse treatment, they tend to choose a local treatment center. Staying close to home provides the option of continuing to work or returning to work sooner, access to family and friends in their support system, and general familiarity with the area. However, staying close to home for treatment is not always the best choice. At Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, we encourage our potential guests to weigh the pros and cons of being close to home before selecting a rehab location.

Benefits of Distance

For some people, it is better to be further away from home while in treatment. The potential benefits of being in a rehab further away include:

  • Fewer distractions. Even things that aren’t negative–like supportive family, friends, and colleagues–can be distracting at times. Some people in treatment find it easier to focus on their recovery when they are not juggling the obligations of everyday life.
  • A chance to start over. Some people might appreciate the chance to receive treatment in a place where they are not continually reminded of past relapses or poor choices.
  • The ability to choose a relaxing setting. Treatment centers are located in a variety of climates and environments. Getting away from the “hustle and bustle” of their typical surroundings may be beneficial to some people.
  • More customized treatment options. Some centers are especially good at addressing alcoholism, dual diagnoses, or certain age groups or genders. Others may incorporate a spiritual component into treatment. Such specialization may be what a person needs to be most successful in their sober life. At Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, we strive to tailor treatment to each person’s full range of recovery needs.
  • Distance from triggers, negative memories, and negative people. Not having continuous interactions with the places and people associated with poor choices may be beneficial in the early stages of recovery. Distance may also make it easier to recognize toxic relationships and determine how to address them in the future.
  • It’s potentially easier to protect confidentiality. For those concerned about their confidentiality, going to rehab away from home may make it easier to prevent friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc., from knowing about the treatment.
  • Harder to give up. If treatment is 1,000 miles from home, it’s harder to give up and walk out the door.
  • Better quality. In some cases, the quality of treatment available in a person’s local area is poor. In rural locations, treatment options may be limited. Choosing to stay home for rehab may mean that they don’t get the best possible care.

Disadvantages of Distance

Because every recovery story is different, distance is not for everyone. Some people find that the benefits of entering treatment away from home don’t outweigh the disadvantages:4 Reasons Why It's Good To Travel for Drug Rehab

  • Difficulty engaging family and friends. Distance could prevent the client’s family and friends from engaging as much in therapeutic services, which could mean that they will not be as well prepared to support their loved one after treatment.
  • Time away from work. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does prevent a person from losing their job for entering treatment, it does not guarantee a paycheck while in rehab, and some people find they cannot afford to lose income while seeking help.
  • Lack of familiarity. The idea of being in a strange place may be too triggering to allow some individuals to relax.
  • Inability to connect with local resources. When a person returns home after treatment, they will not be familiar with the local resources that could support their continued recovery. It can also be more difficult for the professionals at the rehab center to set up aftercare in a town they are not familiar with.
  • Wherever you go, there you are. Because the problems left behind during treatment will still be waiting at home, some people feel it is easier to do treatment near home, where they can manage their issues with the help of their treatment professionals.
  • Increased costs. Insurance does not always cover out-of-state treatment. It is important, therefore, to know what insurance will and won’t cover before making a decision.
  • Shady programs. It’s extremely important to screen a treatment center before deciding to go there. It can be dangerous to enter a treatment center far from home without knowing whether it’s credible. It can also be more difficult to get out of an unsavory program if it’s far from home.Harbor House Rehab & Recovery Center | Healthcare Jobs Near Me

If you need help determining what kind of treatment is right for you, please feel free to reach out to us at Safe Harbor Recovery Center, in Portsmouth, Virginia, where a trained counselor can help you make a choice that will fit your unique recovery needs. At Safe Harbor, we address the physical symptoms of substance abuse while helping clients build the skills necessary for a life of continued sobriety.… Read the rest


Recovery is a lifelong journey. While getting sober may require a simple detox or rehab program, living sober requires constant commitment and care. For many, returning home after treatment jeopardizes that ability to truly live sober. If a person’s home life is filled with stresses or pressures (such as old haunts or taxing relationships) it can significantly increase their risk of relapse.BaneCare - BaneCare Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living Locations in  Massachusetts

Fortunately, there are options for people looking to live sober and maintain recovery. Sober living homes are a transitional housing arrangement for people in recovery who desire an independent, yet structured and sober home life. Sober living means living in a place where there are no temptations or distractions from alcohol or drugs. It also means living in a place where you can rebuild and reinforce the sober life skills learned in your treatment program.

We’ve talked about the benefits of sobriety, but what about the benefits of sober living homes specifically? As in, the benefits of really and truly living sober day-to-day, away from substances and a substance-using society. Let’s take a look.

  1. Constant Guidance and Support

In a sober living home, you will be surrounded by people who support your recovery, and who will hold you accountable on a daily basis. Typically, sober living homes have on-site managers that live in the house with you and the other tenants. These managers are available 24/7 to help you with any potential issues that arise in your recovery – difficult cravings, down emotions, trouble finding a job – and are simply there to talk. In many cases, sober living homes connected to a treatment facility will be equipped with support staff and alumni who have walked in similar shoes. These people know what it is like to experience substance addiction, complete a rehab program, and live sober after treatment. They can offer you advice when you need it most.

House managers will also hold you accountable. In a sober living home, there is a set of rules in an effort to keep all residents happy, healthy, and sober. These rules may include no alcohol or drug use on-site, a set curfew each night, or regular drug tests to ensure a sober living environment. If someone continuously breaks the rules (although we recognize relapse is normal), they may not be allowed to stay any longer. This helps keep the environment (and expectations) as consistent as possible.

  1. Meaningful, Sober Relationships

One of the most obvious benefits of sober living – whether in a sober housing or treatment setting – is the bonds you will form while there. You will meet and live alongside people who are also in recovery and share common ground. These people also understand what it is like to use drugs, to crave drugs, to feel distant or depressed, to lose control, and to disappoint others. Most of all, they have the desire and drive to change, and become the best possible people they can be, without drugs or alcohol.

Living in a sober house or residential treatment can also help reduce loneliness, which is an inherent part of the addiction cycle. When you were using drugs, you likely felt very alone. You may have cut ties with the good people in your life or withdrew from family members in fear of judgment and rejection. In a sober recovery setting, however, this can all change. You will not be alone – there will be people literally living beside you, with very parallel experiences. Over time, these people will start to feel more like your family, or your community, with everyone supporting and understanding one another. These are the relationships you will have for life, the people you can call on when things get tough, the people that will hold you accountable for your sobriety time and time again. They become your sober network.

  1. Restored Life Skills

When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, a lot of other obligations are tossed out the window. This might include eating healthy, exercising regularly, keeping a clean home, and maintaining good personal hygiene. One of the benefits of sober living is the structure it puts back into each resident’s life. In the treatment or a transitional home, you will re-learn how to establish a regime and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will re-build important life skills – from something as simple as doing laundry to more difficult obligations like finding employment – and re-establish personal responsibility. Living with other residents in recovery, you will also learn and apply interpersonal skills (effectively dealing with any challenges), financial skills (paying bills and rent), and other practical skills needed to properly take care of yourself independently, without the use of drugs.

  1. Independence

One of the greatest benefits of sober living is the newfound (or re-found) independence that it brings. With your sobriety underway and a positive outlook on the recovery process, you will begin to take life back into your own hands. You will have the independence to go out and find a job on your own and take the steps needed to be successful in any job you pursue. You will have the independence to make new friends and establish meaningful friendships that support your recovery. You will also have the freedom to shop for your own meals, cook your own meals, and fill life with the things that bring you joy. In summary, you will have the freedom of choice, and the ability to make responsible and healthy choices that will ultimately better your life. All the while, you will be in a safe and sober environment.

At Turnbridge – an inpatient program in Connecticut – residents works through different phases of addiction treatment. When they are deemed ready to take on more independence in their recovery journey, they move into a sober living environment and into a more independent way of life – traveling into the city for classes, work, and social activities; practicing self-care and healthy regimes on a daily basis; and attending 12-step meetings on their own. All the while, they still have access to clinical care and support through their treatment program.

  1. Easier Transition Back to Mainstream Life

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of sober living homes is that they ease the transition back into everyday life. Recovery is an ongoing commitment; it does not end after rehab. That is why sober living environments are so important. They bridge the gap between treatment and mainstream society, helping a person to ease back into the buzz of the “real world” – work, school, nightlife, relationships, and more. They provide a safe and sober place to come home to each night and give residents a chance to adjust to independent living without the formal, round-the-clock care they had in a treatment setting. Sober living homes allow residents to get a sense of what real sober life is, beyond the walls of rehab.

Sober living homes are generally designed for people in early recovery, or in outpatient treatment, though many are open to people at all stages of the recovery process. Usually, the residents in these housing facilities are either going to treatment or attending meetings on a regular basis. This is an added benefit in that it will help you keep up with these obligations and stay in a sober state of mind.

  1. Mitigating the Risk of Relapse

As explained in our definition of sober living homes, the goal of sober housing is to give people in recovery a safe and supportive place to heal, away from outside pressures. This separation is perhaps the greatest benefit of all. You will be given a place to live and to focus on yourself, without temptation from old drug-using friends, old hang-out spots, and other environmental relapse triggers.

You see, substance abuse and addiction make lasting changes in the brain – they alter how our brain cells work, and therefore our ability to make rational decisions or exhibit self-control. Studies show that those who relapse while in recovery have less brain tissue in the portion of the brain that regulates behavior and emotional control – and this makes sense. As you likely know, it is hard to ignore temptation or cravings, especially in the early stages of recovery.

Sober homes can help eliminate relapse triggers that may cause cravings or temptation. There is no alcohol, no drugs, and no addictive prescriptions or OTC drugs allowed in a recovery home. There is no opportunity to relapse, because everyone is held accountable for their actions, and no time to relapse because everyone has their own, busy regime to keep on a productive recovery journey.… Read the rest

Having Healthy Relationships in Recovery

Relationships Give Our Life Substance and Meaning

Having Healthy Relationships in Recovery | Ashley Treatment Center

Relationships are interwoven into the very fabric of the tapestry of our lives. Without them, life as we know it would be quite empty and unfulfilling.

Relationships with others give our lives meaning. They define who we are. They bring us great joy – and sometimes great sorrow. We have important relationships with people we love. We have friends who offer their companionship, support, and encouragement. And, we have professional relationships with colleagues and co-workers.

We also have a relationship with ourselves. We get to wake up with ourselves every morning and go to bed with ourselves every night. We live in our own heads all day long – which is why we should make it a pleasant place to be!. We are the only person we can never lose or leave. Having a healthy relationship with ourselves is just as (if not more) important than having healthy relationships with others.

And, in recovery, many of us have a relationship with a Higher Power. If we do not have a relationship with a Higher Power, we are encouraged to develop one by working a 12-Step program at programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Indeed, relationships are vital to our survival and our happiness.

The Importance of Establishing Healthy Relationships

Building Healthy Relationships in Recovery Rehab

The key to a happy life is not just to have relationships, but to have HEALTHY relationships. In recovery, we must work to establish health and wellness in all areas of our lives. This includes how we interact with the world around us, how we approach the very sacred relationship we have with ourselves, and how we communicate with our Higher Power.

Healthy relationships with others help us to evolve in our recovery process and help foster personal growth. They should be supportive, stable, and reliable. They enrich our lives and help us to navigate the darkness when we lose our way.

Having a healthy relationship with yourself will largely determine how much you enjoy your life. If you are your own best friend, you will generally be content and well-adjusted person.

And, a healthy relationship with the God of your own understanding will help you achieve the best and highest version of yourself. Experiencing inner peace, feeling connected to higher consciousness, faith, hope, and trust – these are just a few of the many benefits of having a healthy relationship with a Higher Power.

Having Healthy Relationships With Others

Many people in early recovery have a difficult time with relationships with other people. Because of their addiction to drugs or alcohol, their lives often revolved around toxic relationships (which we will talk about in just a moment).

Knowing the qualities of a healthy relationship is the first step to pursuing and developing them in your life. If you don’t know what to look for, you won’t know it when you see it. Let’s list a few of the many attributes of a healthy relationship.

A healthy relationship:

  • supports recovery, NOT addiction
  • is built upon mutual respect
  • centers on the health and wellness of each individual
  • feels good in your soul
  • involves healthy communication
  • encourages you to achieve your highest good
  • respects personal boundaries
  • is trustworthy and reliable
  • is kind and caring
  • makes you feel good about yourself
  • builds you up
  • makes you feel safe
  • makes you feel supported
  • enriches your life
  • brings you a sense of peace and contentment

A healthy relationship adds value to your life. It encourages you to be your best self. Developing a healthy relationship takes time and commitment. It is built upon a foundation of trust, respect, caring, and kindness.

Toxic Relationships With Others Can Poison Your Life and Lead to a Reoccurrence

You have probably heard the old adage, “You are who you hang with.” The people you chose to have relationships with will greatly affect your sense of wellbeing, your recovery, and your peace of mind. Choosing wisely when it comes to the company you keep is essential to enjoying a sober lifestyle.

We have talked about what a healthy relationship looks like. Now, let’s identify a few of the characteristics of a toxic relationship.

A toxic relationship:

  • encourages drug and alcohol use
  • drains you of your energy
  • leaves you feeling bad about yourself
  • is verbally, emotionally, or physically abusive
  • does not respect personal boundaries
  • is not based on trust and mutual respect
  • creates a general feeling of insanity
  • is unreliable and unstable
  • consumes more time than you want to give
  • is controlling and manipulative
  • does not support other healthy relationships in your life
  • centers on never-ending drama
  • is codependent
  • tears you down
  • diminishes your self-worth
  • lowers your standards
  • perpetuates negativity

These are just a few of the many traits that define a toxic relationship.

As you continue to work on yourself and your recovery, you will be less likely to engage in this kind of relationship. You will find them unappealing because they take away from your life rather than add to it. They create drama and chaos.

It is especially important to be mindful of the people you are in relationships with. If you continually expose yourself to toxicity, you may have a reoccurrence as a result. We know you want to stay sober. Guard your recovery like your life depends on it – because it does.

Having a Healthy Relationship With Yourself

When you have a healthy relationship with yourself, you are more likely to have healthy relationships with other people. If you are abusive, unkind, disrespectful, or destructive towards yourself, you are more likely to accept this kind of toxic behavior from others.

Let’s be honest. An addiction to alcohol or drugs like heroin, crystal meth, or prescription painkillers leads to a dysfunctional relationship with yourself. Inactive addiction, you are unkind to yourself, you abuse your body, and you do things you are not proud of.

Recovery is all about healing and learning to love yourself. Like developing a healthy relationship with others, becoming your own best friend is a process that takes time and dedication. As you work the 12 Steps of recovery, you will undergo a transformational process that will teach you how to accept yourself – flaws and all.

Here are six tips for developing a healthy relationship with yourself:

  1. Stop the negative self-talk.
  2. Stay sober NO MATTER WHAT.
  3. Do things that make you feel good about yourself, like exercising.
  4. Set goals that will boost self-esteem.
  5. Hang around with positive people who support and encourage you.
  6. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes and move on.

Cultivating a healthy relationship with yourself is an ongoing, lifelong process – but is the greatest investment you can make.

Having a Healthy Relationship With Your Higher Power

Having a relationship with a God of your own understanding is a very personal matter. Therefore, we believe it would be intrusive of us to tell you how to develop a healthy relationship with your Higher Power.

However; we do suggest prayer, meditation, and 12-Step work as great places to start. Remember, spirituality is vital to your recovery.

Trust the Process and Go At Your Own Pace

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Remember, recovery is an exciting journey of self-discovery and personal growth. It is not a race. Developing healthy relationships with others, yourself, and the God of your understanding is a process. Just take it one day at a time. Contact us for more information.… Read the rest

How Do I Choose The Right Rehab?

Steps To Help You Choose The Right Rehab

How to Find a Rehab Center That's Right for You

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are truly terrible conditions that cause damage to lives and to families. Luckily, there are thousands of treatment facilities across the United States that are dedicated to starting those in need on the road to recovery and helping them stay on it. There is a wide variety of treatment programs, and the experience of any given treatment seeker will be dramatically different from that of another.

Your sobriety is very important, which is why it’s so important that you choose the right rehab. The right program will make it much more likely that you complete the program successfully, leave the program sober, and maintain your sobriety after you return to your life. However, the sheer number of options available means that making a choice can be hard, and the sad truth is that some rehabs are better than others. It’s important to figure out what your preferences are so you can make the right selection. Taking the following steps will help you choose the right rehab.

Decide What Your Rehab Goals And Needs Are

10 Things to Look For In A Good Rehab

Every rehab has different specialties. Even those rehabs with the same specialty will measure success differently and take different paths to get there. It is extremely important that you choose a treatment facility that will be able to help you reach your rehab goals; before you do that, you have to know what your rehab goals are.

The first step in determining your rehab goals is deciding which substances and/or behaviors you want to recover from. The next step is determining whether there are any other underlying issues, such as dual diagnosis or medical conditions, that you wish to have treated at the same time. Then you have to figure out what success means to you. Is your initial goal to get through detox and remain sober for the first 30 days? Would 6 months of sobriety be a success? A year? Only you and your loved ones can decide on what your goals are.

Consult With A Treatment Provider

A great way to find out what your treatment options are and to find a facility that most closely matches your rehab goals is to consult with a treatment provider. The sheer number of options available makes it difficult to decide without help. Also, treatment providers are very familiar with many aspects of rehab that people are likely not aware of. They also know facilities very well and can provide invaluable information. These dedicated individuals can help discuss available treatment options and connect you with rehabs. Contact a treatment provider for free right now.

Investigate Various Rehab Options

Whether you found rehab options from your own research or were provided them by a treatment provider, it is important that you investigate them. Some information will be available on websites, while you may have to call and ask for other information. Top-rated treatment facilities want to make sure that you will find success in their program, and they have nothing to hide. They should be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Factors To Consider

Many factors determine which rehab is best for your circumstances, and some factors are more important than others. Here are some that are the most important to many treatment seekers.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

There are 2 major forms of rehab: inpatient rehab, where the patient stays at the rehab facility, and outpatient rehab, where the patient stays at home but goes to treatment during the day. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both, so the right choice really depends on the individual’s needs. In general, inpatient treatment has a considerably higher success rate; it is also usually more expensive and disruptive to daily life, however. Conversely, outpatient treatment generally has a lower success rate; it, on the other hand, is less expensive and allows patients to maintain more of their normal routine.


Every treatment center has a different set of addictions that they specialize in treating; for example, alcoholism or patients with a dual diagnosis might be specialties. Most facilities have greater success treating some addictions than others. It is very important to select a rehab facility that both specializes in and has a positive track record of treating patients with your specific needs.

Treatments And Therapies

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There are thousands of different treatment models and therapy options available for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. This makes it possible for everyone to find the treatment that works best for them, but it also means that it is possible to choose a rehab where the available therapies are not the best fit. It is very useful to research different types of therapies, especially if you have not attended treatment before.


The available amenities are some of the biggest and most obvious differentiators between drug and alcohol rehabs. There are rehabs that provide a standard of living that rivals or exceeds that of 5-star hotels, and there are rehabs that have extremely basic but fully-functional facilities that more than adequately help patients get sober. The range of amenities offered is truly huge, meaning that you will likely find a facility that offers anything you are looking for.… Read the rest



Harbor House Inc is a substance abuse treatment provider located in Hot Springs National Park, AR (Garland County).

They accept young adults and adults (ages 18 and up) and treat both men and women.


Harbor House Inc has the following licenses and/or certifications. Please contact the facility for more information.

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities


Harbor House Inc provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment in the following setting(s):

  • Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment
  • Regular Outpatient Substance Abuse Addiction Treatment


Harbor House Inc offers the following opioid addiction treatm services:

  • Accepts clients on opioid medication


Harbor House Inc uses the following addiction treatment approaches:

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency management/motivational incentives
  • Community reinforcement plus vouchers
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance use counseling approach
  • Trauma-related counseling


Harbor House Inc offers the following counseling and education programs:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Marital/Couples Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Hepatitis Education, counseling, or support
  • HIV or AIDS education, counseling, or support
  • Health education services other than HIV/AIDS or hepatitus
  • Employment counseling or training


Harbor House Inc offers the following specialty addiction treatment programs:

  • Drug Alcohol Rehab For Women
  • Drug Alcohol Rehab Specifically For Men
  • Substance Abuse Treatment For Pregnant / Post Partum Women
  • Addiction Treatment For Seniors
  • LGBT Drug Rehab
  • Veterans Addiction Treatment Program
  • Active Duty Military Program
  • Military Families Program
  • Addiction Treatment For Client’s Referred From The Court System
  • Addiction Treatment For Those Who Have Suffered Domestic Violence
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Specializing In Trauma Patients


Harbor House Inc offers the following ancillary services to go along with their addiction treatment:

  • Case Management Services
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Early Intervention For HIV
  • Housing Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Consumer-run (peer-support) services / Alumni Programs
  • Social Skills Development
  • Transportation Assistance


Harbor House Inc offers the following transitional programs to assist their clients post-treatment:

  • Aftercare / Continuing Care
  • Discharge Planning


Below is the information regarding payment accepted and/or funding information for Harbor House Inc:

  • Military insurance (e.g., TRICARE)
  • Private Health Insurance
  • State-financed health insurance plan other than Medicaid


Harbor House Inc utilizes the following screening and pre-treatment methods:

  • Comprehensive substance use assessment
  • Interim services for clients
  • Outreach to persons in the community


Harbor House Inc screens and tests for the following substances and/or health conditions:

  • Breath analyzer or blood alcohol testing
  • Drug or alcohol urine screening
  • Screening for Mental Health Disorders
  • Screening for Substance Use


Harbor House Inc has the following smoking policies/assistance:

  • Smoking permitted in designated area
  • Screening for tobacco use
  • Smoking/tobacco cessation counseling
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Facility Guide

Family Meetings

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

  • Here at our service, we recognize that families play an important role as advocates for our customers and are a valuable link in helping our patients & residents process large amounts of information.
  • Your stay with us is a partnership. We will develop an individualized service plan based on diagnosis, staff observation, and input from you, your physician, and your family members.
  • Our interdisciplinary team, consisting of members from our Therapy, Nursing, Social Services, Dietary and Recreation Departments, will lead an introductory meeting shortly after your admission to our facility. It is an integral part of establishing goals and addressing questions or concerns.
  • Follow-up ‘Care Plan’ Meetings are held as needed, for our short-term patients, and typically every three months for our long-term residents. However, the Team at Harbor Village will schedule family meetings, whenever a resident or family member requests. Communication is Key!

Visiting Hours

Family & Friends: Family Members and others are encouraged to visit often. Although visiting hours are 24 hours a day, families and friends are encouraged to visit between the hours of 11:00am and 8:00pm. This allows our patients and residents privacy during morning care and when they are getting ready for bed.
Pet Visitation: We are pleased to allow family pets into our facility. All pets must be on a leash or in a certified pet carrier. You must provide proof of vaccination and all state-required shots to our Social Services Department to be kept on file.

Laundry Services

We provide full laundry services at No additional charge for all short-term patients and long-term care residents. We ask that all clothing be labeled. Our Housekeeping Department can assist in labeling any clothing. You may prefer to have your clothing taken home. Please alert staff of your preference, so that we may post signage, accordingly.


Rancho Los Amigos

A resident trust account may be set up for you or your loved one in the Business office. There is no cost for this service. Banking is available 7 days a week, during which time, you may withdraw money from your account. The Nursing Supervisor can assist with any after-hours or weekend withdrawals. Family members may also make deposits into a loved one’s account during normal business hours.
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Private Vs. Free Rehab: What’s The Difference?

If you’re considering enrolling in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you may be wondering what the difference between private rehabilitation and free rehabilitation is.


A private rehabilitation center is owned by an individual. In order for a private rehabilitation center to open their doors, they must comply with state guidelines on the operation of a rehab center.

Private rehabilitation programs typically have more available treatment beds, as opposed to free rehabilitation programs. Private rehab is evidence-based — Harbor Village provides treatment modalities that work. We keep abreast of the latest in addiction medicine and best practices.

Each private rehab facility will differ in treatment approach and psychotherapies. It is critical to visit each rehabilitation facility to ensure staff members, the environment, and proposed treatments align with your recovery needs.

Treatment costs are typically covered by one’s insurance or are paid out of pocket.


Free rehabilitation is typically offered by the state. The availability of treatment programs vary from state to state, as do the number of available treatment beds. Depending on the state, you may qualify for free or reduced rehabilitation

State rehabilitation centers strive to offer the same level of care as their private counterparts. However, because these programs rely on state funding, treatment beds and rehab programs may be limited. Additionally, waiting lists for free rehab tend to be lengthy. It’s imperative to research free rehab facilities in your state to place yourself on a waiting list.


Depending on the severity of your drug and alcohol addiction, deciding between private and free rehabilitation boils down to a matter of treatment availability. The longer you wait to get help for addiction, the more damage the disorder causes, both psychologically and physically.

Untreated substance use disorders continue to decline and potentially become life-threatening. Waiting for drug rehab can be the difference between life and death.
Finding an addiction recovery center with available treatment beds, whether the program is private or state-funded, should take priority in getting help.… Read the rest

What Is a Drug Rehab Center? How Does Drug Rehab Work?

A drug rehab center is a place that provides treatment for substance addiction. Treatment may be inpatient or outpatient and short-term or long-term. It generally consists of a personalized blend of therapies for addiction recovery.

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A drug rehab center is a facility devoted to treating the disease of addiction. There are many types of drug rehab centers that offer different environments, levels of care, and treatment methods.

What Is An Inpatient Drug Rehab Center?

An inpatient drug rehab center provides a place for someone to live while receiving addiction treatment on-site. Inpatient care is the best option for most people because it removes them from triggers in everyday life.

Inpatient facilities range from a residential environment at a luxury rehab center to the sterile setting of a hospital. Many of them fall somewhere in between, providing a home-like feel so recovering individuals feel comfortable during their stay.

The major benefit of inpatient addiction treatment is that it immerses someone in the healing process. Everything they do is related to recovery. Through daily therapy and sober free time, they learn to replace substance abuse with healthier habits.

What Is An Outpatient Drug Rehab Center?

An outpatient drug rehab center provides addiction treatment but not housing. There are several levels of outpatient care, including:

Each level requires less of a time commitment. Generally, outpatient addiction treatment takes place several days a week for a few hours each day. The time frames may be flexible, allowing the recovering individual to continue working or going to school while in treatment.

Some individuals struggle with outpatient care. Living at home keeps them near people or places that support substance abuse.

Outpatient programs tend to be most effective as part of a continuum of care that begins with inpatient rehab. An inpatient facility may offer outpatient care as a transition phase.

How Does Drug Rehab Work?

The goal of drug rehab is to help someone overcome addiction. It should heal the mind and body from the effects of addiction as well as teach the individual how to live without substance abuse.

The best drug rehab programs begin with a comprehensive assessment that is used to make a personalized treatment plan. Everyone has a different experience with addiction and unique needs in recovery.

Drug rehab may begin with detox, especially for individuals who have a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Detox rids the body of addictive substances but does not treat addiction (which is a mental health issue).

During addiction treatment, a person undergoes various therapies. Therapy helps them work through issues that cause substance abuse and learn a healthier way of life. By replacing drug or alcohol use with positive alternatives, an individual is equipped to resist relapse after treatment.

Therapies used in drug rehab may include:

Some drug rehab centers offer dual diagnosis treatment, which provides care for people who suffer from other mental disorders along with addiction.

Mental issues often lead to substance abuse and are made worse by addiction. Dealing with both issues at once is essential to preventing relapse.

Does Drug Rehab Work?

Whether or not drug rehab works depends on several factors. A person must be willing to fully participate and allow the program to change their way of life. The rehab program that they choose must fit their needs and provide adequate time for them to heal.

Under these circumstances, many people are successful in completing a drug rehab program and go on to live a substance-free life.

However, some people experience relapse despite drug rehab. They may drop out of the program early, or they may find that returning to “normal” life is too difficult without drugs or alcohol.

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires one to be mindful of their thoughts and actions. Many people need continued care to maintain sobriety.

Substance abuse counseling or support groups remind people of the coping skills they learned in treatment and how addiction negatively affected them.

Drug rehab programs can range from a few weeks to more than a year. A standard short-term program is 28 to 30 days. Long-term programs maybe 60 days, 90 days, six months, or more.

Long-term rehab programs that last three months or longer have the highest success rates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Addiction can take over a person’s life, and it takes time for someone to repair the damage and change the way they live.

Choosing A Drug Rehab Center

What Is A Typical Day In A Drug Rehab Center Like?

Reputable drug rehab centers are run by trained professionals who specialize in substance abuse and addiction. Some offer one-size-fits-all treatment programs, which don’t work for most people.

For the best chance of recovery success, a person should look for a drug rehab center with:

  • personalized treatment programs
  • a variety of therapy options
  • treatment types that fit their needs
  • a comfortable environment
  • a continuum of care, including aftercare

It may seem sensible to choose a drug rehab center based on cost or location. While these are important factors, they should not be the only things that make the decision.

A poorly run facility with standardized treatment is unlikely to help someone beat addiction for good. If they relapse, they’ll have wasted money and they’ll need to choose a different treatment center anyway.

At our service, we provide individualized care that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit. To learn about our programs and see if they are a good fit for you or your loved one, speak with one of our treatment specialists today.… Read the rest