Our Intervention Model

Our intervention model, a kinder more respectful process, is aimed at helping the family motivate their loved on to accept treatment. This model is a blend of the invitational and the family systems models. The intervention is provided by a Family Recovery Coach, highly trained in understanding family systems. The primary goal is to help the family recover from the trauma of second hand addiction. As a by-product, the family is most often able to help motivate the addict to accept treatment.

In fact, research has shown that the invitational model of intervention has an 83% success rate. Success is defined as getting the Loved One into treatment. Even better—there is only a 2% drop out rate, defined as leaving treatment Against Medical Advice (AMA).

How is this model able to be so successful?

  • An invitational model is non-confrontational. It is not what has been depicted on television.
  • An invitational model is transparent. The Loved One is invited to participate in the process, no secret, clandestine meetings.
  • An invitational model is a process, not “one and done.” There are three levels in the process, the third being the more intense. Typically the Loved One has agreed to go to treatment within three weeks of the first meeting.
  • It is respectful of the Loved One and all the participants. The Family Recovery Coach facilitates a loving environment designed to help the family, including the Loved One, heal from the trauma of addiction.

The process begins with the first call. This is a complementary call to exchange information and get the process started. A Family Recovery Coach helps the caller walk through the process, what to expect, and coaching on how to respond to their Loved One and any concerned others—family, friends, co-workers, boss.

The process doesn’t end with the Loved One going into treatment. Family members have been traumatized by addiction—the betrayal, the lies, the harm caused by an addict’s need to deny the severity of their addiction. The process continues with helping the family heal the wounds and prepare for their Loved One’s role in the family after treatment. Continuing care for the Loved One and their family is essential to the prevention of relapse.

For more information about Intervention services, please call (479)785-4083 and ask to speak to a Family Recovery Coach.

Family Recovery Coach

The addicted family member has a substance abuse counselor, a therapist, a sponsor, and any number of books, programs, and other support resources to help guide them on their path to recovery. But what about the family? Who can they turn to for guidance?

A Family Recovery Coach helps the family design a plan of recovery, mapping out a path through the swamp of confusion, pain, anguish, and disappointment to a land of hope and promise. The coach helps the family determine where they are now, and where they prefer to be…their preferred future. Step by step the family, with the coach’s help, identifies what tools they need to get there – the skills and other resources it will take to move toward that future.

The coach helps the family identify barriers, and how to overcome those barriers. The coach helps the family stay on track, encouraging their continued forward movement. Through the Family Recovery Action Plan (FRAP) workbook, the family designs a step-by-step path , strengthening family bonds, transforming old patterns of behavior into healthier, more hopeful ways of relating.

The Harbor Recovery Coach is specially trained in addiction and family dynamics, receiving over 80 clock hours of intense classroom instruction and hands-on experience.  Harbor House Inc. is the first treatment center in Arkansas to implement this unique service that has proven highly effective in other states in helping families maintain abstinence and live a rich, vital life.

Mutual Healing

Mutual Healing: A treatment protocol for chemically dependent couples

Humans are hard-wired to seek-out and form attachments to other humans, beginning at birth and continuing throughout the lifespan.  Harbor House, Inc. (HHI) has developed the Mutual Healing program, which helps chemically dependent clients use their relationship with a significant other to increase their likelihood of becoming and remaining clean and sober while strengthening the relationship.

We know from the research that the divorce rate within one year of substance abuse treatment is even higher than the national average.  The couple has experienced trauma, both before and after treatment.  Roles have changed.  Trust has been broken.  The couple is in need of a “re-set” button.  Mutual Healing can aid in mending the wounds and help the couple move forward in a new, different relationship, a better relationship—stronger, healthier.

The Mutual Healing protocol is based on over 40 years of research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and their research with more than 3,000 couples as well as the efforts of Susan Johnson, Ph.D., who developed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  The combined works of the Gottman’s and Dr. Johnson are considered by many to be the gold standard of clinical work with couples and families.  HHI has blended and adapted these models to accommodate the needs of this special population – those couples in recovery from chemical dependency.  HHI is fortunate to have not just one, but two highly qualified therapists who have received training in the Gottman principles of couple’s therapy as well as in EFT.

Brad Walker graduated from John Brown University with masters degrees in both counseling and in marriage and family therapy.  He has completed his externship as well as the core skills work in EFT and is in the final stages towards certification in Gottman’s clinical training.

Jimmie Wooding holds a masters degree in counseling from Southern Arkansas University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.  She is in the final stages of certification in EFT and in Gottman’s clinical training.

Mutual Healing helps couples assess where they are now, where they wish to go in terms of what kind of relationship they prefer, and provides step by step actions to get there.  HHI’s Mutual Healing program could be the difference in your recovering family leading a happier and more rewarding life.

Connections Support Group

Until now, resources for family members of those with substance use problems were very limited. Most were told to “stop enabling” and “go to meetings.” They were often labeled co-dependent but not given information on how to effectively help their loved one. They felt alone, betrayed, and abandoned.

CONNECTIONS can change all that. Connections is more than just a support group. It is a place to get practical ideas and suggestions to help you and your family transition from a life of chaos, to a life of peace and calm. Connections help families:

  • Heal from the trauma of addiction
  • Get your Loved One into treatment, if needed
  • Adjust to a clean and sober Loved One
  • Learn tips and techniques to create the kind of family life you want

We know from the research that the divorce rate among recovering couples is even higher than the national rate. We also know that the family is a recovering person’s best chance at living a recovery lifestyle.

CONNECTIONS is unique, combining education with the healing that comes from support of others who have experienced similar situations. Connections members work through a Family Recovery Action Plan workbook which helps plan specific actions to take to help each family member to build a new, healthier life of purpose and vitality.

Call us today for the day and time of the next CONNECTIONS group. Your family will be glad you did.