Substance addiction is a progressive disease that if left untreated, is fatal. It is also a family disease that will touch every member of the family. It is not uncommon in families for the addicted family member to attend residential treatment in order to find healing and recovery, while other family members receive treatment, support, and encouragement in an outpatient setting. The privacy of individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse is protected by Federal Law and HIPPA Regulations. To learn about confidentiality and treatment for substance abuse, click here.
Residential treatment takes place in two phases; The first phase of treatment is 6 weeks in length and addresses the primary chemical dependency of the individual. Residents participate in lectures, groups, twelve-step programs, and individual therapy. They work through a variety of personal reflective assignments and participate in discussion groups and individual therapy.
Upon successfully completing phase one, residents enter phase two where the focus is on continued recovery, also known as sober living. Residents continue to participate in group activities. Their focus is on life skills and relevant transitional issues to prepare for their completion of treatment. Residents are expected to pursue employment or volunteer activity during this phase.
Privileges and restrictions during residential treatment are based upon a three-tier system that factors in: Time in treatment, attitude and progress toward individual treatment goals.
OAR offers gender specific residential treatment at two locations in Holland.
Harbor House provides full residential substance abuse treatment services for addicted women. The program will accept new mothers with infants up to 12 months old. The house, which was just recently renovated, was 100 years old in 2008.
Meet Abbie - The Harbor House Therapy Dog
Meet Abbie, the canine member of the Harbor House Clinical Staff. It has long been recognized that dogs have a calming and therapeutic effect on people. Abbie helps residents to cope with the emotional issues related to their addiction. She unconditionally loves everyone without any prejudice or rejection and is a regular participant in group and individual therapy.
Located in Holland’s Historic District, the Chester A. Ray Center offers full residential substance abuse treatment services for men.
Meet Serenity -
The Chester A. Ray "Therapy" Cat
Serenity visited the Chester A. Ray Center in 2007 and has remained ever since. While he does not directly participate in therapy, he regularly interacts with the residents.
OAR addresses recovery from addiction with a holistic approach. As part of this process residents are allowed access to the Holland Community Aquatic Center, at least once a week.
The Holland Community Aquatic Center