Life Matters

What is the Life Matters Treatment Program?

This program is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, cognitive limitations, as well as substance abuse related problems.  All individuals are initially evaluated to determine the appropriateness of this program for meeting their needs and are treated on a case by case basis.

Many people use chemical substances to manage their disability symptoms and social limitations.  As a result of being neglected by tradition treatment programs, physical and psychological health is at risk.

At Harbor Lights we will address these problems by the use of group and individual counseling, along with aftercare planning and implementation.

Program Components

Individual Counseling

This consists of a one on one session with the counselor to assist with the exploration and resoltion of personal problems.

Group Counseling

This will consist of two components.  Mondays will address checmical deopendency in a group setting.  These sessions will combine both group and art therapy to assist in exploring feelings surrounding their chemical dependency and cognitive disabilities.

Thursdays will consist of the presentation of education material relating to the physical and physiological effects of chemical substances.  It will focus on replase signs, recovery process, and family dynamics.

There will be an introduction ro and expected attendance of appropriate self help groups.

This program also includes ongoing assessment and referral for special needs such as:

  • Panic Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Health Issues
  • Legal Issues
  • Abusive Relationships

There will be regular urine screening and breathalyzer testing