Life Matters

Life Matters

The Life Matters program is designed for individuals with milder forms of developmental disabilities, cognitive limitations, brain injuries that have caused limitations all coupled together with substance abuse related problems.  All individuals are evaluated by our treatment team to determine the appropriateness for this program.

Many people use chemical substances to manage their disability symptoms and social limitations. Individuals with these limitations can feel comfortable in our Life Matters program when they feel that they are neglected by other traditional treatment programs.

At Harbor Lights we will address these problems through group and individual counseling as well as with aftercare planning and implementation.

Program Components of Life Matters:

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is in the form of a 1:1 session a minimum of once a month, between the client and the primary counselor.  The client and counselor will collaborate on the individual’s treatment plan and explore and work towards resolution of the individual’s problems.

Group Counseling

This group will meet three (3) days a week.   There will be presentation of educational material relating to the physical and psychological effects of chemical substances, weekly. Weekly education will focus on relapse warning signs, triggers, the Stages of Change, recovery process, daily living skills as well as exploring family dynamics.  They will also learn about, and explore feelings surrounding their chemical dependency and cognitive disabilities.

There will be an introduction and education of appropriate self-help groups within the area. Group members are strongly encouraged to attend some form of self-help.

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

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

Aftercare Planning and Implementation

  • Relapse Prevention Plan
  • Discharge Planning

**All treatment at Harbor Lights is confidential in compliance with Federal Regulations.

**There will be regular urine screening and breathalyzer testing.