Our Methods

At Harmony Harbors, our approach to substance abuse support and family recovery is simple: we meet you and your family wherever you are on your journey. We’ve seen the damage that addiction and behavioral disorders can do and provide a multitude of addiction support and auxiliary services to help you and your family navigate these tricky waters. Whether attending an anonymous support group or family recovery program, we can help with “pre” or post-processing from addiction support groups/anonymous support groups. You may choose to attend these outside of your sessions with us. Our comprehensive resources are designed to help you heal.

  • Initial assessment 
    • We discuss where the Family is at and your unique Family Culture. We help define short, mid, and long-term Goals and Objectives. Further, we help envision what success looks like.
  • Parent/Partner Background
    • The Family/Extended Family background reveals which genetic and behavioral predispositions are present, especially those concerning Mental Health Issues or Substance Use Issues. We will also explore the impact of generational parenting models within your own family.
  • Loved One’s Background
    • An ongoing understanding of our Loved One’s diagnosis, treatment history, and compliance or resistance to treatment is critical.
  • Family Culture
    • Determining the “unique norms” for your family.
    • Further exploring attitudes and behaviors that the family either rejects or engages in can uncover dysfunctional routines, identify opportunities for improvement, and reveal quick wins for achieving harmony.
  • Many families have generational and genetic occurrences of Mental Health Illnesses; anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, etc. 
  • 70% of Substance Abuse results from self-medicating for one of these MHI’s.
  • Identifying MHIs within the family is necessary for understanding addictive and reactive behaviors.
  • There is no pre-packaged set of sessions. Our goal with our Families is progress (not perfection). We conduct each session by identifying the following:
    • Current stresses
    • Stress alleviation measures
    • Overall Family progress (achieved/need to be achieved)
    • Review of events and responses.
      • Using different language and approaches
  • Success in family recovery is determined by partial, personal responsibility - rather than individual blame. While placing blame may be the current norm for a struggling family on a practical level, it clearly does not reflect the reality of a new, healthier family dynamic. We look to help families decode this very common hurdle to recovery.
  • We see that Family members want useful takeaways as the result of the sessions – tools, and techniques that will bring relief and progress to our journey. Our goal is to contribute these with each meeting.
  • The work in between sessions is often more important than the work during. As such, interim work promotes this productivity. We recommend: Suggested Reading
  • Materials in our recommended list complement the information we provide through sessions. This maximizes the effectiveness of our programs. 
  • Crisis Management Program 
    • When asked about how we differ from typical Therapeutic services, the answer is the Crisis Management Plan (CMP). Family Conflict isn’t scheduled or planned for and doesn’t typically fall within “business hours.” Our CMP is an off-hours support plan during crises.
  • Recovery Tuneup Assessments
    • Family members in a Family in Recovery need periodic treatment to maintain good habits, language, and tone. We catch up on their current Health and advise accordingly to provide sobriety support
  • Partner/Spousal Support
    • Spouses and ex-spouses can often become embattled and counter-productive in the face of Substance Use and Behavioral Disorder crises. It is crucial to find healthy paths to synergy for the family to heal.
  • Grief Support
    • At times, family crises will include a grieving process. We hope to provide support any time this is necessary for the family to heal.
  • Neurodiverse Support
    • Loved ones living with neurodiverse cognitive abilities and behaviors typically require unique attention. We retain a specialist to discuss opportunities to offer support for these needs within a family recovery context.

We are not licensed to provide Mental Health Illness diagnoses. We strongly recommend seeking professional treatment for MHI diagnoses. This helps to identify significant contributors to family dysfunction.

Why Harmony Harbors and Our Sobriety Support?

With our sobriety support programs, we help you and your family shelter from the storm of addiction and mental health issues and guide you back toward stability and wellness. With nearly 20 years of experience in addiction and mental health recovery, our team of professionals is committed to your unique situation. We planted our roots helping individuals and families throughout Montgomery County, PA, with our proven methods – but our experience and services are available virtually to anyone in the world. From individual counseling to family recovery counseling to our Crisis Management Program [CMP] – we help you cope with the changes and challenges brought on by addiction and mental illness. If you or a loved one is struggling, we encourage you to reach out to us today.