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Harbor Hall expands, offers new treatments for
women, families, and adolescents
By Randall Koch, MS, LPC, CADC, Director of Outpatient Clinical Operations
Harbor Hall has recently expanded its outpatient facility to serve the unique needs of women, families, and
adolescents struggling with issues related to substance use. We’ve long recognized that women and
adolescents require specific therapies to address their distinct recovery needs. Research, supporting holistic
approaches, fueled the development of new programs creating additional opportunities to help these two under-
served populations in our region.Harbor Hall’s growth into the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court programs in
Emmet and Charlevoix Counties also contributed to the need for additional therapeutic space.
In October of 2015, Harbor Hall’s Outpatient Clinical and Administrative teams began discussing expansion into
the lower level of the Desimpel Center, Harbor Hall’s existing outpatient office that opened almost a decade ago
at 2236 E. Mitchell Rd in Petoskey. Energized with the Board and Foundation support, development of the new
center took off.
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Harbor Hall’s commitment to better serve female clients began earlier the same year with the integration of yoga
and dietary education into its existing women-specific programs. Women tend to place the needs of others
before themselves and let daily demands interfere with their ability to establish and maintain their personal,
physical, emotional, and spiritual self-care.
By treating the whole person, supporting and nurturing efforts to recover, women become aware of their needs.
They begin to understand the importance of their self-care, to trust themselves, and those important to them.
This allows problem sharing and developing new, healthy behaviors that are personal and relevant to their life.
Through continued support and education, hands-on experiences, and practice of self-care, healthy habits are
established that support long-term recovery.
Adolescent clients also need specific treatment services tailored to age appropriate development. The “one-size-
fits-all” orientation of the past (i.e., treating adolescents as little adults), is now widely acknowledged as doing
more harm than good. Our adolescent treatment targets behavior, decision making and problem emotions to
preempt future substance use.
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For too long, substance use in adolescence has been hailed as a rite of passage. Today’s substances are more
potent and difficult to detect increasing the possibility of overdose. Treatment requires flexibility, attention to
specific behaviors, and the ability to shape creative resolutions. Integration of parents and family members is
essential to the development of a successful long-term recovery.
On July 15, 2016, Harbor Hall opened its new center and already the staff has witnessed the benefits of the
more holistic and specified range of services.
Harbor Hall's Women, Family, and Adolescent Center is located at the east entrance of the outpatient office, 302
Orchard Ridge, Petoskey, MI. For more information or to seek help, please visit our website harborhall.com or
call our office at (231) 347-9880.
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