ABOUT HARBOR LIGHT THE SALVATION ARMY – CLEVELAND
Harbor Light of Cleveland, Ohio, is an addiction rehabilitation program operated by The Salvation Army, a faith-based, charitable organization. The facility provides medically supervised detoxification and an intensive outpatient (IOP) program for adults struggling with chemical dependency. Licensed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Harbor Light also serves as a transitional halfway house for men and women who are reentering the community from penal institutions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients not involved in the criminal justice system participate in an initial assessment to ensure the Harbor Light program is appropriate. If necessary, clients then receive residential detoxification, which may last three to five days. Once the client is medically stable, they transition into the IOP program or receive a recommendation for further, extended residential care.
Harbor Light’s substance abuse treatment is founded on the principles and practices of the 12-step model of recovery, and clients attend on-site 12-step meetings. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harbor Light also facilitates group discussions and holds educational classes.
Along with 12-step involvement and group discussions, the transitional halfway house program provides educational classes on the relationship between addiction and recidivism. Harbor Light also offers life skills training, such as money management, as well as workshops on parenting skills and anger management. To facilitate a successful reentry back into the community, Harbor Light offers G.E.D. preparation classes, job placement services, and linkages to community-based resources. While in the residential program, clients may be subject to regular drug screenings.
As a faith-based program, Harbor Light offers a number of on-site spiritual guidance services for clients in the substance abuse programs. The facility holds weekly Bible discussion groups, Gospel meetings on Thursday evenings, and traditional Sunday worship services.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, yet the four individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing (two loved ones and two former clients) gave the staff’s level of experience and training an average rating of 3.25 out of five.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the four reviewers gave an average rating of 3.75 stars for the facility’s cleanliness and 3.25 stars for its exercise opportunities and leisure activities. Similarly, accommodations and meals both received 3.5 stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two former clients polled by Best-rehabs.com submitted excellent ratings for all 15 aspects of treatment evaluated. Both provided five-star ratings for the amount of counseling options, discharge planning, and the quality of meals. One anonymous alum gave the facility’s overall treatment effectiveness a five-star rating and told Best-rehabs.com: “This facility is excellent in rehab services.” Agreeing with this sentiment, the other alum commented: “They make you fell comfortable and welcome to the facility.”
Supplementary reviews appeared on Google at the time of this writing where there is an average rating of three out of five stars based on 25 ratings. Alumni expressed mixed opinions. Thomas gave three stars and wrote: “Some staff truly care but some think they’re cop’s and get off on sendin people back to the joint,” and William added in his five-star review that “There’s some wonderful people working in this complex you go down there to take care of your business they will help you get on your way.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The two loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing disagreed with alumni, offering low ratings of one and two out of five stars for the facility’s counseling options and staff’s level of experience. Submitting a poor one-star rating for overall treatment effectiveness, an anonymous loved one wrote: “The staff does not have knowledge or experience to handle any type of addiction problems.” The other loved one agreed, telling Best-rehabs.com: “It is similar to jail. Limited phone calls and visits from family. Staff is not trained well.”
Additionally, on Google, a couple loved ones complained about illegal drugs being used in the facility. “No consequences are being held, people are getting high in and outside the facility, and no one does a damn thing about it. It’s all about the money for them,” Erin wrote, giving one out of five stars.
Clients receive services free of charge. As part of The Salvation Army, Harbor Light is funded through charitable donations, revenue gained through its thrift stores, and fundraising efforts.