Harbor Recovery Center in Fort Smith, AR

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(3.8 of 5)
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615 North 19th Street
Fort Smith AR 72914

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Areas of Specialization

Process Abuse Treatment, Outpatient

Facility Highlights

Interactive Group Counseling
Family Psychoeducation
Individual Counseling

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Founded in 1966, Harbor Recovery Center (formerly Harbor House) in Fort Smith, Ark. is part of Harbor House, Inc. — a two-facility treatment provider that also operates a women’s facility called Gateway Recovery Center.

Harbor Recovery Center provides residential treatment for men struggling with substance abuse in Fort Smith, Ark. The facility also offers outpatient services, a six- to 12-week intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized services for those with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or chronic pain. Detox services are not offered on-site.


Treatment at Harbor Recovery Center begins with a comprehensive evaluation. During testing, staff members analyze each client for a range of conditions including substance abuse symptoms, general health issues, and mental health issues. Special attention is placed on identifying signs of PTSD, depression, and anxiety in order to more appropriately address those complexities during treatment.

Harbor Recovery Center integrates 12-step principles, alternative practices, and evidence-based approaches during treatment. This is done using a mixture of hypnotherapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The facility has 30-, 60-, and 90-day residential programs.

In a typical week of residential care, men participate in at least six hours of interactive group counseling, and one or more hours of individual therapy. They also have at least five hours of recovery support groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or SMART Recovery). Clients are also involved in up to 3 hours of physical activity to promote general health.

Special programs are provided for clients with PTSD to help recondition them. Reprocessing and Eye Movement Desensitization techniques are used to mitigate the effects of PTSD and other trauma-induced conditions. Hypnotherapy is also applied in specific cases to relieve symptoms.

After the residential program, if needed, clients can make arrangements to live at Cornerstone, the organization’s transitional living facility for men, where they can stay for up to two years. During this time, they can participate in the residential/work program which allows them to develop connections in the community.


There is limited information available regarding Harbor Recovery Center’s staff. However, the facility does mention that its all-male staff have each worked at least seven years as substance abuse counselors.


Despite limited information about Harbor Recovery Center’s living arrangements and related offerings, there are some details about Cornerstone, the organization’s transitional living facility. At Cornerstone, there is 24-hour security and video surveillance, as well as a recently renovated kitchen, dining area, and laundry room. Clients live in single, double, and triple occupancy rooms.


At the time of this writing, four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com rated the facility’s cleanliness and affordability highly, with an average rating of four out of five stars for both. The three alumni polled on whether they would recommend Harbor Recovery Center gave two three-star ratings and a four-star rating.

Alum Clayton summarized the facility: “This is a decent facility. They are government based, ran and operated by recovering addicts.” Three of the four alumni also cited the staff consisting of recovering addicts as a strength.

All four alumni criticized the facility for its understaffing and limited resources. Alum John reported to Rehabs.com: “It would be much better with more staff members.”

On Harbor Recovery Center's Facebook, which the facility can manage, the facility earned five out of five stars from all 26 reviewers to date.[1] Alumni frequently praised the treatment effectiveness, staff, and the quality of the food. In a representative review, alum Avery wrote: “Love this place. Was the best treatment experience I've ever had. Great staff, good food!”

On Google, the facility received 4.5 out of five stars from eight reviewers to date.[2] As alum Michael wrote: “A critical first step in my recovery. My one on one councilor was skilled, the diversity of the group sessions where enlightening, and the out patient services have aided in my continued growth. Truly grateful to be free from the bonds of addiction.”


The sole loved one who gave feedback to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing rated Harbor Recovery Center’s family participation five out of five stars and gave four-star ratings in cleanliness, the staff’s level of training and experience, and counseling options. However, they rated the holistic offerings and affordability two out of five stars.


According to the facility’s website, Harbor Recovery Center accepts most insurance plans. The facility's Certified Application Counselors help applicants find ways of affording treatment through insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/HarborHouseInc/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] https://goo.gl/Yg9c4v

Published on August 2017

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Employs mostly people who were addicts. Small facility with limited resources . We used it because it was close to home. It was an hour away, while other treatment facilities were over two hours away

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they keep your mind on recovery

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This is a decent facility. They are government based, ran and operated by recovering addicts. They are based off a twelve step program and use those steps and recovery stories for clients. At the time I was there some of the staff could use some more training in professionalism.

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They have all had experience with recovery. Way understaffed. It would be much better with more staff members.

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The residential treatment and transitional living experience in addition to counselor's encouragement to make better decisions on a consistent basis by working a 12 step program empowered me to start a journey in recovery.

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