Harmony Foundation Philosophy
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Established in 1969, Harmony Foundation is one of the oldest and most respected treatment centers in the United States. Nestled on 43 acres just east of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO, its surroundings help create a picturesque mountain rehab retreat. Be prepared to embrace this degree of isolation because it is incorporated into treatment via a complete restriction of electronics, including cell phones (landlines available) and television.
Services offered include medically supervised detoxification, a men’s and women’s 30-day residential program, recommitment to recovery treatment (RCR), a young adult track for ages 18-23 (YART), family program, and lifetime aftercare group therapy. The BPS treatment model is followed by addressing mind, body, and spirit. Clients undergo an extensive physical exam prior to entering treatment to measure their physical deficits as a result of their addiction. Spiritual guidance sessions are offered to guide clients toward reconnecting to their purpose and life-path. Process groups, extensive peer evaluations, and recovery education classes round out the daily activities of their residential rehabilitation program.
Clients also work to complete step five of the 12-steps of AA and work with a sponsor prior to graduation. Their family program offers clients the opportunity to have two additional family members join them in therapy and weekly aftercare meetings are offered for life. Accommodations match the rustic environment with rooms for up to 60 residents. Cabins are shared with roommates and facility cabins are peppered throughout the 43-acre campus. The surrounding nature seems to offer clients ample entertainment during off hours, as one Rehabs.com reviewer commented: “Nestled in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, I saw elk almost everyday. It is a spiritual place if you love the outdoors.”
Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, exemplified by alumni William’s comments in his Rehabs.com review: “I was blessed with excellent staff and great peer support… Had 27 people at my graduation supporting me… Harmony House helped make giving up my addiction to alcohol one of the easiest things I have ever done.” One caveat to be mindful of is that this program is grounded in 12-step philosophy and tradition, thus open-mindedness is necessary for success and growth.
I have been clean going on 22 months and my counselor pretty much told me I wasn't taking the program seriously. I ended up getting kicked out with only two days left in the program. On his recommendation. It was the worst experience of my life, but I got the last laugh.
I just personally liked this rehab. There are many good rehabs out there, and really your only going to get out of it what your willing to put into it. You have to want it.
I went to Hazelden 28 years ago and my experience at Harmony was just as beneficial.
It was a place where we were not treated as prisoners. We had cabins that we shared with one other person, excellent councilors and wonderful food. We had a different AA group come in each week, and chair one AA meeting.
Nested in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mtns. Saw Elk grazing most every day. Spiritual place if you love the outdoors. Top notch if you've never been through the 12 Steps, or need the fellowship of AA to get sober. If you've already climbed the steps once or more, this place probably won't help much.
I loved the setting and facility on a physical basis. It was beautiful and clean. I just did not like how the patients were treated like children we were children. There was no leisure time at all.
I was blessed with excellent staff, both councilors and medical. There was great peer support. I received over a 3rd of the mail while there giving me support from friends all over the country. Had over 27 people at my graduation, supporting me. Harmony helped me make giving up the addiction to alcohol, one of the easiest things I have ever done.