Addiction Recovery Month is an annual celebration for those who have gone through treatment for drug and/or alcohol addictions.  Each September, facilities across the nation share their success stories, encourage and applaud the contributions of their fellow treatment providers as well as promote the message that recovery from drug and alcohol addictions is possible.

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, located at 2400 N. Tibbs Ave. in Indianapolis, is one of those providers. The center has both residential and outpatient treatment, serving men and women battling substance abuse, chemical dependency, homelessness and poverty.  Harbor Light offers a full continuum of Addiction Treatment Services and a Transitional Housing Program for adults 18 and over, including a broad spectrum of professional counseling, with psychological, vocational and spiritual guidance.

In the past year, Harbor Light’s Drug Court program has doubled in size and boasts an 85% success rate, well above the national averages. Detoxification has increased by 350 clients over the previous year bringing 2010 total admissions to 1,710.  The gambling program, started in 2008 has also increased drastically and The Salvation Army is one of only 17 providers in the state.

With waiting lists and every program growing in participants, Clinical Director David R. Thompson, M.Div., CADS, CCDP says of his staff, “Overall, our people are extremely busy. We continue to do all we can within the restraints of budget cuts by the state and with the loss of grants due to the volatile market. ”

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Corps Vision Statement reads: “We believe this is a ministry of “redeeming the time”, for the whole person, as we meet their needs through our different outreach programs. We are growing a spiritual nurturing place of worship, to feed the souls of those in recovery, where they can find healing in Jesus Christ.”  The staff does this not only through clinical services but also by holding Sunday morning worship services and Bible studies.

The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  You can contact them at:

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center

2400 N. Tibbs Ave.

Indianapolis, IN  46222

Phone: (317)972-1450

Fax: (317)972-4114