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Located in the Washington DC suburb of Annandale, Virginia, Harrison House of Virginia provides residential treatment for men and women seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Founded in 1999, this quaint facility offers outpatient and aftercare in addition to residential care.

Accommodations and Food

Harrison House has a 16-bed capacity, with clients housed in gender-specific locations. The men’s house is a Dutch Colonial, while the women reside in a one-story rectangular building. Clients are paired in double-occupancy furnished rooms, which include twin beds, dressers, nightstands and lamps.

While food is provided, the residents must participate in grocery shopping, and meal preparation. These tasks are designed to teach them valuable life skills.

Treatment and Staff

Most clients arrive at Harrison House of Virginia by way of referrals from a therapist, hospital, doctor or employment assistance program. Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment, which includes a psychiatric evaluation. The out of pocket cost for an initial evaluation is $150. While detox is not provided, those on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including suboxone, are permitted and monitored, upon the medical director’s approval. Individuals requiring medically-supervised detox are provided with referrals to an outside facility. Individuals requiring medically-supervised detox are provided with referrals to an outside facility. Clients taking meds for co-occurring disorders are accepted provided that they are mentally stable.

All new clients are assigned a case manager who meets with them on a weekly basis. Length of stay is between 30 and 45 days. At Harrison House, a 12-step based protocol is used during treatment. Weekly treatment includes CBT-bsed group and individual therapy, medication management, family therapy and attendance at on-site 12-step meetings. Group topics include the 12-steps, processing, the disease model of addiction, nutrition and relapse prevention.

The daily schedule begins at 8:30 am. After a light breakfast, clients undergo alcohol and drug screenings, and get their vital signs checked. At nine am, residents participate in a community meeting, which focuses on goal setting. After a short break at 9:45, clients have group therapy at 10 am, followed by an educational lecture. At 11:15 am, residents participate in recreational therapy. Lunch is at 12:30 pm, followed by a 12-step meeting and a break. At three pm, clients participate in a progress discussion group. At 3:30 pm, they return to their quarters and perform chores, as well as get a little time to themselves. Dinner is at 5:30 pm, followed by kitchen clean up. At 6:45 pm, there is family therapy, followed by education. At eight pm, they attend an AA/NA meeting, and return to their quarters by 10 pm.

The outpatient program offers the same type of treatment as the residential program, at a lesser intensity. Clients have the option of attending several day or evening therapy sessions per week, as well as the on-site 12-step meetings.  Group topics include communication, enabling, healthy boundaries and an introduction to Al-Anon, for relatives.

The staff of Harrison House includes board certified medical doctors, addictionologists, LCSWs, registered nurses, and CSACs.


On the weekends, the schedule includes family visitation, as well as a family program, offered from 11 am to one pm Sundays.

Harrison House provides interventions for families who need support with getting loved ones to treatment. The flat rate out-of-pocket cost for this service is $500.

In Summary

With an emphasis on helping clients learn to apply the 12 steps, as well as helping them work on family issues, and build life skills, Harrison House is an excellent option for men and women. Additionally, those on MAT will find ample support. With a highly-structured program and competent staff, Harrison House of Virginia is an excellent resource in the DC area.

Harrison House of Virginia Location

Harrison House of Virginia
5105-Q Backlick Rd
Annandale, VA 22003

Harrison House of Virginia Cost

$8,250 (30 days, including psychiatric evaluation). Reach Harrison House of Virginia by phone at (703) 256-6474, (888) 682-1667 or by email at [email protected]. Find Harrison House of Virginia on Facebook and Twitter

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