For those whose dream treatment experience includes mountains rather than beaches, luxury rehab Cirque Lodge will definitely fit the bill.
Accommodations and Food
The majestic Cirque Glacier (from which Cirque Lodge takes its name) that encompasses the property will sill appeal to those who love the outdoors. Cirque also offers two neighboring centers at two corresponding price points. The Lodge, located in Sundance, Utah, is basically a plush log cabin. Cedar and pine abound, but residents shouldn’t be fooled by the faux-rustic aesthetic; this 16-bed facility is the mountaineer’s answer to Malibu’s high-end rehabs. While most residents share a room, those willing to pay can get a private bedroom. Large picture windows open up to breathtaking views of the Rockies. Private, slate-tiled bathrooms feature Jacuzzi pools. On the top floor of the Lodge, a circular meditation room provides a 360-degree panorama of the Wasatch Range.
For a lower cost, there’s also the 44-bed Studio, found slightly closer to civilization at the base of Provo Canyon. The reason why a 110,000 square-foot establishment qualifies as a studio is that it used to be a sound stage that hosted such recording stars as Donny and Marie Osmond. It has since been converted into the 17,000-square-foot “Experiential Room,” the world’s largest indoor ropes course. Being lower down the canyon, the Studio still offers direct views of Mount Timpanogos, as well as the same cedar-and-slate furnishings as the Lodge. Men and women are separated by floor and sleep as many as four to a room, but the rooms are still fairly opulent with high windows and down comforters. The grounds feature rose and vegetable gardens, horse pastures, and a volleyball court.
Both the Lodge and the Studio boast outdoor balconies, cedar saunas, sizable gyms, and dining areas with stellar views. Healthy meals are made from scratch daily and can be tailored for different dietary needs, including diabetic, kosher and vegetarian. Residents at the Lodge can swing by the kitchen any time for a snack. No cell phones or laptops are allowed, however, and there is no TV.
Treatment and Staff
The Cirque philosophy is rooted in the idea that treatment should be fun and attractive. The experiential therapies range from equine therapy to hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, rafting and mountain biking, depending on the season. There is even a private helicopter (dubbed “the Rainbow”) that flies residents up into the more inaccessible parts of the mountains with a serious altitude adjustment. Some CBT sessions are conducted while walking outside rather than sitting in a room. The daily schedule is more relaxed than some, with regular workshops and 12-step meetings supplementing these experiential group sessions.
Cirque places a lot of confidence in the “medicine of the mountain.” While it’s certainly true that nature can aid in spiritual healing, sobriety requires more than a mountain vista; fortunately, that’s where the well-respected staff comes in. Treatment at both facilities is planned on a case-by-case basis, taking the client’s entire history into account. Detox is outsourced to other nearby facilities, but clients report feeling well taken care of. Many staff members are in recovery themselves, and counselors providing one-on-one CBT are certified at the Master’s level.
Cirque espouses the 12-step approach but also integrates some other evidence-based treatment for co-occurring disorders. Every third week is family week, which is by all accounts an intense experience.
For alumni, Cirque offers continuing care groups in cities across the country. Extended care is available at the Studio, and alumni who stay clean and sober receive lifetime guest privileges.
It costs a pretty penny but Cirque is unique and ideal for those who connect with landscapes on a spiritual level and value fun experiences along with top-shelf therapy.
RR3 Box A-10
Sundance, UT 84604
777 N. Palisade Dr.
Orem, Utah 84097
Cirque Lodge Cost: $48,000 or $77,000 for Lodge (shared/private rooms, 30 days); $30,000 for Studio (30 days). Reach Cirque Lodge by phone at (877) 997-3422. Find Cirque Lodge on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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