Located in the peaceful setting of Highland, Utah, Ascend Recovery believes in offering individualized, dual diagnosis care in a retreat style atmosphere at an affordable cost. With no more than 16 clients on-site at a time, Ascend makes sure everyone gets a recovery program tailored to their needs.
Accommodations and Food
Set in a peaceful locale filled with lush greens and a small pond less than a mile from Lake Utah, Ascend’s facility definitely gives off a retreat atmosphere. By design, new clients almost always share a bedroom which comes complete with twin beds and a private bathroom. Ascend believes in a fellowship spirit and often pair a newcomer with a longer term resident to encourage positive connections. Occasionally, clients can receive a private room, but Ascend must first assess their particular situation and make sure it would be a healthy option. There is an all-purpose rec room on-site which contains gym equipment, a basketball hoop, ping pong table and even a drum kit for aspiring musicians. There’s a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill and series of free weights on-site for residents to use. Ascend employs an on-site chef who puts a weekly menu together and prepares new meals each day, with a mind for diversity of entrées and overall nutrition.
Treatment and Staff
In keeping with their name, Ascend believes in a tiered treatment approach where residents progress through three ascending phases, each moving towards the goal of sober, independent living.
The first phase is a traditional inpatient experience at their facility in American Fork, Utah. With only 16 clients at a time, Ascend has the resources to provide extensive attention to their residents, and develops a unique plan for each of them. Ascend subscribes to the disease model of addiction and takes a holistic approach managing it, incorporating a nutrition program and daily exercise routine with the belief that physical health greatly aids mental health.
Family involvement is also highly encouraged so that members of a client’s family can be a part of the process once they graduate from treatment. Within each resident’s individualized program, there are many options for treatment, including equine therapy, experiential therapy, a ropes class and Amino Acid Therapy, which seeks to adjust one’s diet for proper protein balance. This phase lasts anywhere between 30 and 90 days, depending on each resident’s needs.
From here, Ascend puts clients through a second phase of treatment focusing on vocational and educational pursuits, all to prepare for re-entry into the world. This phase features greater independence and an emphasis on practical life skills. Finally, Ascend provides sober living housing in Salt Lake City for the third phase, wherein residents attend weekly therapy sessions. It’s important to note that while Ascend encourages all three phases of treatment, not all clients participate in the second two tiers of the program (though the latter two are offered at a significant reduction in cost).
There is no medical detox offered on-site, but Ascend uses the detox facilities at the nearby University of Utah which has one of the most developed programs in the country. They do employ a psychiatrist on staff and have a contracted medical doctor who makes regular visits with residents.
Ascend offers plenty of opportunities to get off the grounds and enjoy recreation activities. For those who find the on-site gym facilities lacking, every weekday starts by going off-site to a local gym. There are also multiple weekly trips to AA meetings, which are all held off-site. Clients frequently take excursions to local restaurants and movies as well. In the winter, residents can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in nearby ski slopes. Finally, Ascend’s proximity to Utah Lake, located about 800 yards from the grounds, is a major boon for recreation. The facilities maintain a boat on the lake shore for day trips, and hiking excursions in the natural majesty of the surrounding area are a major part of the weekly routine.
By highlighting individual care and offering a retreat-like setting in a naturally beautiful atmosphere, Ascend definitely provides a quality rehab experience. Its three-tiered system offers clients a chance to graduate to different levels of care while they are on their journey to sobriety. Ascend is a safe bet for all-around quality and care focused on the individual.
6595 North 6000 West
American Fork, UT 84003
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