Located about 200 miles south of Salt Lake City, in Loa, Utah, Legacy Outdoor Adventures treats men aged between 18 and 35. A wilderness therapy treatment center, Legacy deals with clients that are struggling with substance abuse and emotional issues. Legacy also offers treatment for some co-occurring or underlying mental heath issues, with special focus on transitioning into adulthood.
Accommodation and Food
As a wilderness camp, clients at Legacy spend their day outdoors, hiking and trekking through the surrounding areas of Loa. Groups are kept small, with safety a key concern of all. Therefore, all clients are outfitted with appropriate clothing, hiking and camping gear, with all essentials covered. Basecamp contains medical tent, yurt and emergency vehicles in the event of a medical or weather-related emergency.
All meals are provided, and clients learn new skills in order to assist with food preparations. A nutrient-dense diet of protein, vegetables, fruit and legumes is provided to ensure appropriate caloric intake is maintained.
Treatment and Staff
Clients participate in highly structured and evidence-based therapeutic practices that comprise over 20 hours of each week. Treatment typically lasts between seven and 10 weeks, but may be longer. Four days of each week are spent on an adventure—hiking, canyoneering, mountaineering or mountain biking—through Utah. The men must maintain and repair equipment themselves, and learn useful survival skills in the process. Dual diagnosis support is provided for clients with co-occurring disorders that do not require hospitalization or prevent the client from participating in adventure therapy.
During days that are not spent on an adventure, clients participate in individual therapy, usually CBT or DBT. Time is allocated for relaxation, writing letters, journaling and assignments. The program is 12-step based, with clients attending meetings as a group, and working through the program with a sponsor. Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques are incorporated with each client if their primary therapist finds it to be a suitable option. The guys are also introduced to the Stages of Change Model.
Clients are constantly supervised and assisted by field staff, who are CSACs specially trained in outdoor behavioral healthcare. They are also trained in CPR and First Aid, with a first responder always available. Each client works with a Master’s-level therapist, with doctor available for additional medical support. The client to staff ratio never exceeds four to one and clients perform a physical evaluation upon admission, to ensure basic fitness and stamina levels are met. Due to the physical nature of this program, medically monitored detox is not available.
Aftercare programs are constructed with the assistance of the client’s entire clinical team, and utilize the Gorski method for relapse prevention. Family involvement is encouraged, and family workshops and groups are offered.
Legacy Outdoor Adventure provides a strong wilderness program for young men. With specific aims at encouraging mature behavior, Legacy focuses on ushering clients into adulthood. Group discussions often focus on identity and masculinity, helping men disassemble old, unhelpful ideas and form new, more productive ones. The relatively low cost for the first 30 days includes an assessment and equipment fee, and the daily rate is $485.
P.O Box 400
56 South Main St
Loa, UT 84747
Legacy Outdoor Adventures Cost: $17,250 (30 days). Reach Legacy Outdoor Adventures by phone at (435) 836-2272 or by email at [email protected]. Find Legacy Outdoor Adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube
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