LifeLine For Youth in Salt Lake City is a family-based treatment program that helps adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. A non-profit facility that has been operating for 21 years, LifeLine for Youth has found that evidence-based therapy modalities, education and recreation create a foundation for wellness. With treatment ranging from residential to Intensive Outpatient (IOP), clients are able to gain support and healing through each phase of recovery.
Accommodations and Food
The 40-bed facility provides a comfortable, home-like environment. Clients share roomy bedrooms with one other person. The bedrooms each include two twin-sized beds, two dressers and large windows. Television watching and reading can be done in the communal room during free time, but all other electronics and technology are banned.
The rest of the facility follows a similar cozy theme, with tons of comfortable seating in the group rooms, a large dining room and recreational space. There is a basketball and volleyball court on the campus, in addition to plenty of walking paths. For those who wish to stay indoors, the spacious recreation room offers daily yoga classes in the mornings.
Treatment and Staff
Instead of a boot camp approach to helping kids get back on track, LifeLine looks to evidence-based therapy to heal addiction and mental health issues. Upon entering treatment, each client undergoes an evaluation that includes a psychiatric assessment, a psychosocial history, a complete lab workup and optional psychological testing and medication management. Once the treatment plan has been created, a licensed therapist is assigned to oversee treatment. One-on-one sessions are held with this counselor twice a week in addition to more than 20 group sessions per week. Group topics include substance abuse, life skills, sexual abuse, sexual reactivity, pornography addiction, grief and loss, adoption and body image. Evidence-based therapies such as CBT and DBT are integrated into all therapy.
LifeLine for Youth also has a strong focus on education during treatment. An academic plan based on individual needs and educational goals is created for each client. The educational program is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Recreation is another key to the client’s recovery, helping to build self-esteem. All residents can participate in daily physical activities such as basketball, volleyball, running and yoga.
In addition to on-site recreation, clients are also taken off-site to participate in activities such as rock climbing, river rafting, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and biking.
For parents who are looking for a solid blend of therapy and education for their kids, this program offers a solution for each step on the road to recovery. The heavy emphasis on life skills and recreation can be less intimidating for youth than an intense 12-step based program.
LifeLine for Youth
1130 W Center St
North Salt Lake, UT 84054
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