“Measures of Affect Theoretically Relative,” or MATR, is the driving philosophy at MATR Behavioral Health, which has been providing residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment for over 20 years. The word “matter” is particularly relevant because this treatment facility vehemently upholds the belief that what’s happened in someone’s life and their unique story matters in regards to why they became addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.
Accommodations and Food
The service’s first center for the adult population opened upon receipt of state mental health and substance abuse licenses in 1997. It has since been operating on the grounds of a former hospital in the small, mountain town of Mount Pleasant, Utah. MATR treats up to 31 men and women at a time generally between the ages of 20 and 70. The setting is clinical, but the living style follows the Family Model. Peers in treatment together are expected to engage and live as if they are family. They share all household responsibilities: cooking, cleaning and laundry.
Cooking classes are incorporated into the life skills training at MATR so clients plan menus and prepare meals together. The food is described as “home style” and clients can even attain their food handler’s permit while in treatment.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment track here is a highly individualized 90-day program, firmly based on the methodologies of CBT and psycho-behavioral therapy. There is an introduction to 12-step work and one NA meeting a week at the facility but otherwise, 12-step recovery is not a major aspect of this program. The team at MATR firmly believes in the importance of identifying life events in one’s past that might have created the need to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. When, they continuously ask, did the client begin checking out with chemicals as opposed to dealing with their problems? Residents receive anywhere from one to seven days of individual therapy per week (depending on need), including hypnotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming and at least 36 hours of group therapy per week.
There are 12 full-time patient care staff members and a number of doctors, nurses and therapists in rotation. Detox can be provided if the patient needs it before beginning treatment.
There is designated family programming on Wednesdays and Thursdays but families are encouraged to visit and attend groups as often as possible even beyond those times. MATR wholeheartedly supports families playing an active role for loved ones in treatment. Additionally, clients who graduate the 90-day program are always welcome to return for a 30-day discounted refresher course.
MATR offers workshops about addiction and recovery to the general public. They also sell books, DVDs and CDs with recovery-related material.
Weather permitting, clients are able to take advantage of the scenic surroundings at MATR and enjoy hiking and running. There is no gym on-site but there is an indoor basketball court for those seeking physical activity in the winter months.
MATR Behavioral Health accepts health insurance or self-payment. The founders and staff seem dedicated to getting to the root of each person’s problem so he or she can start healing from the inside out and fully treat the cause, not just the symptoms.
MATR Behavioral Health
265 N State St
PO Box 31
Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
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