Medicine Wheel At RedCliff Review
Located 170 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada in the town of Enterprise, Utah, Medicine Wheel At RedCliff is a treatment facility that specializes in the care of men between the ages of 18 and 35 struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders. It also treats individuals with co-occurring learning disorders, surface addictions and mental illnesses like depression and trauma. Since 2001, Medicine Wheel at RedCliff has offered a unique therapeutic wilderness program that focuses on healing the “whole client” through powerful mind-body experiential treatment curriculum. The 12-step recovery model is a cornerstone of the programming. Clients with co-occurring conditions receive medication management.
Accommodations and Food
Medicine Wheel is situated in the desert of Southern Utah, far removed from triggers and distractions. The wide-open surroundings are the ideal environment for individuals to focus on their recovery. The rugged landscape allows clients to reconnect with their true nature. As it is a wilderness program, clients spend all of their time in the field. While many nights are spent camping, individuals spend two nights a week at an outpost where there is shelter, extra food and supplies. The outpost is equipped with a yurt, teepee tents, a kiva and an amphitheater. Clients can also shower while at the outpost.
Medicine Wheel at RedCliff provides a healthy menu based on the book, “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy.” Foods are high in carbohydrates and low in sugars. Individuals with dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning the program at Medicine Wheel at RedCliff, clients go through an extensive intake assessment that includes a medical physical, drug test and psychological evaluation. The team uses these results to determine the most effective individualized treatment program customized to meet the needs, goals and situation of the client. While the length of treatment depends on the unique needs of the client, the typical stay lasts between six and eight weeks. A typical day begins with a breakfast clients prepare themselves, followed by a long hike. The group then sets up a new camp at their destination. In the evening, clients participate in groups and perform chores.
The facility expects clients to take responsibility for their own recovery. As such, the wilderness programming fosters empowerment through accountability, friendship and community service. Medicine Wheel offers a multifaceted approach to care that incorporates an array of methods including therapy, skill building, 12 step and exercise. Clients engage in weekly individual therapy sessions and bi-weekly medical evaluations. There are also weekly group sessions with a clinician and daily group sessions in the field. In addition, the facility places a premium on the power of the 12-step recovery model. As such, clients focus on the first five steps throughout their stay at Medicine Wheel. Family involvement plays an integral role in the program. To this end, clients participate in weekly family therapy sessions over the phone as well as a two-day family seminar. If needed, parents are kept in the loop throughout treatment through email updates.
The Medicine Wheel at RedCliff team is comprised of a PhD candidate, LSWs, field guides and a nurse. Medication management and medical services are available for individuals with co-occurring illnesses.
Throughout their stay, clients work through a five phase curriculum that includes community service, skills and writing assignments that focus on personal background.
Above all, Medicine Wheel At RedCliff is a unique therapeutic wilderness program that specializes in the care of men struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders, mood disorders and surface addictions like video games and technology. The facility incorporates a comprehensive therapeutic regimen into its already robust wilderness curriculum. Medicine Wheel At RedCliff is a one-of-a-kind treatment program, and an excellent option for anyone seeking a life-changing experience.
Medicine Wheel At RedCliff Location
709 E Main Street
Enterprise, UT 84781
Medicine Wheel At RedCliff Cost
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