While Cirque Lodge may be Utah’s best known rehab due to its celebrity clients and high-end everything, Recovery Ways provides a private rehab experience for half the price. Located in Murray, Utah, this program immerses clients in mountainous scenery and other elements of nature as they move through recovery. With facilities that resemble quaint hotels and a small client load, those who attend this program can enjoy a little bit of luxury in addition to solid, individualized treatment.
Accommodations and Food
The living quarters are split between two locations: the 30-bed Copper Hill facility and the 24-bed Mountain View facility. Identical in interior decoration and design, the two buildings provide each client with a private bedroom and bath, a rarity in the world of rehabs. The common areas offer a warm fireplace, a television and plenty of seating to curl up with a favorite book.
For exercise, a local gym is available six times a week in the morning and an on-staff yoga teacher provides weekly classes. During off-site recreation time, clients can get out in nature for hikes and long walks. There are designated smoking areas on the property.
All meals are prepared and served on-site. Choices vary from day to day but a full salad bar is always available. Coffee is served during a la carte breakfasts and snacks such as fruit, cheese, yogurt and crackers are available throughout the day. The chef is happy to accommodate clients with food allergies and special dietary needs.
Treatment and Staff
The large staff consists of therapists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, an admissions team and administrative staff. For detox, clients are sent to a local hospital but staff members from Recovery Ways visit every day, making sure the needs of clients are being met. This process typically lasts between three and five days, with a cost of $950 per day.
When residents arrive, they are assigned an individual counselor, who takes on no more than six to seven clients at a time. Individual therapy happens at least twice a week but is more frequent if a client is willing. In addition to individual time, clients spend a large portion of their day in group therapy when issues including codependency, relapse prevention, family dynamics, grief, processing and trauma are addressed. Clients are introduced to the 12 steps during education lectures and can attend AA/NA meetings almost every day.
Each week, family members are invited in for visits as well as group therapy. Clients who wish to involve their families in the individual therapy sessions may do so on an as-needed basis.
In addition to residential care, the program offers day treatment and intensive outpatient services. All clients who have successfully completed the residential program have access to complimentary aftercare services that include group therapy, workshops and check-ins with a therapist.
Residents choose two recreational activities every week; options include rock climbing, bowling and hiking. During this time, their social interactions, ability to handle new situations and general attitudes are closely monitored. After each outing, the supervising counselor reports back to each client’s individual therapist, letting them know how they did and where they struggled.
A unique feature of this program is a sensory integration room for healing trauma. This allows clients to lie in a hammock and pick everything from the scent of the room to music and the temperature to lighting. In the past, such rooms replaced straight jackets in mental hospitals. They were found to produce an extreme calming effect and are now being used to treat trauma patients.
With views of the mountains, private rooms at no additional cost and nearly unlimited individual therapy sessions, this Utah rehab offers a lot more than most. While this program is highly structured, clients do not have to spend all of their time in a therapy chair or locked inside the facility. The nice balance between therapy, recreation and free time makes the recovery process enjoyable.
4883 Box Elder St
Murray, UT 84107
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