Sunrise Treatment Center is a residential treatment facility located outside St. George, Utah, for troubled teenage girls ages 13 to 17 that are struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. This program is a combination of a rehab, boarding school and transitional care facility. It offers balanced and structured care through education, therapy and guidance, providing a variety of therapeutic modalities that are both traditional and holistic. This includes DBT, recreational therapy and equine therapy.
Accommodations and Food
Sunrise is a 10,000 square foot building that sits on one acre of land in the heart of Southern Utah. The facility offers spacious accommodations for 30 girls. The clients all share bedrooms, with two or three girls in each. Some are furnished with bunk beds and some with two full beds. The living spaces are comfortable and feature closets, dressers and desk space. There are also amenities like a pool, fitness center, yoga studio, basketball court and a multi-use field where the girls can play soccer or simply relax. The home itself has several living rooms, a TV room, large dining hall, commercial kitchen and several bathrooms.
Three meals a day are served cafeteria-style at the facility. Sunrise makes sure to provide the clients with healthy choices. There is also a salad bar and fruit offered for lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
The clients at Sunrise experience a three-phase treatment in addition to attending regular school and a structured schedule of group and individual therapy and exercise. The program is based on DBT and emphasizes building self esteem, family relationships and planning for a successful future. There are group sessions daily, and chaperoned attendance at off-site SMART Recovery support meetings on a weekly basis. There are also weekly individual sessions, Equine therapy and recreational therapy. There is a strong emphasis during the course of treatment on building self-esteem and addressing past traumas or abuse, eating disorders, anger management and self harm prevention.
The clients also participate in a number of holistic therapy options that include art and music therapy and focus on healthy lifestyle choices. To boot, the girls are still in school full time taking accredited classes in science, math, English, social studies and language arts. The treatment team at Sunrise is a combination of medical, academic, residential and clinical. There are Master’s-level therapists and counselors who are LCSWs, MFTs and recreational therapists, along with psychiatrists.
The clients participate in a variety of recreational activities on-site, like dance classes, or off-campus activities like shopping, going to the movies, bowling or group trips to the local library. Exercise is a key element in treatment at Sunrise, so the clients have opportunities to hike in Zion National Park or try their hand at rock repelling. When the girls aren’t out on an adventure they often volunteer at various establishments in the community.
Sunrise offers transitional programs for those who have graduated from treatment and are looking for help moving on to the next step in life. This includes a housing program, assistance with job skills, and twice a week aftercare visits with a therapist. There are also weekly family counseling sessions and quarterly family program weekends.
Sunrise provides a caring and nurturing environment for girls who have often endured some trouble in their past and coped by turning to drugs and alcohol. The amazing thing about this program is that is brings hope back into their lives by refocusing their energy and opening up doors the clients didn’t know were available to them before.
Sunrise Treatment Center
65 N 1150 W
Hurricane, UT 84737
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