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The Haven was founded in 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah and offers residential treatment and transitional housing for adult men and women. The Haven’s mission is to provide effective and affordable treatment based upon the clients’ motivation, rather than their ability to pay.

Accommodations and Food

To enroll in the residential program, clients must first have gone through any medical detox, if necessary, received a TB test and be five days sober. The two-story residential facility looks like a Victorian house with a large, wraparound front porch and is surrounded by well-maintained greenery and trees. It houses up to 20 adult men and women, two to a room, with the men on the bottom floor and women upstairs. Both floors have a shared bathroom that is fully equipped with a shower.

The spacious home has common areas where clients can relax, reflect, write letters home or hang out. No personal devices are allowed in treatment, but a pay phone is available to use to call home. While e-cigarettes are not allowed in treatment, clients may smoke traditional tobacco outside of the facility.

Food is made on site and three meals a day are served in the common dining room, where clients eat together. Healthy snacks like fruit are set out during the day so that in between meetings and activities, clients can grab something to eat.

Treatment and Staff

Residential treatment follows the 12-step model. Clients commonly complete the first three steps while living at the facility and continue on while in sober living. Average length of stay in treatment is between 70 to 100 days. Most of the treatment happens in a group therapy setting, with groups no larger than 10 clients at a time and one therapist per group. Several meetings and classes are scheduled throughout the day, as well as personal reflection and journaling. Group sessions typically last about an hour or so each.

An on-site 12-step meeting happens once a day in the morning, with the exception of Tuesdays, which offer both day and night meetings. Friday nights are for Big Book study and attendance at weekly chip meetings to celebrate various lengths of sobriety is mandatory.

The treatment is level-based and, as clients make their way through the program, more privileges are given, such as weekend passes to visit family, which are good from Friday to Sunday evenings. Frequent urine analysis tests are performed on site.

A clinical director oversees The Haven, with staff consisting of LADCs and LCSWs who have also been through the program at the facility.


There is a workout area in the back of the house that consists of weights and a treadmill. Taking long walks around the premises is a popular form of exercise for clients. Recreational activities and group outings are frequent, including Utah Jazz basketball games, movies, playing softball and paintball sessions. The Haven’s alumni are very active with current residents and often come along on outings.

Family program night is every Wednesday at the main facility from 6 pm to 9 pm. There is 30 minutes of socializing before the group meeting starts.

The Haven operates three transitional living facilities, two that are gender specific and one that is coed. One of the buildings is similar to an apartment complex and the others resemble Victorian homes. Residents are required to have jobs, attend school and perform community service.

Transitional housing residents must also to attend four meetings per week, and placement in a specific group is assigned before entering the program. The group meets weekly as a check-in since treatment is based on peer support and holding each other accountable.

In Summary

The Haven is a place for those who are ready to make a big change in their lives, with accountability being a large part of the treatment process. By following the treatment plans, The Haven’s graduates enjoy high success rates.

The Haven Location

974 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

The Haven Cost

$3,800 (first 30 days, goes down in price as treatment continues). Reach The Haven by phone at (801) 533-0079 or by email Find The Haven on Facebook

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