Located in the hills of Eagle Mountain, Utah is Utah Addiction Centers, which specializes in residential treatment for substance abuse, depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues. The facility offers both 12-step treatment and dual diagnosis care.
Accommodations and Food
Utah Addiction Centers is a co-ed, inpatient facility (which also hosts an outpatient program) set in a large, modern house complete with horse stables, a nearby lake and serene views of the surrounding hills. The program at UAC is intimate, typically with only 12 clients at a time. Residents typically share a room with one other person of the same gender, though there is one men-only room that can accommodate up to four at a time. Each bedroom is equipped with twin beds, a night stand and a closet, and the facility has four shared bathrooms. Generally speaking, UAC tends to host an equal number of men and women.
In an effort to keep costs low and promote self-reliance, UAC no longer employs a chef on staff. Instead, staff members purchase groceries (based on client requests) and residents take turns cooking throughout the week.
Treatment and Staff
UAC’s residential program is typically 30 days, though the program can accommodate those who would benefit from a longer stay. Daily routines often begin with a trip to a local gym for exercise followed by a short house meeting and breakfast, with various group sessions in the afternoon.
Since UAC is a dual diagnosis facility, groups address both mental health as well as addiction, with special sessions for eating disorders and sex addiction. With so much variety, residents can actively design a program that fits their specific needs. UAC clients also receive three individual sessions per week with their assigned therapist, each lasting two hours. As an added bonus, they also offer on-site equine therapy.
After dinner on weekdays, clients attend either an off-site 12-step meeting, an in-house meeting or a family group (though only on Thursdays). Weekends often feature a house movie night or another social activity with fellow residents. Those participating in UAC’s outpatient program follow a similar balance of daily group and individual therapy; clients can even have one-on-one sessions in their own homes.
UAC is big on recreation, with Tuesday afternoons set aside for off-site excursions like picnics, hiking trips, mini-golf outings or trips to the movies (all depending on what clients choose). The staff is largely comprised of Master’s-level therapists and licensed counselors, but there is also a medical doctor on staff who makes weekly visits to address whatever issues the residents may have, and to assist with medication management. While UAC does not offer a medical detox at the facility, they often refer clients to the New Vision detox program at the nearby Jordan Valley Medical Center.
As with many residential facilities, UAC provides a comprehensive 12 month aftercare plan. One standout detail is that alumni can attend “anytime group sessions for life” for free, along with continued access to free individual therapy for the first year. Clients can also choose to undergo random drug screens through UAC, should a new employment opportunity require them.
The strength of UAC’s program is found in its intimate setting and individualized care. Clients can expect a well-rounded curriculum of group therapy (covering a wide range of issues), one-on-one therapy and weekly visits with a medical doctor, and perks like equine therapy and weekly field trips keep UAC competitive with higher priced rehabs.
Utah Addiction Centers
2590 Prairie View Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
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