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What is Residential Treatment?
Wasatch Crest’s residential treatment program is intended for individuals who are just beginning their substance abuse recovery journeys. During treatment, clients receive 24-hour care from our medical, mental health, and support staff.
The program is open to both men and women and has the capacity to cater to twenty clients at a time. Clients have access to individual, group, family, and recreational therapy, as well as psychiatric and medical care.
The average length of stay in our residential treatment center is 30 days. Throughout their stay, clients work through specific levels of healing and personal development with corresponding therapeutic exercises.
Clients also regularly participate in recreational and experiential therapy sessions, including adventure outings, equine therapy, yoga and meditation sessions, and even a Lakota Sweat Lodge ritual.
When clients complete residential treatment, they graduate and become a Wasatch Warrior. To prepare for their transition out of residential treatment, the clinical team curates an individual aftercare plan for each client, which may include recommendations for a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, or sober living residence. Many of our clients who graduate from residential treatment move to our onsite Uinta sober living residence, which offers a partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program open to male clients.
When clients complete treatment and leave Wasatch Crest, our dedicated Alumni Coordinator remains in close contact with them, through frequent phone call check-ins, weekly alumni meetings, and monthly alumni events.
What To Expect During Residential Addiction Treatment
What is the benefit of residential treatment?
Wasatch Crest’s residential treatment program is typically clients’ initial level of care. The program treats 20 clients at one time. This is an inpatient form of addiction rehabilitation which means our clients stay at our mountainside campus in Heber, Utah full time throughout the length of their stay, usually 30 days.
This contrasts with outpatient rehabilitation, when someone attends treatment during the day but goes home at night.
Compared to outpatient rehab, there are many advantages to our residential treatment program at Wasatch Crest. As a rule, inpatient rehab has a better safety rate and a higher success rate. Here are some benefits.
- Inpatient detoxification — The process of going through withdrawal and detoxing can be very unpleasant, with a set of difficult withdrawal symptoms. One of the benefits of inpatient rehab, such as our residential treatment at Wasatch Crest, is that we provide a safe place to detox where our medical professionals can monitor vitals and ease some of the unpleasant symptoms. Alcohol detox generally lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 days, with withdrawal symptoms being their worst at 72 hours. Depending on the substance and severity of addiction, withdrawal symptoms usually start a few hours after the last dose of the drug.
Being in a residential treatment program means patients have constant access to help for their withdrawal symptoms and can be provided with medications and therapeutic support to ease their detox.
- Success rates — When a patient is in an outpatient rehabilitation situation, they can call their dealer or head right to the liquor store when they feel like giving up. Just the routine of returning home every night places the person back in the environment where they abused a substance, which makes it much more challenging to resist the temptation of relapse.
One of the benefits of a residential/inpatient program is that the client doesn’t have access to their substance of choice. Studies have shown that more inpatients complete detox compared to people in outpatient treatment. Those who attend and remain in residential programs have increased occupational, psychological, and social functioning, as well as decreased criminal activity. Those who overcome a substance use disorder learn the tools to prevent relapse and are at a decreased risk for developing another substance use disorder.
- Community — One of the main components of substance abuse treatment is the fellowship that is created between staff, counselors, and fellow recovering addicts. Having a support system of people who understand the struggles of addiction and can lend a shoulder to lean on is extremely beneficial. It’s often the difference between recovery and relapse.
Living in a residential treatment program such as Wasatch Crest surrounds the recovering addict with the social resources they need 24/7. That support system is there the entire time they spend with us, and these connections will last long beyond the time they move on and graduate from Wasatch Crest as a Wasatch Warrior.
"I have nothing but good things to say about Wasatch Crest treatment services. I have been to other programs in the past and none of them have been as attentive to clients needs and well being as Wasatch Crest. I would recommend them to anyone in need of this type of service. Addiction is a hard enough battle as it is and the staff at Wasatch have made it so much easier for me to get though the toughest part of recovery. Becky, Jessica and Rich have been a huge part of the reason I can say I am still sober today and are some of the best people I know. Thank you to all of the staff and administration for such an amazing experience."
What is the structure of the residential treatment program?
At Wasatch Crest we specialize in treating adult men and women suffering from the effects of substance abuse disorders. Additionally, and importantly, our dual-diagnosis treatment addresses the underlying co-occurring challenges often associated with addiction.
But we don’t have a “stock” treatment plan. We fully assess each client and develop a comprehensive and collaborative treatment plan to meet their individual needs. Each treatment must be tailored to accommodate the individual’s personal risks, needs, and preferences.
We feature 30-, 60-, and 90-day inpatient treatment programs, and we also focus on aftercare following the inpatient stay to ensure recovery is lasting.
What activities are part of the residential program?
At Wasatch Crest, we make outdoor recreational therapy activities an integral part of our residential treatment program. We’ve found incorporating invigorating recreational therapy activities into our residential treatment is a great way for our clients to forget their addiction and fully become part of the outdoor world.
We’re surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the west and the Uintah Mountains to the east. We make the most of our four-season climate when we’re outdoors. Depending on the season, we take our clients hiking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, swimming, picnicking, and snowshoeing, among other activities.
On-site, our facility connects with miles of walking and hiking trails, serene fields, three pickleball courts, a basketball half court, an outdoor fire pit seating area, a gazebo for outdoor gathering, and our estate farm animals.
We are also partners with a certified Equine Therapy Specialist, Jolene Greene, LCSW, who offers our clients bi-weekly equine therapy sessions. Thanks to their amazing intuitiveness, horses are able to connect with humans on a unique level. This helps our clients heal from addiction, behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
What therapeutic exercises will I be doing?
At Wasatch Crest, we mix elements of a variety of therapeutic programs to provide our clients the support and understanding they need to overcome their addiction.
These are elements of our therapeutic programs that are included:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Adventure-Based Experiential Therapy
- 12-Step Immersion
- Yoga and Meditation
- Sweat Lodge
- Family and Relationship Therapies
- Active Alumni Programs and Events
- Community-Service Opportunities
- Relapse Prevention Strategies
- Life Skills Coaching
What types of meditation do you use?
At Wasatch Crest, we use meditation as one of our treatment modalities. Meditation can help reduce feelings of depressions, anxiety, and emotional triggers, while changing brainwaves. These are the meditation methods we use:
- Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular methods of meditation. It focuses on increasing focus, concentration, and awareness.
- Zen meditation brings about calmness and encourages non-reactivity. It reinforces attention to the present moment, encouraging practitioners to focus on the here-and-now and clear their past.
- Guided meditation can encourage someone to visualize peaceful mental images as someone facilitates it with guidance.
- Transcendental meditation involves a silent mantra and teaches effortlessness as a means to achieve peace and reduce stress.
When can my family visit me at Wasatch Crest?
We encourage family members to visit their relatives at Wasatch Crest. We work with each client to ascertain the best balance for their unique needs.