Recovery Treatment for Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, & Other Substance Use Disorders
Recovery Works is an intensive outpatient addiction recovery program for adults. The program is designed to offer intensive structure and support for those dealing with issues related to substance use disorders.
Our program includes:
- using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), motivational enhancement (formerly MI), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and other techniques within the most up-to-date, recovery treatment framework.
- collaborating with our addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine doctors and senior residents/fellows and therapists in our Recovery Clinic who use the latest medications and assistive techniques in recovery.
- therapeutic and educational support for program participants, their friends, and their family members.
- weekly experiential therapy, such as art and music therapy and R.O.P.E.S. challenge course activities.
Contact us to discuss you or a loved one's eligibility for treatment and to schedule an evaluation.
Safe, Confidential Treatment You Can Trust
All of our providers and administrative staff are bound by the HIPAA guidelines. This means that any information gathered or discussed is available only to members of your treatment team. It's important for us to create safe spaces for our clients to explore their past and present fully. In doing so, we ask program participants (and their friends and family) to protect the privacy of others in the group.
Length of the Program
Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) groups meet four nights per week for approximately eight weeks. During the sessions, our specialists will focus on relapse prevention, mindfulness, and coping skills.
We ask that you limit absences to two over the eight-week program. Please let us know in advance if you will not be attending a session. Excessive absences will indicate to us that this might not be the right time for you to be in treatment. We may suggest leaving the program and returning when your life circumstances are more stable.
Can I Go on Vacation and Attend Virtually from Out of State?
We are not able to provide therapy across state lines at this time. We also have some concerns about our clients' ability to be present for group sessions while on vacation. Please plan a safe and sober getaway once you have completed your IOP treatment.
Our Addiction Recovery Specialists
Meet Our Staff
Our staff of licensed professionals include:
- board-certified addiction psychiatrists,
- licensed clinical social workers, and
- expressive therapists who facilitate art, music, experiential activities, and the R.O.P.E.S. challenge course.
Cassandra is a clinical social worker focusing on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Cassandra is a devoted and enthusiastic clinician who provides leadership in group therapy, aftercare, and relapse prevention groups. Outdoor recreation, music and concerts are some of her passions.
David is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. David has a passion for working with those who are seeking recovery from substance use disorders and their families through group and individual therapy. He is also passionate about outdoor recreation. He will often be found on the slopes or on the side of rockface during his free time.
Liz is a licensed clinical social worker focusing on mental health and substance use disorders. Liz believes that individuals, with appropriate support and motivation, can meet challenges and change behaviors in their best interests. When not working, Liz enjoys hiking, gardening, and photography.
How to Join Our Recovery Works Program
When you call us for the first time, we’ll chat about your goals and what you would like to learn from treatment. We will then schedule a one-hour block of time within the next three to four days of your initial call to assess that our program is the appropriate level of care for you.
If you decide to begin our intensive outpatient program (IOP), you will start the following Monday.
On your first day, you will receive a link in your email for a virtual orientation on Zoom. At 5 pm, you’ll sign into the Zoom meeting and learn more about Recovery Works. You'll also be able to ask questions at this time.
Cost of the Program
If you're interested in joining our program, our staff will help you determine your insurance coverage, payment schedules, and any out-of-pocket costs.
Group Therapy Sessions
Our intensive outpatient program is entirely held in group sessions. Our groups are held Monday through Thursday from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, we are currently using Zoom, the video teleconferencing platform, for our group sessions until further notice to keep you and our staff safe.
Group sessions are typically kept under 10 people to allow each participant the opportunity to engage and feel heard. Our participants range in age from 18 to 75 years old. Groups are divided by age most of the time. However, this will depend on who is currently attending. In the past, we have seen supportive relationships develop between individuals of different ages and backgrounds. Our main goal is for each person to feel safe and comfortable enough to share their strengths, concerns, and unique story with their group peers.
Participants will be with their core groups on Mondays and Thursdays. All groups will meet together on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Individual Therapy Sessions
We have therapists available for individual therapy sessions. You can schedule your appointment through the Recovery Clinic.
We encourage our clients to make an appointment with one of the addiction psychiatrists in the clinic. They will review your current medications, make recommendations, and address any concerns. Our providers will not recommend medications that are inappropriate for individuals with substance use disorders.
Group Therapy Sessions (Monday & Thursday)
You will sign into Zoom with a link sent to your email and join other group members virtually. We will start our group sessions with introductions. A social worker will use this time to get to know you better. On Mondays and Thursdays, you will have the opportunity to bring up your concerns or struggles with the group and get advice and feedback from your peers and the social work facilitator.
Friends & Family Night (Tuesday)
We encourage our participants to bring someone in their supportive circle for this group session. We will discuss topics about early recovery and make this an interactive evening of learning and sharing. We’ve found that family and friends become better supports when they learn more about the disease of addiction and interact with other people who are having similar experiences.
Experiential Therapy (Wednesday)
Our licensed experiential therapists use music, art, and recreational therapies to help you get in touch with your emotions and thoughts by accessing other parts of your brain. Experiential therapy encourages you to get out of your comfort zone in a sober, safe, and supportive environment. We will not place you in a dangerous circumstance or ask you to do things where you feel out of control.
Some people in our program have discovered that they are able to express themselves better through art and, in doing so, can learn to expand their communication skills.
Family Support Group (Thursday)
Family members are invited to attend a separate support group for free on Thursdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will find other individuals in the group who understand the struggles and pitfalls of supporting someone with a substance use disorder. Several of our participants have attended the group for years.
A therapist from our Recovery Works program will also educate family members about addiction and recovery in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of what their loved ones may be experiencing.
We will provide you with a list of prohibited substances and ask that you refrain from using anything on the list. Some substances on the list may not seem problematic to use, however, any use will interfere with your healing process and development of new, healthy responses.
Substance Use Screenings
We will conduct urinalysis screenings (urine tests) to verify your sobriety and show proof of your success. We will call you once each week and ask you to come to the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) lab to leave a urine sample before group time. If you test positive for a substance, we will develop a plan of support with you. Medications that may provide false-positive results are also taken into consideration when analyzing your test results. Screening costs are included in the charges for the intensive outpatient program.
What Happens If I Relapse?
Relapse happens in recovery. Without appropriate support, education, and healing, an individual with a substance use disorder lacks the skills and knowledge to manage their thoughts of use. When a participant relapses in our intensive outpatient program (IOP), we will sit down and discuss how we can better support sobriety goals. We may increase the number of screenings to provide additional accountability and monitoring.
We will also have the individual attend our Friday evening relapse prevention group until IOP is complete. This group discusses additional coping mechanisms and education in an effort to stave off another relapse. If relapses continue to occur, we may recommend a higher level of care.
People cannot travel this recovery road alone. They need peers and professionals to give continued support. After completion of the Recovery Works (Intensive Outpatient Program), participants are referred to our aftercare groups, which is run by a Recovery Works staff member three times a week. Access to aftercare is critical for long-term recovery.
Family Role in Recovery
Our goal at Recovery Works is to help our clients and their families navigate the changes and challenges that come with recovery. We recognize that family and friends need support as much as the individual seeking treatment. We offer two nights per week where family and friends can learn, meet others, and discuss their concerns with others who have traveled the same path.
There are also many community-based support opportunities that we encourage family and friends to explore while their loved one is in treatment. The Recovery Works staff can provide answers and additional information on opportunities for families to focus on their own self-care. Many families have benefit from individual therapy for themselves as well as family/couples therapy with their loved one.
Starting the Conversation
Here are some things families can do to support their loved one.
- Education: Learn about substance use disorders and the treatment process to better empathize with your loved one during their journey.
- Support: Ask questions about their treatment, therapy sessions, medications, etc. Offer gentle reminders about scheduled appointments and the importance of attending them all.
- Stay optimistic: Keep in mind that the recovery process is a journey. Recovery takes time and there may be challenges to face along the way. Remind loved ones of this at times when they are feeling discouraged.
- Celebrate successes: Celebrate achievements -- no matter how big or small -- to boost your loved one's confidence.
- Practice self-care: Supporting a loved one through recovery can also take a toll on your mental health. Make sure you don't neglect to take some time out for yourself at this time too.
Addiction Recovery Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Salt Lake Alcoholics Anonymous
- Utah Alcoholics Anonymous
- United Wasatch Area of Narcotics Anonymous
- Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)
- Crystal Meth Anonymous
- SMART Recovery
- Recovery Dharma
- Fit 2 Recover
- OpiCure Foundation