Chemical Dependency – Detoxification Treatment

Frequent use of drugs and alcohol can result in physical dependence, and when individuals stop using drugs and alcohol abruptly, they often experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Our inpatient detoxification program ensures safe withdrawal and the beginning of the recovery cycle.

Patients are detoxified under the care of a psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who provide medication, monitoring, and support during the withdrawal process. Additional treatment includes group therapies and activities throughout the day to address the disease of addiction. To ensure continued success when the patient leaves the hospital, we create discharge plan outlines with the patient and family for appropriate follow-up care.

Recovery WORKS – Intensive Outpatient Program: 801-587-3235

Recovery WORKS is an intensive outpatient program for adults struggling with drug and alcohol problems. Patients work in a group therapy setting four nights a week for eight weeks. To ensure success after completion of treatment, continued weekly aftercare support is available for participants.

The treatment team includes a board certified addiction psychiatrist, licensed clinical social workers, licensed substance abuse counselors, and expressive therapists.

The program incorporates some components of the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous along with cognitive behavior treatment (CBT) and mindfulness techniques. Participants are expected to attend 12 Step meetings or other community sober support group.

The family's participation in the family group is essential to the program, held once a week. Experiential therapy, which includes art and music therapy and ROPES challenge course activities, are also integrated into the program weekly.

To be included in Recovery WORKS, individuals must be medically clear and detoxified from alcohol and drugs. Regular attendance is required.

Recovery Clinic: 801-585-1575

The Recovery Clinic is for adults seeking alcohol and drug addiction and dual diagnosis treatment. The clinic is staffed by board certified psychiatrists who have additional training in addiction psychiatry. Senior residents as well as licensed clinical social workers also provide services in the clinic.

Services include consultation and evaluation, group and individual therapy, medication management, suboxone maintenance therapy, and outpatient detoxification, if medically appropriate.

Javier Ballester Gonzalez, MD

Javier Ballester Gonzalez, MD, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned his medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. He completed his first residency in Psychiatry at Hospital Universitario Doce de Octubre de Madrid, where he also concluded a one year research fellowship. Upon being awarded a 2-year Koplowitz Fellowship to study Chi... Read More


Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Behavioral Health - Outpatient, Psychiatry


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Robert D. Birch, DO

Robert Birch, D.O., is an inpatient physician for the adult unit at UNI and the University Hospital. His interests and expertise are in the diagnosis and treatment of complex substance abuse cases.... Read More

Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, MS

Dr. Elizabeth Howell is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an inpatient and outpatient practice at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is the Training Director for the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine fellowship programs at the Univers... Read More

Duy Pham, MD

Dr. Pham specializes in addiction and substance abuse related issues. He is currently an inpatient and outpatient physician at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) and supervises adult psychiatry residents through the Recovery Center at UNI. He is an advisor/mentor to the medical students and residents. As an Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. ... Read More

Jeremy E. Thueson, MD

Dr. Jeremy Thueson, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned his M.D. at the University of Utah. He then completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Washington where he was chief resident of the inpatient and consult/liaison services at the University of Washington Medical Center during his final year of residency. Following that, he also... Read More

University Neuropsychiatric Institute 501 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108