Treatment Philosophy


Wasatch Recovery uses a holistic approach to treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Wasatch Recovery utilizes evidenced based treatment modalities along with experiential activities, to support addiction recovery and prevent relapse. Wasatch Recovery’s treatment program is designed To Instill hope, teach Resilience, and Achieve Recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is what makes Wasatch Recovery the best place to seek lasting recovery and healing. This type of therapy is typically a one-on-one approach that includes a therapist designing a recovery plan for you or your loved one. Your custom recovery plan is determined by what the therapist uses to accompany the therapy sessions that you will participate in. These sessions become a time for the therapist to understand you or your loved one to better assist in understanding addiction and how to overcome it.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

CBT is based on several core principles, including:
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
- People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.

The effectiveness of CBT spins from the thing we are most prideful about at Wasatch Recovery: relationships. 

Group Therapy

The majority of each client’s structured treatment time is spent in daily group therapy and psycho-educational classes. Groups are limited to a maximum of 16 clients and are conducted by a licensed clinician. These groups allow clients to address specific issues related to their substance abuse and its consequences. In group therapy, clients learn to elicit social support, develop interpersonal relationships, and give and receive feedback from their peers. Wasatch Recovery counselors use group techniques from a variety of sources including Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, cognitive restructuring and re-framing, and psycho-education.

Individual Treatment

Individual counseling will happen as per assessment needs. All residents will receive individual treatment while at Wasatch Recovery. This treatment gives the residents time to address individual issues in a more confidential atmosphere where very personal issues can be addressed in safety

Discharge Plan

Discharge planning begins upon admission and continues throughout the resident’s treatment. Discharge planning includes the securing of safe housing upon discharge, the development of a relapse prevention plan, and interagency case management where the best outpatient treatment will be identified and a referral will be made.

Medical Assessments

Upon initial admittance and then as needed throughout your stay, you or your loved one will receive a Medical Assessment. This assessment will help determine what type of medical treatment you will need while you are staying at Wasatch Recovery.

Unfortunately, you or your loved one may have put addiction before medical health. In many cases, these addictions have plagued you or your loved one’s life for years. In addition to a low priority on health care, most addictive substances are chemically based—and in most cases have affected one’s health.

Wasatch Recovery affiliates with the best doctors to ensure the medical advise and treatment you receive matches the quality of addiction treatment received in-house.

Experiential Treatment Activities

These activities, which will be conducted every day, are designed to help the resident learn that they can have activities that are fun and fulfilling without the use of drugs or alcohol. Residents will discuss experiential activities in groups and individual therapy. Other experiential activities are created to help develop a stronger inner self. These may include Yoga and meditation. Once a week, there will be a super activity that takes residents out of the center for most of the day and give them experiences that will help build character, increase health, and help the resident become active in life again.

Dual Diagnosis:

Through careful assessment within a growing relationship, therapists are able to determine whether you or your loved one needs some level of Dual Diagnosis Therapy (DDT). DDT is a treatment therapy that considers and diagnoses mental illness(es) that you or your loved one may suffer from. These illnesses can often be an impetus or an enabler to addiction.

If you suspect or know of a particular mental illness that you suffer from, it is important to let your admissions coordinator know (usually within confidential paperwork) so you can rest assure that your therapy will include niche treatment that addresses the illness.

Contrarily, addiction can actually cause mood or mental disorders to develop. These too will be identified and treated. In all types of addiction, the patterns of cognitive function play a key role in response to addictive signals.

The goal is to introduce a balance into you or your loved one’s life that has never been discovered, teaching you how to cope with the addiction and illness after you leave the comfort of Wasatch Recovery. Our hope is that you will feel as comfortable in your everyday environments as you do at Wasatch Recovery.

Therapeutic Community

The therapeutic community is a treatment modality where the facility’s staff and residents become agents in the change process. The community helps residents develop appropriate social values and behaviors. Staff members are chosen not only for their professional skills, but also for their ability to serve as positive role models for all the residents. Behavioral reinforcement comes in the form of stated house rules, responsibilities, and sanctions. These help shape the residents’ behavior. Residents will also have some say in the treatment and activities, which helps shape the community and treatment to meet their needs. Residents will also attend groups throughout the week that will foster community unity, deal with any problems, and problem-solve any issues. In short, the community becomes a tool for change, with residents helping each other.

The 12-Step Program

The most common addiction recovery program is known as “The 12-Step Program”. Twelve-Step programs are well-known for use in recovery from addictive or dysfunctional behaviors. The first 12-Step program began with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s. The 12-Step approach has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing with not only alcoholism, but also drug abuse and various other addictive or dysfunctional behaviors.

Though there are pros and cons to every therapy approach, there is a reason why the 12-Step Program is so popular. This time-tested program has helped millions of people just like you or your loved one find relief from addiction. Wasatch Recovery strategically uses the 12-Step Program within addiction-specific customized treatment program.

At a glance, the 12-Step Program is a line-upon-line approach to admitting that the respective addiction has become unmanageable, recognizing of powers greater than the addiction and yourself, carefully making decisions and taking inventory, and assisting in the progress of others in their fight against addiction.

As mentioned, there are several benefits to the 12-Step Program, but Wasatch Recovery carefully honors confidentiality and cultural/spiritual differences when taking you or your loved one through treatment.

Rational Recovery

Rational Recovery is an alternative to the 12 – Steps. The key element of Rational Recovery is Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT). It is the addictive voice inside the individual’s mind that drives them to keep on drinking. The idea is that by recognizing this voice as the enemy the individual will be better able to deal with it.