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Spring is Here for the NRTH Program

Hello all!

Welcome to the first week in March! don't know about you but we're ready for some Spring and sunshine!

NRTH programThis past week in the NRTH program, we went over the cooking/nutrition module. Although we review this module often when we do grocery shopping and Friday lunch groups, the clients definitely have room for improvement on their dietary choices.

Our team brainstormed to come up with ideas to motivate the clients to eat better and improve their wellness. We created a weekly meal log based off of the mypyramid food pyramid, which essentially tracks vegetable, fruit, meat, and grain portions. When the clients have this filled and signed off every week, they are presented with some sort of extrinsic rewards system in order to ingrain these habits into their everyday life. This idea is still in its early stages, but during Monday group the proposition was brought up to the NRTH clients and we discussed other ideas regarding this new method.

Otherwise, clients have been very busy this week progressing in their individual treatment. Some are doing well with their employment and saving up money, while others are being proactive researching and applying for new jobs. One client was working on his continuing education module in order to phase up, so we went to the SLCC campus to tour the college, ask questions, and gather some pamphlets.

Have a great week!

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First Week of the New Year for NRTH

Nicole helping New Roads NRTH programHello all!

Good morning and happy new year to all! As everyone is getting back from vacations and settling back into a 2014 routine, the NRTH program is in full swing once again!

Last week was an atypical week,  instead of working on a new module we focused on goal-setting. In the spirit of the New Year, I sat down with clients during Monday group and we talked about personal and program ambitions for the week—and in the grand scheme of things—the rest of the year. Focusing specifically on goals relating to our modules and assignments, I emphasized that unless we are implicating what we learn into our daily habits and routines, then what is the point of learning these things at all?

Some of the weekly goals we discussed include laundry, keeping our environments clean, better self-care, accountability, healthy dieting, exercise, communicating better both in treatment and work, quitting smoking, and budgeting/finances. By the end of the group, clients each devised his own goal to work on for the week, the progress of which we would check up on during our Friday lunch group.

For Friday group, I taught the clients how to make enchiladas and I also brought my juicer for the clients to try out. We discussed how we did on our goals for the week; some clients did much better than others, but of course obtaining new and healthy habits is a continuous progress.

Nicole Shaw

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NRTH at New Roads Update

NRTH at New Roads Nicole ShawHello!

Happy Holidays to all! This past week was a good one for the NRTH program. Our module that we went over was one of the most basic (and yet essential) life skill sets—laundry!

In our Monday group we discussed the importance of keeping up with our laundry, what products and settings to use, etc. The clients had insisted that they already knew how to do laundry, but I am glad that we had this group because everyone learned quite a bit about hot/cold settings, handling the delicates, when to use the permanent press, etc. Needless to say, it was a very information-packed group :)

The clients had done a fantastic job figuring out the public transportation system, so as a reward we took the trax to The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake and went out to eat for our Friday lunch group. The NRTH clients’ kitchen at the 4 seasons looks as spectacular as ever, so they earned their last reward for the kitchen module a few weeks prior (a new mop and trash bags). The clients, however, did not quite make their laundry module goals for the week, so they did not earn the free detergent that New Roads would have provided for them. Maybe next week. Practice, validate, practice :)

Have a fantastic week everyone! I hope to see some sincerely heinous Christmas sweaters!

Nicole Shaw

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Busy Week for the New Roads N.R.T.H. Program

Nicole helping New Roads NRTH program

New Roads NRTH Clients Learning Some New Skills

Hello friends and coworkers at New Roads!

This last week was a busy one for the New Roads N.R.T.H. program. The module that we focused on involved the life skill of taking Public Transportation. Most of the clients were not very familiar with the UTA trax and bus systems. I took this is a great opportunity to show them how to use the rideuta.com website in order to find itineraries for different times and destinations. The clients should find the public transportation system to be very useful when going to a job or school.

On Wednesday, we decided to apply what we had learned during Monday’s group and do an experiential activity. Using the UTA website, we planned out a route to take from the apartments to one of the clients’ schools in Murray, so that he would know how to get there on his own. A few clients were a bit frustrated with the unfamiliarity of using the public transportation system, but with a bit of trial and error and a lot of validation, they were feeling quite confident in their abilities to find their way around. :) The clients did a fantastic job and afterwards we went took the Trax to get coffee in downtown Salt Lake City.

On Thursday we went grocery shopping, encouraging the clients to choose healthier food options, though with some it is a continuous process and we are all still learning :)

On Friday for the lunch group, one of the clients taught the group how to make latkes, a traditional Jewish Potato Pancake. The clients enjoyed this activity and the food tasted delicious!

You can read more about the New Roads N.R.T.H. long term mental health program here.

Thank you all for your support!

Nicole S.

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New Roads NRTH Program Gets Off to a Good Start

New Roads To Healing (NRTH) is a Long-Term Transitional Mental Health Program


New Roadians,

This past week we kickstarted the NRTH program! On Monday we had a scheduled group at 1pm; normally, this entails introducing and going over the new module for the week, understanding client expectations, and planning the weekly meal. But this week, I wanted to just map out the program for the clients because they had many questions. We went over the weekly schedule, discussed NRTH program goals, and I explained to them the rewards-based system that we will be adopting.

On Wednesday, after receiving their money, the clients went grocery shopping. I came along and provided a sort of guidance if the clients had any questions regarding nutritional food options and budgeting grocery money. The clients were very receptive to this and I was impressed to see them choosing healthier food options than what they were used to.

On Friday, we had planned out a NRTH program community meal; they had spaghetti and meatballs. Every Friday, one client is in charge of creating a wholesome and nutritional lunch for the group. Some of the clients were apprehensive when I explained that this would be expected of them, claiming that they 'don't cook', but they had positive attitudes about it and I am excited to see them push their limits and leave their comfort zone.

Regarding med management: This week we are working on helping the clients to establish a routine based on their individual schedules and needs.

Thanks everybody!

Nicole Shaw


Nicole Shaw

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5 Phases of Heroin Addiction

Addiction to Heroin and its CycleThe Lifecycle of Heroin Addiction


1.  Heroin Experimentation

Although the lovely graphic below is a little dated, most of the information still holds true here in 2013.  Millions of Americans have at least tried heroin just to experiment.   Most people have the impression that they can try everything at least once with no serious repercussion, unfortunately all too often a one time use of this powerful opiate can lead to heroin addiction.

2.  Initiation

There is quite a percentage of individuals who become addicted to the drug with only getting high on it once.  This percentage has only increased from about 20% ten years ago.  People will start out swallowing the opiate in pill form, then move to snorting or smoking it and eventually injecting it.  Obviously IV users are prone to more detrimental health activities such as sharing and using unsterilized needles.

3.   Commitment

Commitment is not the word you would think of when it comes to the abuse of any drug, especially heroin.  However within the addiction cycle, commitment just happens as a secondary instinct to survival.  Addicts will stop living, stop feeling, stop developing, and commit everything they have in them to getting their drug - simply surviving.  Take everything you work for to live a happy life - Shelter, food, water, human contact, love - and put all that energy into figuring out a way to spend more then $200 a day to support your addiction.  Then stop for one day and reality sets in and now you feel heroin WITHDRAWAL: vomiting, cold-sweats, insomnia, severe muscle aches, depression, anxiety, complete emotional dis-regulation, and fevers.  What now?

4.  Dysfunction

The term "functional alcoholic" is something that you hear quite often, "functional heroin addict" is not.  This is because most of the time it takes less then a year for someone to go from a healthy contributing member of society to a full blown heroin addict.  The drug becomes the priority above work, family, and self-health in no time at all.

5. Heroin Treatment

There is HOPE.  Heroin addiction, like many other addictions is a treatable disease.  With the proper level of therapeutic intervention and new learned skills on how to cope and deal with stresses in the real world, long term recovery is possible.  There are a variety of treatment levels such as outpatient and residential care that can assist heroin users in becoming sober.  Although difficult and a long road, recovery is possible if the individual is committed to getting clean.




Heroin Addiction Cycle

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Florida Drug Treatment Director on DBT


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What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a therapeutic modality that has roots based in Buddhism practices.  DBT uses a cognitive behavioral approach to raising the awareness of a client.  It helps a client stop running on "auto pilot" and to be more awareness of their behaviors and surroundings.  DBT uses specific assignments and exercises to do this.  The for areas it cover are:

Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness.


What is the difference between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

DBT therapy is a structured set of units and topics.  DBT utilizes assignments and other homework.  CBT is more of a talk therapy and looking back to see how different behaviors created an outcome.  DBT gives you skills to build upon even after treatment has completed.  However they can be considered sister therapies because most therapists who use DBT will also use CBT in conjunction during treatment.


How would a normal individual session be structured?

Client shows up on time, if late therapists will have to address why they were late and how it affects the the therapist.  It may be good to start with a mindfulness activity. Therapist asks if the client had completed their homework, go over the homework even if they didn't do the homework, then let the session guide itself to see what the client needed to talk about. The therapist is constantly helping the client see the other side to all views during the session.  The therapist is also quick to use different approaches to help the client stay focused.


What are some examples of the core aspects of DBT - mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness?

Mindfulness- body scan exercise taking time to feel how your body is reacting to a situation.

Emotional regulation- describing the emotions you are feeling, putting words to the emotions

Distress tolerance- self sooth, take a walk by yourself and just walk and notice the beauty of the world

Interpersonal effectiveness- using healthy communication and assertiveness to settle a dispute or difference with someone you are having conflict with.


how does DBT work? How does DBT work in a residential facility as well as how people implement those skills when they leave? Would that be possible?


DBT works in a residential facility by utilizing the four main principles of DBT:
The primacy of the therapeutic relationship

The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important elements of treatment.  The focus of having a strong relationship with a therapist and or counselor is very important.  In a residential setting the client is able to build on that relationship everyday.  The client is able to form a healthy attachment with the therapist while in treatment.  This also models to the client how to have healthy relationships after treatment ends.
A non-judgmental approach

A non-judgment approach allows the client to feel safe while working through extremely hard situations.  If a client feels safe and knows they will not be judged by therapist and other clients, they are more likely to open up and do the work they need to do to get healthy.
Differentiating between effective and ineffective behaviors

In a residential setting a client is able to use different behaviors and get feedback on what works.  The residential setting allows the client to use a trial and error strategy on their behaviors.  If they are using positive behaviors they will learn that they will be gaining more trust and privileges, however if they are using negative behaviors the trust will dissolve and the client will have to work harder to gain the trust back of their peers.
Dialectical thinking

Dialectical thinking is similar to learning to use effective and ineffective behaviors.  Dialectical thinking is always seeing the other side of what is.  In a residential setting using dialectal thinking is used every day.  A client is able to see how other points of view may help them make a decision.  It allows a client to make decisions seeing the other side of the question or a side that they might have not seen.


Is there a difference in how it works in a residential facility as opposed to an outpatient or individual setting?

The only difference is how often they are using the skills.  In an outpatient setting they would be practicing the skills in the everyday world and the residential setting they are trying them out before they use them in the real world.


Many residential drug treatment facilities offer DBT, what separates them?

Many offer DBT, but they may only be teaching one aspect such as mindfulness.  Mindfulness is only one part of DBT, although it is an important part, the other skills are just as important.  A true DBT treatment includes all skills and trained therapists in DBT.  Just because a therapist has read the book on DBT does not qualify them to do DBT. DBT is a very structured form of addiction treatment and it takes practice to truly provide it correctly and conssitently to a client.


How do addicts implement these skills in the real world?

If an addict learns these skills and practices them in treatment, they will become second nature and will use them in their everyday living.  It becomes a way of life for the client.




Please email Corey for any more questions or information at corey@newroadstreatment.com



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Scoop it with New Roads

As the New Roads Uncovery: Voices of Treatment project rolls out, more and more helpful content and venues are being used.  The most recent outlet, www.scoopit.com is a combination of a variety of social networks.

Essentially this venue enables individuals and professionals to share important ideas with the right audiences giving them an opportunity to create and maintain a helpful presence, a crucial component to the success of an online presence, and in the end helping more and more people in need.

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Michael Mills Joins The New Roads Team!

Michael MillsRecently New Roads added three superb team members to our staff.  Michael Mills is the most recent primary therapist joining us from Legacy Outdoor Adventures. Michael has two decades of experience in this field and will be an outstanding addition to our Clinical Team. Marco Sumi and Lisa Elliott are the newest members to our wonderful team of mentors. We are very lucky to have all three joining us.

Drug treatment can be an emotionally difficult career, we like to share some words of encouragement and tidbits about the program when our team grows.  Here are some insights into New Roads coming from the people closest to it...

I'm so happy you are on our team!! You are doing so great already!
I think our culture really values hope and the belief that anyone, no matter who they are, can get better. We have success stories all around us so its easy to keep that belief going. Our company also invests a lot in our employees. We have on-going training and development, making it a really great place to work. Not to mention all of the wonderful seasoned clinicians, medical staff, mentors and experienced executives.

Lastly, I would say that because of our strong staff and the modalities that we use, we really pride ourselves in being able to take a very complex case. Most other programs wouldn't be able to take an 18 yr old BPD client with a heroin addiction. I think we do a really great job at it too.  - Jessie


 One thing that I like (and I like many things, most others have mentioned them), is how we as a clinical team refer to clients as "ours" not "your client". I think when one client is struggling, it is helpful for the whole team to recognize ownership and we all support each other in our sometimes difficult work. - Tracie


I believe that we work hard to understand each client through their own perspective with out judging them, then try to empower them in a direction of positive change. - Spencer


I like to touch on right up front are the fact that we are young adult specific, (18 to 28), all of our clinicians are masters level or higher, we accept insurance, our residential program is a 90 day minimum, and we are dual diagnosis. - Crystal


I find it best to answer from my own personal experience since I myself went through the program after going through a number of others. I find that New Roads is very unique in that it caters specifically to young adults, which can be a very difficult demographic. We don't shy away from the difficult cases that other programs may not be as equipped to handle. I, at times, was a very difficult client and my 18 months as was filled with a number of bumps in the road, despite those bumps New Roads never gave up on me. Rather than getting kicked out when I made mistakes, the staff worked with me to learn from my negative behaviors and strive for a better future. 


I found, through personal experience, that the continuum of care we offer between the RTC and Trans was key to my recovery. I returned to the RTC twice after moving up to Trans due to slip ups, had I not had that option I don't think I would be successful in sobriety today. It took me making those mistakes to realize I really did want to be sober and New Roads afforded me the opportunity to learn from and amend my behaviors in a safe environment by returning to a higher level of care. - Brittany


  The New Roads way to me is flexible and committed. It promotes quality care for unique individuals within a therapeutic community. I feel a major strength is that we're team oriented and passionate about helping people find recovery and renewed purpose in their lives. - Jordan


New Roads is a great place not only because our dedication to the clients, but also because of our staff. The staff has a loving and caring feeling, this runs through the clinical team all the way through the admin team. Everyone feels that all clients and their families should be given a chance at sobriety and happiness. - Corey



We've seen firsthand the pain of addiction with our own loved ones.

It's this motivation that sustains and inspires us to accomplish what we do.

We hold hope and the fundamental belief that all clients can get better.

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New Roads Receives Newest DBT Training

DBT in Drug RehabKristen Sroczynski, LSUDC

Good morning and warmest wishes to our New Roads bloggers!



We here at New Roads Treatment Centers hold hope and the fundamental belief that ALL people can get better! We are a dual diagnosis facility, meaning we are skilled at helping people who struggle with chemical dependency as well as mental health disorders. We specialize in using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a way for our clients to use effective coping strategies. What is DBT you ask? Well, it's just as it sounds...Dialectics...or dialogue.



DBT was originally developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. DBT is best used for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), multi-diagnoses, difficult to treat individuals, and severe mental health disorders. We, with a caring and compassionate staff, treat the individuals that most treatment centers say are too difficult to work with. We are privileged that our wonderful CEO, Eric Schmidt, invests in us as a clinical team, and our clients to provide the best care and treatment possible. Our clinical staff is receiving the most current and cutting edge training in DBT in order to treat chemical dependency, self-harming behavior, the chronically suicidal, and BPD. We have had the honor to be trained by Josh Smith, from The DBT Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and most recently, by Linda Dimeff, Ph.D, from the Portland DBT Institute.

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When Linda came to train us, we spent two full days learning the newest techniques in DBT and how to take our treatment centers to the next level in specialized care. Our entire clinical staff along with our marketing team and the educational consultants we work with hunkered down to learn how to serve our clients and their families the best way possible. It was really exciting and fulfilling to know we are doing our best to be great at what we do in caring for our clients!



We focused on the unbearable crisises our clients suffer from; relationship problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior, extreme emotions, repeated suicide attempts, and disassociation. Basically, extreme affect and emotional dysregulation. We work hard to validate our clients, and with DBT we see an increase in client's self-esteem, treatment retention, and positive adjustments in both general and on a social level. We integrate change with acceptance!



I'm going to toot my own horn for a minute:) I am the DBT skills trainer for our residential program, our transitional program, and our outpatient program. I was told that the skills training I provide for both clients and staff, is some of the most creative out there. I work really hard to make it fun, promote learning and present it in easily applicable fashions. I learned different behavioral strategies to coach our clients to use the skills in their day-to-day lives. They learn mindfulness techniques, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulating skills, and skills to tolerate pain and distress. I was able to learn great new ways to present the skills to our clients so that they can benefit the most from them.



As a rock star team and family, we worked to learn to enhance client capabilities, provide structure, improve client motivation, reinforce a generalization to natural environments, and compliment therapist skills and motivation to treat our clients and families effectively. Behavioral dysregulation, quiet (or loud) desperation, feeling incomplete, and problems in living are what we here at New Roads aim to treat with kindness, care, and understanding.



In conclusion, if you or a loved one need help and want the best treatment possible, New Roads is where you will receive the finest of care from executives educated in recovery, some in recovery themselves, educated and skilled therapists, licensed Substance Abuse counselors, and a front line staff with heart, all that show up to change lives.


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