Drug Rehab in Utah
  Utah Young Adult Treatment Programs
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LOA Drug Rehab Fundraiser A Success!


The LOA Fund provides financial support to qualified individuals or programs who would stand to benefit from mental health or addiction services, including education, prevention, and treatment.

The LOA Fund is an amazing organization that will be a valuable resource for our community for years to come.

The event on April 18th honored the late Dr. Keith Hooker and had over 250 guests.  A delicious meal was provided by Chef Julia and her staff at Catering for the Cause.  Thank you to Julian Trupe, Chris Supor, Brooks Anderson and Adison Connors as well as the wrest of the staff  at Catering for the Cause for helping the LOA fund pull off a successful event.


LOA Fundraising Event

Hello Friends,


Catering for the Cause and New Roads Treatment Centers are excited to be part of this wonderful event on April 18th. Please join us along with the LOA Fund in honoring the late Dr. Keith Hooker. Tickets are only $30 and all proceeds go to the LOA Fund and Catering for the Cause. You can contact me at jessie@newroadstreatment.com or the LOA Fund directly for more info. We hope to see you all there!
230 W Towne Ridge Parkway
Sandy UT 84047



The Artichoke at New Roads!

By Chef Julia Simonsen


Spring is finally here. The weather undoubtedly is the best part. However, I get excited with the anticipation of all the fruits and vegetables that come in season. The first on the scene is the artichoke. I am always amazed at how many people have never tried and eaten an actual artichoke before. I am not talking about the cheesy dip with chips you have all learn to love at your local corner chain restaurant, but the whole artichoke. As it stands alone. Eaten as a vegetable. Here are some simple instruction on how to prepare, cook and eat these beautiful green bulbs. Leaf by beautiful leaf!  Our residential addiction treatment clients enjoy this recipe and you will too!




1. Take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the leaves.

2. Slice about 1 inch off the tip of the artichoke.

3. Remove and any smaller leaves at the base of the stem.

4. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch on the artichoke.

5. Rinse the artichokes in running cold water.


6. In a large pot, put a couple inches of water and a whole lemon sliced. Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off.

7. Pull off outer petals, one at a time. Artichokes may be eaten cold or hot, but I think they are much better hot. They are served with a dip, either melted butter or mayonnaise. Mayo with a little balsamic vinegar mixed in, is delicious.


8. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulp, yummy portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal. Continue until all the petals are removed.

9. Once you get to the heart…with a spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the "choke") The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and eat.


A Positive Outcome After Drug Treatment! Good Job Eli!

Everyone loves a good success story, right? Well we at New Roads absolutely love to see our clients graduate the program and go on to lead successful, fulfilling lives. Many of our alumni keep in contact and provide us with updates as to what is going on in their life. Just recently, New Road’s graduate Eli Waldrip contacted his former therapist Anna Marasco, who was more than pleased to hear all about how well he is doing!

Post-graduation Eli moved back to his hometown of Soldotna, Alaska. He loves his new sober life and putting his recovery first. Eli moved back to Soldotna to re-unite with his ex-wife Hannah and their adorable daughter Kali. Eli is even coming up for promotion at his job as an oil field painter. Eli is now nearly 9 months clean and sober and as happy as can be. We at New Roads could not be more proud of this graduate!

We encourage all of our clients at New Roads to keep in contact with us after they graduate. We want to know if they are doing well and what they are doing in life or if they are struggling and need a little extra help. Since August of 2009 New Roads has been building a community of support through graduates and professionals all working to the same goal of long term addiction recovery.


DBT in Drug Rehab: Distress Tolerance


Kristen Sroczynski, CSUDC
New Roads Treatment Centers


For this lesson in DBT - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, we will be taking a look at the Distress Tolerance skill set. DBT stresses being able to deal with emotional pain, suffering, and distress in a healthy manner. The ability  to ride out the wave and accept distress is important for mental wellness. Pain and suffering are part of life and can never be completely avoided. Getting our clients to accept that, and giving them skills to tolerate pain, while not making impulsive decisions helps them to create desired changes.


To accept one's environment and situations as they are, without placing demands on it to be different, and experiencing emotions in a non-judgmental, non-evaluative fashion without attempting to change it is the ability to tolerate. Accepting reality is not the same as approving of reality. Tolerating an unpleasant reality is empowering our clients to gain crisis survival skills. There are four sets of crisis survival strategies:


Improving the moment
Thinking of Pros and Cons


Here is a look at the distracting skill of ACCEPTS:


A- using activities to distract
C- contributing to others to distract from one's own pain
C- comparisons to others the same or less fortunate than oneself; recasting one's situation in a more positive light
E- creating opposite emotions to negative emotions distracts and redirects
P- pushing away from a situation or blocking it until you're in a better place to deal with it, also know as shelfing it
T- distracting from current thoughts
S- using intense sensations to interfere with one's physiological component of the current negative emotion


This is an extremely effective skill to coach our clients at our drug treatment facility to use when they are experiencing pain and suffering. When see clients around the facility isolating and staying stuck in their depression we encourage, coach, and validate.


Thanks for reading! Remember to  PRACTICE and VALIDATE!



New Road’s Outpatient Director Speaks On Suicide

Corey Markisich, Outpatient Director at New Roads Treatment Centers was recently interviewed about the recent epidemic of suicide in some smaller Utah county's.  He was able to give some insight into the problem and help set up some processes for possible long term solutions.

Markisich has been very helpful in getting the community resources together for a March suicide prevention forum in Helpe, Utah.  He was quoted:


"There are so many factors that contribute to depression and suicide, from stress, depression and substance abuse to anxiety an other factors, people need to know that there is help and they don't need to end their lives," he said. "We have to stop the idea that suicide is the only way out."

For the full article and interview visit Carbon County's leading newspaper online at: http://www.sunad.com/index.php?tier=1&article_id=27311


Our Drug Treatment Recipe of the Month: Cornbread


With winter on its way out, one cannot help but look forward to summer. Summer and bbq season. Just because we live in the great mountains of the West does not mean we cannot enjoy a pleasure from the South. Corn bread has a long standing tradition at bbq’s and picnics all summer long in the southern states. So for a day or two this summer forget about stopping at the store or corner bakery to pick up a loaf of crusty artisanal bread and mix up this sweet moist concoction instead. Corn bread is categorized as a quick bread because it is just that. Quick and easy to make. This recipe below has the taste and texture of the cornbread we know, but it’s moist and sweet like cake. Give this one a try. It will make you fall in love with good old fashioned home cooking all over again!


Chef Julia Simonsen is Catering For the Cause head chef.  She has recently joined our team and looks forward to sharing her most comfort of comfort foods along with her other favorite recipes.  Clients at both our residential drug treatment center and transitional program have the pleasure of enjoying this great food during their recovery process.






1/2 cup butter


2/3 cup white sugar


2 eggs


1 cup buttermilk


1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1 cup cornmeal


1 cup all-purpose flour


1/2 teaspoon salt




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square





Melt butter. Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar. Quickly

add eggs and mix until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda

and stir into mixture. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and

few lumps remain. Pour batter into greased pan.




Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick

inserted in the center comes out clean.


New Catering For The Cause Chef Julia

New Roads Treatment Center and Catering for the Cause are proud to announce our new Director/Chef for Catering for the Cause Julia Simonsen! Julia holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Salt Lake City and brings a variety of experience to the table. As a Utah native, this is where her career both developed and flourished. Her experience is varied from having a menu at a small bar, being the chef at a large deli, cooking at a fine dining resort in Deer Valley and even working as a food and nutrition manager in the health care industry. She's excited to be a part of the New Roads team and we are lucky to have her. Julia says you can look forward to a new menu on our website, www.cateringforthecause.com, and a fresh approach in the upcoming weeks. Welcome Julia!


A New Roads Recovery Success Story!

Hey my name is Tony, I’m 23 and I’m from Bozeman Montana.  I am in the New Roads Foundation and things are going better than ever, which isn’t something I could have said eight months ago.  Growing up my child hood was normal.  I played baseball, basketball, and golf, throughout school, and did whatever I could to get me outside.

High school was a little different.  I still played sports and worked hard to keep my grades up, but it seemed more like a popularity contest and I was definitely more concerned what my friends thought about me than what my family did.  In high school I experimented with alcohol and different drugs. It seemed like everyone was doing it, and that everyone was having so much fun.  I started out drinking warm beer in my friend’s dad’s basement, and I’m pretty sure I threw up after drinking about two or three.  Throughout the years I occasionally drank, and smoked weed here and there. I graduated high school with high honors and felt like a pretty normal kid, if you can define “normal”.

I left home and went to college.  I had golf and academic scholarships to Rocky Mountain College, which was a couple hours from Bozeman.  While in college I continued to experiment with other drugs, but this is when I truly began to feel like I fitted in.  I was drinking all the time, and smoking weed every day.  I tried a lot of party drugs such as ecstasy, along with acid and mushrooms.  I tried to manage my schooling, but between golf and partying I couldn’t keep up and I ended up taking the next year off.

I moved to California and after working construction for about a year I decided to get back into school.  I ended up getting into SDSU and once again I dropped out because I could not get my priorities straight.  While in Cali I met people that were using hard drugs regularly, the ones that I never even thought of using.  Cocaine and heroine were two that I don’t think I even saw until I was almost 20, but 4 years later I can tell you everything there is about them.  I used cocaine for just over a year.  I learned that I could work better, party harder, and stay up longer when I used cocaine.  Then I learned that I could manage my crashes and actually get to sleep if I threw some heroine in the mix.

My love affair with heroine took everything away from me.  In the short period I used it, I lost everything.  I stopped using cocaine all together and spent all my money on heroine.  I sold heroine to pay for my heroine.  I had multiple run ins with the law, spent time in jail, and pushed away my family and friends.  Within a few short years I racked up a record with the police, one that I don’t know will ever leave me, I overdosed twice and almost died, and turned into a full blown addict with no regard for life.  There was a point, my parents said, where they were afraid to answer the phone because they thought it would be a call telling them I was dead.

Then I was given the opportunity to do the Foundation drug rehab program at New Roads.  I had done multiple programs in the past, but this time it was on me because I had used all my parent’s resources and they had given up hope that I would ever change.  They told me I had to be committed for a longer period of time, a lot longer than the standard 90 days, and that I had to be willing to work for it and give it my all.  I was already behind the 8-ball and figured I really had nothing else to lose so I gave it a shot.

In the seven months I have been in the Foundation, I am closer than I ever have been towards reaching my goals.  I am planning on going back to school next year, I have all my court obligations and fines paid off, I have true friends who don’t use me for what I have, and I have rebuilt my relationship with my family.  In my addiction I sold drugs and screwed over anyone I could to make a quick buck, now, I work with other addicts in recovery and make an honest living.  In my addiction I pushed away everyone and fought the law, now, I’ve learned that no one is subject to life’s rules and regulations.  In my addiction I would go months without talking to my family, now, I call my mom every night before I go to bed.

It’s crazy how bad my life was a year ago, and how good my life is now.  I am so thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given, and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it wasn’t for the Foundation.


DBT in Drug Rehab: Core Mindfulness

DBT is something we utilize everyday with our clients starting the addiciton recovery process.  Our resident in DBT skills leader Kristen has once again shared with us some very valuable tools that can help in recovery. Today's skill is Core Mondfulness, using the "what" and "how" skills.
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