Drug Rehab in Utah
  Utah Young Adult Treatment Programs
  by NewRoadsTreatment.com

Getting Them Into Treatment: Talking to Your Child About Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Most young adults struggling with addiction don't think they have a problem, so they refuse to seek help. Parents have to do whatever they can to get their child into treatment. Take action early, prepare for the rough road ahead and empower yourself by learning what to expect with drug and alcohol treatment.

When talking to your child about rehab, It's important that they realize that treatment is the only option.

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New Roads Halibut with Cilantro Lemon Sauce

Serves 6-8

One of the best Halibut recipes served in Utah’s best young adult drug Rehab centers.  This entrée is a favorite among New Roads clients.  Clients who didn’t like fish in the past like to eat fish now because of this recipe and it is requested frequently on our weekly menu.

2# Halibut, cut into 4-6 oz portions

1 ½ cups finely chopped cilantro

¾ cup finely chopped parsley

¾ cup dill

¾  cup white wine vinegar

2 ½ cup olive or blended oil

2 whole lemons

tt kosher salt

tt ground black pepper


  • Make sure Grill is turned to medium high heat
  • To make the sauce add vinegar and gradually whisk in oil until thick, add all of the cilantro, parsley, dill and the juice of both lemons
  • Coat halibut with most of the sauce and let marinate for 30 minutes
  • Put the halibut on grill and cook until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 140 degrees
  • Add the remaining sauce evenly to each piece of fish

A great way to mix up the menu at New Roads from the normal beef or chicken meals is with this delicious and healthy feel good meal.   Halibut is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium.  It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Magnesium and Potassium, and a very good source of Protein.  One of the most important aspects of drug treatment is to stay healthy and keep your body full of energy.


Group Counseling as a Means of Substance Abuse Counseling

Group counseling or group therapy is one of the most common treatment models for substance abuse, but little is known about its effectiveness.  Its focus is usually on one type of problem such as addiction.

Some of the good things that group therapy has done for individuals in a drug treatment center are:

Provides hope

Shows that others have experienced the same things

Gives advice

Shows that one can receive good things by giving

Provides a group format to discuss family issues

Learning behaviors through watching others

Two important professional issues to consider are to make sure that the clients are informed about the group process and therefore have given an informed consent and to emphasize the importance of confidentiality.


Cheesecakes for Addiction Recovery

Clients at New Roads Treatment Center in Provo are baking cheesecakes to finance scholarships for young adults who cannot afford drug treatment.

New Roads chef Robert Soria and clients of the drug treatment center went door-to-door beginning last week, selling cheesecakes and then delivering the finished product the next day. Soria supervises baking the cheesecakes at the facility kitchen. Proceeds from the dessert sales go to the New Roads Foundation, where the money will fund treatment scholarships for young adults who cannot afford it.

"We're getting tremendous feedback," Soria said. "We do make a very, very nice cheesecake."

Soria and four to six clients go out, sell the desserts then return to New Roads kitchen and make cheesecakes to fill those orders. They box the cakes and deliver them in person. They've filled 55 orders in the last few days. The clients were hesitant to approach potential customers at first, but warmed to the task after they made a couple of sales.

"The patrons are overwhelmed and surprised with the quality of the cakes. They were wowed by the taste of the cakes," Soria said.

New Roads cheesecake bakers will take orders from anywhere in the county.

"As long as I'm given 24-hours notice, a physical address and a phone number, I'll deliver," Soria said. "The clients are resourceful."

The cost is $15.99 for a whole strawberry, chocolate or New York style cheesecake. Orders can be phoned in to (801) 669-5860, faxed to (801) 669-5849 or e-mailed to robert@newroadstreatment.com. The cakes will be baked and delivered this week.

Food vendors donated most of the ingredients. New Roads LLC pays the clients' salaries and the cost of remaining materials. Profits from the dessert sales go to the foundation, which covers costs at the treatment center for young adults who cannot pay.

Soria has been in the culinary business all his adult life, after graduating from a culinary institute in California. Then he worked with a kosher master chef and ultimately went to corporate restaurant work and began consulting and traveling. Most of his work was done in the Middle East, including opening a Pizza Hut in Gaza. But it's gone now, he says.

Soria is the facility chef and teaches culinary arts to residents. Clients are paid for their work in the kitchen and as they become more proficient their salary is raised. Like the many of the New Roads management, Soria lost a child to heroin addiction. He knows treatment and follow-up isn't enough -- the clients must leave their old roads behind and take new healthy roads.

New Roads Treatment Centers were conceived by a group of Utah business leaders who had seen firsthand the ravages of addiction on their loved ones. They organized to provide affordable, effective treatment to young adults.


Jordan Harmon Joins New Roads!

We would like to welcome Jordan Harmon, CSW to the New Roads team.  Jordan has been with us a few months now working with clients from our drug rehab residential program, transitional drug treatment program, and pornography addiction division.  Welcome Jordan!  A little more about him from his bio...

Jordan Harmon, CSW
“I have found it of enormous value when I can permit myself to understand another person.” – Carl Rogers (1902-1987)
Carl Rogers’ work in developing what he came to call the Person Centered Approach has impacted me greatly as a therapist, a husband, a father, a friend, and as a person in general. The philosophy that guides my practice and hopefully my life is the powerful idea that understanding and accepting one’s self and one another is the basis for healing and growth.
Though I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions in my practice I find that the most effective intervention is that of fostering a therapeutic relationship. Such a relationship allows those involved to experience genuine empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard.
I earned a graduate degree in social work from the University of South Carolina where I emphasized in individual, family, and group therapy. During internships there and since that time I have been fortunate to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in a variety of professional settings. In my practice I have provided therapy for those suffering from the following issues: addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, effects of trauma, relationship difficulties, anger, grief and loss, and managing chronic mental illness.
Though these issues can be overwhelming for individuals and families I have consistently been reinforced in my belief of the resilience of the human spirit and the reality of healing. I find great satisfaction in growing as a person as I am privileged to join with others who are on their own path of growth.


Aubrey Riddle, LCSW Joins the New Roads Treatment Team

Aubrey has worked in a variety of settings including county mental health, intensive outpatient substance abuse, as well as working with teens and families in residential drug treatment settings. Aubrey received her bachelors degree from Weber State where she majored in Social Work and minored in Child and Family Studies. She then went on to received her Masters of Social Work from Walla Walla College. Her experience includes individual therapy, family therapy, experiential therapy, processing and specialty group therapy, as well as Sandtray therapy. Aubrey is passionate about the impact of families and their involvement in the change process as well as the power of experiential, recreational, and play therapy to enhance the therapeutic process. She loves what she does and is grateful for the opportunity to work with young adults in their journey towards maturity and independence.


Factors in Addressing Young Professionals in Drug Rehab

As support staff, counselors, therapists, or directors, there are a number of factors that are issues in the treatment of addicted young adult professionals.  It may not be a huge difference in a larger picture, but many times successful recovery and sobriety lies  within the details of a specifically designed and carried out treatment plan.

A drug treatment team must have a nondiscriminatory attitude as part of its culture.  This must also come from the client culture as well.  This culture will be conducive to gaining knowledge of the responsibility as a counselor and as positive peer member.  Addiction treatment for professionals requires a high level of competence and legal and moral standards from the directors down to the trenches of support staff.

With confidentiality issues weighing heavy on the mind of a young adult professional seeking treatment from drug addiction it is important that a drug rehab facility understand the sensitivity of this subject.  Confidentiality of clients is made a priority so that other important issues can be focused on as well such as interpersonal relationships, trauma, or family dynamics.


Success Strategy for Drug Treatment

Many addicts delay the preparation process for drug rehab because thy dread having to come to grips with some of the issues from their past and current life as well.  New Roads Treatment Centers knows this is a difficult time for both addicts and loved ones and we have created a open an easy process for admissions.

There are a number of “obstacles” that will stand in your way to succeed in recovery.  Among these are a lack self-exploration, trying to “finish” something that has no time frame, and trying to be perfect in recovery.  All of these must be taken into consideration during the drug and alcohol rehab process.  It is a mental marathon of sorts that has a large impact of your future.

Just like a marathon runner it is important to work your way up to the full challenge of sobriety.  A success strategy is something you can incorporate into a drug treatment plan:

1.               Find a good source for information and support.

2.               If you are willing to make a larger time investment, consider becoming knowledgeable and using different philosophies and treatment modalities.

3.               In your minds eye go through the process of a drug rehab center and what a positive outcome will look like.  Take your time and think about applying strategies and goals.

4.               Allow for yourself to make mistakes without killing yourself emotionally.  Rehab is a process that includes peaks and valleys, setbacks and accomplishments.  It takes time.


Life Skills for Our Young Adult Drug Rehab Program

It is not often as a young adult 18-25 to both have the understanding and opportunity to get and apply good advice.  Finding yourself in a drug rehab program so early in life allows for this realization.  Maybe the way you were doing things wasn’t working and there are some lessons that can be learned in a little easier manner.

Some advice for our clients in young adult drug rehab is that although you are planning for your future using a variety of life skills, it is still necessary to take it one day at a time therapeutically.  Planning for the future and staying in the moment is not a simple lesson to learn.  Through effective addiction treatment, life coaching, and peer counseling it can be achieved over a period of time.

It is always important for this young adult population to keep moving forward while in drug treatment.  Whether they are learning new skills or trades or furthering their education, keeping momentum going for real life can have an empowering effect on a client in structured rehab facility.


Dual Diagnosis Drug Treatment

There are many factors that go into quality drug rehab treatment for addiction.  The most important aspect that a drug treatment center can focus on when creating a treatment plan for a client is the personal background information of the individual.  Personalizing an effective recovery process based on an individual’s mental, substance abuse, and family history is essential for positive outcomes.

One of a more common issue drug treatment centers see in individuals is a dual diagnosis assessment.  This co-occurring disorder diagnosis is a mental health disorder along with a substance abuse disorder.  Not all drug treatment centers have the ability to take on these types of individuals.  A common mental health disorder occurring in drug rehab clients is Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorder co-occur in about 61% of those with Type I bipolar and 48% of those with Type II bipolar. Subgroups of the bipolar population have are more prone to Substance Use Disorder like men, those with rapid cycling, and those who are diagnosed at the typical age of onset (between 20 and 30)

Some significant issues this population faces are in regards to medication management, effects of current and past drug use on medication interactions, and poor treatment adherence. Also there is an increased risk of suicide, increased health concerns due to medication, and lack of appropriate research for this specific subgroup.

Relapse bipolar symptoms are another problem because of the increased risk for discontinuance of treatment, suicide, and substance abuse when this occurs. Even with medication relapse rates of bipolar symptoms are as high as 40% within the first year, 60% within two years, and 73% within five or more years. Medications such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics are prescribed to help deal with the symptoms.

Current research suggests that the most effective form of recovery at a drug rehab center is integrated treatment. This is when recovery and relapse prevention from both disorders is taught simultaneously, usually involving group therapy and psycho educational groups. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be an effective modality to use in integrated therapy. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy also has shown promising results in helping decrease symptomology of both disorders.