ABOUT ASCEND RECOVERY
Located in the small town of American Fork, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Ascend Recovery offers an individualized, three-phase residential treatment and lifetime aftercare for adults struggling with chemical dependency or a. Medical detoxification services are not offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in an initial substance abuse assessment and psychiatric evaluation to help clinicians form an individualized treatment program. The facility’s holistic, evidenced-based program is trauma-informed and combines group and individual therapy with a range of experiential therapies and 12-step participation.
To help individuals progress through the different phases of their recovery, clients move through three steps of residential care. During Step 1, clients stay at the Lake House residence, where they adhere to a highly-structured treatment schedule. Typically lasting between 30 to 90 days, the initial phase offers the foundation for early recovery.
During this phase, clients meet weekly with a psychiatrist and attend three case management sessions per week. Clients are also introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step and participate in range of experiential therapies, including equine therapy, arts therapy, and a ropes course.
In Step 2, clients move to Eagle View, a transitional facility where residents work to maintain the sober living skills formulated at the Lake House. During this phases, clients incorporate these skills to daily life. For instance, clients find a job and create a budget while developing a network of sober peers. Clients continue to live in a structured, scheduled environment.
Finally, in Step 3, clients move on to the sober living Riley House to begin the maintenance phase of the program, where clients begin to attend school, work, or make long-term career plans as individuals. Once a client has accomplished five months of sobriety and set-up a support network, they are considered ready to move on to independent living.
Ascend Recovery also offers a continuing care program for all alumni. Provided for a lifetime, this aftercare service includes weekly alumni groups and 12-step meetings, as well as monthly recreational activities.
Along with a resident medical director and psychiatrist, Ascend Recovery employs a staff of master’s-level counselors, licensed social workers, a nutritionist, equine specialist, art and yoga instructors, case managers, and residence managers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
All three residential facilities are upscale, family-style homes with expansive and well-maintained lawns, comfortable furnishings, and spacious communal areas. Clients reside in semi-private bedrooms with twin beds and en-suite bathrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 15 alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of the writing submitted mixed opinions of the facility. Although a vast majority of reviews were positive, citing the staff and its aftercare program as facility strengths, some respondents did question the facility’s perceived financial-driven motives.
Alum Kevin offered perfect five-star ratings for the facility’s individual counseling, its inclusion of holistic treatment, and the treatment staff’s level of experience and training. “The caliber of care provided and the ability of the treatment team to individualize the care for each client is unmatched,”he wrote. Many alumni supported this positive opinion.
However, three alumni did question the financial motives of the facility. “The main focus for my recovery was to get 90 days worth of fees paid,” alum Sam wrote. Alum N.M. agreed, adding: “They seem to be more focused on the business side of things from start to finish, and in my opinion this starts from the founders on down.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Out of the four loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three survey respondents generally approved of most aspects of the facility. However, two loved ones did offer more polarizing opinions. While loved one Chris offered a perfect five-star rating for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders, a major claim of the facility, an anonymous loved one gave a two-star rating for this aspect of treatment.
Praising the facility, K.S., a spouse of a client, wrote: “The family programs were amazing, providing great education as well as opportunities for change as a couple.”
The initial cost starts at $15,500 for the first month of residential treatment at Lake House, and $13,500 for each additional month. Eagle View cost $8,700 each month, while the monthly cost to reside at Riley House cost is $2,700. Ascend Recovery accepts some private insurances, and financial assistance may be available to eligible clients.