Journey Healing Centers provides a comfortable and serene environment to begin the work of recovery. The residential and outpatient alcohol and drug rehab provides clients with comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Evidence-based therapies such as support groups and cognitive behavioral therapy are combined with holistic and experiential approaches to provide each client with a complete recovery toolbox. They leave armed with the skills necessary to live a life free from addiction.
Located in the community of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Journey Utah (also known as Journey Healing Center) offers a full continuum of upscale treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Journey offers a residential program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and nearby sober living facilities.
If necessary, Journey Utah offers on-site detoxification services utilizing nutritional supplements and non-addictive medications (Vivitrol and Acamprosate) to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal and help curb cravings during treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial substance abuse and mental health assessment to help clinicians form a highly individualized treatment program. Journey Utah’s programming is a blend of 12-step principles and practices, evidence-based treatments, and a range of holistic treatment methods. The residential program typically lasts for 28 days.
Journey Utah utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), to help clients identify the link between irrational thinking and destructive behavior. During residential treatment, clients participate in group and one-on-one counseling sessions, and loved one are encouraged to participate in weekly individual and multifamily counseling sessions. In addition, clients may attend regular on- and off-site 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature, and attend workshops on the 12-step process.
In addition, clients with co-occurring difficulties participate in a number of evidence-based treatments to address any mental health concerns. For instance, residents struggling with trauma-related difficulties may participate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and EEG biofeedback sessions. To address issues of shame, Journey also utilizesapproach, a skill-building program that offers shame-resilience training. Clients with co-occurring mental health difficulties also receive ongoing naturopathic medication management.
In addition to traditional programming, clients participate in a number of alternative therapies to promote relaxation and free expression. Residents may participate in guided meditation, massage therapy, nature hikes, art therapy, psychodrama sessions, and acupuncture treatments. Residents also participate in a sweat lodge experience that the facility describes as “cleansing and clarifying,” as well as a Recovery Karaoke group.
Upon program completion, residents form, which includes three months of recovery coaching, aftercare planning, alumni meetings, and regular check-ins via phone. Clients who require extended treatment may transfer into Creekside, which provides eight weeks of additional care or more. Alumni may also utilize Journey’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP) as step-down aftercare service.
IOP involves attending three or four treatment sessions per week, while PHP offers 16 hours of weekly programming. Outpatient-based programs include individual, group, and family counseling sessions. If preferred, alumni may choose to reside in Journey’s sober living facilities, which are located within walking distance to outpatient programs. In addition to its traditional continuum of care, Journey Utah also offers a six-day treatment workshop for first responders struggling with trauma-related concerns.
Journey’s treatment team includes psychiatric nurse practitioners, chemical dependency counselors, and master’s-level therapists (including some trained in dual diagnosis).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Journey Utah is comprised of two facilities. The main 16-bed Journey facility is a chalet-style residence that once served as a luxury bed and breakfast, while the eight-bed Creekside facility is a condo-styled residence with mountain views. The forested grounds of the upscale Journey facility features beautifully-maintained landscaping, streams, lush gardens, koi ponds, and plenty of walking trails. Both facilities feature well-furnished common areas with fireplaces and a gourmet kitchen. Images on the facility’s website indicated spacious double-occupancy or private bedrooms with luxury, ensuite bathrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
In general, the nine alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised most elements of the facility, particularly the facility’s staff, its counseling, and its holistic treatment approach. However, some survey respondents felt the facility lacked in some areas, specifically individual counseling and weekend activities, while some alumni also cited its expense as a weakness.
“I greatly enjoyed the very supportive staff and the holistic offerings,” alum Allie wrote. Supporting this opinion, Chad added: “Journey provided an all-encompassing treatment program that touched almost every aspect of my life (psychology, spirituality and behavior)…” However, one anonymous alum wrote: “They had a great staff but not enough activities on the weekends.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, a parent of a client, also offered very positive reviews of the facility, praising its effective programming. “Our daughter has been to over 15 rehabs,” loved one Kathleen wrote. “Their staff is the best we have experienced. Lots of experience here and the programing is top notch.”
According to its website, Journey accepts private insurance and works with out-of-network providers to ensure clients receive the best payment option possible. One alum did feel that the “a la carte” payment structure for specific services can be confusing upon intake.