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Cold Creek Lodge Philosophy
Cold Creek Behavioral Health is a nationally accredited, non 12-step drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. We offer a full range of the most successful evidence-based therapies. Cold Creek’s treatment programs are based on the Bio-Psycho-Social and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment models that are recognized by Columbia University and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These models view addiction as a disease while taking into consideration that there are Biological, Psychological, and Sociological factors to consider when treating addiction. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, which means we treat addiction and mental health issues at the same time and in the same setting. All of our limited enrollment programs offer individual treatment where only 8-10 clients are treated at a time. This ensures clients receive the individual counseling, and personal attention in a beautiful setting that balances healing and recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
I cant express how grateful I am to have gone through the Cold Creek program. The caring clinical staff helped me not only to understand my addiction but more importantly what was driving my addiction. The knowledge and tools I gained while in treatment, I still use on a daily basis to become a better person and to keep my recovery strong. I'm proud to say that not only was I a client but I am now part of this amazing team of people who want to help others overcome their addictions.
I was a client of Cold Creek for about 10 months. I had the privilege to be treated in both there Kaysville, Brighton, and sober living locations. Cold Creek staff were able to guide me with knowledge and experience teaching me how to live not only a life with out addiction, but to a happy healthy lifestyle. I see the world completely different now and the staff there has become a second family that I can always rely on.
I love everything about Cold Creek. The clinicians and support staff really care and they know what they are talking about because some of them lived through addiction themselves. They helped me through some of the darkest times I've had in my life. I was a struggling addict before I came here and now I'm recovering happily in their sober living facility. I am so grateful to everyone at Cold Creek! I can't say thank you enough!
Between the exceptional staff and their invaluable experiences, the "at-home" vibe of their first class facilities, the dedication to teaching their clients how to build a foundation in Recovery, Cold Creek not only gave me help when I needed it most, they gave me the support and boundaries I needed to succeed in creating a fulfilling life for myself. I am proud to be Cold Creek Alumni. My clean date is July 23rd, 2014. I've been celebrating every day since.
This place is amazing, worth every single penny. I learned to love myself here. I learned I had value and worth, just being me. They gave me the tools and beginning skills to put myself and my family back together again.
Cold creek was my 7th inpatient treatment center. I came in broken and hopeless. I told my mom I would just give it a shot and not to get her hopes up. After the first 2 weeks I started to have the change necessary to begin my recovery. I had a great counselor Newel. Together we were able to work through a lot and break the ice for a lot more recovery down the road. I actually completed the 45 day program!! But then there was the real test. Unfortunately as i kept in contact with my rehab brothers I saw some fall. But for me it worked wonders. On November 13th of this year 2015 I celebrate my first year ever without a drug including alcohol since I was 14 years old. I was an IV meth and heroin user. If I can do it anyone can. Love Scott
Meet the Staff
I graduated from Westminster College and have been working in the substance use field ever since. I believe strongly that both substance use and mental health problems need to be treated at the same time and I am continually learning and finding new techniques and research to better assist the recovery and health of my clients. Throughout my various positions I have worked with people all along the spectrum ranging from people court ordered to treatment, to those diagnosed with schizophrenia and major mood disorders, to those who are motivated and ready for recovery. I love working in the substance use field specifically because it is challenging, motivating, and never boring. I enjoy working with the clients as well as their families and loved ones and I believe that building a strong support network is essential in recovery.
Shawnda Flitton, LCMHC
Shawnda is the Clinical Director of the Cold Creek Wellness Programs helping those struggling with addiction by first completing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Weber State University followed by a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in assisting individuals with Dual Diagnosis. She has unique empathy and specialized treatment experience for those suffering with opiate dependence/addiction including methadone and suboxone as well as eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma. Shawnda has a deep enthusiasm for community and political service, hiking and camping in the beauty of the world, participation in various local athletic leagues, the “learning process”, and has a great desire to encourage others to explore and embrace their own passions.
Michael Desjardins MSN APRN PMHNP-BC is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has a strong commitment to implementation of evidenced-based care in substance abuse and mental health treatment. He devoted over a year of his full-time professional time to a variety of research projects focusing on the neuroscience of addiction at the University of Utah Brain Institute, as a Co-Investigator in the Dr. Perry Renshaw Laboratory, a Spectroscopy Lab, utilizing advanced MRI techniques to study the effects drugs have on the brain and exploring novel treatments to aid in neural repair. Michael loves neuroscience of addiction and brain science and helping those suffering from addiction have the opportunity to recover.
Nadya Wayment, M.D.
Nadya Wayment, M.D.. is a board-certified Family Practice physician. She provides family practice, wellness and prevention services: physicals, women and men’s health, family planning, geriatric care, diabetes, COPD, and cholesterol and hypertension management. Dr. Wayment is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine. She completed her residency at St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, and attended Medical School at Bukovynian State Medical Academy.
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ABOUT COLD CREEK LODGE
Situated on the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, steps from the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, Cold Creek Lodge offers residential treatment for men and women struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. This facility, like others operated by Cold Creek Behavioral Health, does not incorporate 12-step principles or practices into treatment. Those requiring detox may be referred to one of the facility’s trusted medical partners.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in a medical examination, psychiatric evaluation, and addiction severity assessment to help clinician determine an individualized treatment program. Per the facility’s webpage, residential treatment typically lasts a month, although when needed, residents may request to stay for up to an additional 90 days.
The non-12-step program here takes an evidence-based approach instead. Across both individual and group settings, clients make use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), each treatment method addressing various factors contributing to addictive behavior. Along with traditional methods, Cold Creek Lodge offers guided meditation and equine therapy, and where appropriate, medication-assisted therapy.
Loved ones are encouraged to attend the facility’s six-week family program, which offers ongoing education and support. When readying themselves for life outside of rehab, clients seeking additional support may continue treatment via Cold Creek Behavioral Health’s 90-day intensive outpatient (IOP) program while living in one of its gender-specific sober living facilities.
Cold Creek Lodge employs a qualified team of physicians, master’s level addiction and mental health counselors, family and marriage counselors, social workers, equine therapists, and a residence support staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Based within walking distance to Brighton Ski Resort, Cold Creek Lodge features upscale, homelike accommodations surrounded by mountain lakes, hiking trails, and beautiful natural scenery. The facility offers private or shared bedrooms, an upscale kitchen, well-appointed communal spaces, elegant décor, outdoor patios, and a hot tub. Recreational activities available include skiing, hiking, tubing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and more.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni feedback is unequivocally excellent. Collectively, the 23 individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com found the combination of a genuine, caring staff and wide range of outdoors activities available here highly effective. “Cold Creek saved my life,” claimed former client Rachael. “This is my 4th go at recovery and the most humbling, spiritual journey I have ever experienced.” Similarly, K.C., another alum, called their experience “exactly” what they needed to overcome their addiction: “Cold Creek took special care of my needs and I never felt neglected while I was [there].”
Others credited their recovery to the idyllic mountain surroundings. “The setting was perfect,” wrote alum Jamie of their 60-day stay here. “I really benefitted from the mountain environment. The king, rock climbing and fit2recover were AMAZING.”
Alum Jared, who felt safe and comfortable enough to open up and talk about his past, told Rehabs.com, that he’d “recommend this facility to anyone hurting from addiction.” “I truly feel like I was given a second chance with this place.”
The average cost for five months of inpatient and outpatient treatment, with sober living, comes to over $35,000. To help cover program costs, most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Value Options, and Anthem, are accepted.
Updated February 2017
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