Cold Creek Wellness Center in Kaysville, UT

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845 West 200 North
Kaysville UT 84037

Cold Creek Wellness Center 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

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

  • Animal Therapy
    Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.

Facility Highlights

Managed Care

Comprehensive Treatment

Evidence Based Addiction Treatment

Meet the Staff

Shawnda Flitton

Clinical Director

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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 Desjardin, APRN


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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. 360 Guide

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Set in the residential community of Kaysville, Utah, 22 miles north of Salt Lake City, Cold Creek Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of treatment programs, including detox, residential, intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP) programming, and sober living, for men and women struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

The organization’s Kaysville facility adheres to a non-12-step approach to recovery, emphasizing evidence-based treatment methods.


According to the facility's website, upon admission, clients undergo a battery of initial assessments to assist clinicians in forming an individualized treatment program.

Residential treatment typically lasts between 30 and 120 days. The length of treatment is determined by the client's specific needs and progress during treatment.

As a non-12-step program, Cold Creek utilizes a range of evidence-based treatment methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Clients participate in individual and group therapy sessions to modify destructive thinking and behavior patterns. If appropriate, medication-assisted therapy is also available.

Along with traditional methods, Cold Creek incorporates a range of holistic treatments and experiential therapies. Clients can participate in equine therapy and sessions in the Serenity BioSound Lounge. The cutting-edge lounge uses guided imagery, music therapy, and synchronized sound vibrations to assist clients in achieving a meditative state.

A family program is also offered and provides education, support, and resources for loved ones. Upon discharge from the residential program, many residential clients utilize the program’s gender-specific sober living facilities and 90-day intensive outpatient program as aftercare services.


The center's website indicates Cold Creek Wellness Center's treatment team includes board-certified physicians, master’s level addiction counselors, family and mental health counselors, social workers, and an equine therapist. Due to the facility’s eight- to 10-person capacity, clients enjoy a staff-to-client ratio of nearly 1:1.


The facility's website notes the treatment center offers an upscale, homelike environment conducive to comfortable recovery. With a maximum enrollment of 10 individuals, the facility features spacious shared bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining area, comfortable communal spaces, and a soothing décor. The facility is also across the street from the Barnes Park Sportsplex, offering opportunities for playing sports and other recreational activities.

The gender-specific sober living facilities feature private and shared bedrooms, cable TV, and WiFi. Residents also receive ongoing case management and a gym membership.


Of the four alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing, three left positive feedback, and one alum described a negative experience at Cold Creek Wellness Center.

The alum who left a negative review gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. "Spent 4 days. Never saw a doctor as promised. Had to sleep in my clothes the first night. Therapy consisted of drumming, going to AA meetings...Not as represented during tour," the alum wrote.

The other three alumni provided positive feedback, and praised the center's staff and therapy options. They all gave five stars for treatment effectiveness. "All in all, Coldcreek is an excellent program and I recommend it to anyone struggling with addiction," an alum wrote in a representative review.

"They provide well balanced treatment including equine therapy, family therapy, community support, physical health (fit 2 recover) and experiential therapy," another alum wrote.

The 21 individuals who left reviews on Google at the time of this writing provided an average 4.1 out of five stars. Most people praised the center's experienced and helpful staff.

Another common claim amongst alumni was that treatment at Cold Creek Wellness ignited a real change in clients’ lives, even after failed attempts at other centers.

"I had been to numerous treatment centers in the past and those didn't work for me...Their sober living and outpatient was also a crucial part of my recovery. The Cold Creek staff are passionate about what they do and they do care about the people they are helping," an alum wrote in a representative review.


The three loved ones polled by at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. Two of the loved ones gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, while the other loved one gave three stars.[1]

A love one noted the center's lack of aftercare as a weakness, and another loved one described the center as very strict but affordable. However, all the loved one praised the center. "This place really helped my boyfriend turn his life and out and make a change for the better. They really cared for his sobriety and were always there to help both the addict and the families. I can't thank Cold Creek enough," a loved one wrote in a representative review.


According to Cold Creek Behavioral Health, “After paying the deductible, insurance typically covers most if not all of the cost of treatment." Treatment is typically $350 a day, $17,500 a month, and $30,000 for 90 days. The program also accepts most private insurance providers.

Cold Creek Behavioral health also notes that costs for any medication, as well as clothing and toiletries, are not covered by the center.


Published on August 2017

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I was a client at Cold Creek Wellness Center in Kaysville. This was my 8th rehab. This was the only time I have really been treated with respect, not talked down too, etc..My therapist, he was awesome. I was only one of 8 clients and the two weekly individual counseling sessions were huge for me working on my trauma and sorting out all of my cognitive distortions. The Family program helped me start to fix my relationship with my parents. I met with the Advanced Practice Nurse weekly and the medical doctor about every other week. I met withs Cold Creek's Psychiatric APRN several times. He got my medications adjusted really well. Great food, fun activities, I went river rafting and rock climbing and hiking. I came here mostly ready to work and they took me the rest of the way.

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Cold Creek is great place. Compassionate staff that care about recovery. Excellent treatment services including experiential therapy.

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This place really helped my boyfriend turn his life and out and make a change for the better. They really cared for his sobriety and were always there to help both the addict and the families. I can't thank Cold Creek enough.

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IOP, Sober Living and Residential care are all great! They provide well balanced treatment including equine therapy, family therapy, community support, physical health (fit 2 recover) and experiential therapy.

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Spent 4 days. Never saw a doctor as promised. Had to sleep in my clothes the first night. Therapy consisted of drumming, going to AA meetings. Cold Creek will not refund my's been over 6 weeks. They want the money immediately, but won't return it. Not as represented during tour.

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In and out of court-appointed treatment centers --- iop, pobation etc. Overdosed in the fall on 2009 and went directly from icu to Coldcreek's inpatient treatment center in Kaysville and I've been clean ever since. It was challenging and a lot of work but the environment felt very caring and adept. I think the family sessions were the most valuable, my mom is very loving but was also very codependent and she learned some very valuable tools. Excellent family care program. I felt some of the counselors may have been a bit stubborn in their assessment of me which was frustrating, In hindsight, still very valuable in helping me process my feelings. Coldcreek employs multiple therapies all of which were valuable. Equine was especially helpful in teaching me about patience and teamwork. You get out the work you put in to it. All the counselors and will provide guidance and tools but the real work is up to the clients. All in all, Coldcreek is an excellent program and I recommend it to anyone struggling with addiction,

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Great staff, No Support after released-too religiously based. Some support groups were sponsored by the predominate religion. Like all rehabs-it's very expensive. Great staff, but support after is very poor

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Very stuctured. Limited enrollment. Only about 10 live in patients at a time. Sober living apartments for after care. Strict, but affordable for those really motivated to stay clean.

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