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Copper Sage Recovery Philosophy
At Copper Sage Recovery we pride ourselves in going above and beyond for our clients. We are a sixteen bed Residential Treatment facility for adults, in Bluffdale Utah. We are Utah’s premier provider for Equine Assisted Learning. We have a dynamic six horse on site equine program. We strongly believe that the emotional connection formed with a horse can be a strong bridge to recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues. We emphasize a focused and balanced approach to recovery. We know that mental health and addiction affect you on the individual, personal and professional level. We focus on those while healing the mind, body and spirit. Our Doctor is a world class, board certified addiction and mental health specialist. Each of our therapists are masters level clinicians and specialize in trauma, ptsd, mental health and addiction. Each day our Chef prepares and plans amazing meals that are both delicious and healthy. At Copper Sage we honor and believe in all paths of recovery. Locally we attend 12 step meetings, SMART Recovery, ONE Voice, Refuge Recovery, Addict II Athlete and FIT to Recover. Each client is assigned an individual therapist, a case manager and an equine assisted learning leader that they meet with throughout the week. At Copper Sage we know that through mental health and addiction the family is affected as well. We have an amazing family program. Each week all family members aged sixteen and older are welcome to the facility for family programming. We do family education, family process, family therapy and family equine groups. We believe healing starts within the individual and spreads from there. We are truly grateful for the relationships we are able to build with each of our clients and their families. The blessings of recovery are endless.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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.
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.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
My experience here was superior! Copper Sage Recovery carries value to each individual's health care and make sure their needs are met. All staff have an above and beyond attitude. This is where I started my journey to recovery on . They will forever be in my heart!
I had been through several treatment centers before Copper Sage and honestly, I knew nothing about the place when I walked through those doors. I had low expectations of the program and of myself because it seemed to me I would never overcome my demons. I had damn near given up. One thing I immediately picked up on is that Copper Sage CARES about their clients like no other treatment center does. The environment is healing, the therapists and staff members are dependable, and the equine aspect changed my outlook on my past, my present, and my future. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is true. I had become so good at wearing a mask, and I thought no one knew I felt like a shell of a person. I was broken. But with the help of my family at Copper Sage, I was able to put myself back together piece by piece. I was able to open up, move past my own unhealthy barriers and learn how to feel feelings again. I learned how to be close to people again. I BELLY LAUGHED for the first time in what felt like years. Laughing and enjoying life again is something I never thought possible for myself. There is something magically introspective about Trent's equine sessions. The horses are like mirrors to the soul. I learned things about myself I never knew. I recognized my hidden strengths and insidious weaknesses and how to handle both. On the weekends, they took us on hikes and to meetings, to the movies, etc. They want their clients to experience life both in the healing atmosphere of the CS campus and out in the real world (safely). The program is incredibly individualized because of the small groups and I became like family with the other clients and with Copper Sage staff members. I would trust them with my life, and before Copper Sage it is safe to say I had MAJOR trust issues. Today, I have 5 months sober - the longest I have ever been able to put together consecutively. I owe my sobriety and my chance at a real, meaningful and purposeful life all to Copper Sage. The miracle recovery center.
A great facility and great program. THE place to go to recover. Many internal group meetings, the gym, external meetings, and the on-site counselors truly make the difference. Brent is one of the best addiction counselors in the country. Trent and the equine program are top-shelf, soothing and a great asset of this program. All in all, you could not pick a better place for yourself or a loved one to recover
I came to Copper Sage in early January after a decade of addiction problems. Probably more. This was my first time in rehab. I had no idea how tough that first month is being sober. The floodgates opened, and my emotions were all over the place, physically I was in pain, no appetite, paranoia at an all time high. I came into Copper Sage in the lowest point of my life, sober for the first time since middle school, and I could not have been more lucky. The owners & staff were so patient with me, didn’t take my moodiness personally, and whatever I asked for, they accommodated within reason. The entire property is beautiful, and the home is very comforting. Amy has one goal, and it is to keep clients on a regimen that leads them to sobriety. And she is quite the decorator. Craig is the type of person you can depend on for anything. Equine therapy was amazing. I don’t know of many rehabs in the area that offer that. The equine therapist, Trent, has a heart of gold. He has a way of getting past all the walls the clients put up. I went from being afraid of the horses, to rounding horses up, trying to get them to jump over cylinders mounted on cinderblocks. Brent is the best addiction counselor. My confidence was so low until I met him. He’s very forward thinking, and makes you stop doubting yourself. The staff was great! They’re all mostly recovering addicts who have many years of sobriety, so they know exactly what you’re dealing with and help you through it. I have kept in touch with most of the people I met at Cooper Sage. They helped me look for jobs, sober living, since I decided to stay in Salt Lake City because the sober community is huge here. Just 6 months after cooper sage, I have an amazing job, great friends, and am happier than I’ve ever been, and most importantly, I’m sober.
Meet the Staff
L.S.U.D.C. Program Manager
Brent came to Copper Sage Recovery in January 2018 as the Program Manager. Brent is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Idaho. Brent has worked in the field of addiction since 1992 as a counselor and facilities manager in both Outpatient and Residential facilities. In 1995 he opened his private practice SpiritWalker Counseling Service in Twin Falls, Idaho which offered Intensive Outpatient Counseling throughout southern Idaho. He moved back to the Salt Lake Area in 2015. We are glad to have Brent join our treatment team with his 26 years of experience counseling and working in the field of addiction.
Ronald L. Baird
D.O. Medical Director
Dr. Baird did his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University. He received a bachelors of science in biochemistry. He then worked as a chemist for Natures Way testing herbal products for their potency and active ingredients. He did his medical training in Kansas City Missouri. After completing his internship and residency he became board certified in family medicine in 1998. He has practiced the full scope of family medicine for several years, including delivering babies, pediatrics and adolescent medicine. He has a special interest in skincare and has done additional training in laser and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Baird made a career shift to addiction medicine in 2013. In addition to the training he has received in addiction medicine, he brings with him a wide variety of skills and experience to treat all of the basic medical needs of adult patients. Dr. Baird has the ability to explain complicated medical concepts clearly and guide the patient in helping them make decisions for their medical care. Dr. Baird believes complete medical care includes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. He believes there are definite advantages to having one medical provider know all of the medical issues affecting the individual as well as their family.
Director of Client Relations and Marketing
I am a person in long term recovery. I spent years battling and eventually overcoming my own substance abuse demons. I work in this field for one reason, to help people. I grew up in Utah and spent most of my life feeling separate, alone and different. My addiction got the best of me for years and it wasn’t until I spoke up about my problem that I found people who had gone through the same struggles as me, found a way through them and were willing to show me a new way to live. I call this recovery. When I was hopeless it was people in recovery that were able to show me that hope was possible. I try everyday to pass this along to the clients I work with. Hope is never lost and recovery is possible. Recovery is a lifestyle. I honor my recovery by speaking about it to anybody that may need to hear it.
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