Lion's Gate Recovery Philosophy
Lion’s Gate Recovery is a faith-based recovery center for adults located in Southern Utah. Spirituality and family values are important elements to the therapeutic regime at Lion’s Gate Recovery, which incorporates the 12-step philosophy along with faith promoting activities, one-on-one counseling and adventure based counseling.
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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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Russ W. Talbot, M.Ed., LCSW, MAC
Clinical Director & CEO
Russ W. Talbot, M.Ed., LCSW, MAC, originally from Hinckley, Utah, received a Bachelors Degree in Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work, Certification in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment, and Certification in Cognitive Therapy. He has 23 years experience working with adolescents, adults and families in the counseling profession. This includes working with chemically dependent adults and adolescents in inpatient residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and individual counseling settings. Russ' background and varied experiences have provided him the opportunity to develop exceptional abilities and attributes that have gained him respect throughout the community, as well as, increased his perception and knowledge in the field of treatment and marketing.
Sandi Burningham, CMHC, SUDC
In August 2003, Sandi returned home to the St. George, Utah area after having lived in Salt Lake City, Utah since 1994. While in Salt Lake City, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, a Master of Counseling Degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Phoenix, and Certification in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment. She then attained state licensure as a Professional Counselor and a Substance Abuse Counselor. Sandi firmly believes that education is often the foundation for healing. Therefore, in addition to offering in-office therapy, she also enjoys providing presentations, lectures and workshops regarding any of the topics listed above. She is a current member of The American Counseling Association and is an affiliate therapist for the LifeSTAR Network.
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ABOUT LION’S GATE RECOVERY
Located in the community of St. George in southern Utah, along the Arizona border, Lion’s Gate Recovery provides one of the 70 (29.8 percent) residential inpatient treatment programs in the state for individuals struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. The program is faith-based and lasts 30, 60, or 90 days.
If necessary, the facility also provides medically-monitored detoxification to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, offered at only 25 (10.6 percent) substance abuse treatment centers in Utah.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo an initial assessment to guide clinicians in developing and implementing an individualized treatment plan. Lion’s Gate Recovery blends evidence-based treatment approaches, holistic methods, and adventure therapies to promote recovery. The facility also provides pharmacogenetic testing, which helps to determine if certain medications may be appropriate. The facilities offers both medication-assisted treatment to help cravings and medication management to address symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
During residential treatment, clients participate in group, individual, and family/couples counseling sessions. Therapy sessions are designed to help clients regulate emotions and address the links between destructive thinking patterns and addictive behaviors. Clients also attend psycho-educational classes and attend motivational presentations. To involve loved ones in treatment, the facility provides Family Days for counseling sessions and educational seminars.
In addition to core programming, Lion’s Gate Recovery incorporates equine therapy and adventure-based treatments into treatment, including an outdoor ropes course. According to the facility’s website, these alternative therapies are designed to promote teamwork, communication, and responsibility. Residents may also participate in exercise programs and nutritional workshops to promote physical health and wellness.
The facility utilizes a brain-mapping method (SPECT Scans) to identify the effects of substance abuse on an individual’s brain. To treat brain areas that may have been affected, the facility provides clients with pharmaceutical-grade supplements and vitamins proven to promote brain function and regeneration.
Biosound therapy is also offered, which utilizes soothing colors, music therapy, sound frequencies, guided imagery, and biofeedback to treat a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. As a faith-based program, clients participate in worship services, Bible studies, and devotionals. Upon discharge from the program, clinicians may assist individuals to form a comprehensive aftercare plan to support lasting recovery.
Alpine Recovery Lodge employs a multidisciplinary staff comprised of medical specialists, licensed substance abuse counselors, case managers, and a support team. In Utah, 98.8 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Lion’s Gate Recovery provides an upscale residential facility with a comfortable, homelike environment. Clients reside in spacious, shared bedrooms, and the facility features well-furnished communal areas, a fitness and game room, outdoor patios, and green space for leisure and recreation.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
While Rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback to date, secondary sources revealed generally positive opinions of the facility. On Google, six individuals gave the facility the high average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Positive opinions tended to cite the "loving" staff and the familial community as strengths of the facility. “At Lion's Gate you become family. They truly care about you as a person and your recovery," K.B., a representative reviewer, wrote. Alum T.M. noted that she is not LDS, but was still expected to attend church meetings. Despite this initial miscommunication, she commented upon her positive experience and results, and remarked, "ultimately happy I chose to seek help through Lions Gate."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of the writing shared the same positive opinions as the alumni. K.A., a sibling of a client, offered a five-star rating for the facility’s overall treatment effectiveness. “Best rehab in town,” K.A. wrote, adding, “Did wonders for my bro.”
Lion’s Gate Recovery accepts a large range of private insurance providers, included Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Select Health.
Published on April 2018
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