Contributed Content – Understanding the challenges of obtaining treatment, this advanced treatment center located in southern Utah is giving back to the community by offering scholarships to people with substance abuse and mental health problems.
“We want to offer these scholarships to give people an opportunity to participate in our program who do not have the financial means otherwise,” said Tai Impey, admissions coordinator at Hope Rising Detox & Reification. “The piece of money is always an issue when someone tries to get help. They may not have the right kind of insurance, or they may not have the funding to come into a nice program like ours.”
Although Hope Rising has offered scholarships in the past on a case-by-case basis, this is the first time they have opened scholarships to the public. The center will offer a scholarship to a male and a female to experience the entire program, including all four levels of care: detox, residential, day, and intensive outpatient.
Applicants may contact the Center to apply for scholarships at 435-632-3335. Scholarships will be awarded at the end of December, and recipients will be able to start treatment on January 1.
The four levels of treatment begin with detoxification, which is intended for the person who is actively using drugs and in situations where there is a risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.
“If people are taking drugs or alcohol every day and they have to stop, they can have some very scary withdrawal symptoms, like severe nausea, seizures, heart problems, other things like that,” Embi said.
The detox phase usually takes about a week, and clients need medical supervision by doctors during the procedure.
“It makes this transition from using drugs to not using drugs nice and easy. There is a medicinal component where they can take medication to help slim them down, so their body is nice and slow, rather than just shocking cold turkey,” Embi said.
After the detox, the second step is the inpatient program, also known as the residential program. This part usually lasts about a month or more. The client moves into the residential home where he participates in group therapy, individual therapy, education, and activities, including kayaking, swimming, yoga, art therapy, gym time, and hiking in Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park.
“It is a healing environment where they are safe from the worldEmbi said. “Customers are away from family, friends, cell phones, and all those distractions.”
Once the patient’s stay is completed, the next level is the daily treatment. Clients come for treatment during the day and can go home in the evening, allowing them to regain a measure of freedom while slowly being reintroduced into their lives. But they still have to be in classes, group therapy, individual therapy, and activities.
The last level of care is intensive outpatient treatment, providing ongoing stabilization for another three to six months. Clients come to the outpatient building two nights a week for advice and treatment.
“Initially, we focus on their medical condition. We want to make sure that it is stable and safe and that there are no medical concerns.” “And then the housing lot is to be kept stable in a safe environment very early on. Then we start to reintroduce them back into a regular daily living schedule.”
Hope Rising differs from other treatment centers in that it has an in-house physician who can prescribe medication for mental health needs.
“Treatment for substance abuse is one thing,” he said, “but if we don’t deal with mental health, it makes it really difficult for a person to stay off drugs.” “If a person’s mental health isn’t at a good stage, that’s why they end up self-medicating because they don’t feel good somehow.”
Hope Rising’s motto is “Find Your Family,” which Impey explained is three-pronged. First, they help people find family members missing in addiction. When customers enter their program, they will find family on the staff. Once they complete treatment, they can find their families again.
“We will love them like family to help them go back to their families,” he said.
Written by Stephanie DeGreau for St. George’s News.
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