Drug and alcohol abuse treatment center in Northern Utah

How do we treat?

ACT (Alcohol and Chemical Treatment) offers structured evidence-based programs for all levels of acuity: from inpatient detox to Intensive Outpatient Services. These are programs that research has identified as having the best chance of success.

ACT patients experience a variety of treatment modalities and interventions tailored to the individual and their needs. Patients are seen on an inpatient basis, a residential basis housed in a stand-alone facility, and in outpatient services.

Patients may be able to take advantage of the full continuum of care through all transitional levels of care. Patients participate in treatment groups, psychoeducational groups, individual counseling, structured activities, and other treatment components.

Why ACT for life?

When looking for recovery treatment for drugs and alcohol we know there are a lot of choices. We also know that it can be overwhelming trying to make a decision with so many different influences, specialties, recommendations and options. This can make finding treatment an even more difficult decision.

The reason we recommend ACT for life is simple. It is a proven program successfully treating people for longer than any other treatment center in Northern Utah. The staff of ACT are carefully chosen and selected for their dedication, passion, experience and understanding of addiction. We believe that treatment should include not only the patient, but also the ones who love the patient. We are dedicated to bringing you the most effective and innovative treatment with the most enthusiastic and caring staff.

Another reason we use the motto ACT for life is that all patients who attend any of our treatment programs are entitled to two years of free aftercare service as well as lifetime membership in our ACT Alumni program. We believe that making and maintaining healthy relationships is a very important part of long-term recovery. The aftercare and alumni programs help patients to build these life-long relationships.

Recovery is not a destination but rather a journey, one that lasts a lifetime. We want you to ACT for life!

Take the first step toward a more joyful, productive life—call our help line at (801) 479-2250.

Treatment services

Detox Program

Detoxification is one of the first steps and most important steps for many who are seeking relief from the crippling effects of drugs and alcohol. Our detox is an inpatient service that is provided to assist patients with the dangerous, sometimes life threatening symptoms of withdrawal from certain drugs and/or alcohol. Patients are monitored 24 hours a day by medical staff to ensure safe and effective treatment of withdrawal and symptoms. While there is no set duration of detox, we typically see patients detox within 1-3 days. The amount of time the patient spends in detox is determined in consultation with the medical team.

While detox is a very important first step in recovery for most people, it is often not enough. Therapy treatment is critical after detoxification for a successful recovery. Statistics reveal that people who do not undergo therapy treatment after detox will have only a 3% chance of maintaining sobriety. One benefit of receiving treatment at ACT is that we are one of very few facilities in the nation that offer detoxification as well as a full spectrum of treatment services.

Inpatient Program

Inpatient Treatment is a level of care someone would begin to consider immediately after they have detoxed or become medically stable. In this level of care the patient lives in the hospital for the length of their treatment. Most insurance companies authorize up to 28 days. The patient is overseen 24/7 by nursing and physician care. There are 2 patients per room with a shared bathroom. Each day the patients follow an active schedule of group and individual sessions, interactive journaling, music therapy, recreational therapy, wellness groups and structured activities.

Residential Program

Residential Treatment is a level of care some patients would begin to explore after they have detoxed and are medically stable. In this level of care the patient lives in a house environment that is located in a stand-alone facility near the hospital. Each patient has their own room with either an individual or shared bathroom. The patient is overseen by 24/7 nursing and clinical staff. Each day the patient follows an active schedule of groups, individual sessions, education, and structured activities.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Treatment is an outpatient level of care. The patient sleeps at home and attends treatment at the hospital for 8-10 hours a day, 7 days per week. The patient is not able to work during this treatment track. Our health care professionals can assist patients with FMLA and Short Term Disability filing if needed. Each day there is an active schedule of groups, individual sessions, education, activities and travel off campus.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Treatment is an outpatient level of care. Patients are able to work and live at home while integrating treatment into their lives. Treatment is 4 days per week, either during the day or evening track, patients choose and commit to attend a track. The schedule has therapy groups, individual sessions and educational components. We offer two different treatment programs and times to fit various schedules, including:

  • Day Intensive Outpatient
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • 10:30am – 2:00pm
  • Evening Intensive Outpatient
    • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
    • 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Aftercare Program

We recognize that recovery is a process and not a single event. Many situations and events happen after patients have completed treatment. We offer aftercare services and an alumni program to keep patients and family engaged in recovery, even after formal treatment with us is completed. This allows patients to continue to meet with a group of treatment peers and an ACT counselor on a weekly basis.

Addiction and related conditions we treat

We run one of the oldest and most respected alcohol and drug treatment programs in Utah. Here, patients have conquered their substance addictions through comprehensive, individualized treatment plans.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Anger management issues
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Gender-specific issues
  • Grief
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Thinking disorders
  • Trauma

Drug screenings during treatment

Random urine drug screens are administered to patients in all treatment programs.


Recovery is a personal experience and can have different meanings to different people.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA Defines recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. “

This includes but is not limited to:

  • physical health
  • emotional mindfulness
  • mental wellness
  • connection

The first step in our process is for the patient to meet our admissions team. The team is comprised of our experienced, compassionate and dedicated therapists that want to help anyone who thinks they may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. A complimentary and comprehensive assessment is done to gather information and determine the most effective interventions.

You can call or email for a confidential, no obligation consultation. This is an opportunity for our intake therapist to get to know you, your substance use and life situation better. Funding sources, the goals you want to achieve and other key indicators will be explored at this. After this we will make an appointment for you with our ACT and the options we may be able to provide you. If we determine that your needs and goals are better met elsewhere, we will provide you with required information, resources and referrals.

In most cases yes. Depending upon availability, funding source and your specific needs if you are not admitted during your intake you will likely be admitted within a few days of your appointment.

Regardless of what level of care you are in our goal is to help you be comfortable so healing can begin. We can provide basic hygiene and hospital gowns if needed.

  • Detox
    • 3 changes of comfortable clothes
    • Underwear
    • Medications (we will send some home with loved ones if needed)
    • Do not bring: weapons, nicotine products, or other substances.
    • We will provide you with nicotine replacement options if needed.
  • Inpatient and Residential
    • 5-7 changes of clothes including active clothes, pajamas and daily clothes.
    • Underwear
    • Socks
    • Shoes (1 pair of active shoes
    • Seasonal Items (coats, jackets and or boots)
    • New Hygiene products
    • Medications (we will send some home with loved ones if needed)
    • Do not bring: weapons or substances.
  1. We recommendation 6-12 hours since your last use. It can take a couple of hours before medication can be administered after your appointment. It is better for us to manage withdrawal opposed to catching up with symptoms. You will be required to answer a series of questions and if you’re too intoxicated you will not be able to complete this.

Each program has different time frames and treatment is individualized. All decisions are made with you and your treatment team. We like to take each case individually and assess for needs. The average length of stay for each program is outlined below, but keep in mind each person is different and lengths of stay vary;

  • Detox - 2-3 days.
  • Inpatient - 28-35 days
  • Residential - 12-45 days
  • PHP - 14-28 days
  • IOP 4-8 weeks

Current conditions may dictate visitation limitations. Typically, we offer visitation for detox, inpatient and residential programs. Detox visitation is daily in the evening. Inpatient and residential is weekly.

You are able to bring your cell phone. Due to federal confidentiality laws you will not be able to access it while in treatment. We can securely store it for you while in treatment or you can leave it home. We do provide landline phones for communication if needed.

Ogden Regional Medical Center is a non-smoking campus. During detox smoking is not allowed, but you can receive nicotine replacement options.

During treatment there are multiple allotted times for breaks. There are also designated areas for ACT patients to smoke during those times.

Detox is an acute stay meant to medically stabilize withdrawal symptoms. Detox is not treatment. Treatment is where one begins to understand the role drugs/alcohol has played in their life. They begin to explore reasons, problems, consequences and barriers that use has caused. Most importantly the patients learn new tools to cope with problems or concerns without the use of drugs or alcohol.

Ogden Regional only provides space for meetings. Each meeting has their own schedule, leader and rules. Please contact the specific 12 step meeting you are interested in to find the most up to date information and schedule:

Each insurance plan has specific benefits, pricing and details. It is best to call your insurance and verify with them. You can also call our admissions team and they can tell you what certain insurances typically cover.

Ogden Regional offers private pay options. All these options require that a down payment be made and then payment plans can be arranged.

Yes. There is a form that you can fill out to request financial assistance. This service is meant for outstanding bills, not for new services rendered.

Emergency Room visits are for emergencies. If you do feel you need medical attention and cannot wait for your scheduled appointment you are encouraged to go to your nearest emergency room. The physician will evaluate you and determine your medical needs. The ACT specializes in detox and the symptoms associated with that. If you are able, it is best to make and attend an appointment with ACT so you can be placed in the most appropriate level of care.

There are other agencies that are non-profit and may be able to assist you. Our admissions team can help you with appropriate referrals.

For Families

We strongly believe that a person’s support system plays a very important role in the recovery process. ACT has the following resources for anyone who is an identified as support.

FACE (Family Alcohol/Chemical Education) meetings held weekly. Classes are offered by various ACT staff and invited guest speakers. Covered issues are related to substance use disorders and how they affect patients and the family. FACE is open to patients and family members in all treatment programs as well as to the community in general.

Family Support Groups are facilitated by ACT therapists and counselors and allow the patient and the support members to process through challenges that may arise in recovery. The Family Groups are open to patients in all of the treatment programs and their family members.

SMART Recovery is Self-Management and Recovery Training. This group consists of providing tools and techniques designed to achieve a balanced life in recovery from any addiction. Areas of discovery are: building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, behavior and feelings and ultimately striving for a balanced life.

The best thing you as a family or support person can do to help someone that is suffering from addiction is to learn to take care of yourself and your own needs. This is often a foreign idea and solution to many support individuals. The healthier you are the better you can provide appropriate support to your loved one. Family and support people are often helped through:

  • Attending FACE, Support Group and Smart Recovery
  • Investigating ways to learn how to care for yourself and your loved one.
  • If you have insurance call your insurance to get a referral for an individual therapist. Most employers also have Employee Assistance Programs, contact your HR and they can assist you.
  • Alanon

Most people find recovery from drugs and alcohol when they are ready and want to. If they don’t experience consequences of use they have no reason to stop. Loved ones often think that preventing consequences of use is helping, but it is not. Often you are hurting your loved one’s chances of recovery by helping them avoid the logical consequences that come from their behavior. Education, groups and therapy for yourself can help you help them.

For Clients

Individual Assessment/therapy: When a patient first begins treatment they complete an individualized assessment with a therapist to determine their specific needs. Information for the assessment is gathered through biological, psychological and social factors. The outcome of that assessment can begin to guide you and your individual therapist to identify strengths and barriers that contribute to recovery. You will have at least 1 individual session with a therapist per week to work toward meeting your needs.

Group Therapy: In this setting, you participate in a group that is guided by a therapist to help the group as a whole, and the individual gain deeper insight, skills and tools to identify strengths and barriers to recovery.

Psycho education: This is a group process where patients are educated about specific challenges, health concerns, coping skills, resources and other concerns that are specific to addiction and mental health.

Meditation and Yoga: Group therapy where skills are taught and implemented to allow the body and mind to slow down, relax and recharge. Gentle and Restorative yoga is taught by a yoga instructor who assists patients in connecting to the body using movement and breath to learn to quiet mind chatter.

Recreational Therapy: The use of engagement through leisure or recreational interventions. This teaches patients how to begin to function in activities without the use of drugs or alcohol. This includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Our specialized recreational therapists assess each individual to create goals specific to what each patient wants and needs in reference to recreation.

Wellness: Defined as the pursuit of good health, this group is time set aside specifically to create wellness or good health. The patient works with therapists and counselors to determine what they may need that day to promote wellness.

Substance abuse at MountainStar Healthcare

Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol that usually results in declined health and work or social interferences. Substance abuse is usually treated with inpatient or outpatient behavioral therapies.

Learn about Substance abuse

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