Since 1971, the Odyssey House Adult Residential substance abuse program has helped thousands of people in Utah and across the country overcome their addictions. Using our Dual Diagnosis Enhanced Modified Therapeutic Community model, we tackle adult addiction from the ground up — combining group and individual therapy sessions with medication treatment, mental health care and more.
Our program does not have a set duration — instead, we encourage our members to take as much time as they need to return to society and feel comfortable maintaining a sober lifestyle.
Odyssey House specializes in helping those who have nowhere else to turn — people who have been through the criminal justice system, people who have been run out of their homes, people who have lost everything to a crippling addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Many of our community members come to use with a history of substance abuse, mental health problems, limited job opportunities, unstable housing & income, impaired family relationships, lack of education and history of unsuccessful treatment. At Odyssey House, however, we believe no one is beyond help.
Our Adult Residential program features:
- Vocational training
- Psychiatric services
- Medical care
- Sober living
- and more!
Comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services
The Odyssey House Adult Residential program utilizes a Modified Therapeutic Community model, a suggested approach and best practice in SAMHSA’s National Registry and Treatment Improvement Protocols. This model is what gives the Odyssey House program its unique peer community structure, allowing our members to support and encourage one another along the path to sobriety.
Instead of merely treating the outward symptoms of addiction, the Odyssey House Adult Residential program approaches the problem of addiction by promoting comprehensive lifestyle changes, including:
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol
- Lifelong medical care
- Comprehensive education
- Building healthy life skills
- Safe & affordable housing
- Employment opportunities
- Developing prosocial attitudes & behaviors
Our Therapeutic Community model helps promote these lifestyle changes by creating a structure of peer feedback and support. Our community members benefit from an environment where role models of healthy behaviors are all around them.
In addition, the community environment allows adults to see warning signs, problematic behaviors and potential consequences mirrored in the eyes of others, which in turn allows them to see such behaviors in themselves.
Mental Health & Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Adults struggling with substance abuse problems often have a history of underlying mental health disorders. Self-medication through the use of drugs or alcohol only serves to magnify these problems, which creates a self-fulfilling cycle of drug abuse and poor mental health.
Odyssey House works to break that cycle through our Dual Diagnosis Enhanced program. With staff members trained in both substance-related and mental health disorders, we provide enhanced therapies for those with co-occurring mental health problems such as clinical depression, anxiety, mood disorders, antisocial personality disorder and PTSD.
Demonstrated treatment strategies include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Motivational interviewing
- Dialectic behavioral therapy
- Contingency management
By treating addiction at its source, we can help prevent relapse and promote a lifelong commitment to sobriety.
Adults with a prolonged history of substance abuse often face a number of behavioral deficits, such as the stigma associated with addiction, lack of communication skills, poor emotional regulation and feelings of guilt or shame. Such behavioral deficits can function as a roadblock to recovery; however, our therapy options serve to take down these barriers.
- The Odyssey House Modified Therapeutic Community model works to combat these unhealthy behaviors through:
- Cognitive behavioral groups
- Self-monitoring tools
- Encouraging healthy emotional expression
- Delayed gratification & healthy coping skills
At Odyssey House, our community members come to us from all walks of life — including those with felony charges or other barriers to employment. The Odyssey House vocational training program aims to help our community members transition back into the workforce and secure reliable, higher-paying employment after graduating from our program.
Members of our Adult Residential program gain valuable experience in a variety of fields, such as:
- Culinary & food services
- Counseling & supervisory
- Clerical & sales
- Residential & commercial building maintenance
Residents move from learning basic time management, personal hygiene and appropriate business dress skills to higher-level employment skills. As adults develop their vocational skills, they move into private industry vocational training sites within community businesses, where they gain valuable industry experience and build a personal work history.
The vocational training program also provides employment preparation services for our community members, which serves to help them create a resume, effectively communicate their skills and follow up with potential employers. Through the Odyssey House vocational training program, anyone can find a job — we guarantee it.