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Courage to Change

Specialized Program for Active Duty Military & Veterans

Salt Lake Behavioral Health’s Military Courage to Change Program is designed to help service members, veterans and military families stabilize from addiction, learn strategies for recovery and connect to a long-term recovery community. As a TRICARE® and Veteran Community Care provider, we tailor individualized treatment in the areas of addiction, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety and other psychiatric and substance abuse issues.

With education and group therapy, we help military patients understand the disease model of addiction and set up recovery strategies to meet their situation and needs. Our primary treatment modality is Seeking Safety, which aims to help people recognize the substance abuse cycle they’ve been living through so they can progress into recovery.

Our multidisciplinary staff is comprised of experienced physicians, nurses and counselors dedicated to helping patients improve their life. With a board-certified addictionologist and masters-level clinicians specially trained in addiction medicine, the Military Courage to Change Program can help you develop the strength and techniques to walk the road to recovery.

Break The Cycle

Learn more about what addiction is, how it develops and how to break the cycle of addiction by calling 801-264-6000. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule confidential, no-cost assessments.

Treatments & Services

Cognitive behavioral therapy seeks to help patients recognize, avoid and cope with the situations in which you are most likely to abuse substances.

Individual and group therapy helps patients face substance abuse realistically, come to terms with its harmful consequences and boost their motivation to stay sober and clean.

Motivational interviewing employs strategies to evoke rapid and internally motivated behavior change to stop substance use and facilitate the recovery process.

Skills groups, such as 12-step program meetings, help patients set up recovery strategies like distress tolerance and relaxation techniques that can assist with relapse prevention.

Seeking Safety trauma curriculum is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model that can help patients find emotional safety from present trauma and substance abuse.

Alternative Therapies & Enhancements

  • Music therapy and expression
  • Pet therapy
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Gym recreation therapy and yoga

Additional Services

  • Medical detoxification and addiction management (Suboxone®, Vivitrol®)
  • Substance abuse rehabilitation
  • Specialized dual diagnosis treatment for both addiction and trauma
  • Care for medically compromised patients (CPAP, oxygen issues)

Addictionologist on Staff

Dr. Sean Ponce is an addictionologist who specializes in addiction treatment and is particularly skilled with patients who are dually diagnosed with both psychiatric and substance abuse issues. He is a former president of the Utah Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

How Trauma Impacts Addiction

Watch this video to learn how the Military Courage to Change Program seeks to address the root cause of addition by treating underlying trauma issues that can stall the journey to recovery.