Frequently Asked Questions
Monuments lodge and main campus is situated on over 160 acres of beautiful alpine forest and surrounded by thousands of acres of stunning public land. Located in the mountains outside of Cedar City, Utah and adjacent to Brian Head Ski Resort, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument, our setting provides an ideal location for a residential treatment center. This mountain location, coupled with state of the art technology and diverse educational offerings provides our students with the ideal environment for therapeutic healing and heuristic (hands on) learning.
At Monuments we welcome all prospective families who wish to visit, explore our facility, and meet with members of our treatment team. We recommend that you visit any treatment program you are considering before making a commitment. If a program is reluctant to allow you to visit, or presses you to make a commitment before you visit, this is cause for concern.
We serve a limited number of youth at a time in our treatment setting. Experience has taught us that keeping our groups in this smaller range results in dramatically better results for those we serve. It is one of many features that make us different from other teen treatment programs.
Our students live in a beautifully appointed lodge and typically have one or perhaps two roommates.
The average length of stay at Monuments is 10-12 months, although there may be a shorter or more extended stay needed based on the complexity of issues being treated.
At Monuments we have assembled a unique, world-class team of professionals who have devoted their careers to the treatment of young people and their families. The core of our treatment team has worked together for more than ten years. Our therapists are each devoted to identifying and treating the underlying causes of addiction and behavioral health issues, rather than merely focusing on behaviors themselves.
The importance of this question cannot be underestimated. Many treatment programs do not have stringent admissions criteria. As a result, teens that enter such programs are frequently, and unnecessarily, exposed to peers who introduce them to new destructive behaviors and dangers.
At Monuments, we are committed to a thorough screening process to ensure that all students accepted into the program are a good fit. In an effort to create a safe treatment environment, we do not accept persons with known histories of violence, sexual perpetrators, fire starters, gang affiliated youth, or those who have a history of behaviors which might put others at risk. We are committed to maintaining an environment that is both physically and emotionally safe for all participants.
Monuments provides all participants with family and individual sessions every week. The use of group therapy sessions is also effective and occurs daily. Individual sessions offer participants a unique opportunity to share privately, away from their peers.
You and your family have the right to know who owns and operates any treatment program that you are considering. The founders of Monuments are listed on the staff page, with complete bios. They are directly involved, not only in the daily operation of the program, but in the development and implementation of each adolescent’s treatment plan.
All family members are provided with direct contact to the founders, including their cell phone numbers. There is no bureaucracy to navigate, no hidden parent company to create barriers, and no invisible owner to chase down should a concern arise. We do all that we can to foster frequent, direct, honest communication between everyone involved in the treatment process. We want to ensure that each family’s expectations are clear and that we meet or exceeded them.
When families come to us they often report that the person for whom they are seeking treatment has been having difficulties associated with school. The student may feel hopeless and discouraged. They may be thinking of quitting school, or may be convinced that their prior performance will prohibit them from getting into the University of their choice. Programs that offer school programs that work in a silo, are often times ultimately unhelpful in getting academic careers back on track. It is important to know the specifics of the educational components of any treatment program.
At Monuments, all program participants are provided a thorough education assessment upon admission. The Academic Director will devise an aggressive plan that will assist the participant in achieving their short and long term academic goals. Oftentimes participants arrive at treatment trailing behind in their studies and return to their schools, ahead of their classmates. Rest assured that we will work hard to help your son overcome his credit deficiencies.
Additionally, our focus on providing a heuristic (hands on) learning environment with an entrepreneurial focus means that your son will emerge with confidence and a path for his future. We provide an education that is relevant to your son's life and future success.
At Monuments, we believe that family involvement is imperative for the successful treatment of all our program participants. We recognize that family members may be unable to participate in all aspects of treatment as a result of work commitments, geographic location, or other factors. For this reason, we make every effort to reach out and provide our services by video conference or other means when necessary or desired.
At Monuments we take confidentiality very seriously. Every employee is subjected to an exhaustive background check and must sign a stringent confidentiality agreement. Our efforts to protect our client’s confidentiality exceed the highest industry standards and regulations.
The treatment of adolescents requires a very different approach, skill set and knowledge base than those required to treat adults. Youth have specific needs related to their physical, emotional, and social development. It is important to know if the directors and staff members of any adolescent program have a history of successfully treating adolescents. It is also important to know if the treatment of adolescents has been, and remains, the primary professional focus of every team member.
The treatment of youth should be a provider’s long term focus rather than something they have recently shifted to, or something they do on the side. Many programs divide their attention between youth and adults, or “young adults.” At Monuments we exclusively treat adolescents.
Our single focus is residential treatment for youth. We credit this single focus for much of our success. We do not funnel clients into an outpatient program, or “extended care” facilities. Rather we provide effective treatment that allows young people to get back to their lives.
Of course. Treatment is a time to strengthen family bonds with frequent, supportive, communication. You may email your child any time you wish. Your child may email you any time he or she wishes as well. Once per week, we will have a designated time scheduled with your family for a private phone call. Several times a year, we have designated weekends where families are invited to campus for an intensive family weekend. You will receive these dates upon admission so that you can plan to attend.
Additionally, we encourage our families to visit as often as they are able to. Please work with your therapist to coordinate such visits so that they do not conflict with off-campus events or activities.
Yes. Depression, anxiety, and many other unhealthy feelings frequently precede drug and alcohol use. In fact many people begin using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate for these feelings. When depression or other clinical conditions occur along with a chemical dependency they are called “co-occurring disorders.” The person with a co-occurring disorder might also be referred to as being “dually-diagnosed.” These terms simply mean that you are dealing with more than one issue simultaneously. This is more often the case than not.
Our goal is to provide you with a team that can provide a comprehensive assessment followed by intensive treatment designed to identify and treat the underlying causes of behaviors rather than simply focusing on behaviors themselves.
There are a vast number of wilderness and experiential programs available for families and some offer quality clinical and behavioral services. It is important to understand the treatment process and your goals when looking at specialized residential treatment or wilderness and experiential treatment. How many adolescents return to their home and community following a 45-90 day stay? How often are families invited to participate in treatment? Are there school-based services available to help clients continue their academic progress? How focused will the treatment be for my adolescent’s needs?
As with any program, finding a good, evidence-based fit is integral for effective treatment and sustainable change. Monuments would be a great next step after a wilderness stay, should additional work need to take place for lasting healing and change.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any therapist or treatment professional a youth may already be engaged with. Physicians, teachers, mentors, coaches or any other person who has a vested interest in the well-being of an adolescent may be involved with the consent of both the teen and their parents. Such collaborations frequently allow us to achieve treatment goals more expeditiously and help to create smoother transitions to life after treatment.
While many young people seek out treatment for themselves, others are pressed into participating by concerned parents, or as the result of other external forces. Either circumstance is common. Regardless, some families delay getting treatment because of a popular myth that adolescents need to “hit bottom” before seeking help. This myth is unfortunately re-enforced by treatment providers who do not see motivating youth as their responsibility. The real danger in this is that, for some, the bottom can be serious harm or even death. There is no advantage in letting a young person engage in destructive behaviors a day longer than is necessary.
When working with teens there is also ample evidence to suggest that the earlier a treatment intervention takes place regarding substance abuse, emotional health, or behavioral health issues, the greater the likelihood of success. When young people come to us for treatment, it is okay if they are resistant. It is our job to motivate them and to help them find value in both treatment, and in approaching their lives differently.
Yes. Monuments accepts payments from most insurance companies. We are happy to assist any prospective client to verify their benefits and secure pre-authorization for treatment. To learn more about the process, simply give us a call.
If we haven’t answered your question(s) simply give us a call. Whether your loved one comes to Monuments or not, we are here to assist you and answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We know how difficult it is to reach out and ask for help. It is the first and most challenging step on the road to recovery.