Continuing Care With High Desert's General Outpatient Treatment in St. George, UT

Those who have successfully completed addiction treatment will benefit from a continuing care program, also called aftercare or General Outpatient Program (GOP). Continuing care is the phase of treatment that follows more intensive care such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Is Continuing Care Right For You?

In continuing care, individuals in recovery participate in group and individual counseling, attend self-help meetings, receive ongoing therapy for co-occurring mental illness, and possibly undergo drug and alcohol monitoring. Together, these elements help individuals in early recovery develop healthy routines, strengthen recovery skills, stay accountable and maintain their motivation to stay sober.

Recovery Coaching

Recovery counselors, at HDC help patients set goals, develop the life skills necessary for healthy relationships and productive careers, and assist with overcoming barriers to recovery. Recovery counselors help people in recovery identify triggers, and come up with practical solutions for coping with or avoiding triggers. Recovery coaches also offer encouragement and inspiration from a place of deep understanding and compassion. They offer case management to monitor progress, help patients become involved with sources of community support and sober recreation, and arrange for additional treatment for co-occurring problems as needed. 

Peer Support

Individuals in early recovery benefit from fellowship with others who are also in recovery. Peer support also provides a group of caring individuals who those in recovery can turn to when they’re having a bad day, or when they’re celebrating a success and want others to share it with. Having friends or sponsors who are also in recovery can help people avoid the tendency to isolate, which can be a precursor to relapse.  High Desert alumni group provides an opportunity to connect with others who have walked a similar path, who know the struggles, and who are rooting for your recovery.  

Clinical Continuity

It’s not easy for addicts to open up, express their emotions and allow others to help them. In treatment, many patients eventually let down their guard and develop strong, trusting relationships with their clinical team, including psychiatrists, therapists and counselors. As part of continuing care, former patients can continue to keep in touch with their clinical team. The clinical team will also collaborate with other psychiatrists, therapists and counselors who the patient may see going forward.  Quite often this is your own personal therapist who has continued your therapy during your treatment.

High Desert Clinical Team

About Us

High Desert Counseling is founded on the principle that anyone suffering from addiction can have a long lasting recovery from substance use addiction. Our clients will experience profound change through advanced, evidenced based practices provided by an experienced, hand selected professional team, in a comfortable St George environment.

What We Offer

Day Treatment (PHP)

Day treatment is partial hospitalization (PHP) for those individuals that do not clinically require 24-hour inpatient or residential care.

The course of treatment, includes 4 hours daily at the facility where the individual receives counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention skills, education, and a personalized treatment plan.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are treatment programs designed to address substance use disorders not requiring detoxification or round-the-clock supervision. This allows patients to continue with their daily lives in a way that residential treatment programs do not.  If you are someone who has a safe living environment, family or work commitments that may interfere with residential treatment, IOP may be your best solution.

Continuing Care (GOP)

For those needing access to continued recovery support at the conclusion of outpatient treatment. 

It is also an alternative for those who do not meet the clinical need for Day Treatment or IOP. With access to individual and group counseling, peer support, medication-assisted treatment, and other psychiatric services.

Outpatient FAQ

How do I access outpatient care?

Most patients are referred directly to partial hospital or intensive outpatient programs by their therapists following an assessment. You can also seek treatment for yourself or a loved one by calling our Outpatient Admissions team at 435-673-2899.

How long does day treatment last?

While each patient’s treatment plan may different, patients generally attend our partial hospital program five days per week for four hours per day, and our intensive outpatient program three days per week for three hours per day. On average, patients are in treatment for a total of six to twelve weeks. Patients can begin treatment at a partial hospital or intensive outpatient level of care, depending on their needs.

What is evidence-based treatment?

Treatments throughout our programs are evidence based. This means that findings from the latest research at major academic medical centers and government agencies are regularly reviewed and incorporated into our treatment modalities. The outcomes are closely examined to understand what therapies work best for each individual patient, how to reduce symptoms, and how to bring about lasting recovery. Evidence-based programs have been shown to increase engagement and success.

What is a typical day like in day treatment?

Typically, a partial hospital treatment day includes five group sessions, each with a different focus. Some groups are psychotherapy groups, where participants are encouraged to bring up and discuss current feelings and struggles they are having. Other groups are psychoeducational, where patients are educated about aspects of illness, wellness, and coping techniques that can be employed to help manage the symptoms of their illness.

What insurance do you accept?

High Desert Counseling is in-network with most commercial insurance programs and accepts Medicaid. You can call us at 435-673-2899 and we can confirm your coverage and verify your benefits.

How many patients are in a group?

At High Desert Counseling, our Day Treatment (PHP) groups are typically capped at six while our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) groups may have from ten to sixteen attendees.

Can I work during treatment?

Not exactly. Day Treatment may require four hours or more of treatment and therapies scheduled daily. Many are group workshops and support groups, thus the times cannot be shifted to accommodate the scheduling needs of individual participants on a regular basis. Work is, however an important part of recovery and is encouraged.  Your Day Treatment may be shortened after two weeks if you are demonstrating a strong commitment to recovery and you obtain a job or start an education.  You may be able to step down to Intensive Outpatient, requiring fewer hours and  evening or early morning sessions.   

Is Family Therapy important?

A patient’s psychiatric illness or addiction can impact the entire family. When the family has an understanding of their loved one’s issues and conflicts, they have the power to play a major role in the recovery process. High Desert Counseling has long recognized the importance of the family in the healing process, and incorporates family therapy and education into the treatment routine. Our family education program empowers families with information and education, enabling them to better cope during a difficult time. We also refer families to resources available in the community.


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