• Residential Treatment

    Residential Treatment

    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible.
    Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.
    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible. Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.

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  • Activities for Fun

    Activities for Fun

    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
  • Build Healthy Relationships

    Build Healthy Relationships

    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
  • Lake Powell

    Lake Powell

    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.
    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.

Get Your Life Back

The Haven offers both residential treatment and sober living programs for men and women struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. All of The Haven's facilities are conveniently located near downtown Salt Lake City, within walking distance of UTA TRAX and the University of Utah. Individuals needing help to stay sober find extra support with The Haven's Sober Living Program. While residents work on the skills needed to live alcohol and drug-free, The Haven Alumni show residents that life without drugs and alcohol can be fun and exciting. The Haven has been has been a leader in treating substance misuse disorders in Utah since 1969. Recovery from alcohol and substance abuse is possible.

Why Special Occasions Lure Relapse

Why Special Occasions Lure RelapseJack is lost in the lure of the wedding cake, but is in doubt about indulging, as he is on a weight-loss plan that does not allow such unhealthy treats. When the cake is cut, Jack decides that he will have a piece: It is a festive occasion, after all. And having just one piece won’t completely sabotash his diet. Something similar sound familiar?

Relapse is so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”. So why is a “special occasion” a good excuse to have a drink, and then another, anyway?

This excuse reflects an underlying dilemma: From a momentary perspective, the indulgence is the best choice; but from a long-term perspective, self-restraint is wiser. The ideal solution is to somehow do both. This is impossible, except in one situation: If the situation can be framed as the “last time,” then the dilemma disappears, since the person can say to him or herself that a new and better life will begin tomorrow.

There is a conflict between our immediate and aggregates perspectives. Decision-making can be described from two frames of mind, a momentary perspective and a big picture perspective. A momentary perspective refers to choosing between the available items one at a time. A big picture perspective involves organizing the items into sequences and then choosing between different sequences. For example, deciding each night which meal is a better choice is the momentary approach. However, deciding between sequences of meals for a week is the long-term approach (a pattern of behavior). In the immediate choice, the best choice is the meal option that presents the highest pleasure. In the big picture perspective, the best choice is the sequence of items that has the higher value.

The big picture perspective is consistent with the rational model of motivation. For instance, when planning for the long term, most people intend to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and spend less time on the Internet. But these plans require gratification to be delayed. Since on any given day the value of the immediate indulgence is always higher than the value of any distant reward such as a health benefit, people tend to go for instant gratification. It is our perverse tendency to favor the Now over the Later, the lower over the higher. However, when we regret our past decisions, we are taking a long-term perspective—for example, going to a bar and getting drunk and then regretting it. From an immediate perspective, the choice is quite sensible, but from a long-range point of view, the act seems to be a mistake. The mismatch between the immediate and the long-term perspectives refers to a self-control problem.

On any occasion, overeating or using drugs produces limited harm. The damage, however, occurs after repeated indulgences. So a better treatment solution for the relapse problem is the realization that failure in any occasion is a predictor of failure in all occasions: If I give in today, I shall fail tomorrow as well.

By connecting future decisions together, one sees both the immediate and the long-term consequences. Connecting these single occasions into a pattern of lifestyle, the individual can gain motivation to control his or her impulses that would be lacking if he or she just considered one day at a time.

 

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