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    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.
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    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.

The Deadly Combo: Spring Break and Alcohol Consumption

The Deadly Combo: Spring Break and Alcohol ConsumptionWe are just a few weeks away from a time that hundreds of thousands of college students across the nation look forward to…Spring Break!

After daunting hours of studying, cramming, pouring caffeine and energy drinks down their throats like water, it’s finally time to relax and unwind! Many of these students will flock to the beach ready to bask in the sun and party the week away. Regardless of their vacation destination, one thing is certain; many will make decisions that will be reckless and potentially fatal.

For some strange reason spring break has been dubbed a cultural rite of passage in the U.S. But what is that passage leading to? Is it the passage to hangovers with dry heaves and pounding headaches? Perhaps it’s the passage to wild promiscuous sex? And if none of these resonate, perhaps it is the passage into a life of addiction or worse yet a closed coffin.

According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) approximately 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each academic year from accidental alcohol related injuries.

“During spring break, 44 percent of college girls and 75 percent of college guys get drunk on a daily basis. Approximately half of college students binge drink, many will drink to the point of passing out at least once during their vacation (NIAAA).”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is defined as a female consuming four or more drinks on a single occasion and a male consuming five or more drinks in one sitting. Another study by the American College of Health reported the average male drinking 18 alcoholic drinks per day and the average female consumed up to 10 per day all during spring break. Now that is a lot of alcohol consumption in a short amount of time.


It’s not just the amount of alcohol that is being consumed that is worrisome. Many of these young people are at risk of damaging their brain when they drink so much alcohol.

“High consumption of alcohol can affect breathing, heart rate and the body’s ability to regulate temperature, leading to a shutdown of the body’s life-support functions.”

Studies of MRI scans of the brains of young people who drank heavily showed damaged nerve tissue compared to those who did not drink. The brain is still developing well into the twenties and can be harmed by excessive drinking. Studies have shown that alcohol can cause long-term damage to the brain and as well as impair one’s memory, coordination, and movement. Bottom line – the human body just isn’t made to absorb all of that poison during one short time without serious consequences. High consumption of alcohol can affect breathing, heart rate and the body’s ability to regulate temperature, leading to a shutdown of the body’s life-support functions.

So as college students pack their bags and head to those luxurious vacation destinations, they should do so with a level head and not drink themselves into oblivion. No doubt about it, spring break should be a time to melt away the stress of the semester.

Unfortunately, for many, it turns into a time of alcohol-related incidents including alcohol poisoning, accidents (vehicle, boat, jet ski, etc.), assaults, rapes, and unprotected sex. And all of these situations can have life-altering consequences. Spring break should be the passage from adolescence into responsible young adulthood. Hopefully, this year’s spring breakers will not throw caution to the wind and, instead, exercise good judgment while enjoying their vacations.

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