• 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 The Brain Keeps Craving

Why The Brain Keeps CravingThe single-minded determination to addiction is not a personal failing; it’s a matter of brain chemistry. Dopamine is at the root of the problem, and it also offers a solution. According to research in the field of neuroscience, any addiction, whether to eating, alcohol, or something else, follows a predictable cycle. When you use your drug of choice, your brain gives you a hit of dopamine, and you experience a rewarding sense of pleasure. You also learn to associate that pleasure with the substance or behavior. This then becomes a cue for the possibility of more pleasure in the future. Even the expectation of using can cause dopamine to release, for some that is the addiction, the chase of what’s to come is their high.

With time, ordinary pleasures lose their potency compared to the reward you get from your addiction. Everything else pales in comparison. The cruel irony however is that eventually, the substance or compulsive behavior triggers smaller increases in dopamine. It doesn't give you quite the same high that it used to. Worse yet, your brain circuitry responds in ways that make you feel depressed, irritable, or stressed out. This only making you want another hit in a desperate attempt to feel better. It becomes extremely difficult to resist strong urges. This explains why you find it so hard to avoid falling back into your addictive behavior, even when you've sworn you'll never do it again.

“When your brain only cares about one thing: satisfying that single, overwhelming craving. You are in full blown addiction.”

If you’ve found yourself in this spiral, you know it’s a miserable place to be. But there is a way out. And here again, dopamine plays a role. The key is in those “ordinary pleasures” – also known as natural positive reinforcers. Any event that increases the feeling of pleasure or reward, even a little, has the potential to increase dopamine release in the brain.

When your addiction is your only source of pleasure, it takes on too much power and rules your life. It’s extremely difficult to overcome an addiction by just white-knuckling it. Willpower is a shaky foundation for recovery. But by exploring new ways to find enjoyment in life and renewing old ones, you can literally rewire your brain, strengthening the pathways of contentment and self-control.

Research shows that spiritual connection increases the release of dopamine in the brain, which can help reduce cravings and when combined with some type of spiritual belief or connection may promote dopamine release in the brain that could translate to a reduction in relapse risk. There is something profound about nourishing the spirit. This may involve attending religious services, meditating, praying, or even being outside and one with nature. Experiences such as these promote a sense of transcendence into a new way of life. They can give new meaning to your life. As you become stronger in your recovery, you will begin to feel more like your true self.

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The Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit orgnization which means your donation is TAX deductable. Corporate sponsorships are available for select events and levels at certain times of the year. Please give the gift of sobriety to an individual struggling to leave the life of addiction.
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PHONE: 801-533-0070
FAX: 801-596-2240
EMAIL: info@havenhelps.com
ADDRESS: 974 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102 [map]


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Sponsors

George S. And Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation Marriner S. Eccles Foundation The Lawrence T. Dee – Janet T. Dee Foundation R. Harold Burton Foundation Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation United Way Sorenson Legacy Foundation
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