Recovery Center

Moab Regional Hospital's new Recovery Center provides a full-spectrum of outpatient recovery services including: medication assisted therapies (i.e. methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol, etc.), group and individual therapy services, access to psychiatric evaluations, medical intervention, and outpatient detox options.

Anyone who has a history of substance use disorder (addiction) may be a candidate for Recovery Center services.  Counselors are available to answer questions and assess appropriate services.  The Recovery Center is committed to providing care to anyone regardless of the ability to pay, Moab Regional Hospital has a generous financial aid program.  No one will be turned away.

Learn more about Moab Regional Hospital's free shuttle service.

Addiction Medicine Services Provided at the Recovery Center:

  • Outpatient services for drug and alcohol detox
  • Office based opioid treatment (OBOT), including suboxone and Vivitrol management
  • Recovery resource engagement
  • Dual diagnosis services
  • Treatment of all substance use disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

Substance use disorder, also called addiction, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior. This can lead to an inability to control the use of illegal drugs, medications, or alcohol. Once the brain becomes addicted to a substance, it will prioritize substance use over things that were previously important to the individual. As a result, a person may continue to use a substance despite the negative consequences. It is important to remember that substance use disorder is a biological and behavioral disease, not a moral failing, and that it will respond to treatment just like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Harm reduction is a set of principles and strategies aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with substance use. Evidence shows that no amount of begging, pleading, or threatening will change a person’s actions where addiction is concerned. Caregivers who accept an individual’s addiction are better prepared to help them during treatments. Through the use of evidenced-based harm reduction standards and support, the Recovery Center approaches substance use disorder with an unbiased access point to care.

Methadone is a treatment for opioid use disorder. It is a long-acting opioid medication that balances the brain to reduce opioid cravings, reduce or stop opioid use, and stabilize withdrawal symptoms. Most patients who use methadone are able to engage better with other types of care and ultimately regain stability in their lives. Methadone does not typically trigger the brain and worsen addiction the way other shorter-acting opioids can.

Methadone and Suboxone are both long-acting medications, but methadone is a full opioid and Suboxone is a partial opioid. Both medications are known to reduce the risks of death in opioid use disorder.

Suboxone has a “ceiling effect”, meaning it is very difficult to experience a “high” and is often safer to use when you have other medical problems in addition to addiction. Suboxone also has naloxone as an ingredient, which means it blocks opioids if it is used incorrectly. However, some people do not feel well on Suboxone which is most common if there is a history of using opioids in high quantities. In these cases, methadone may work better and provide greater stability. In fact, methadone has the best track record for helping people stay engaged in care over the long term. It is important to work closely with your medical provider to choose the right option for you.

The Recovery Center is equipped to help individuals who use all types of substances. We provide outpatient alcohol detox and benzodiazepine detox for those who can engage in this service safely. We can also help you connect with other services such as inpatient detox or residential rehabilitative services. Additionally, we provide individual and group counseling, and partner with local organizations that conduct peer support groups.

For more information call:

  • Business Hours

    Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm

    Saturday 8:00am - 10:00am

IN CRISIS?

  • Call 911
  • Call Safe Utah Crisis Line:
    800-273-TALK
  • Go to Moab Regional Hospital
    Emergency Department

Meet Our Moab Regional Recovery Center Addiction Medicine Team:

Paula Cook, MD

Moab Regional Recovery Center Medical Director

Amber Dickamore

Moab Regional Recovery Center Program Director

Brett Heselpoth, BSN

Nurse Case Manager

Alex Kirczow, RN

Psychiatric Nurse