Desert Solace – Addicition Treatment Program

Desert Solace Addicition Treatment Program Philosophy:

Desert Solace will provide intensive residential treatment for adult male clients who suffer from addiction to pornography and other sexual behaviors through the use of a holistic, task-oriented approach.  Focused intensive treatment in a residential treatment program has been found to be a very successful method of initial treatment of addictive disorders.

Desert Solace will help men into recovery from sex addiction by progressing through the us  Desert Solacee of therapy, education, program structure and other experiential therapeutic interventions.  Through research and clinical use, the task-centered approach has been shown to be very effective in assisting those who are addicted toward lives of recovery.

Desert Solace
1239 W 4200 N, St George, UT 84770
(435) 817-1351

Desert Solace views treatment as a unique opportunity to make significant changes in our patients lives. The wholesome, serene setting of Desert Solace facilitates the process of recovery. Our philosophy adheres to a belief that addiction is a disease of the brain. We believe the person is afflicted and thus we treat them physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.  We also believe that addiction (of any kind) is a symptom of deeper underlying issues that must be addressed in order for healing to take place.

Desert Solace believes that addiction is not only an individual problem, but also a family problem.  As this is a family problem, spouses and other affected family members will be heavily involved in treatment concurrent with the residential client.

This will include periods of intensive on-site couples and family counseling at the beginning and conclusion of the residential treatment, though family members will not be housed overnight at the facility.  During the client’s length of stay, spouses and other family members will receive therapy from professionals in their area of residence who will work in close consultation with Desert Solace therapists with the common goal of healing the family unit.  At the conclusion of residential treatment, staff and local therapists will create a carefully formulated aftercare program to help ensure continued and complete recovery.

Description of long and short-term goals at Desert Solace:

Desert SolaceDesert Solace’ short-term goals include:

  • Providing a safe environment where men can reside for a time and feel comfortable while establishing sexual sobriety.
  • Providing therapeutic and education services to assist in establishing sexual sobriety.
  • Assist families of clients to acknowledge their loved one’s addiction and understand their important role in the client’s recovery.
  • Maintain strict compliance with city and state regulations.

Long-term goals of Desert Solace are:

  • To gain and maintain a reputation as a leading provider of treatment of pornography and other sexually related addictive behaviors.
  • Assist in healing families adversely affected by the addiction of the client.
  • To provide long-term sobriety by assisting client in creating an aftercare treatment plan, and work closely with local therapists in implementing and maintaining that recovery plan.

Desert Solace services provided and the population to be served:

Desert Solace is a residential treatment program for adult men suffering from pornography and sexual addiction. Our staff has received specialized training for the treatment of sex and pornography addiction. The program is under the direction of a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained in the use of materials developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Carnes’ 30-task model, which embraces the 12 Step principles to recovery and healing, serves as the basic curriculum for treatment of men and their families.

The therapy staff brings additional significant experience in treating the concurrent issues of depression, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD and anxiety. In addition to sex addiction treatment, our therapists are experts in relationship problems, marriage and family issues, compulsivity, co-dependence, family of origin issues, and trauma resolution. The three components of the program, which are comprehensive diagnosis and assessment, residential treatment, and family support, have been established to assist those individuals and their families who have made the choice of recovery, but struggle with establishing sobriety.Desert Solace

The Desert Solace facility has a 10-person capacity, as defined by Utah Department of Human Services Office of Licensing Residential Rules. The population served by Desert Solace is limited to men 18 or older. These men may present with other concurrent mental health, or family issues and can expect that those issues along with the addiction issues will be effectively addressed during their stay at Desert Solace.

Although mental health issues may be significant, the primary determining factor for a person to remain in treatment at this facility is the stabilization of the sexual/pornography addiction.

Men who have committed sexual crimes such as child molestation, rape, or other “level three” behavior or men who have potential to commit severe physically aggressive acts against another individual are outside the treatment scope of this program.

Men who are have a history of suicidal behavior, self-harm or are actively involved in substance dependence or behavior which requires close observation and strong medical staff support to ensure their safety or the safety of others in the program, or those that require detoxification are not appropriate for this program until their behavior is stabilized to the point they are determined to not be a significant or immediate danger to themselves or others. A substance-addicted person who is undergoing detoxification is not appropriate for this program until the detoxification is completed.

A person who is actively psychotic and is a danger to themselves or others is not appropriate for this program.

Family members of residents who are physically aggressive and have a history of out-of-control behavior or who are intoxicated or under the influence of any illegal substances or determined to have impaired functioning due to any mood altering substance, will not be allowed to participate in program activities nor allowed on program property.

Desert SolaceProgram administration has the right to refuse treatment of anyone who is judged for any reason to not be an appropriate fit for this program and its treatment. Notice as to the reason a person is refused treatment, along with other possible treatment options will be provided such a person in writing at the time of their refusal.

Desert Solace provides care, structure, education, therapy, and treatment to its clients.


  1. Provide room and board
  2. Maintain 24 hour supervision


Rules, expectations, and consequences for each resident while participating in the Desert Solace program which are outlined in the resident manual provided to each client, and included in the policies and procedures.


Residents will receive information and coursework around the tasks of recovery from sexual addiction.  Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. developed this task-based program of recovery, which is recognized through decades of worldwide clinical use as the gold standard of sexual addiction treatment.

Therapy and Mental Health:

Residents will participate in:

  1. Assessment and treatment planning
    1. Sexual Addiction Screening Tool
    2. Sexual Dependency Inventory
    3. Beck Depression Inventory II
    4. Family history assessment
    5. Spiritual assessment
    6. Admissions assessment
    7.    Face-to-face assessment/treatment planning with clinical director
      1. Diagnoses
        1. Personal Assessment (Bio-Psycho-Social)
  2. Two one-hour private therapy sessions per week with a licensed clinical professional.
  3. Five two-hour group therapy sessions (facilitated by a licensed clinical professional) per week.
  4. A minimum of six hours of couple and/or family therapy biweekly.
  5. Other activities indicated in individual treatment plans which may include, but are not limited to, hiking, sports, equine assisted learning, community service, field trips, “ropes” course work.  The Managing Director and clinical staff will approve all activities.  To ensure the safety of the residents, activities will be facilitated by those experienced and familiar with safe practices or are trained in the activity they are facilitating.  Staff supervising residents on an activity will follow the emergency procedure as outlined in the policies and procedures.  Prior to participation in any activity each resident participating will need to sign into the activity log, which will indicate their voluntary participation in the activity, and sign a form indicating a release of liability.

Desert Solace – Addicition Treatment Program

Treatment Center / Rehabilitation Center / Addiction Program / Addiction / Sex Addiciton

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