3 Steps of Care

It’s Not About Quitting, It’s About Never Giving Up

Ascend Recovery’s evidenced based practices do not simply help patients graduate a residential program. THEY assist them in structuring lives in recovery that they find rewarding.  These levels of care are the system by which our patients move step by step from alcohol and drug dependence to a life of rewarding independence.
Treatment at Ascend is individualized.  Clients are assessed and placed in levels of care that correspond to their needs.

Clients move through a system of care levels—from residential treatment all the way back to their own independent lives. Our practices are evidence-based. We treat addiction as a chronic disease, providing individualized care, and diagnosing and treating any underlying mental health issues that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Lake House

Dual diagnosis: focus on treating underlying issues (mental health and trauma).

  • Greatest level of structure
  • Relational based individual therapy and case management three times per week
  • Weekly psychiatry
  • Intensive experiential therapy including equine, ropes and art
  • Recreation
  • Group therapy
  • 12-Step integration
  • This level of care sets the foundation

Many programs are structured to help clients simply graduate from the program. Ascend Recovery is different. Our program is formulated to help our clients achieve the initial goal of reaching a full year clean and sober, and then supporting them in recovery for life. We know our clients and their families want to be done with the pain of addiction. This step is the beginning of that healing process.

Our program starts at our residential level of care that we call Step 1 – Lake House. Clients at Lake House will be immersed in a clinically rigorous program. Clients at this step participate in relational based individual and group therapy with therapists unparalleled in their expertise. They are also seen weekly by our board certified psychiatrist. This therapeutic first step focuses on addressing the underlying mental health and trauma issues related to a client’s addiction.

While at Lake House, our clients will also participate in many experiential therapies designed to deepen their therapeutic work such as a high ropes course, equine therapy and art therapy.

Step 1 also starts to teach the importance of diet and exercise in the therapeutic process, as well as the importance of recovery support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

In Step 1, compassion guides the healing process. The work done at Lake House truly sets our clients up for success with their ongoing recovery and the lives they have imagined for themselves.

This is really the first time I felt like the whole picture was being looked at. There’s hope, there’s always hope. Life can be really good. Things can get so much better.
–Matt, 35


Eagle View

This STEP gives CLIENTS at Ascend the opportunity to effectively step down in their level of care.

Years of experience have shown us that, following residential treatment, young adults can have a very difficult time learning the skills necessary to reintegrate into society with a lifestyle that is sober and independent.

Step 2 – Eagle View was designed by our founder, Ryan Salter, with a focus on providing transitional care so that the skills formulated in residential treatment stay intact when clients leave the highly structured environment at Lake House.

During Step 2, clients develop their executive function capacity and apply these skills to processes such as the managing of money, learning to find and keep a job, developing a sober peer network, structuring their time productively and having sober fun. It is this step that helps clients, in a planned and structured way, increase momentum down the road to success in recovery.

I didn’t know what was coming, I had done drugs and alcohol for so long I didn’t know how to live without them. 2 1/2 years now, clean and sober. I never thought it was possible.
–Kevin, 29


Riley House

This is the final and least structured STEP IN treatment.

Riley House, Step 3,  is the maintenance step. In completing steps 1 and 2 clients have both built a foundation and taken some significant action steps in their recovery. Step 3 allows clients to maintain what they have built on their own.

Clients begin working and interacting with their sober peer group in a way that is more individual. They participate in school and long-term career plans that help them see their potential and possibilities in their new life in sobriety.

At the conclusion of their stay at Riley House, they have completely built their sober life. They have maintained sobriety for five months or longer, engaged with school and work, a sober community, and a life that they can be proud of living again.