Please note: What is above is simply a game plan, in which we have given an immense amount of thought. Its creation is the answer to what we have seen is missing in this profession. However, we understand we need to be flexible and that not everyone may need the entire program. We hope to have the opportunity to speak with you, the professional, the family, and of course, the potential client to determine if we can scale down our programming to fit the needs of his dilemma.
At Balance House, we believe nutrition to be a crucial part of the healing process. Studies have shown how much nutrition can help one’s mental state and overall well-being. There are many natural ways to help people recover from depression, anxiety, insomnia, mental health issues, and substance use disorders. We call them the Magical Eight and much of our program is based around these principles. Nutrition is at the top of the list.
- Healthy Human Contact
- Natural anti-depressants (Fish oils, vitamins, etc.)
Nate Slaughter, our Chef Extraordinaire, has created science-based meal plans to give our clients healthy, balanced, delicious meals. He dishes out the portions and works with the clinical team regarding nutrition goals to discuss any concerns surrounding food/eating habits. It is common to replace substances with food and substance-use disorders frequently co-occur with eating disorders. Our clinicians and medical director will do ongoing assessments to help address any unhealthy behaviors that arise.
We know how important physical activity is for overall functioning and exercise naturally improves dopamine and serotonin levels. Our programming is designed so the men are engaging in some type of daily exercise. We have gym passes to the local VASA, engage in physically challenging recreational activities and have a yoga instructor who comes to our facility twice a week. In addition, our guys will attend Fit to Recover (FTR), a gym started by and for folks seeking recovery and a healthy community. FTR was started five years ago by one of our Balance House alumni and holds a very special place in our hearts. This is one of the many great recovery community resources in Salt Lake City.