I have been really bad about posting in my blog lately, so I am going to try and do something catchup today and let you know what I have been up to the last few weeks. There is no way that I could catch up on everything, but I am going to hit the highlights.
I took a trip to Cirque Lodge addiction treatment center in Sundance, UT and met with and took a tour of their facilities on May 4th-5th. The experience was great, and they have a first class organization. I flew into the Salt Lake City airport on the afternoon of the 4th and was picked up by Keith Fierman, who works with their outreach team and is a former very successful interventionist in his own right. We got dropped at our hotel in Provo, and I had a few hours to kill before dinner that evening so I decided to go for a run and hike. I found some mountains near our hotel, which happened to be near BYU campus, with a big “Y” half up the mountain, and I messed around there for a little while.
Later that evening I met a number of Cirque employees and the other members of our group at Communal, which I would recommend to anyone visiting the area. http://communalrestaurant.com. Our group consisted a therapist from Manhattan, another therapist from California, and another interventionist from Austin, TX, along with Eial, Stephanie Fierman, Keith Fierman, and Gary Fisher, who all work for Cirque.
The following day we got to see both of the locations that Cirque operates: The Lodge and the Studio. The Lodge is up in the mountains of Sundance and is the original location, and the Studio is the newer part of the program in Provo that used to be the recording studio for Donnie and Marie Osmond. We also had the opportunity to speak with the clinical staff over lunch about what they offer to clients. Finally we took a helicopter ride over much of the mountains in the area and landed at the top of a mountain that the clients at Cirque do their 3rd step. It was a great experience.
I feel very lucky to be included in the experience at Cirque, and I want to specifically thank Stephanie Fierman for setting up the weekend and taking us around. It was a great and spiritual experience. I can tell that the team really cares about helping people struggling with substance abuse and other addictions. Although it can be expensive, Cirque offers first class treatment and anyone would be lucky to go there to start their journey into sobriety.