About True North Recovery & Wellness Center

We are licensed by the State of Utah Department of Human Services, the State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the city of Orem, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Certification and The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). We also have our three-year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

True North Recovery & Wellness Center is a ​Justice Re-investment Initiative (JRI) certified treatment program​ through the Department of Human Services. This means we are recognized as being uniquely qualified to assess and treat clients involved in all facets of the Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections systems.

Our comprehensive treatment programs begin with a detailed medical and psychological assessment and initial treatment plan at induction. Our highly skilled and compassionate staff then guides patients through a medically supervised stabilization period that integrates individual, group and family counseling along with best practice medication treatments such as Methadone or Suboxone, followed by continuing care throughout the medical maintenance phase. When the treatment plan is followed, and the medications are taken as directed, medication assisted treatment has been proven to suppress symptoms of opiate withdrawal, significantly decrease and ultimately cease cravings for opiates, reduce illicit opiate use, block the effects of other opiates, and assist patients in staying committed to treatment and a lifestyle of being recovered.

Moral Reconation Therapy 
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is the premiere cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders. Developed in 1985 by Gregory Little, Ed.D., and Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D., more than 120 published reports have documented that MRT-treated offenders show significantly lower recidivism for periods as long as 20 years after treatment. Studies show MRT-treated offenders have re-arrest and re-incarceration rates 25% to 75% lower than those not treated with MRT

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing (MI) refers to a counseling approach in part developed by clinical psychologists Professor William R Miller, Ph.D. and Professor Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. We have found this approach to be particularly helpful for individuals who are in a contemplative stage. This treatment is non-confrontational and helps the patient explore future goals and dreams and whether their current lifestyle and behaviors are getting them closer to or further away from these goals and dreams.

Cognitive Behavioral/Rational Emotive Therapy
CBT/RET, was first pioneered by Albert Ellis. Everyone has their own unique view of the world. This may be influenced by culture, personal beliefs, and upbringing and sometimes our beliefs lead to emotions and behaviors that distract us from obtaining our goals or feeling the emotions we would like to. When this is the case our counselors can help explore and provide tools with which patients can challenge some of these unhealthy beliefs.

A Trauma-Informed Approach
At True North Recovery & Wellness Center, we strive to be a Trauma Informed Agency using the Seeking Safety model, a SAMHSA-approved approach. SAMHSA’s concept of a trauma-informed approach includes program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:

  • Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.


A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures. These principles may be generalized across multiple types of settings, although terminology and application may be setting- or sector-specific:

  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and Transparency
  • Peer support
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice and choice
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues


From SAMHSA’s perspective, it is critical to promote the linkage to recovery and resilience for those individuals and families impacted by trauma. Consistent with SAMHSA’s definition of recovery, services and supports that are trauma-informed build on the best evidence available and consumer and family engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.

Trauma-Specific Interventions
Trauma-specific intervention programs generally recognize the following:

  • The survivor’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery
  • The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety
  • The need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human services agencies in a manner that will empower survivors and consumers


Mindfulness/DBT
Mindfulness is a “core” exercise used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a psycho-social treatment Marsha M. Linehan developed for treating people with borderline personality disorder. DBT is dialectic, explains Linehan, in the sense of “the reconciliation of opposites in a continual process of synthesis.” In DBT there are three primary ways we use to refer to our states of mind.
They are:

  1. Emotion Mind: When our thoughts are controlled by our emotions,
  2. Reasonable Mind when our thoughts are controlled by logic and common sense, and
  3. Wise Mind, when our thoughts are now generated by our upper mind.