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Life-Line, Inc.

Small Residential Program

Life-Line, Inc. Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: 7 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 95
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1990
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Life-Line, Inc. Contact Information

1130 West Center Street
North Salt Lake, UT 84041
Phone: (801) 936-4000
Fax: (801) 936-8975
School Contact: Shawna Meredith
Alternative Contact: Shane R. Petersen
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Life-Line is a family focused, long-term residential treatment program that creates positive change using an evidenced based, therapeutic community model that is strongly supported by empirical research. A multi-disciplinary team approach integrates education, individualized treatment planning, individual, group and family therapy, health and nutrition, recreational activities, and a structured aftercare/transition program.

In today’s world, it’s all too common for teens to make bad decisions. Even the best kids – perhaps some you know and love – can lose their way. At Life-Line, we’re committed to bringing adolescents back from substance abuse, depression, family relationship problems, criminal behavior, school problems, pornography, out-of-control and other destructive behaviors that prevent youth from being happy and successful. We help both teens and their families make positive changes for life.

A History of Caring
Life-Line was founded in 1990 by a small group of parents and professionals who were concerned about the growing scourge of teen addiction – and the alarmingly high rate of relapse associated with traditional treatments. Over the years, Life-Line has grown to be a strong force in the community. Life-Line serves families whether they live locally or across the nation. It now has provided treatment to thousands of teens and their families and is poised to help more people in more ways than ever before.

A Family-Centered Program
When a teen is in trouble it affects the entire family. Life-Line is about putting families back together again. Life-Line's model is based on the premise that teens recover within the context of their families. Parent-focused interventions are the most supported form of treatment for youth conduct problems.

Treatment Philosophy

Licensed for both residential treatment and day treatment, Life-Line is a family focused, long-term (approximately 10-12 months) treatment program that creates positive change using a therapeutic community model. A positive peer culture that demands honesty, personal accountability, and service to others provides opportunity for individual growth and recovery. A foundation of honesty and personal insight is essential before youth can develop healthy relationships with family and friends, perform well in school, and make positive contributions to society. A gradual growth process through five levels of recovery provides the structure and framework to be successful.

Assessment and Evaluation

At Life-Line, we provide an evaluation for each student which includes a psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing (MMPI-A, Beck Depression Inventory, Mental Status Exam), a psychosocial history, and a complete lab workup (CMP, routine and microscopic urinalysis, pregnancy testing, thyroid battery, and drug screen). Psychiatric evaluations and medication management are provided by Ralph W. Knapp, M.D.

Level One – Honesty and Spirituality

During this first level, the focus is on honesty, accountability, personal responsibility, and increasing personal insight and awareness of the issues that created unhealthy behaviors. To keep this personal focus, the youth are removed from the home. Residential homes are provided and supervised by parents of adolescent mentors more advanced in the program. These homes provide a healthy family environment that help the youth practice and prepare to interact without the emotional pain associated with their own family. Youth begin learning an emotional language to identify and express their feelings and thoughts about their personal core treatment issues. The “12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous” provides a spiritual framework for personal growth and insight throughout the recovery process.

Level Two – Family Relationships and Service

On level two, the youth spend 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week at the Life-Line center and are able to go home each night. By providing a safe home for other at-risk youth, selfishness is turned to selfless service as they use the personal awareness and insights they have gained in their recovery, and act as a teacher and mentor for new youth in the therapeutic community. This opportunity for service helps youth internalize their learning and commitment to recovery. In this same spirit of service and sacrifice, parents and families come together in support of one another and the youth in treatment which helps restore trust and respect in the home. Emphasis on this level is placed on addressing and improving family relationships which prepares them to deal with future relationships outside the family. Life-Line also serves families who live out-of-state or out-of-area and provides a residential family living center to accommodate the ability to participate.

Level Three – Relapse Prevention Planning

While on level three, the youth prepare their plan to cope with the challenges of returning to school and reentering society. Each youth prepares and presents to their parents a personal relapse prevention plan that identifies “red flags” that may trigger past acting-out behaviors. Alerting parents to the warning signs of relapse provides added support for the youth and opens the lines of communication that help prevent a relapse before it actually occurs. The youth also learn skills with which to build healthy friendships and end destructive relationships from the past as they prepare to return to school.

Level Four – Re-Entry, Application And Lifestyle Change

Private accredited schooling at Life-Line is a part of each student’s treatment during the first three levels. On level four, the youth begin the re-entry process by returning to public school. The foundation of honesty, spirituality, and personal insight they have developed has prepared them to face the social challenges and academic responsibilities of school life. The fourth level provides the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills to life outside the highly structured walls of treatment. As the youth gradually return to school and part-time jobs, they participate in after-school groups where they receive help, support, and guidance from staff and their peer group. They learn healthy and constructive use of leisure time, develop new interests and friends, and create good habits. Emphasis is on a complete lifestyle change to overcome past destructive behaviors.

Level Five – Leadership And Giving Back

On level five, youth have become leaders and role models in the therapeutic community and in society. When age is appropriate, learning about healthy dating and interaction with the opposite sex is addressed. In preparation to complete treatment, youth prepare a detailed “graduation proposal” that describes their past, outlines their progress, and sets goals for their future. This proposal is presented to the entire treatment team as the culminating event to conclude treatment and begin aftercare.

Aftercare – Continued Support

Weekly aftercare support groups are available free of charge to all graduates of the program. Humility is a virtue that truly sustains our youth and is a constant in every student’s individual recovery. It is not uncommon for students who graduated several years ago to show up to aftercare and say, “I’m going through a hard time and just needed to talk to someone…” They have the tools to work through problems, but knowing there is help available reminds them that “what we can’t do alone, we can do together.” The trust and relationships developed at Life-Line are powerful and last a lifetime.

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