Sunrise Program

The Sunrise Program is an intensive day treatment program offered at the Utah State Hospital to patients with a dual diagnosis (mental illness/substance abuse). This program is for patients who are hospitalized and are willing to attend the six week program. Patients are referred to the program by their treatment team.

The treatment philosophy at the Sunrise Program is to involve the patient as an active partner in the comprehensive treatment of their dual diagnosis. Patients are treated with the utmost respect. Treatment is offered in a non-confrontational, sequential approach. Patients are considered experts on themselves. Family participation is highly encouraged.

The Sunrise Program staff consists of a multidisciplinary team: Social workers, substance abuse counselors, registered nurses, dieticians, chaplain, psychiatric technicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, recreational therapists, student interns, and community volunteers.

The patients are educated and taught how to gain insight regarding their mental illness and substance/chemical dependency issues. They are assisted in acquiring skills for recovery and relapse prevention, thus reducing the number of hospitalizations. The patients are taught to develop new and healthy support systems in their recovery program.