Delta, Utah

White River Academy is a part of Sovereign Health, nestled in the awe-inspiring Great Basin in Utah. Joining other rehab facilities in Utah, this residential treatment center for boys 12–17 offers help with behavior issues, mental disorder and addiction. It’s a refreshing reprieve to sometimes smothering circumstances older boys can experience when they fall into alcohol or drug abuse, mental distress or process addictions.

We create a safe, remarkably positive peer culture where young men can breathe, recalibrate their perspective and recover. The school provides full academic curriculum with classroom instructors, so students can pick up right where they left off, with individualized instruction.

White River Academy is by no means a boot camp or a place for harsh reformation. Our staff administers caring, comprehensive guidance for boys who lose their way. Whether it is for a family residing in Utah, out of state or abroad, the academy offers accredited education, licensed therapy and residential living for its students.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Mental health

Mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and others manifest during the pubescent years. White River Academy treats mental disorders including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Eating disorders

Treatment begins with a holistic assessment prior to admission. One of the biggest challenges of mental health treatment is correctly analyzing patients’ unique set of symptoms to identify their individual needs.

We use a broad range of modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy in individual, group and family settings. Alternative therapies such as equine, art and music therapy, envelop the boys in all manner of expressive and therapeutic outlets to replace former problematic habits or unhealthy psychological defaults.

Substance abuse

Our Delta, Utah addiction center helps young men after detox to recover from addictions to substances including, but not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Bath Salts
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Ketamine
  • PCP
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids
  • Oxycontin
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Salvia
  • Spice/K2
  • Steroids
  • Valium
  • Vicodin
  • Xanax

Working hard to combat drug abuse in Utah, we provide a safe place away from relapse triggers to help students achieve a lasting recovery from addiction.

Dual diagnosis

A diagnosis of both a mental health issue and an addiction is called dual diagnosis. Sometimes young men and their parents don’t realize deeper issues such as childhood trauma, inherited genetic predisposition or a developing mental disorder are behind an addiction. On the other hand, teens often attempt to self-medicate to cope with mental illness and thus develop an addiction.

Mental distresses and addiction, if not addressed, will continue to promote negative patterns of behavior and substance abuse for the rest of that child’s life. Setting itself aside from other Utah rehab centers, White River Academy thoroughly assesses patients before treatment begins in order to identify all manifested conditions.

Our staff addresses all issues simultaneously to provide holistic treatment. By doing so, we set the young men up for success and a clean, recovered life or purpose. But we don’t just stop there. White River Academy combines evidence-based, experiential and alternative treatment modalities in our rehabilitation programs for substance abuse and dual diagnosis.

Other issues

We treat process addictions such as gaming, smartphone, internet and pornography, which can distract young men from personal improvement. We also offer practical tools for our patients who have experienced:

  • Relational problems with family
  • Peer conflict
  • Entitlement orientations
  • Attachment disorders
  • Poor socialization skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Childhood sexual trauma or abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger issues
  • Impulsiveness
  • Apathy


While attending White River Academy, students receive:

  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Coaching
  • Academic instruction
  • Life skills/vocational planning
  • Psychological testing and brain training
  • Alternative therapies: equine, art, music, gym exercise
  • Experiential therapies: service project innovation and coordination, outdoor excursions

But we realize that treatment from staff is only one piece of the puzzle. Family is an important part of our students’ lives, so we offer seasonal family weekends with family therapy and therapeutic home visits, where students can connect with their family using the new skills they’ve learned.

Treatment Team

The treatment team for each student will usually include the following:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Primary therapist
  • Case manager
  • Family therapist
  • Clinical concierge

Admissions Process

  • Preadmissions assessment: Patients are asked to provide ample information about the background, symptoms and behavior so the clinical team can customize treatment
  • An admit date is set for the young man to start treatment
  • The new patient is welcomed by White River Academy’s reassuring intake coordinators who review what’s ahead, along with policies and procedures

Why Choose White River Academy?

White River Academy of Delta, Utah, is a licensed and accredited residential treatment lifesaver for many families. In 2016, we are recognized with a Best of Delta Award in the Schools category for significant impact in the community.

White River Academy stands out above other young male rehabilitation centers for our:

  • Commitment and full practice of Positive Peer Culture
  • Student-directed, community-centered leadership projects
  • Familial staff
  • Dual diagnosis treatment

Our family of therapists, clinicians, residential attendants, and support staff work together to edify the family unit and open the eyes of our students to self-identify underlying causes driving destructive behavior, equipping them with practical and cognitive tools to reframe their lives.

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