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Program Model
A unique blend of therapy and active self-efficacy 


Licensed residential treatment

Industry experts and research assert that the program type that is most likely to help individuals maintain long-term recovery is residential treatment.  As a Licensed Residential Treatment Center Legacy offers 24-hour structured and intensive care, including safe housing and medical attention. The entire Legacy community, including treatment staff, those in recovery and alumni act as key agents of change, influencing the client’s attitudes, understanding, and behaviors associated with drug use and co-occurring diagnosis. The treatment center is a spacious facility located in a quiet, secluded valley surrounded by nature.  Clients spend the off-trail nights each week in a lodge, with each team having its own space, and walk a short distance to the treatment center for the full day of programming.

A recent study from the Patient Pathways National Project demonstrated that, of the various types of treatment programs, residential care was one of the most likely to result in higher rates of continued recovery from addiction.   However, not all residential programs are the same, and a person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction often does not know what the ideal residential treatment program looks like, as an industry leader in both research and evidenced based practices legacy can connect families with industry researchers and professionals to help answer these questions.

Residential treatment in particular is often more helpful because it requires that the person stay in treatment for the amount of time necessary to affect change.  An essential element of drug addiction treatment is staying in treatment long enough to complete the program, because this enables people to emerge with the highest level of confidence in their newly learned skills and tools for remaining in recovery. Because of this, each of the components of the Legacy treatment program is designed to help clients not simply get through the treatment process but to leave treatment with a comprehensive life success plan designed to help them maintain and pursue the life they have envisioned for themselves.

Treatment Center

What does residential treatment at Legacy offer?

·         Individual therapy

·         Medication management

·         Family Therapy

·         Addiction education

·         Skills-building

·         Follow-up care

·         Referrals to support groups

·         Life planning

Group sessions are divided between the general themes of recovery, self-awareness, and honorable manhood.   Specific topics covered on a rotating bases under recovery are recovery as a way of being, addiction and the brain, warning signs, triggers and trigger busters, high-risk situational mapping, finding a purpose, the keys to lasting recovery, developing a support group, relapse prevention planning and 12-Step principles.  Topics under self-awareness include awareness of how the brain works and specific DBT skills such as mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.  Topics under honorable manhood include envisioning the man I want to be, developing a life-success plan, being a hero versus a victim, personal responsibility, etc.  We do a 12-Step meeting each week, and a Step 10 check-in most evenings.

Deliberate Journey to Manhood

Legacy specializes in guiding young men through the often difficult transition to Manhood.  Each young man goes through a structured process to identify the kind of man he wants to be and is then given the tools to become that man. Each young man learns that there are parts of the child within him that he must let go of and new responsibilities he must embrace to become a man.  During his wilderness adventure, he has the opportunity to take on many of the responsibilities of manhood in a small structured community.  The result is a clearer vision of manhood and the self-confidence, tool and motivation to make the transition to responsible adulthood and strive toward personal excellence. 

Life Success Plan 

True success doesn’t happen by accident; it is the culmination of a well thought out and executed plan

While at Legacy Outdoor Adventures, each client creates a thorough and comprehensive Life Success Plan (LSP). With the support of the treatment team and family, each young man creates a written plan to be used as a road map for his personal journey to manhood. Each young man’s LSP starts with the creation of a vision statement for the man he wants to be. Throughout the program he continues to add to the LSP as he learns new skills and gains new insights.  By the completion of the program each young man has not only created a plan for success for his future but also gained ownership and confidence in it by living it daily throughout his stay. Upon graduation, the LSP serves as a guide for the next step in life and a positive course for the future.


All of the owners of Legacy Outdoor Adventures are involved in its daily operation.  All management decisions are made by the people who work at the program. We are guided by our commitment to providing the best care to our clients and supporting the personal growth and job satisfaction of the members of our team.  Legacy attracts employees who embrace our vision. Our mission is to provide the most effective wilderness therapy by creating the most engaged team of professionals in the field. Our culture is characterized by the core values of integrity, excellence, personal growth, Wilderness, and “Heart at Peace.”  Legacy’s small size allows a high degree of responsiveness to client and family needs as well as personal oversight of quality of care and safety.

Effective wilderness strategies with adventure therapy to engage clients

As a team we have been intimately involved with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) and their research.  We use that data to inform our practices. This data illuminates a few key areas to focus on. For example, client relationship with staff, field guides, and their peers is very important.  Because these relationships are so influential, we are very deliberate about our field guide mentorship and therapy relationships.  The research talks about a “soft fascination” that occurs in wilderness programs, which is the slowing down of thinking allowing for insight to occur.  Completion of tasks and accomplishments builds resiliency and self-efficacy in clients.  Adventure also enhances self-efficacy as well as leadership abilities.  Studies also show there is an “un-definable” aspect of wilderness that has a positive effect on the development of the core self, differentiation of the individual, and development of a healthy self-image. 

The Power of Mentoring

Research shows that relationships are one of the most powerful agents of change. At Legacy, we believe in the power of mentoring. For young men to gain a desire to make the transition to adulthood they must see the benefits of that decision. At Legacy, each client works closely with responsible wilderness guides who have not only made the successful transition themselves, but also have the training and experience to help mentor others through their transition to manhood.  

This is a sample schedule, please allow for flexibility as we are committed to meet clients where they are, not where we want them to be:

A sample weekly schedule: Click here


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Alumni Program
Legacy's Alumni program is set up to honor the work our clients do after their time with us, help with follow through on aftercare goals, and creating multi-generational connections of Legacy clients to provide engagement in their local recovery community. Bringing ceremonies of the field experience into their respective city locations, we work to continue transferring lessons from the field into their current life in recovery. Meeting for meals and adventure. events are planned within two months of meeting, and based on weather and location of Legacy's nationwide Outreach Team.

If you wish to become involved in an Alumni event, contact our Outreach Coordinator at

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Legacy holistic treatment approach is designed to treat the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the physical or reported symptoms. Legacy’s comprehensive programing incorporates cognitive, affective (social & emotional), and physical and psychomotor learning.  We utilize adventure therapy to engage clients with all their senses.  Legacy staffing is highly trained to work with the individual to accommodate a variety of learning styles 

Treat the Whole Person
Early in 2014 the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) updated the principles of substance use disorder treatment.  The overwhelming evidence shows that the “best approach to treatment includes supporting the … [client’s] … larger life needs, such as those related to medical, psychological, and social well-being, as well as housing, school, transportation, and legal services. Failing to address such needs simultaneously could sabotage the … [client’s] … treatment success.  Additionally they promote that treatment should be “tailored to the unique needs of the” client.  The research findings also advocate that the family and community are important aspects of treatment.  Evidence based interventions for “drug abuse seeks to strengthen family relationships by improving communication and improving family members’ ability to support abstinence from drugs. In addition, members of the community (such as school counselors, parents, peers, and mentors) can encourage young people who need help to get into treatment—and support them along the way.” 

Legacy uses these principles to treat the entire person and not just one aspect such as a diagnosis or identified patient within the family system.  We invite the client to be a member of treatment team to set goals and use therapies that help work with the many issues that surround them; such as anxiety, trauma, depression and other issues that so commonly co-occur with substance use.   

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Self-Efficacy and Positive Psychology
Self-efficacy is commonly defined as one’s belief in their ability to succeed in a specific situation or to accomplish a task.  That sense of self can play a major role in how you approach a goal, tasks, or challenge.  A major goal of adventure therapy is to build self-efficacy.  At Legacy we also draw on the research on resiliency.  Aspects of resiliency are Mastery, Relationship ability, and Reactivity to distress.  Subscales of these three main categories are optimism, self-efficacy, adaptability, trust, support, comfort, tolerance, sensitivity, recovery, and impairment.  The way that Legacy uses roles to help plan and debrief the experiential aspects and challenges allows for growth in each of these areas. 

At Legacy we will invite clients to accept a role in facilitating safe, fun and meaningful adventures.  Each adventure role has clearly communicated responsibilities essential to the successful of each adventure.  Adventure facilitators (guides) focus on building strong relationships that then can be used to help clients take ownership in their adventure and overall experience.   At legacy we put theory into practice as the clients themselves learn how to effectively facilitate an adventure where engagement is high and success is immanent.   Legacy Outdoor Adventures is great place to learn effective ways to plan, execute, and debrief meaningful adventure activities and experience and research tells us that these lessons transfer back to the clients life in increased school, work and relationship performance.

Positive psychology came about when Dr. Martin Seligman chose it as the theme for his term as president of the American Psychological Association.  Since then Dr Seligman has been conducting research on the outcomes of focusing on strengths, grit: passion and perseverance.  Legacy makes a daily practice of gratitude for clients, helping them find authentic humility, positive health, and positive charter development.  When clients access their positive psychology they are lead to more meaningful and fulfilling lives that can enhance their experiences of love, work and play.

Exercise & Nutrition
The role of exercise, nature, and nutrition in treating mental health problems is becoming common place.  For example sources like Webmd, Lara Honos-Webb’s books on ADHD, and Richard’s Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, all document how engaging in physical activity and eating well all contribute to overall wellbeing.  Legacy works to capitalize on these affects by helping clients learn how to play again by being physical.  Engaging with adventure and wilderness take front seat with activities such as rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking to mountain peaks, fly fishing, and others.  Diet also plays a role.  We teach clients how to eat balanced.  How to pick healthy foods and how those foods contribute to how they feel.  We also teach the importance of eating on a schedule, pick portions, and be mindful about their food for the entire week. 

Mindfulness / Meditation
Legacy has created space multiple times each day to stop and be mindful.  First thing in the morning and again at night we stop and make mindfulness a practice.  Legacy integrates yoga, and other accountability practices to help start and end the day.  Throughout the day clients and staff stop to take a moment of awareness to allow insight into the effects of the distress and pleasure of the moment.  We start most of our actives with a moment of awareness. 


Legacy works with a team of medical professions.  Our medical team is led by Dr Jeffery Chappell, MD.  Dr. Chappell specializes in the full range of rural medicine for over 20 years.  He practices family medicine in Bicknell, Utah where he is the medical director of the Wayne Community Health Center. He is also on staff at Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield, Utah where he works part time as an emergency room physician. In addition to his work at the clinic in Bicknell he also serves the community as medical director of the Wayne County Ambulance.  Legacy also has a full time nurse who works with clients weekly and helps coordinate serves with Dr. Chappell and other specialized in the medical field as needed. 

Psychological testing
At this point in treatment it is helpful to get the most accurate picture of what is going on for a client as possible to aid in treatment planning.  Testing can help us identify multiple aspects of problems thus helping us treat the whole person as recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  


Gear plays a role in fun, meaningful, and safe adventures.  At Legacy we use the most advance gear in the field of adventure therapy.  We are very mindful from the base layers on out to the gear used in our adventures.  You can trust the gear and equipment to keep you safe so you can focus on finding meaning and having fun. 

Personal Gear

Having the proper gear is essential to a safe, fun and meaningful adventure; at Legacy Outdoor Adventures we outfit each client with top of the line new clothes: pants, shorts, rain gear, hiking shoes & socks, smart wick thermals, sun hat, gloves, and backpacks.  Individual clients receive outdoor gear and clothing that will keep them warm, dry and comfortable for their time in the wilderness and at the residential treatment center.  We issue the newest clothes, back packs, sleeping bags and rain-gear to clients so they may be protected from whatever nature throws at them.  Mentors role model and teach proper care of personal gear to clients throughout their time at Legacy Outdoor Adventures.

Technical Gear

At Legacy Outdoor Adventures we use UIAA certified technical gear: ropes, harnesses, carabiners, helmets and webbing on all our rock-climbing and canyoneering trips. The UIAA Safety Commission develops and maintains safety standards for climbing equipment. These standards are implemented worldwide by the manufacturers who also participate in annual Safety Commission meetings. The Commission works with nearly 60 manufacturers worldwide and has 1,861 products certified.