Balance House: The|Outside with Colin Smith
Colin entered the field of addiction treatment in early 2010 working for a young adult male wilderness therapy program; this is where his passions for being in the wild places of the Western United States and working with newly sober men came together. He spent most of the last decade working with young men at a number of different treatment and recovery programs before he landed at Legacy Outdoor Adventure, located in Southern Utah as Assistant Field Director. After leaving Legacy, he was in charge of recreation therapy at a young adult program in Salt Lake City before joining the team at EVN|SQ to build, manage, and lead the adventuring element for Balance House.
From the inception of The|Outside program at Balance House, Colin has worked diligently to push clients to their limits, both physically and mentally, while empowering them to feel comfortable and confident in the backcountry. Colin teaches young men primitive skills such as fire building, utensil carving, a deeper understanding of plant and animal life in surrounding areas and most importantly, he teaches young men the ethics of Leaving No Trace in the wilderness.
Colin’s intentional use of ritual and ceremony both begins and ends each adventuring trip with purpose, meaning, and reflection. He gives young men the opportunity to build deeper meaning from the experiences that he facilitates in the backcountry while helping them confidently navigate a reconnection back to the authentic and unique self. The|Outside Program is a container used to help build trust, comradeship, self-esteem, and a brotherhood between young men as they face and overcome challenges together in the wildneress.
About Balance House
Balance House is a year-long continuum of care for young men ages 18-35 years old. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Balance House offers four, distinct levels of care from residential treatment to independent, sober living. Residents of the program are offered a chance to explore the outdoors, and beauty that Utah has to offer, as well as to participate in group and evidenced-based treatment modalities. Our treatment program is different by design. We offer a space in which young men can help make decisions about their treatment plans and goals as well as feel supported as they begin to realize what is important to them outside of the treatment setting.