Devon Nanton Revitalizes Legacy’s Summit House Program
Legacy Outdoor Adventures is pleased to announce that long-time Legacy therapist Devon Nanton, SUDC, has taken over the role of Director of Summit House. Effective the first of the year, Devon began to oversee Legacy’s built-in transition program. He will still carry a caseload, however much of his energy will go into the clients and staff at Summit House.
Summit House Transitions is an intermediate level of care that helps clients transition from the primary treatment level of care at Legacy Treatment Center to their aftercare placement. Clients spend the last few weeks of their 90-day stay at Legacy in Summit House. Over the years, the Legacy clinical team has designed a multiple-week program where clients focus on taking ownership and responsibility for their own wellness and recovery and put new skills into action.
Devon plans to build upon the existing Summit House program. The curriculum centers around each client creating a well-planned and practical daily routine and weekly schedule, as well as a detailed relapse prevention plan. Clients become aware of their warning signs of relapse, or reoccurrence of behaviors, and participate in mapping out high-risk situations, and learn strategies to navigate those situations. While continuing their individual and family therapy, clients will start to incorporate “front country” adventures into their weekly schedule. These activities are a more accurate mirror for what life will look like after Legacy. For example, they might go climbing at an indoor rock gym, skiing at a resort, or even attend a sporting event.
Nanton explains: “Let’s say that our Summit House clients attend a Utah Jazz game with staff. Ultimately, that will end up being a triggering experience for folks who have been in the wilderness for 60-plus days. They will have the opportunity to lean on one another for support, as well as the process in real-time how to handle this situation without relapse — and maybe even have some fun!”
Some new aspects of the Summit House Program that Devon has added into the curriculum are focused on service. Clients in Summit House will now do community service weekly in the greater community. Additionally, every client group will be asked to plan and execute a short “mastery project”, or a project that will give back to the Legacy Treatment Center community or grounds. The most recent group at Summit House rebuilt a bridge on campus.
The leadership team at Legacy Treatment Center is confident that Devon will be a fantastic fit for this new role and responsibility.
About Legacy Outdoor Adventures
Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women and brother program Legacy Outdoor Adventures are located in Loa, UT, and made up of two, gender-specific programs. Legacy Outdoor Adventures for Men is an adventure therapy program for young men ages 18 and up. Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women is the premier wilderness recovery program for young adult women 18 and up. Both Legacy programs are licensed as Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Programs. Additionally, Legacy programs are licensed by the state of Utah as Residential Treatment Centers. They are Joint Commission Accredited and treat addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and dual diagnosis clients.