Our Program

We provide individualized care for each client and follow treatment with lifetime aftercare to combat the disease of addiction. Our facility is a dual diagnosis center. This means that we recognize and treat addiction as a disease. Additionally we treat underlying mental health issues that may have contributed to the development of an addiction. We utilize many different forms of therapy to develop a unique program for each individual.

STEP 1 – Lake House

Many programs are structured to help clients simply graduate from the program. Ascend Recovery is different. Our program is formulated to help our clients achieve the initial goal of reaching a full year clean and sober, and then supporting them in recovery for life. We know our clients and their families want to be done with the pain of addiction. This step is the beginning of that healing process.

Our program starts at our residential level of care that we call Step 1 – Lake House. Clients at Lake House will be immersed in a clinically rigorous program. Clients at this step participate in relational based individual and group therapy with therapists unparalleled in their expertise. They are also seen weekly by our board certified psychiatrist. This therapeutic first step focuses on addressing the underlying mental health and trauma issues related to a client’s addiction.

While at Lake House, our clients will also participate in many experiential therapies designed to deepen their therapeutic work such as a high ropes course, equine therapy and art therapy.

Step 1 also starts to teach the importance of diet and exercise in the therapeutic process, as well as the importance of recovery support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

In Step 1, compassion guides the healing process. The work done at Lake House truly sets our clients up for success with their ongoing recovery and the lives they have imagined for themselves.



  • Greatest level of structure

  • Relational based individual therapy and case management three times per week

  • Weekly psychiatry

  • Intensive experiential therapy including equine, ropes and art

  • Recreation

  • Group therapy

  • 12-Step integration

  • This level of care sets the foundation



Years of experience have shown us that, following residential treatment, young adults can have a very difficult time learning the skills necessary to reintegrate into society with a lifestyle that is sober and independent.

Step 2 – Montgomery was designed by our founder, Ryan Salter, with a focus on providing transitional care so that the skills formulated in residential treatment stay intact when clients leave the highly structured environment at Lake House.

During Step 2, clients develop their executive function capacity and apply these skills to processes such as the managing of money, learning to find and keep a job, developing a sober peer network, structuring their time productively and having sober fun. It is this step that helps clients, in a planned and structured way, increase momentum down the road to success in recovery.



In completing steps 1 and 2 clients have both built a foundation and taken some significant action steps in their recovery. Step 3 – Riley House allows clients to maintain what they have built on their own.

Clients begin working and interacting with their sober peer group in a way that is more individual. They participate in school and long-term career plans that help them see their potential and possibilities in their new life in sobriety.

At the conclusion of their stay at Riley House, they have completely built their sober life. They have maintained sobriety for five months or longer, engaged with school and work, a sober community, and a life that they can be proud of living again.


Dual-Diagnosis Group and Family Therapy

Psycho-dynamic focused group therapy is extremely effective in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders. Led by highly experienced dual diagnosis clinicians, our clients spend between 4-6 hours in group therapy each day. Ascend therapists utilize many approaches to assist clients in developing the skills necessary to live a healthier, more satisfying life in recovery.

Dual-Diagnosis Individual Therapy

Ascend Recovery is built on a relational therapy model, with the goal of developing a strong therapeutic alliance between therapist and client. Our clients meet one-on-one with their primary therapist a minimum of twice weekly. Our therapists are highly trained in many treatment modalities and work with our clients to increase awareness and skills for coping.

Wellness Therapies

Our wellness therapies help clients:

  • Eliminate Cravings
  • Stabilize Mood
  • Restore Energy
  • Sleep Well

Drug and alcohol use prevents the normal conversion of amino acids to neurotransmitters and thus affects brain chemistry which can cause anxiety, depression, short attention span, hostile and aggressive behavior, poor memory, and drug and alcohol cravings. Amino acid supplementation helps to heal and repair and can help stabilize mood and curb cravings.

Our nutrition program works in much the same way. We serve nourishing foods that replenish the fuel your body has been deprived of without sacrificing great flavor and the innate comfort that food provides.

Daily exercise is a critical component of our recovery program as it fortifies the body and helps clear the mind. Many of our clients find a new love for physical fitness and the tension release that daily exercise provides.

Combined, our wellness therapies help restore balance and speed physical and emotional healing.

Trauma Informed Therapy

We recognize that trauma and loss is a near universal experience for our clients. Such experiences can have a broad and lasting impact on a client’s ability to heal. Ascend offers a safe and inviting, multi-sensory environment to heal unresolved trauma.

Our treatment modalities include: single gender group therapy sessions, expressive arts programming, psychodrama, DBT informed clinicians and treatment, somatic experiencing, and more.

Psychiatric & Medical Interventions

Ascend recovery provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and weekly psychiatric visits to our clients. We know that to provide the highest quality dual diagnosis treatment we must provide truly sophisticated Psychiatry.  Our psychiatrists are board certified and specialize in addiction medicine.

Experiential Therapy

Our intensive Experiential Therapy program provides clients the opportunity to move beyond what they are learning in ‘talk’ therapies and begin to put into use newly developed therapy skills, coping strategies, and… ( fill in the blank). Experiential therapy is offered on a daily basis.

Some experiential therapy approaches we utilize are equine therapy (minimum twice weekly), expressive arts program, music therapy, pottery, and a challenge courses including high ropes events. There is no greater way for a client to integrate, or ‘rehearse solutions’ for healthy living. We pride ourselves in the ability to offer a truly amazing experiential therapy program to our clients.


it's about never giving up

Continuing Care

The continuing care program at Ascend Recover is the true mark of world-class care. Following the completion of their residential stay, clients are placed into this program and continue to further build their life of rewarding independence. All of these services come with no additional charge to Ascend clients who have completed their recommended treatment program.


Alumni Program

Our commitment to our clients does not stop when they leave our program. We are not simply interested in having our clients graduate a residential program, but instead are committed to helping them maintain the supportive relationships they have built in treatment through our alumni program.

Our alumni program has three main goals:


Help clients feel that their life is significant



Help clients realize they are safer and happier with a committed group of friends



Help clients believe that life can be fulfilling and fun


To accomplish these goals our alumni program includes:

  • Weekly calls for one month, monthly calls for one year

  • Weekly Ascend therapeutic support groups AND aftercare

  • Monthly recreation activities

  • Ascend recreation league athletic teams

  • Men's and Women's Retreats

  • Annual Reunion


Outside of some small nominal costs for individual activities and recreation leagues, this ongoing program is free to Ascend Alumni. Staying connected and involved with our Alumni reflects our commitment that our mission to each individual goes far beyond just the treatment experience.



The Ascend Difference, simply defined, is that it’s a treatment program driven by values and a true passion for recovery. This starts with the vision of Ascend’s founder, Ryan Salter. Ascend is owned and operated by clinicians who work directly with clients to deliver this value-based expertise in a way not seen at larger corporate programs. When your loved one comes to Ascend they will become part of a family, not just part of a program. This difference is what empowers our clients to achieve sobriety.


My daughter has a mom because of Ascend... a mom that I never thought I could be.
I feel like I have my husband back.

It’s a lot of work but it’s definitely worth it.

Lifelong Sobriety.