Substance Use Disorders

Treatment Information


A screening and/or assessment is required prior to receiving treatment services. All local treatment providers conduct their own screenings and assessments. In medical settings, Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an effective public health approach.

Treatment Overview

Utah has a continuum of substance use disorder services including prevention, treatment and recovery support.


The cost of treatment services are based on a “sliding fee scale,” according to your your income level. The fees associated with training, education and certification are different than those for treatment services.

Best Practices

Effective substance use disorder treatment consists of the following elements:

  • Person-centered (individualized treatment)
  • The use of evidence based practices that meet the client’s needs
  • Gender specific, trauma-informed services
  • Safety of the individual
  • Trustworthiness of the provider
  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Ongoing clinical supervision
  • Medication assisted recovery

Utah Drug Courts

Drug courts offer substance use dependent participants intensive court-supervised drug treatment as an alternative to jail or prison. This is accomplished through the coordinated effort of the judiciary, prosecution, legal defense, probation, law enforcement, social services, and the treatment community. Intensive services are provided to individuals identified at high risk for recidivism and in high need of substance abuse treatment services. Successful completion of drug court can result in dropped charges, vacated or reduced sentences, or rescinded probation in the case of felony drug courts, and familial reunification in the case of family drug courts.

Find a Utah Drug Court

Click here to view a list of Drug Courts in the State of Utah.