Frequently Asked Questions
How long is your program?
There is no set length of time for a student to be with us, because Red Mountain is a highly individualized program. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and all of them have their own individual needs and goals, so we do not set a “standard” length of stay. We want this to be the last program a student attends, and as such, the time spent here can be somewhat longer than some places.
We are not a “band-aid” to be applied for a few months so that our students can go out and fall back into the same behaviors. Because we are teaching people how to apply a new way of life through mindfulness, therapy, learning life skills, and realizing one’s life vision, our usual length of stay is eight to ten months, although sometimes students choose to stay longer.
Keep in mind that within the first few weeks, most of our students are exploring school and job opportunities and spending time independently. And by the end of the program, most of our students are living independently, with jobs, transportation, and “significant others”—so the final months of the program look a lot like “real life” and don’t feel like treatment. Independent living for young adults is our overall goal. We focus a lot of energy on Red Mountain feeling more like real life than a program, and we’re not going to keep you in treatment longer than you need to be here.
Do I have to meditate?
Yes. Mindfulness is one of the core principles of our program, and meditation is a practice that reinforces mindfulness. For that reason, we have a group meditation every day during the week. But if you’ve never meditated before, don’t worry! We will teach you how to meditate, ease you into a daily practice, and provide lots of support and instruction along the way. Before you know it, you will not only be meditating but you’ll also enjoy it!
Will you try to make me Buddhist or change how I feel spiritually?
No! We encourage students to attend church, temple, or any religious services that suit them. Many of our students attend such services each week. Maureen and Josh are both sanctioned teachers in Buddhist meditation traditions. For that reason, we strongly believe that mindfulness—which derives from the Buddhist tradition—can benefit anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs or background.
Josh and Maureen were both religious studies majors as undergraduates, and they believe in the sanctity of different religious and spiritual paths. We respect the beliefs of all our students and do NOT try to influence their spiritual journeys. What’s important to us is that you develop the ability to go deeply within yourself, hearing and trusting your inner voice, and gaining deeper spiritual insight as you grow along your life path.
Do I have to practice the 12 steps?
The 12 steps can be an important component of a student’s program, especially for those individuals with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. That being said, not every person who comes to Red Mountain is in recovery, so some students do not attend recovery meetings or work the 12 Steps at all.
Our program is highly individualized and is customizable to your unique needs. If you are in recovery or would like to address a substance use problem, our team will make clinical recommendations to help you achieve your goals.
Many of our students find that the 12 steps are helpful in learning to let go of their ego, practicing service, and finding freedom from compulsive behavior. If you are already familiar with the 12 steps, you may enjoy deepening your understanding of them here. If not, we will help you to explore this powerful healing modality if you so desire. If you do not connect with the 12 steps, our team can connect you with other recovery resources.
Do I have to go to meetings?
No. We offer access to a 12-step meetings covering a wide range of topics, including codependency, substance abuse, food issues, and healthy relationships. If you struggle with any of these problems, we will help you find meetings that work for you and help you address those issues.
If you do not have these concerns, or if you are not connecting with the 12 steps, you will not have to continue learning about them. We have students with sponsors who attend meetings daily, but we also have students who do not practice the 12 steps at all. We want you to focus on what works for you, and we will help you to do so.
Will I be able to have money?
Yes, after the first 2-3 weeks.
We provide for all your needs, including lodging, healthy food, entertainment, adventures, and transportation. You will not need money for anything, and in the beginning of the program, we want you to focus on yourself and not be tempted to spend money on unhealthy choices.
However, we feel that having “pocket money” is an important part of freedom and financial management is an important life skill.
So, after the first 2-3 weeks, you will be able to handle money, and opening a checking account and learning financial management will eventually be a key part of your program.
What about a computer?
After the first 2-3 weeks, yes.
From day one, we provide computer access to our students at our offices. We have workstations set up specifically for student use, so you don’t have to wait for a staff member to be available to use a computer. We do ask that computer time be limited and that you use the computer to communicate with family, search for employment, complete schoolwork, or do healthy recreational activities such as reading news and sports scores.
After you’ve been here for 2-3 weeks and settled in, you will be allowed to have a laptop at your apartment.
How about a cell phone?
Not at first. We want you to get adjusted to being here and focused on what you need to do to heal. For that reason, we do not allow cell phones in the first 2-3 weeks.
During this time, you may use our phones to talk with family as you desire. After that, you will be able to have your phone.
So I can pursue my education at Red Mountain?
Yes! We encourage you to take classes at one of several local colleges, and / or online if you prefer.
Many of our students come in needing support with school. Two of our staff members hold Master’s Degrees in Education and each worked for over a decade in private school settings as teachers and administrators before joining the Red Mountain team.
Several other key staff also have experience as educators in private schools, colleges and universities.
Our students receive expert help from these staff in the following areas:
• College applications
• Managing college coursework
• One-on-one tutoring
• Time management
• Understanding syllabus and planning assignments
• SAT prep
• ACT prep
• GED prep
• High school completion
We provide our students with rides to class, computer access, and all the tools and support they need to excel in traditional and/or online classrooms. Our students and graduates have enjoyed or currently enjoy successful studies at the following institutions:
• Prescott College
• Northern Arizona University
• Brigham Young University
• University of Idaho
• University of Arizona
• Yavapai College
• Coconino Community College
• Rider College
• Naropa University
• Belmont College
• Boston University
• Sarah Lawrence
• Smith College
Our students are often surprised at what they can accomplish in school with adequate support and motivation. We do whatever it takes to help you succeed in school and move to the next level in your education.
Can I eat whatever I want?
Yes and no. We help our students learn how to eat a healthy diet. You and your roommates will prepare your own meals and enjoy them together. We will teach you how to plan a menu, create a food budget, and cook healthy meals.
We do not provide “junk food” (although you may buy it with your earned monies if you wish). We have a wellness coach on staff who will help you learn how to feed your body and brain for optimal performance and happiness, but what you eat each day is ultimately up to you.
May I smoke?
At this time we do not allow tobacco at Red Mountain, though we do allow nicotine use in limited quantities and in designated areas.
We do not condone smoking as a healthy lifestyle choice, but we recognize that many of our students choose to use nicotine as a “harm reduction” tool.
While we do not allow cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco, we do allow the use of “vapes,” nicotine patches, and nicotine gum.
Can I go to the gym?
Yes! A 24/7 gym is located within a few minutes’ walk of all our housing, and most of our students attend daily. A gym membership is included in your monthly tuition.
What about dating?
We ask that you focus on yourself for the first couple months you’re here. That said, this is a transitional program, and many of our students do go on dates and even get into serious relationships in the later stages of the program.
How do I know if Red Mountain is right for me?
This is the key question!
If you struggle with depression, anxiety, past trauma, compulsive behavior, or other issues you’re ready to leave behind, we’re the place for you.
If you’re ready to learn how your mind works and learn how to work with it more skillfully, we’re the place for you.
If you’re serious about launching your life, and want support to get a job, go to school, and / or find your life path, we’re the place for you.
We have been told many times that we’re the most clinically sophisticated, caring, nurturing transitional program for young adults in existence.
We have an immaculate track record of helping our students overcome the issues holding them back, and placing them with jobs and schooling situations they love, and thrive in.
We are seasoned professionals making up a team with shared values. We work alongside one another and each of our students to help them meet their full potential in a beautiful, safe environment in which each student is respected and given both the freedom and support they need to launch into a productive, happy, healthy, independent life.
We have the experience, heart and dedication to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
If this is what you’re seeking, we’re the place for you!
Can I Work ?
Yes, definitely! We encourage our students to work and/or go to school. In the first few weeks, we want you to do the daily schedule as written, but in the Transition Phase (three to four weeks into the program), we encourage students to attend the local college, and/or obtain a job in the community. Some of our students work, others go to school, and others work while also going to school. We can also help with securing internships.
Red Mountain students often have little or no sustained success in the job market. Some have had brief forays into careers that were cut short because emotional issues or negative behavior hampered their performance. Our experienced staff members specialize in helping our students build confidence through success in the workplace.
Behavioral issues, poor attitude, time management issues, ADHD, trauma, depression, social anxiety, and substance abuse are all issues which can interfere with young adults successfully entering the workforce. At Red Mountain Sedona (RMS), we help our students overcome these obstacles and enjoy vocational success.
Each student is assigned an experienced case manager, who helps them navigate the logistical and emotional pitfalls that might otherwise make securing and keeping gainful employment impossible.
The case managers and clinical team offer assistance in the following areas:
Job interview skills.
Following through after an interview.
Time management to ensure timely arrival for work each day.
Balancing work and play.
Handling workplace conflict.
In short, we help our students succeed at work. They learn how to get a job, keep it, and enjoy doing it!
Our current students and graduates have experienced employment, volunteer roles, and/or internship opportunities with the following institutions:
All Fur Love Pet Spa of Sedona
Firecreek Coffee Roasters
Flash Audio / Visual Production
Free to be Me Daycare
Graffiti Gold 50’s and 60’s Rock Revue
Green Magic Landscaping
How Sweet It Is
John of All Trades Handyman and Construction
Legacy Life Transitions
Native Jewelry Sedona
Oak Creek Country Club
Oak Creek Espresso
Picture Perfect Auto Detailing
Pink Jeep Tours
Rene at Tlaquepaque
Secret Garden Café
Sedona Cake Couture
Sedona Fire District
Sedona Hilton Inn and Spa
Sedona Humane Society
Sedona Trolley Tours
Sedona Winds Retirement Community
State of Arizona Department of Game & Fish
Taste of Marrakesh
The Grind Coffee and Eatery
United States Forest Service
Verde Valley Food Bank
Weber’s IGA Grocery Store
Wheels on the Bus Pediatric Therapy
The fact that many of us have lived in the Sedona area for a decade or longer also means we are deeply connected in the business community. Sedona typically experiences a “labor shortage,” meaning the community has more available jobs than workers to fill them. This phenomenon, along with our expertise in job placement, makes Red Mountain an ideal place for young people to start experiencing real success at work. Knowing what it takes to succeed at work can only be fully appreciated by doing a real job. We are fortunate at RMS to have a network of local organizations that are ready and willing to assist our students in gaining this priceless experience. Along with our expert clinical team who can often nip potential work problems in the bud, this network makes for a potent recipe for work success.