Frequently Asked Questions
How long is your program?
There is no set length of time for a client 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 client 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 six to nine 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. 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?
No. For many of our students, who are here for trauma, anxiety, and other issues, the 12 steps are not resonant. For those with substance use and other compulsive behavior, they can be quite useful.
If you do not connect with the 12 steps, you will not need to pursue them. Many of our students find that the 12 steps are helpful in learning to let go of your 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 and if clinically indicated. If it works for you, you can pursue it further, and if not, we will not force you to do so.
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 client 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.
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.
Our current students and graduates have enjoyed employment, as well as volunteer and/or internship opportunities with the following local institutions:
• Sedona Trolley Tours
• United States Forest Service
• Sedona Fire District
• Free to be Me Daycare
• Schoolhouse Restaurant
• Marketplace Café
• Landscape Magic
• The Grind Coffee and Eatery
• Vortex Smoothies
• Legacy Life Transitions
• Sedona Winds Retirement Community
• Flash Audio / Visual Production
• Green Magic Landscaping
• Oak Creek Espresso
• Picture Perfect Auto Detailing
• John of All Trades Handyman and Construction Services
• Sedona Humane Society
• Verde Valley Food Bank
• Weber’s IGA Grocery Store
• Kaypa Construction
• Secret Garden Café
• Tuesday Morning
• Oak Creek Country Club
• Graffiti Gold 50’s and 60’s Rock Revue
• Wheels on the Bus Pediatric Therapy
• Whole Foods
• Firecreek Coffee Roasters
• State of Arizona Department of Game & Fish
• Sedona Hilton Inn and Spa
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
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 nutritional 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 client 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Red Mountain Sedona is a premier young adult transition program, built on the shoulders of some of the most experienced and well-respected individuals in the field of young adult treatment. Most of our core staff has worked together for years, in some cases for decades, and collectively our team possesses over 150 years of professional clinical experience.