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Our Story

Pinnacle Recovery was founded by industry professionals with decades of combined experience in personalized addiction treatment. Located in scenic Utah, we created a peaceful refuge with a network of support for those who need to step away, focus on themselves, and truly heal from addiction.

Our outstanding team of experienced case managers and caretakers are here to understand your needs, create a treatment plan that works for you.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple - to provide those in need with the tools and refuge they need to heal properly. Inpatient rehab is at the root of real, lasting recovery. Treatment plans cannot be one-size-fits-all, or only treat addiction symptoms. Our in-depth treatment plans include a variety of therapies and treatments, guided by professionals and personalized to your needs.

We commit to understanding your story, giving you a personalized plan of combined therapies and counseling with a case manager, and helping you to fully heal your mind, body, and spirit.

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Our Philosophy

We believe that everyone deserves a full, lasting recovery. Addictions often stem from deeper, unresolved issues - we focus on healing the root of the addiction to reach that full recovery.

With our unique, personalized approach, focused on case management, dual diagnosis, and combined therapies, our inpatient rehab is the best of its kind in Utah. We are here to give you the refuge and tools you need to truly heal.

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Meet Our Staff

Lorna Burr

Executive Director

With 19 years of experience helping people who have behavioral and addiction problems, Lorna Burr now functions as Executive Director at Pinnacle Recovery Centers, located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Her other hat is marketing and public relations, through which she reaches out to the community with compassion and passion for those addicted to substances which paralyze their lives. Formerly pursuing a career in nursing, she now feels that creating an environment of hope, healing, and specialized individual treatment is where she can make the greatest difference. A graduate herself of two treatments programs, one a youth survival program in the desert, and second a yearlong residential program, she has gleaned an insight into people affected by mental health and substance disorders and an empathy for those who suffer. She is a people person with a voice and feels she can make a difference. As a wife and the mother of seven

Michael Higgins LCSW Specializes in substance abuse, inpatient therapy, crisis management, marketing and business development,As well as building client accounts and implementation of new programs and strategies.He enjoys working in the addiction and co-occurring disorder field as he is able to see substantial change and progress within the residential setting with clients. He is certified in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, Gottman couples training. He also has multiple evidence based therapy modalities that he’s able to bring and utilize in every session as well as team building and leadership roles. He is passionate about equal rights and working to help bring voices to those who have been marginalized. Michael is a father of two boys and enjoys having a good excuse to see superhero movies with them.

Dr. Baird did his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University. He received a bachelors of science in biochemistry. He then worked as a chemist for Natures Way testing herbal products for their potency and active ingredients. He did his medical training in Kansas City Missouri. After completing his internship and residency he became board certified in family medicine in 1998. He has practiced the full scope of family medicine for several years, including delivering babies, pediatrics and adolescent medicine. He has a special interest in skincare and has done additional training in laser and cosmetic procedures. He joined Pinnacle Recovery in September 2016. In addition to training he has received in addiction medicine, he brings with him a wide variety of skills and experience to treat all of the basic medical needs of pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. Dr. Baird believes complete medical care includes physical, emotiona

Adam Burr

House Manager

With 20 years of management experience Adam brings many skills to the team. His primary focus is outstanding client care. With his life experiences, he has a way of being able to use his natural ability to connect with clients and families with compassion, while remaining very professional.  Adam’s life purpose has always been to help others. He finds joy in seeing our clients find love within themselves, gain self-confidence, and have lifelong success. He has been a part of the Pinnacle team from the beginning and has no plans of leaving. He is grateful to be a part of a team who cares about the clients above anything else.

Natalie is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been treating individuals and families with addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma for the past 10 years. Integrating multiple schools of thought into her treatment approach, she is a contemporary psychodynamic practitioner. “Exploration of the past provides insight into the present and insight into the present provides for better decisions moving forward”.

Jean Gray graduated with a B.S in Psychology from Utah State University and a Master of Social Work from Edinboro University. Jean obtained MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) certification while working with the criminogenic population. In addition to the criminogenic population Jean has had the privilege to work with the addiction population, domestic violence survivors and perpetrators as well as mental health population providing counseling for individuals, couples and families, as well as group therapy. In 2016, Jean decided to join the team at Pinnacle Recovery to share the knowledge she has gained through her professional experiences in the social work field.

Joel is excited to be a member of the Pinnacle team. He loves bringing his skills from his previous life as a professional actor and adjunct professor of theatre in Chicago. This makes for an enjoyable and creative approach to the skills based classes for the clients here at Pinnacle. He uses warm up games and movement to get clients focused in the current moment that helps them retain the lessons while simultaneously making them more fun and go by more quickly. He is in recovery himself and often draws on his experience with his own struggle for sobriety to help empathize and teach the clients here. He is an example of how great recovery can be and how honesty and assertive communication can benefit our lives.

FAQS About Pinnacle Recovery

What Causes Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Addiction is the result of many factors that, when combined, distort normal physiological and psychological functioning. Drugs and alcohol alter the brain’s ability to produce neurotransmitters and send appropriate messages to the body. These neurotransmitters and other cellular communications are responsible for sending vital messages that affect the body’s pain centers, reward centers, feeling centers, and systems centers. When an individual uses substances, the body and the mind grow accustomed to the alteration caused by the drugs or alcohol. Once that happens, both the physical and emotional health of the person is corrupted and addiction sets in.

Why is Addiction Classified as a Disease?

Drugs alter the way the brain functions; addiction is a chemical imbalance that interferes with cell-to-cell communication. Like other diseases, such as diabetes, one who suffers from addiction is never completely “cured”. However, the disease of addiction can be successfully managed with therapy, medication (if necessary) and addiction support groups. Relapse, similar to the flare up of a condition like diabetes, occurs with stress or if the proper protocol for management is not followed. And, like other diseases, addiction will worsen if treatment and management plans are not followed.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Program?

When an individual has a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, or suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction, the person is considered to be dual-diagnosed. Accurate diagnosis of the mental health disorder is of the utmost importance, as both the addiction and the mental health disorder must be treated simultaneously. Recovery is less likely if only one condition is treated. A quality treatment program will have a credible dual diagnosis program staffed by addiction physicians, nurses and therapists who have expertise and experience with dual diagnosis treatment.

What Do I Need to Bring to Rehab?

Laundry facilities are on site necessitating only a small amount of clothes. There is limited space and little storage available so a few loose fitting pants, shirts, and shorts, enough clothes for 7 days are all that is needed. Pajamas and personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush and a shaver are also needed. Short shorts, tank tops, shirts cut at the mid section and other provocative clothes are not allowed, nor are clothes with pictures of drug paraphernalia, drug expressions, or inappropriate language (sexist, racial slurs for example). Specific treatment programs will have a list of items that are allowed and disallowed. The rules must be followed. Inappropriate clothing for treatment will be confiscated and held until the patient is ready to leave. All confiscated items will be returned.

Five-Star Cuisine

At Pinnacle Recovery, we believe that rehabilitation should be an all-inclusive, comfortable experience for each and every client. We are proud to boast that Pinnacle Recovery's chef is a graduate of culinary school with a extensive experience delivering a plethora of five-star meals. Below you will see just a taste of what you can expect each meal that you or a loved one has throughout your treatment program.

Going a Little Deeper

We are Pinnacle Recovery. Our personalized addiction treatment offers the full continuum of care, to properly treat substance and behavioral addictions, along with their underlying causes. Our gorgeous facility provides peaceful, comfortable lodging, surrounded by Utah's breathtaking mountain scenery for a healing atmosphere. Pinnacle Recovery gives you and your loved ones a safe, beautiful place to heal, with the knowledge and tools you need to make a full, successful recovery. We specialize in inpatient rehabilitation, trauma recovery, AA programs and AA alternatives, experiential therapy, dual diagnosis, family therapy, co-occurring and dual diagnosis addictions. We also offer a wide range of sober living and intensive outpatient treatment programs.


Located at the base of the stunning Wasatch Mountains in Holladay, Pinnacle Recovery is Utah’s premiere inpatient rehabilitation center. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, our lodging is custom built for unparalleled comfort and privacy. Our grounds are expansive, surrounded by the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Cottonwood Canyons. Enjoy the crisp mountain air year-round, and reconnect with nature on our walking trails, yoga, meditation sessions, and more.