Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network opened in 1977 in the Denver suburb of Littleton. It was the first outpatient substance abuse program in the state to offer dual diagnosis support, treating clients’ underlying mental illnesses and substance abuse problems at the same time. Today, using evidence-based practices, Arapahoe provides individualized treatment options for men, women and adolescents struggling with drug and alcohol issues at three locations in Littleton.
Treatment and Staff
The individualized treatment plan is created after an initial assessment with an intake counselor and may include medication management, if necessary. Detox is not offered by Arapahoe, but they will provide a referral to a local facility.
This is a therapy-based program that technically does not include the 12 steps, although therapists may recommend attendance at AA/NA meetings for clients who need extra support. Since the treatment plans are individualized, there is no set number of group or individual therapy sessions required per week—it varies per client. Sometimes, after the intake assessment, therapists may decide the client would benefit more from participating exclusively in individual therapy, so their schedule does not include group sessions. Arapahoe offers adolescent and gender-specific groups as well as groups for pregnant women and women with children.
Therapy methods may include CBT, DBT and EMDR. The adolescent program consists of family therapy and education, drug and alcohol classes and exercises designed to enhance self-esteem and coping skills. Intensive interaction and participation with family members of the adolescents is very strongly encouraged in the belief that family support aids in long-term recovery.
The staff at Arapahoe consists of LCSWs, marriage and family therapists (MFT) and addictions treatment counselors. Ninety percent of therapists on staff are trained in evidence-based treatment practices.
Arapahoe offers creative and expressive therapy methods like art therapy. A family therapy technique known as Functional Family Therapy is available and highly encouraged for family members of adolescent clients. Additionally, Arapahoe provides criminal justice services for those who are court-ordered to seek treatment.
Arapahoe is a well-rounded program that uses proven methods of therapy to support those seeking treatment. There are not many specific guidelines for each program, so the client follows a treatment plan designed especially for them. Those seeking affordable dual diagnosis support will find this program a good fit.
Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network
10350 Dransfeldt Rd
Parker, CO 80134
5500 S Sycamore St
Littleton, CO 80120
5984 S Prince St, #101
Littleton, CO 80120
Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network Cost: Sliding scale, accepts referrals from insurance providers. Reach Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network by phone at (303) 730-8858. Find Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube
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