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Dating back to 1975, Arapahoe House began as a detox facility and has since evolved into 13 drug and alcohol recovery facilities for outpatient and residential treatment in the Boulder, Colorado area. This organization helps all ages, from elderly to youth, and services are provided in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Accommodations and Food

The 28-bed residential program at Arapahoe houses clients in shared bedrooms. Meals are provided by staff and diet requests are accommodated including gluten-free, kosher, vegetarian and vegan. No electronics such as cellphones, laptops or other personal devices are allowed while staying at Arapahoe. Residents are allowed to use the community telephone at allotted times as well as watch TV. For recreation, there is basketball and racquetball, a walking area, volleyball and football. Smoking is prohibited.

Treatment and Staff

When it comes to residential treatment, Arapahoe offers living spaces that are gender-specific and for adolescents only, as well as secured locations for pregnant or postpartum women and mothers with children under 12 years of age.

The adult residential program lasts 28 days and addresses substance and alcohol abuse, dual diagnosis and mental health. The adolescent wing, Healing First, has a 28- to 60-day stay, depending on the client’s needs. A 12-hour to three-day medically monitored detox is available for competent, non-violent individuals who are going through withdrawal. They must be over 18 years old.

Residents attend 10 hours of intensive therapy per day, including both individual and group  therapy. A typical day consists of waking up, getting dressed, eating with fellow residents, group therapy, individual therapy and splitting into gender-specific groups. While this is not a strict 12-step program, the steps are discussed in a group setting. Clients also have the option of attending CA and CMA groups.

Once residential has been completed, clients can ease back into everyday life through the transitional living program and aftercare. The transitional living assists clients in obtaining employment, finding their own apartment and other independent living tasks. The aftercare program consists of ongoing therapy in outpatient groups each week.

Arapahoe’s outpatient services include four clinics for DUI school and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that meets three times week, for three-hour sessions. This includes a mixture of group and individual therapy. The group is usually maxed out at 12 clients, with the length of time needed in the program depending on the individual. For those suffering from opiate addiction, assistance with Suboxone and Vivitrol injections are available.

The staff includes nurses, doctors, psychiatrists and counselors.


Yoga classes are available.

A DUI/DUID program is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Level I classes require 12 hours for completion and Level II requires 24 hours of two-hour classes over 12 weeks. The Level II DUI Therapy class addresses drug and alcohol abuse and life stressors. The duration of this class varies.

In Summary

Arapahoe House is an appealing option for both residential or outpatient clients seeking help in their journey of recovery. They accept clients from all walks of life such as mothers, at-risk homeless, youth and independent adults seeking sobriety.

Arapahoe House Location

8801 Lipan St
Thornton, CO 80260

Arapahoe House Cost

$600 daily (28 days); sliding scale available for Denver-area residents. Reach Arapahoe House by phone at (303) 412-3818 or by email at Find Arapahoe House on Facebook and Twitter

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