Arapahoe House - The Wright Center
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Arapahoe House – The Wright Center


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The Wright Center was founded in 1975 as part of The Arapahoe House network. The Wright Center is a hybrid transitional care home and residential treatment program. Located in the small town of Wheat Ridge, it’s one of Arapahoe House’s 11 drug and alcohol treatment facilities throughout Colorado.

Accommodations and Food

The co-ed facility looks and operates very much like a sober living house but with additional rooms for counseling. The house, located in a small, residential neighborhood, has 10 beds in a combination of single and double bedrooms.

The Wright Center provides enough food for three meals and snacks throughout the day. However, clients are in charge of preparing the meals.

Although the house does not have a fitness room, residents do occasionally participate in recreational activities in the community. Staff is available on-site at all times in case of emergencies and to assist with medication management.

Residents are permitted from using cell phones and laptops while in the house, however the program allows clients to use these electronics when out during the day.

Treatment and Staff

The intake process at Wright Center begins with a phone call followed by an in-person assessment with a counselor, where the counselor determines if Wheat Ridge is a good fit for the client. Wright Center accepts clients at all stages of their recovery, including individuals who have received previous substance abuse treatment and clients who are homeless or are risk of becoming homeless. Given Wright Center’s small size, the program usually has a two-month waiting list.

If the counselor believes the client is unstable or in need of a different level of care, he or she is referred to one of Arapahoe House’s detox facilities or other residential programs.

The residential program lasts about 60 days and consists of group and individual therapy. While in the program, clients are expected to work during the day with Wright Center requiring a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. Group and individual counseling takes place in the evenings beginning at 5pm, with clients having two group meetings each night. Wright Center does not incorporate the 12 steps and instead focuses on using CBT, relapse prevention and teaching rational thinking to address addiction issues.

The program is dual-diagnosis and has a psychiatrist on-site who can evaluate and prescribe medication to clients with co-occurring disorders.

Wright Center operates with staff-to-client ratio of roughly one-to-two or three, and all of the counselors are LADCs. The facility also regularly trains interns who help with group meetings.


Although Wright Center does not have a formal family program, the facility does offer family groups that allow residents to include loved ones. These meetings focus on educating the family members on addiction issues and how to help the client adjust to life after rehab.

Wright Center does not have an aftercare program, but if the counselors believe the client is in need of additional treatment after discharge he or she are referred to a carefully selected outside outpatient or aftercare program.

In Summary

Arapahoe House – Wright Center is a great option for individuals in the Wheat Ridge area who desire a slightly less intense version of inpatient treatment. Although the house has a waiting list, once there, the small size of the program allows a great deal of individualized attention. The focus on residents working at least 20 hours a week, helps them begin to create a life outside of treatment, which makes for a smoother transition once the program is complete.

Arapahoe House – Wright Center Location

6195 West 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Arapahoe House – Wright Center Cost

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