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Created in 1922, Boulder Community Health is a community-owned, nonprofit hospital. Its substance abuse program offers detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. Because this program is offered in a hospital setting, clients have access to nurses and medication management. For those who need support with co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, help is also available.

Accommodations and Food

Boulder Community Health offers 28 beds for those in the inpatient treatment program. Rooms are shared between residents of the same gender—private rooms are available for an additional fee. The common area has a pay phone and a flat screen TV that is available during free time.  Meals are served cafeteria-style in the unit’s small dining room. The menu is planned by the hospital’s dietician and they try to accommodate any special dietary needs.

Treatment and Staff

Boulder Community Health offers on-site detox, during which clients receive 24-hour monitoring by the doctors and nursing staff. A medical evaluation is performed to assess the effectiveness of medications and make any changes that may be necessary. Detox is typically a five- to seven-day process. Upon completion, clients have the option to continue on to the inpatient program. For those needing dual diagnosis support, psychiatric evaluations and medication management are available.

The 30-day residential treatment program focuses on CBT, combined with 12-step recovery principles. Boulder Community uses daily group therapy, while individual and family therapy are also provided as needed. The goal of group is to assist each participant in identifying and practicing useful coping skills. Big Book study is also offered and clients are transported to AA/NA meetings off site twice a week. Dual diagnosis support is provided during individual sessions. Part of each clients’ discharge plan includes a referral for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or aftercare programs.

Boulder Community Health’s eight- to 10-week IOP meets three times a week, for three-hour sessions in the evening. The program  is kept small, with only five to seven clients treated at a time. Treatment involves weekly individual therapy, group therapy and optional family therapy. Group topics include life skills, trauma, relapse prevention and the 12 steps.

Following the completion of IOP, clients can attend the weekly aftercare group. A recommended time period of 12 weeks is suggested in order to provide an adequate amount of support for early sobriety. This service is an out-of-pocket expense for each group session.

The staff includes nurses, doctors and CSACs.


The staff at Boulder Community Health recognize that admission to a treatment program can be stressful for both the client and family. With this in mind, the hospital provides a social worker, or “care coordinator,” who meets with families to answer questions and provide support.

In Summary

Clients who attend the Boulder Community Health substance abuse programs have the benefit of constant medical monitoring and dual diagnosis support. With the help provided by group therapy sessions and the 12-step recovery community, clients no longer need to feel alone. For a reasonable price, mental health issues can be addressed along with addiction.

Boulder Community Health Location

1100 Balsam Ave
Boulder, CO 80304

Boulder Community Health Cost

$16,000. Reach Boulder Community Health by phone at (303) 441-0560. Find Boulder Community Health on Facebook

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