Castle House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Castle House


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Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1999, AIM House is an organization that provides therapeutic community living for young people. Castle House is the young men’s program, while the young women’s program is called Earl House. Located on a hill blocks away from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Castle House operates as an enhanced sober living home, with a focus on education. The Castle takes in young adults who need to transition from a more intensive treatment (such as residential or a reform school) into sober living, then back into the mainstream world.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Castle House lives up to its name. Offering 7,000 square feet of living space, it can house a maximum of 28 to 30 men. Clients bunk dorm-style, four to a room and each floor has its own shared bathroom, with four stalls and four sinks. Despite the Castle’s cleaning crew, clients are responsible for taking care of most of their own chores. All food is organic and prepared by on-site chefs. The menu is set weekly and special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Rules and Regulations

Average stay at the Castle is six to seven months. In fact, a minimum of six months is required to enroll. Castle House offers structured phase program which begins with a two to three week Orientation Phase, during which they are not allowed to leave without a staff escort or have phone or computer privileges. Next is the Intentions Phase, which lasts another two to three weeks. Clients may check out their phones at staff’s discretion and are expected to adhere to an 8 pm weekday curfew (9 on weekends). During the ensuing Actions Phase curfew moves to 9 and 10 pm, respectively. This phase lasts two to three months. During the final Merge Phase, clients should either be employed or going to school and must still keep to curfew. During this phase, as they prove themselves responsible and reliable, the residents are allowed more freedom. Those who progress through the phases even get to date and have access to a designated counselor who helps with potential couples counseling.

Castle House offers more treatment components than other sober living homes, such as: therapy sessions of the group, individual and family variety and relapse prevention. There is also a creative mentorship program available, as well as positive peer support and integrative psychiatry. Nightly recovery meetings are facilitated on-site by a mentor, while daily AA/NA meetings take place off-site, at the University of Colorado campus. Transportation to outside meetings is included, as the men of the Castle can’t have a car during their stay. They are allowed to have bicycles. Clients get assigned to a therapist with whom they meet one-on-one, on a weekly basis and work on their goals with their mentor, daily. A house manager is available on-site, as well.

In Summary

Castle House is AIM’s most long-standing house at over 15 years in operation. While cost of stay is quite high for a sober living facility, it is actually more on par with an economical residential treatment option. The cost is reasonable considering the therapeutic aspects the Castle House offers that most sober living homes do not. What it comes down to is this: for a young man who wants to fight for his sobriety while also focusing on education, then Castle House may be the best place. As long as they can also afford $12,400 per month for the first two months and $8,800 per month, after that.

The Castle House Location

The Castle House
2000 21st St
Boulder, CO 80302

The Castle Cost

$8,800 – $12,400 (30 days). Reach Castle House by phone at (303) 554-0011 or by email at [email protected]. Find AIM House on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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1 Comment

  1. I am a former participant. I won’t specify whether I was involved with the Earl or Castle program. AIM House provides a space with support and structure for its participants. If participants open up to and participate in the program, they usually learn a lot. I made friends and had a lot of fun here. There are some things I feel need to be highlighted, however, for anyone considering doing business with AIM House. I’ll be frank.

    1. This is a program first and foremost for clients with substance abuse histories. Never consumed a drug in your life? Not relevant. It is a supportive space for anyone who attends, but be prepared for a LOT of twelve-step regardless of your history.

    2. This organization is first and foremost a business. If you deal with them, you will understand. This is a for-profit organization.

    3. This is a safe space from substances, but not from phobic people. I’m certainly not speaking on the staff/community as a whole here, but there is a reason why people won’t “come out” here. I chose to come out during my residency and noticed some staff and many participants distancing or cutting themselves off from me. I felt threatened by some participants. I even had a mentor explain to me their rationale that trans-gendered people do not actually exist!

    I hate to leave a critical review because I am so fond of much of the staff, but at the end of the day AIM House has problems within the organization. The staff seems to remind themselves of all the good they are doing these “kids” while they turn away from the harm they sometimes perpetuate. I could not tell a queer person that this is an entirely safe place. That being said, it’s nothing at all like the atmosphere in, say, the bible belt.

    Something disturbing that I noticed as I became more familiar with staff and faculty was that there is an inner clique. I noticed that a seemingly disproportionate number of staff have personal relationships with the owner, Danny Conroy. I have heard stories of and witnessed employees being terminated abruptly with correlation between them: movers and shakers determined for AIM House’s progress. The voices of mentors/program managers/therapists are stifled by their supervisors. The top-down message sound like “go at our speed or get out of line”. might have some more information about this, being and employee-based business rating service.

    At the end of this six-month road that was my personal treatment experience, I am dissatisfied with my experience. And so I have turned to online reviews (eww) at the slightest hope of spreading a bit of awareness to a potential client.

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