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In his work with widows and orphans nearly 100 years ago, Dr. Emory Brady noticed the psychological toll of loss on his clients. He founded a hospital—the first of its kind in Southern Colorado—offering psychiatric care to people who had experienced trauma and adversity. Cedar Springs Hospital has grown since that time, when the only staff members were Dr. Brady’s family. Today, it has 110 beds for men, women and adolescents, employing a staff of trained psychiatric professionals.

There are two residential treatment rehabilitation programs at Cedar Springs serving clients with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. New Choices accepts anyone while The Recovery Zone is a special track for the military. The hospital may have evolved, but its mission has remained the same: to help people with emotional and psychological recovery so they may lead better lives.

Accommodations and Food

Despite its invitingly outdoorsy name, Cedar Springs Hospital is actually just 10 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs and across the street from a shopping center. Still, the mountains are only a few miles east, and clients are taken hiking there from time to time.

The main hospital building retains its original 1924 construction: a one-story, plain exterior and an interior with the quaint feel of a B&B. The campus has been expanded over the years to accommodate more clients, but it has a simple, cozy ambiance throughout, with wingback leather chairs and framed artwork on the walls. An adjoining building with several stories houses the residential clients, two to a room. They sleep on twin beds with utility linens, but they can bring a personal pillow if they prefer. Clients in the Recovery Zone program for military personnel sleep in their own 12-bed unit, away from the civilians. The facility is locked—a staff member needs to let clients in and out of their units and accompany them on outings. This is still a voluntary program, though, so clients may leave at any time, with the approval of the treatment team.

All meals are served buffet-style and eaten in the hospital cafeteria; coffee is available. Meal times are 6:35 am, 12:05 pm and 5:05 pm. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated in consultation with the staff nutritionist.

Treatment and Staff

Cedar Springs Hospital offers medical detox, with a team of psychiatrists, nurses and medical technicians available at all times. Clients aren’t required to participate in programming during detox—just to eat as well as they can, sleep as much as possible and to sweat it out.

New Choices and The Recovery Zone are both 21- to 28-day residential programs. Clients can arrange for a longer stay with their individual counselor, depending on their needs and treatment progress. New Choices has two tracks: one for substance abuse only and one for dual diagnosis clients, who work with an additional case manager and are under the care of a psychiatrist for medication prescription and management.

The Recovery Zone works with the Patriot Support Program, a group of military-specific facilities and programs born out of the increasing need for military personnel to receive behavioral health treatment for addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress. The Patriot Support Program aims to stabilize men and women in the military so they can lead healthy civilian lives. Military command is involved in any discharge planning for Recovery Zone clients.

The Recovery Zone and New Choices use many of the same treatment modalities. Clients in both programs are introduced to the 12-step model and participate in group therapy based on psychoeducation. Discussion-based groups focus on relapse prevention, adjusting to a sober life, anger management and life skills.

CBT, DBT, EMDR, equine therapy and a form of virtual reality therapy are all used to help clients process trauma. These therapies are offered in both individual and group contexts. Clients see their therapists at least twice a week for an individual session and once a week for a family session, if applicable. And for a little much-needed balance, clients in both programs also have time for recreation and physical fitness.

Cedar Springs Hospital also offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) substance abuse programs for clients who have a safe and sober living environment and who don’t need 24-hour care. Clients come in from 9 am to 3 pm during the week and participate in all groups and activities with residential clients, including lunch.

The facility has six board-certified psychiatrists and three board-certified primary care doctors on call at all times. All therapists are licensed and, in the substance abuse programs, tend to specialize in addiction and trauma.


Alternative therapies include EMDR, equine therapy and virtual reality-assisted cue therapy, a newer theory that allows clients to reenact virtually triggering situations so they can retrain their responses.

Cedar Springs Hospital also offers community outings each weekend, not limited to, but including, hiking, bowling, fishing, watching a movie or going to the zoo. There is a well-equipped gym on campus and outside are volleyball and basketball courts, as well as shuffleboard A rec room is outfitted with board games, tables with checkerboards on them and a TV. Unlike many treatment programs that don’t allow non-recovery literature, Cedar Springs Hospital invites clients to bring books and magazines.

Aside from its primary substance abuse treatment, Cedar Springs offers acute care for adults who have experienced psychotic breaks and suicidal ideation, a PTSD recovery program for veterans, a women’s program providing help for females struggling with mental health issues and one for children with behavioral issues.

In Summary

Cedar Springs Hospital offers comprehensive treatment for substance abuse in the short term, though the partial hospitalization program could be used to extend treatment for locals. The days are tightly structured, which is necessary for early recovery, but outlets for alternative therapy are built into that structure so clients have a chance to have fun. They specialize in caring for people who are really suffering—from past trauma to difficult dual diagnosis issues.

Cedar Springs Hospital Review

2135 Southgate Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Cedar Springs Hospital Cost

Depends on program. Reach Cedar Springs Hospital by phone at (719)-633-4114 or by email. Find Cedar Springs Hospital on Facebook and YouTube

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  1. After reading the reviews on Cedar Springs hospital it is frightening! Why would so many people lie about this place?? Our daughter is there and I’am very concerned about her being there. She has experienced a lot of trauma in her young life and resorted to drugs and alcohol for escape. She was taken there from a hospital in Denver without our consent or knowledge and when we call them they won’t confirm or deny she is a patient there, we may have to obtain an attorney to see what’s going on there. According to the reviews we have read about this place it sounds very undesirable and scary. We know she is there because I found out through a source at the hospital where she was at that she was taken there.. Fred & Nancy

  2. Kathleen Scarberry on

    They don’t have qualified therapist.Most of them are unlicensed still interns for license hours. The rehab does not Evan have a certified addiction counselor and for the trauma program no one has formal trauma training.

  3. Heather Combs on

    THIS PLACE IS DANGEROUS!!! I wear 2 emergency bracelets for my PTSD. These are my emergency bracelets. ♡ ‎Penrose‬ hospital, years ago; A portly nurse forcefully & cruelly injected me against my will with 3 tranquilizers, and carted me off to horrific & utterly disgusting ‪#‎CedarSprings‬, (In Colorado Springs) for a “72-hour-hold” for my already treated “PAST trauma!” What kind of cruel bologna is that!?

    Thus, combing brain out of my hair twenty years ago was reason to slough my rights from me and lock me up for 3 AGONIZING days.
    Page per page in their bible, the DSM IV? Or is is V yet? This decision destroyed me for years, and I became an agoraphobic because of it.

    PTSD is a term we hear used in the media a lot these days. As the public’s understanding about and compassion toward mental health conditions improves, and as we as a nation have dealt with numerous natural and man-made disasters, particularly in the last decade, the national conversation about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become an ongoing dialog. Moving on….

    “Cedar Springs” psychiatric hospital in Colorado Springs is lawlessness that begins with removing your whole identity. From your home, kids, personal belongings (down to cigarettes), everything you own, is taken from you. After a full body search (“bend over” body searches) and having to take a shower in front of a complete stranger, I was given the same clothing as everyone else. There was no real rationale as to why I couldn’t wear my jeans and t-shirt. My clothes were replaced by a grey sweat suit and my simple name now bore a “code & password”. (A number.) These are all tactics utilized by the Nazi’s. “Doctor’s” The “doctors” (My ‘doctor was Dr. Polk.) In our very brief time together (He spent no more than 20 minutes total with me over my “stay.”), he did not offer me help or compassion, he was there to deliver blistering critique. He could literally incarcerate me, without trial, and hold my very freedom in his hands, blasting out a menu of human behaviors, most normal. He misused the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), like a weapon. He threatened me in multiple ways. He avoided eye contact with every patient as much as he could, and never helped me in any way. Many “patients” also suffered, the doctor’s systematically authenticating non diseases as diseases. Holding lives in their hands. There were no help sessions, no art times, no therapy, no music, news on tv, and one movie after 8:oopm.

    Cigarettes are kept as hidden as in “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest!” A girl I knew to be calm was defiant because she wanted a cigarette. Didn’t that movie cover this? There was really nothing they did to help any of us there between 4-25-2014 and 4-28-2014. I sat up all night listening to women and men) cry. Their agony ringing in pain. Unbearable cries and screams throughout all of the nights; every night. From two “wards” away, I could hear men crying out for their children. “Please, I have a little daughter,” one man was begging for an extra chocolate milk (which was not allowed.) It broke my heart. Made me feel 100 X worse. WORSE. One psychotic woman walked around everywhere naked, or wrapped in a single sheet. Nobody stopped her or guided her, spoke to her, nothing… She was so cold, her fingers and lips were blue. I never saw anyone, but other patients, try to help this very ill young woman. Every patient was drugged and appeared comatose. The products of medicalized and pharmaceutical reactions/agreements/pay-offs disguised as “psychiatric treatments.” Obviously, pharmaceutical companies have a miracle drug to treat every one of these “disorders.” This is done to sell more drugs, and make billions more. Guess what friend. I’m a psychology major that knows for a fact that there is no real definition of a mental disorder! (Check out the case of Dr. Allen Frances for more in-depth details.)

    I sat in laid in my rickety hospital bed with a ¼ inch mattress, and wept from my gut. Fact is, patients need hope if they are to heal their troubles, so even psychiatrists are shooting blindly and grasping at straws, most pretending to know one kind of mental disorder from another. Needless to say, this is incarceration, not medicine or science. You characteristically leave treatment only when your insurance runs out.

  4. Our son was here, misdiagnosed and locked up most of the day. This place is horrible. I had to inform the staff that the patient bill of rights is not optional but is a legal obligation. To top it off, one of the psychologists on staff was drinking a fermented juice beverage that contains alcohol, in the nursing station. Unbelievable.

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