Denver Health was founded in 1860 in Denver to provide medical services to the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado. Over time, services have evolved to include mental health services and eventually created substance abuse treatment programs in 2004. Today, it provides a diverse number of outpatient treatment programs servicing both adolescent and adults in the greater Denver area.
Treatment and Staff
Denver Health’s intake process begins with an in-person assessment with a counselor to help determine the client’s level of need. If the counselor determines the client is a good fit for Denver Health’s services, he or she is placed on a wait list to enter the outpatient program. Those who would perhaps benefit from a more extensive level of treatment are referred to local residential programs or the facility’s own detox program.
Denver Health’s detox program operates out of a 100-bed, clinically managed, non-medical treatment facility. It lasts anywhere from three to seven days. In addition to the actual medical detox, clients in this program also attend group and individual therapy focused on education and motivational counseling.
Denver Health’s Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention (STEP) outpatient program lasts for 16 weeks and is designed for adolescents and young adult clients between the ages of 12 and 21. The STEP program consists of both group and individual counseling. The intensity and number of meetings per week is dependent on the individual and their own progress but counselors definitely work with clients to set up a program that maximizes their recovery. Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques in the group meetings including Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and relapse prevention techniques. Individual sessions are scheduled accordingly for each client on a case by case basis. Also, all clients in the outpatient program are regularly drug tested and breathalyzed. Although Denver Health is not 12-step oriented, counselors occasionally refer older clients to outside AA/NA groups if they believe it to be beneficial.
Denver Health is dual diagnosis and clients who have potential co-occurring disorders meet with an on-staff mental health therapist and psychiatrist to help address their specific issues. Denver Health’s staff consists of a mixture of LCSWs, LPNs, registered nurses, behavioral health technicians and addiction counselors.
The facility also offers a women’s treatment program, a specialized track that addresses the unique needs of women and expectant mothers. This program consists of group and individual counseling for substance abuse issues and the intensity and length is entirely dependent on the counselor’s assessment. Perinatal care is provided and overseen by a physician who specializes in family medicine and addiction medicine.
Although Denver Health does not have an official aftercare program, counselors set up an individualized plan with each client to help ensure their sobriety upon program completion. Clients can also return for individual counseling at any time. Denver Health also offers family group meetings that consist of the client, their parents and a counselor. These meetings focus on substance abuse education as well as healing and sharing.
Denver Health offers a wife variety of outpatient options for adolescents, young adults and adult women. The use of MI and CBT in the group meetings places a large focus on changing mental behavioral patterns, which is advantageous for clients who may struggle with unrelenting negative thoughts. The focus on having a solid plan for sobriety when leaving the program sets clients up for not only a chance at a successful transition back to reality, but also with a plan for leading a sober lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
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