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Design for Living Recovery Center is located in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains outside Denver, Colorado. This substance abuse treatment facility caters to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. The remote setting was chosen specifically because it is away from city life and allows its residents to find peace surrounded by nature. Design for Living Recovery Center provides residential care based on the 12-step philosophy.

The Design for Living Recovery Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 and it opened this facility in July 2015. The idea originally came from one of the founding members, who went to rehab in 2002 at the age of 22. After 28 days, he and his family looked for a long-term transitional program in Colorado but found that there were no long-term structured care programs specifically for young adults. This experience stayed with him and inspired the creation of Design for Living.

Accommodations and Food

Residential treatment takes place in a facility that used to be an adolescent group home. The program is co-ed, with men and women residing in separate buildings. The houses offer spacious quarters without a clinical feel. Bedrooms are double occupancy with shared bathrooms throughout the facility, lounge areas with couches and flat screen TVs. The eight-acre compound features a creek and a small hiking trail that connects all three buildings. There is also an outdoor gazebo, two fire-pits, a basketball court and an outdoor auditorium.

All food is provided by the facility and prepared on-site. The menu is designed by a dietician and offers home-cooked meals that are nutritious and replenish the body.

Treatment and Staff

Design for Living Recovery Center does not offer detox so clients who require medically managed withdrawal need to complete that phase of recovery prior to arrival. Residents must make a minimum 30-day commitment but 90 days is recommended, depending on individual needs. Treatment is individualized and focuses on building life skills; covering topics of health and nutrition, personal safety and independent living.

Treatment is broken into three phases. Phase one includes a structured schedule of individual therapy as well as daily group and educational sessions focused on the Big Book. Groups revolve around applying the principles of the 12 steps to develop communication skills and coping mechanisms, along with relapse prevention planning. There are co-ed and gender specific groups, with the women’s group tending to focus on past traumas, sexual abuse and domestic violence. There are on-site 12-step meetings several days a week and transportation is also offered to off-site meetings. Specialized individual sessions and medication management are available to clients with co-occurring disorders.

Upon completion of the first 30 days, residents have the option to continue on in phase two. The length of this program depends on the client and offers many of the same groups and step study workshops as phase one, along with vocational coaching. Residents are expected to seek employment and encouraged to assume responsibility for themselves and their recovery. Counselors provide guidance on where to look for work, how to apply for jobs online and how to create a resume.

Phase three is the implementation phase, where clients employ the skills they have learned to begin accomplishing goals. They receive referrals for sober living and outpatient care, and work closely with their counselor to put a recovery plan into action.

The staff of Design for Living Recovery Center is comprised of Master’s-level counselors and support staff, including those who are in recovery.


Occasional outings and recreational activities are available for residents, like attending sports games, hikes and team building exercises.

In Summary

Design for Living Recovery Center is a unique setting for young people in recovery to heal and acquire life skills. Its beautiful, natural landscape fosters serenity and rejuvenation and its 12-step approach treatment helps clients integrate into the local recovery community. For affordable residential care for addiction, Design for Living Recovery Center is an excellent choice for those who qualify.

Design for Living Recovery Center Location

9189 S Turkey Creek Rd
Morrison, CO 80465

Design for Living Recovery Center Cost

$11,200 (28 days). Reach Design for Living Recovery Center by phone at (303) 697-6888 or by email at [email protected]. Find Design for Living Recovery Center on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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