Porter Adventist Hospital is a state of the art facility and is one of the top medical centers in Denver. Its Center for Behavioral Health offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults facing substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders. Located on the lush grounds of the hospital campus, the Center for Behavioral Health has been providing substance abuse treatment to Denver residents for over 25 years.
Treatment and Staff
Porter Adventist’s 12-week IOP is evidence-based, incorporating the 12 steps, DBT and CBT in group and individual therapy. The first step in treatment is an assessment, facilitated by one of the addiction counselors. Eligible clients are at least 18 years of age, have a primary substance abuse diagnosis and are not experiencing withdrawals. People who need detox are referred to the medical team at Porter Hospital. For clients with co-occurring disorders, there is a psychiatrist on staff who facilitates dual diagnosis support and medication management.
Clients attend IOP three evenings per week from 6 pm to 9 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Individual therapy is assigned on an as needed basis. Group size is limited to 10 participants. Clients are taught to identify emotional triggers, how to create and maintain a recovery community and implement coping skills. There is a relapse prevention group, DBT skills group and several process groups. Clients learn the principles of the 12 steps in group and are encouraged to attend outside meetings. The treatment team suggests clients attend at least two 12-step meetings per week in addition to IOP. Those with co-occurring disorders have the opportunity to meet separately to discuss managing issues like depression, OCD and anxiety.
The treatment team consists of a consulting psychiatrist and Master’s-level CSACs. In addition, all clients have access to the medical staff at Porter Adventist Hospital.
Porter Adventist Hospital offers a solid outpatient program that can provide the building blocks for good recovery—especially since clients learn how to create their own sober community. The hospital setting might be clinical, but that also generally means there are a wealth of medical resources available—like detox and dual diagnosis support. The two clinical directors in the Center for Behavioral Health have been with the program for 15 years, are easy to reach and gladly answer any questions pertaining to the program.
Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S. Downing Street
Denver, CO 80210
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