A relatively new addition to Denver’s sobriety services, The Raleigh House was founded in 2008 by Eric Lapp. In recovery himself, Lapp sought to create an intimate rehab that combines 12-step programming, holistic treatment and a top-notch nutritional program. Clients at The Raleigh House progress through three phases of treatment: Primary Care, Transitional Care and Recovery Living.
Accommodations and Food
Located near a golf course in Denver’s Highlands District, The Raleigh House has five separate residences. The primary residence, where clients live for the first 30 days, is the main hub for therapy and other treatment. It’s a three-story Victorian, where the floors are divided by gender. Four women share two double rooms on the second floor and five men live in a large loft space on the top floor. All the rooms are illuminated with plenty of natural light and have cozy furnishings. There is a disc golf course on the property, a spacious backyard with a grill and a weight room in the garage.
The four transitional and sober living residences, three for men and one for women, are close to the primary residence. These homes can accommodate anywhere from three to six occupants in mostly single rooms. They have modern décor, light hardwood floors, lots of natural light and flat-screen TVs.
A recovery-oriented diet is provided at The Raleigh House. The on-site chef works with a nutritionist to whip up healthy fare, including three meals a day in the first phase of treatment and lunch for those in transitional care.
Treatment and Staff
Raleigh House is not a medical detox facility. Anyone in need of detox is referred to nearby Centennial Peaks Hospital for four-day stabilization. If withdrawal symptoms are not too extreme, The Raleigh House still admits the client but closely monitors their physical condition the first few days of treatment. Clients in need of dual diagnosis support are readily accepted.
Primary Care lasts for 30 to 45 days and always begins with a biopsychosocial screening. All clients receive two to three hours of individual therapy each week and a minimum of 20 hours of group therapy. Every weekday from 10 am to 2 pm is dedicated to group and individual therapy for clients in both primary and transitional care. Time for physical fitness is reserved every day, too. Twelve-step meetings are hosted on-site and transportation is provided to off-site meetings. Once a client has transitioned out of primary care, they have the additional support options of SMART Recovery, Life Ring or Celebrate Recovery.
Clients in Transitional Care can also expect slightly less therapy—one to two individual sessions per week and 12 to 15 group process hours. Transitional Care generally lasts for 60 days and it is during this time that clients begin to transition back to work or school. They are also encouraged to do some type of volunteer work, whether it’s working with animals or senior citizens.
Residents at The Raleigh House are assigned one primary therapist but still interact with the others on a regular basis. There are five Master’s-level therapists on staff, with a clinical psychiatrist serving as medical director. At every house on campus, there is a house manager and four technicians. The chef, nutritionist and an administrative team serve the entire complex.
Eating right is an integral component of recovery at The Raleigh House. Each client receives an individualized amino acid supplement plan from the nutritionist. The idea is to regulate digestion, ensure a proper sleep cycle, increase energy levels and reduce cravings. In addition, the chef works with the nutritionist to facilitate cooking classes for residents. Once clients have moved on to transitional care, they still eat lunch at the primary house, but they are provided groceries to prepare their own breakfast and dinner. In addition, house managers keep an eye on the eating habits of clients in transitional care in case there are any red flags that need to be reported to the nutritionist or clinical staff.
Family programming is incorporated into Primary Care, as are White Bison support groups (culturally-based healing for Native Americans). On weather-permitting weekends, clients go hiking or visit nearby Red Rocks and Lookout Mountain parks. They also tend an on-site garden in the spring through the fall.
For exercise, clients are provided with memberships at either Phoenix Multisport Gym (boxing, yoga and CrossFit) or 24-Hour Fitness.
Recovery Living is the final stage of treatment at The Raleigh House. This three-month phase is essentially sober living, but clients still receive one hour of therapy per week and have access to all staple foods (per The Raleigh House nutritional guidelines) and household items.
While The Raleigh House accepts health insurance, they are out of network, so they work with clients to verify benefits. It could be worth the hassle. Clients live in comfortable home environments for up to 90 days, on a sober campus and surrounded by their peers. With a holistic attitude toward recovery, The Raleigh House is a solid choice for recovery in the beauty of Colorado.
The Raleigh House
4952 Raleigh St
Denver, CO 80212
The Raleigh House Cost: $20,000 (30 days). Reach The Raleigh House by phone at (720) 620-5535 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Raleigh House on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest
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