Dr. Marcy Chambers, a PhD and recovering alcoholic, opened The Rose House in 2008, naming it after her daughter, Brittany Rose, who died after using ecstasy. Set in the breathtaking countryside of Boulder County, Colorado, The Rose House was created as a reprieve, specifically for women who have fallen into the trap of addiction.
Accommodations and Food
This 16-bed prairie mansion in a secluded location with incredible landscape views often becomes a home away from home for the women (18 and over) admitted here. They share household duties, dine together in a family dining room and take advantage of a number of outdoor activities at their disposal.
The Rose House insists both healthy eating habits and healthy relationships with food are an essential part of healing newly sober women. A health and wellness employee comes in once a week to counsel residents around nutrition. Clients then plan all of their own menus—paying attention to sugar, salt and fat. The women take turns preparing meals for each other and serving them in the dining room.
Treatment and Staff
Potential Rose House clients are subjected to a thorough screening process before being admitted for treatment here. Upon admission, each woman is given a detailed psychological assessment before proceeding with treatment that considers underlying mental health issues like bi-polar disorder, anxiety and depression.
The recommended minimum length of stay at The Rose House is three months. The staff of 13 employees includes three full-time therapists. According to the accumulated research of the Rose House staff, the co-occurring disorders women usually face can vary but tend to center around disordered eating, trauma, love addiction and abuse.
Making sure each client’s unique needs are accounted for, there are at least 20 hours a week of group and individual therapy, which includes CBT and DBT, in addition to inner child and shame reduction workshops. Residents are transported nightly to 12-step meetings off-site. The program as a whole is AA/NA, 12-step focused with a particular emphasis on Step One—the admission of powerlessness over drugs and alcohol. This is in line with the deep sense of self-awareness and internal work each patient hopefully develops throughout their journey in the program.
All of this treatment is supplemented with the outdoor extracurricular activities available to keep the clients’ bodies active and souls fed.
Upon completion of the program at Rose House, the women then have the added option to live in several sober living homes aptly named The Rose Bud, The Rose Petal and The Rose Garden.
Clients are able to use the pool in warm months, ride horses (equine therapy is part of treatment), hike, bike and ski. In addition, as part of the extras offered, the Rose House is staffed with 24-7 residential therapy dogs.
The Rose House is truly holistic in its approach to treatment, as attested by many former program participants who felt they were really able to do the work within themselves. The small size and innately healing qualities of easy access to nature in a beautiful setting are added facets that make this place special.
The Rose House
P.O. Box 270416
Louisville, CO 80027
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