Founded by Reverend Ernest Baber in 1967, Sobriety House Inc in Denver, Colorado is the state’s oldest residential treatment program. The facility provides a three-phase program for addiction and co-occurring disorders; gradually blending in elements of independent and sober living. The program is available to both men and women.
Accommodations and Food
Sobriety House Inc owns and operates a number of facilities throughout Denver, each reserved for different phases of its residential program. This includes three gender-specific homes on Acoma Street for men and women, the Stepping Stone house exclusively for women and the co-ed Gaylord Apartments. Altogether, the organization provides 84 beds for residential care. While the first four homes are used in phases one and two, the Gaylord Apartments are exclusively for clients in phase three.
Though the specifics may vary, residents in the Acoma houses stay in Victorian homes that can accommodate up to 12 clients each. While most of rooms are shared between two to three residents, some private units are available. Each is equipped with twin beds, dressers, closet space and simple decor. Each home features common living areas with TV, a dining room, a full kitchen and each on-site gym equipment.
The Gaylord Apartments consist of fully-furnished, two-bedroom units with a common living area, shared bathrooms and kitchenettes. While clients in phase three are encouraged to cook for themselves, others are served three meals a day cafeteria-style.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial assessment and screening, clients enter the first phase of treatment—a 28-day intensive where they attend four group sessions a day from 8:30 am to 4 pm. After which, clients attend on-site 12-step meetings and individual therapy once a week. The first four weeks of treatment cover rotating topics like sobriety maintenance, stress management, assertiveness training and awareness of feelings. During this time, cell phones and computers are prohibited.
Phase two is designed to last for 30 to 120 days. While clients continue to attend group and individual therapy as well as 12-step meetings, sessions are scaled down while residents seek and obtain full-time employment. In both phases, treatment relies on evidence-based practices, such as CBT, as well as relapse prevention techniques and Seeking Safety. Holistic techniques like yoga and art therapy are also integrated. Support for co-occurring disorders is available via additional psychiatric sessions and medication management. Case management services are also a part of the program.
In phase three, clients transition into the Gaylord Apartments where they are expected to stay sober, maintain employment and participate in an aftercare program (though not necessarily through Sobriety House Inc).
Sobriety House also hosts a monthly family education day designed to help loved ones understand the disease of addiction and how they can provide support. Clients can also attend outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) through the facility as well. Finally, the organization runs a sober living complex called Phoenix Concept, which provides 35 beds for men with flexible lengths of stay. Other standalone services include breathalyzers, urinalysis testing and help with family interventions.
In all, Sobriety House Inc is an expansive and well-established program for men and women in the Denver metro area. Unlike some competing residential programs, Sobriety House Inc builds in a full continuum of care moving clients from intensive treatment to what is essentially a three-quarter home. Treatment draws on evidence-based practices, holistic care and the 12 steps. For those in the area, Sobriety House Inc’s residential programs are a comprehensive resource worth considering.
Sobriety House Inc Residential Locations
121 Acoma St
Denver, CO 80223
107 Acoma St (front and back houses)
Denver, CO 80223
1368 Elizabeth St
Denver, CO 80206
Sobriety House Inc Cost
$5,280 (Phase I, 28 days); $2,000 (Phase II, 30 days); variable rates (Phase III); $1,500 (family interventions). Sliding scale sometimes available. Reach Sobriety House Inc by phone at (303) 722-5746. Find Sobriety House Inc on Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn
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