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University of Colorado ARTS: Peer 1


University of Colorado ARTS Peer 1University of Colorado ARTS: Peer 1 Review

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) is the clinical program for the Division of Substance Abuse under the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. For over 33 years, the ARTS program has provided a wealth of resources and services to the Denver community including inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. One such program, Peer 1, is a long-term residential treatment program for men. The typical client is a criminal justice referral and treatment is evidence-based, incorporating individual and group therapy using CBT.

Accommodations and Food

Peer 1 house accommodates 126 clients in double-occupancy rooms shared with one other client in an upscale dorm-like facility. There are communal bathrooms on each floor and recreation rooms with TVs and computers, as well as common living areas. Meals are served in a cafeteria three times a day and include healthy choices like sandwiches, salads and soups.

Treatment and Staff

Peer 1 is a highly intensive program that typically lasts anywhere from nine months to a year, followed by an additional year of outpatient care. The program is divided into four progressive phases and clients gradually work towards autonomy and independence. The first phase—Orientation—lasts 30 days and consists of an initial assessment, treatment planning, an overview of the program’s philosophy and motivational counseling. Phase II lasts approximately three to four months and focuses on developing problem-solving skills, identifying and addressing behavioral problems and acquiring pro-social attitudes and values. The next phase—Striking Phase—typically lasts from two to three months and involves vocational coaching, pursuing employment and setting up support systems outside of the program. The last phase—the Transitional Phase—is a three- to five-month stretch with focus on re-socialization, increased contact with the community, money management and employment placement.

Each day is structured, lasting from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm and includes individual and group therapy with phase-appropriate topics, family meetings and various educational seminars on addiction and recovery. The therapies implemented in treatment are all based in CBT methodology.

The staff at ARTS-Peer 1 consists of consists of a LCSWs, LACs, LCDCs and LPCs.


In addition to its intensive treatment services, Peer 1 also offers a number of services to help clients further improve their lives including financial counseling, coordination of legal information, vocational assessment and training, GED prep courses, re-socialization skills and other recreational activities and excursions.

In Summary

The Peer 1 program at ARTS provides a very thorough and comprehensive treatment program for men, specifically of the criminal justice community. The multi-phase program allows clients to receive a well-rounded approach to treatment with both evidence-based therapies, real-life skills and vocational training.

ARTS University of Colorado-Peer 1 Location

3762 W Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236

ARTS University of Colorado-Peer 1 Cost

Sliding scale. Reach ARTS University of Colorado-Peer 1 by phone at (303) 761-2885.

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