Located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, about five miles northwest of Denver, West Pines Behavioral Health offers adults 18 and over a dual diagnosis platform of recovery, with a comprehensive psychiatric care unit alongside its addiction services. It offers residential treatment for anywhere between 14 to 30 days at a time.
Accommodations and Food
West Pines operates out of a shaded, tree-lined complex with sprawled out residential housing, but all treatment happens in the main facility. There are 20 total beds with a separate unit for detox, and two separate units for those attending West Pines primarily for mental health issues. The rooms are comfortably decorated and come with twin beds (each with a pillow top mattress), two desks, wardrobes and a bathroom in each room. Men and women are housed separately, but do share treatment activities together. Across the courtyard from the housing is the dining room, which offers cafeteria-style food options. There is also a snack room in the housing wing, which remains stocked throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
The facility specializes in dual diagnosis treatment. Each resident meets with a psychiatrist several times during her or his stay and has an individual therapist. Group and individual sessions focus on CBT interventions, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), narrative therapy and group processing. Residents attend 12-step meetings at night.
West Pines also puts priority on the therapeutic benefits of physical activity as well; mostly, this means daily trips to the gym which boasts an indoor climbing wall. West Pines does offer a medical detox with medication management including Antabuse, Suboxone and Naltrexone; all those in need of detox stay in a different wing of the facilities. There is a psychiatrist on staff as well as case managers, counselors, nurses and a medical doctor.
Because the lengths of stay are so short, West Pines works at providing a comprehensive aftercare program sure to be tailored to each client’s specific needs, as per their case managers’ recommendations. Alumni can attend one free group session per week on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm for a year to reinforce the lessons learned in treatment, identify relapse behaviors and encourage ongoing abstinence. After that year is complete, alums are welcome to join a different group (this time led by alumni themselves rather than a therapist) that meets at the same time. As a special feature, former clients will actually meet with current residents in the medical detoxification unit and residential unit to share their stories of continued recovery.
Finally, another option to consider is West Pines’ outpatient program for chemical dependency. Though called an intensive program, its hours are not as extensive as some other Intensive Outpatient Programs IOP, and seems geared mostly towards transitional or secondary care. Still, those sessions are offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm.
Options for recreation are kept to a minimum. There are no field trips of any kind, though there is an on-site gym as previously mentioned. Aside from that, West Pines works in concert with a group called Phoenix Multisport, a sort of community group for those in recovery looking for an active, physical lifestyle. Phoenix gives West Pines clients access to their resources, which include organized group activities like climbing, hiking, running, swimming, road and mountain biking, yoga, strength training, racing and more. All are held at the West Pines gym, and in the local Denver and Boulder communities.
West Pines is in-network for all major insurance carriers including United, Aetna, Cigna, Value Options, Tri-Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Co-Finity and Kaiser Permanente.
Is a shorter, high-impact rehab stay more effective than a longer-term program? This is the deciding question when considering West Pines. While most facilities offer 30, 60 and 90 increments out of the belief that re-shaping the patterns of one’s addiction takes time, West Pines takes a looser approach—it believes that they are likely just one of many pitstops on the road to a given client’s recovery.
Given its resources and access to staff with relatively low enrollment, West Pines’ promise lies more in the connections to be made during a stay there, including follow-thru with the aftercare or outpatient programming. Still, potential residents should consider whether West Pines’ approach fits their own when it comes to recovery.
West Pines Behavioral Health
3400 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
West Pines Behavioral Health Cost: $9,030 (14 days); $608.50 for additional days. Reach West Pines Behavioral Health by phone at (303) 467-4080. Find West Pines Behavioral Health on Facebook and YouTube
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