Arapahoe House - Healing First Philosophy
Healing First is an intensive residential program designed to stabilize and prepare clients for a lower level of treatment, such as outpatient care. Geared toward those who, in a less restrictive environment, may be unlikely to achieve changes in attitude necessary to maintain long-term sobriety, Healing First provides individualized treatment for adults lasting from one to four weeks. Treatment includes psychiatric stabilization, individual, group and family therapy, medication management, 12-step meetings, and exercise and wellness programs.
Areas of Specialization
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
President and CEO
Arthur Schut, formerly Arapahoe House’s deputy director and COO was named CEO in 2012. He has served for more than 35 years as an executive and clinical director in several comprehensive community-based organizations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and New York. He also held a faculty appointment to the graduate program in substance abuse counseling at the University of Iowa for more than two decades. In addition to his position at Arapahoe House, Art currently serves on the board of directors of two Colorado managed behavioral health care organizations. He currently serves on the CSAT National Advisory Council. Art has been involved with a variety of national substance use disorder evidence based practice, quality, and process improvement efforts, including Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), National Quality Forum (NQF), and Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). He has served on numerous public policy boards, executive committees, clinical task forces and work groups, and expert panels. Schut was recently appointed to SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council and Colorado's Use of Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Revenues Committee.
Director of Human Resources
Sheryl Blythe is the new Human Resources Director at Arapahoe House and has been in the human resources arena for more than 20 years. She spent the last 14 years working in human resources at St. Anthony Hospital, an acute care-Level 1 Trauma Center in Denver, having been their director for the past eight years. Sheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She is very excited to be part of the mission that Arapahoe House represents, and to learn the substance abuse sector in a most complex healthcare world.
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ABOUT ARAPAHOE HOUSE HEALING FIRST
Located in Thorton, Colo., just about 10 miles outside of Denver, the Healing First program at Arapahoe House provides residential substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for adult men and women. Length of stay varies depending on the client's needs, but typically lasts from one to four weeks.
“Social” detox services are offered at three of the other Arapahoe locations (Aurora, Commerce City, and Wheat Ridge,) which means that clients are monitored during the withdrawal process, but are not provided with medical treatment at the facility. If medical attention is necessary, clients are taken to a nearby hospital for appropriate care. The website also notes that while treatment for co-occurring disorders is provided, clients “must be free of psychiatric symptoms that place them at high risk to harm themselves or others.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Healing First is intensive, highly structured, and designed to stabilize and prepare clients for continued care at a lower level, such as transitional living or outpatient treatment. Clinical services include individual and group therapy, psychiatric stabilization and medication management (if necessary), relapse prevention, addiction education, and 12-step groups.
There’s also a focused wellness program, which offers nutrition counseling and rigorous exercise regimens that are specially tailored to each client’s abilities and needs. Family members are incorporated into treatment via a weekly family education program, and may also be included in counseling sessions with the client.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however, at the time of this writing, the two alumni queried about the staff’s level of training and experience gave mixed feedback: one awarded the facility a rating of five out five stars, while the other gave it a rating of only one out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
To complement the program’s individualized wellness and exercise program, Arapahoe boasts a fully equipped gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and an entertainment system, as well as volleyball, basketball, and yoga classes.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The seven alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided Healing First with mixed reviews. Three former clients gave the facility highly positive feedback, praising the program for its compassionate staff and solid treatment program. One anonymous alum credited the facility with saving their life, while Monica gave the facility five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and wrote: “Overall very amazing and helpful experience in my life. Strengths were the counselors and staff.”
Negative comments included complaints regarding non-individualized programming, and a small, rarely used exercise room.
According to the facility’s website, Arapahoe House accepts private insurance from most major providers, including but not limited to Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and Value Options. A sliding fee scale is also available to clients who qualify.
Updated January 2017
Published on April 2017
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