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The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake Philosophy
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake provides substance abuse disorder treatment programs for men and women in gender-specific facilities. Services include medical detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient care, specialized co-occurring disorders treatment, individual and group therapy, anti-addiction medications, behavioral modification therapy, fitness, nutrition, yoga and aftercare programs.
Areas of Specialization
At Recovery Village, clients receive in-depth psychiatric and medical assessments to evaluate any co-occurring psychiatric disorders that may accompany addiction. Co-occurring psychiatric conditions that commonly accompany addiction include anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Clients receive individualized dual-diagnosis care as needed.
Serene Treatment Environment
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is nestled in a picturesque natural setting for optimal privacy and holistic wellness. Located just fifteen minutes from Colorado Springs, the facility boasts exquisite natural beauty and private serenity for a rejuvenating recovery experience.
Upon discharge, clients receive long-lasting support through Recovery Village’s extensive aftercare program. Program offerings include community support meetings, transitional housing opportunities, and more.
Luxury Residential Treatment
Residents enjoy luxurious resort-style amenities in a home-like setting for holistic relaxation and optimal comfort. Clients enjoy private and semi-private rooms as desired.
Meet the Staff
Carolyn Ross, MD
Colorado Director for Eating Disorders
Dr. Ross completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University and then was a full-time mother of her two older sons before returning to school to complete her Pre-Med requirements. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ross’s practice experience after medical school helped fuel her interest in understanding what makes people heal as she saw that most of her patients’ medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and the stresses of modern living. In searching for a better way to address these issues, Dr. Ross began to explore complementary and alternative therapies and the use of herbs and supplements for her patients. She then completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and set up practice in San Diego, California, where she eventually opened three women’s centers where she practiced primary care and office gynecology. Her women’s centers integrated the best of western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition counseling. She developed and ran a weight management program for weight loss therapy that offered a holistic approach to treating obesity. During that time, she also served as the medical director of The Rader Institute’s inpatient eating disorder program.
Heather Phillips, MA, M.Ed., LPC, CAC III
From a young age, Ms. Phillips always knew that she wanted to help people. Her passion to help others derives from her personal struggles in adolescence that she learned to overcome. “After I understood what recovery was, I realized it was my life’s goal to help those suffering from the disease of addiction and mental illness.” Ms. Phillips earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. She also holds a Master of Education in Administrative Leadership from Whitworth University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor (Level III) in the State of Colorado. Ms. Phillips has experience providing care in a broad array of treatment settings including residential psychiatric care, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, and providing treatment in institutional settings. She endorses an integrated view of treatment; one which honors the unique and individualized needs of each person and treating them with the utmost dignity and respect. In addition to her passion for working in the treatment profession, she is also an advocate for animal rescue organizations, anti-human trafficking campaigns, and considers herself an ally in the LGBTIQ community. Ms. Phillips is an adjunct instructor at a local university and enjoys sharing her passion for the helping profession as an educator and community speaker. Since living in Colorado, she has fallen in love with the beautiful terrain and most weekends you will find her hiking the many trails of the Rocky Mountains.
Michelle Wittich, RN MA
Director of Nursing
Michelle Wittich, RN MA is the Director of Nursing at TRV at Palmer Lake and oversees the provision of services to clients and secures proper documentation that keeps TRVPL in compliance with regulatory agencies. She provides clinical supervision to the RN and LPN staff ensuring that high quality, recovery-focused, evidence-based practices are being utilized to serve clients. In the past, Michelle has served as RN Supervisor and Manager in multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities like Ft. Logan and Bridge House Acute Treatment Unit. It was there that she handled revamping the Bridge program to accommodate a Crisis Unit, new programming and creating new effective policies and procedures accordingly. Through this, she gained experience in assuring maintenance of quality care during the transition from inpatient to outpatient services. Michelle graduated from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, with a BA in Psychology/Criminology Minor (Hons.). She went on to earn her Masters (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley and later her ADN from Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO.
Jonathan Rosman, MD
Jonathan P. Rosman, MD is a psychologist at The Revocery Village at Palmer Lake originally from South Africa. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Pretoria and immigrated to North America shortly after. With time spent in Canada and the US, his training and development as a psychologist specialized and earned certifications in neurology, forensic and addiction psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Rosman is serving an extraordinary career in psychology and has been consultant, chairman, director, professor and president to several hospitals, committees, non-profit organizations, schools and even correctional facilities. He also has a successful private practice based out of Colorado. His work is published in “Psychiatric Clinics of North America”, the “Employee Relations Law Journal” and most notably the author of the award winning book, “The Art of Joyful Living; A Practical Guide to Happiness”. Dr. Rosman is also an FAA certified flight instructor as well as a professional ski instructor.
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ABOUT THE RECOVERY VILLAGE AT PALMER LAKE
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake (TRVPL) is an upscale rehab center located in a remote, rural setting in the foothills 50 miles south of Denver. The facility offers medically monitored detox, residential treatment, outpatient services, and aftercare for adult men and women who are struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
After an initial phone assessment, potential attend a comprehensive assessment conducted by a counselor, which is used to put together a personalized treatment plan. The center offers a full spectrum of care, and advises clients to progress through the various intensities of treatment. There are dedicated programs for those struggling with trauma, PTSD, and addiction to marijuana.
The medical detox program includes round-the-clock support, medication management, a restful environment, and healing therapies such as massage and hydrotherapy.
The residential program is intended as a short-term measure only, for those in acute need of intensive treatment. The program includes 24-hour supervision, daily group therapy, individual therapy, medication management services, and recreational sessions such as yoga and equine therapy, designed to help clients find healthy hobbies and outlets.
The center also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that offers the same modalities as residential treatment. The next stage of care is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), followed by a flexible outpatient program. The aftercare program offers easy access to a counselor, support groups, and medication management services.
During both residential and outpatient treatment, families are invited to attend therapy on a regular basis, and there are also dedicated family weekends.
Staff includes psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, master’s level therapists, addiction counselors, dietitians, and addiction recovery mentors. All four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Up to 58 men and women sleep in semi-private rooms in gender-separate houses, with lush furniture and hotel-quality bedding. Amenities include outdoor walking trails, a well-equipped gym, and lounges for reading or relaxing. In Rehabs.com reviews, the center’s accommodations received a 4.71-star average rating (based on seven reviews) while their cleanliness received a 4.75-star average (based on four reviews).
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the seven alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, five were positive, one mixed, and one negative. Reviewers repeatedly praised the center’s location and amenities, often using the word “serene.” The reviewers also spoke highly of the center’s staff: “Very dedicated, well trained staff that are willing to go the extra mile,” J.S. wrote. Alum Morris went so far as to credit the facility with saving his life, and J.S. added: “Great mixture of medical, clinical and holistic modalities.”
A few otherwise positive reviews included stray bits of criticism, citing, for example, difficulty getting into the facility, overcrowding, undertraining in some staff, and bad food. In the only outright negative review, Djm wrote: “This was the worst experiene of my life” — though Djm did not elaborate on this critique.
At the time of this writing, secondary sites yielded mixed feedback, with average ratings of 4.1 stars based on 14 reviews on Facebook (where the center manages its own page), four stars based on four reviews on Google, and 2.71 stars based on seven reviews on Yelp.   Among the 25 total secondary reviews, eight gave just one out of five stars. Negative reviewers frequently cited rudeness and dishonesty. “They misrepresent nearly every aspect of the quality of care during the ‘consult.’ You only find out how astonishingly ill-prepared they are for complex mental health and addiction cases AFTER you or your loved one is admitted, and your insurance has paid,” Kim wrote in a representative review on Yelp.
Most secondary reviewers echoed Rehabs.com reviewers by praising the center’s setting, staff, and treatment. “Beautiful location, excellent case management, and a wonderful place to start your recovery journey!” Brandon wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Both loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback, both awarding the center four or five stars for its overall effectiveness, family program, food, treatment for co-occurring disorders, and counseling options.
Both reviewers praised the center’s atmosphere, describing it as quiet, peaceful, and comfortable. “There is a fitness center gym, walking trails and yoga classes. There is a breath taking views of Rocky mountains...” one anonymous reviewer wrote, though the other reviewer cited the cost of treatment as a weakness, in an otherwise very positive review.
Treatment costs $30,000 a month, and the center accepts most private insurance policies. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.75 stars.
Updated February 2017
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