Arapahoe House - Aspen Center for Women in Westminster, CO

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Westminster CO 80260

Arapahoe House - Aspen Center for Women Philosophy

Aspen Center provides safe and confidential services for pregnant/postpartum women suffering from a substance
use illness. The goals are to: deliver a healthy baby, reduce or stop the substance using behavior during and after pregnancy, maintain the family unit, and to promote a safe child rearing environment.

Areas of Specialization

  • Outpatient
    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.

Facility Highlights

Intensive Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Relapse Prevention

Meet the Staff

Aleah Horstman, PhD

Director of Development and External Relations

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Aleah Horstman has been with Arapahoe House since December 2008. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years, previously with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. In 2006, Aleah received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. She is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter and a Leadership Denver Class of 2011 graduate. Aleah is a facilitator for Metro Volunteers, serves on the steering committee for National Philanthropy Day in Colorado, and is a faculty member for the Institute for Leaders in Development at the University of Denver.

Meredith Silverstein, PhD

Director of Colorado Social Research Associates

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Meredith Silverstein is the director of Colorado Social Research Associates, the research and quality assurance department of Arapahoe House. She has a wide range of experience in health services research and program evaluation. Meredith has 12 years of experience directing or managing large, multi-site projects including service as the community treatment provider principal investigator for two National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network protocols (CTN 0014 and CTN 0037) and has directed the evaluations of six Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded services demonstration grants. She holds a PhD in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado and an MS in health management from The American University. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located in Westminster, Colo., a suburb of Denver, Aspen Center for Women provides residential treatment for pregnant and postpartum women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Part of Arapahoe House, a regional treatment provider, Aspen Center is designed to ensure a safe delivery or safe environment for one year postpartum mothers while addressing their substance abuse or co-occurring disorders.


To guide clinicians in forming an individualized plan of care, clients may participate in an initial assessment upon admission to identify specific needs. Clients may also be referred to a physician for a medical evaluation, helping to ensure the health of pregnant clients, as well as mothers and their children. Arapahoe House's programming blends evidence-based treatment methods with 12-step immersion in the supportive setting of a therapeutic community. As a gender-specific program for woman, programming also addresses the unique needs of the clientele.

During their time at Aspen Center, clients adhere to a structured schedule of group counseling, individual therapy, and family counseling sessions to address issues common among women in recovery. Counseling sessions may address issues related to self-esteem, trauma, and abuse, as well as how these co-occurring concerns may contribute to addictive behavior. Clients with a diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorders may also receive regular psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management to alleviate symptoms.

Clients also attend interactive workshops on relapse prevention techniques, as well a developing parenting skills, which may include parenting classes, education on pregnancy issues, and specialized services designed for new mothers. According to the Arapahoe House's website, 12-step involvement is also typically integrating into programming. Clients may attend on-site 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature, and perform associated "step-work."

The length of Aspen Center for Women's residential program typically lasts for 60 days, through the length of treatment is determined by the needs and progress of the resident. During their time in the residential program, residents receive linkages to primary healthcare and health education resources.

Before discharge, clinicians also provide case management services, which may include locating supportive housing, vocational training and educational opportunities, and any available community-based resources for new mothers. Case managers may also encourage residents to transition into one of Arapahoe House's outpatient-based programs for additional support.


Aspen Center for Women may employ a team comprised of psychiatrists, licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors, consulting physicians, nursed, case managers, and childcare specialists.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.


The sole alum polled by at the time of this writing praised the facility. Out of five stars, alum A.R. gave a perfect five-star rating for the facility's overall effectiveness, the facility's accommodations, and the quality of its meals. Very good place, A.R. wrote, " helped me get sobor and helped out with my kids."

Secondary sources also revealed generally positive reviews for Arapahoe House as a whole. On the treatment provider's Facebook page, which Arapahoe House can manage, 18 individuals gave the facility an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars.[1] Regarding its gender-specific programs, representative reviewer Jenny wrote: Love the staff, committed to helping women and families become successful members of society." Alum Robyn added: "If it wasn't for everyone in arapahoe house and at aspen center for women, I would not be going on 2 yrs of soberity."


Although has yet to receive employee feedback to date, secondary sources revealed more mixed opinions of Arapahoe House as a whole. On Indeed, 51 reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 2.8 out of five stars. While many reviewers praised the dedication of coworkers, others were critical of the managerial support and lack of staff. "I work with amazing people; most of the time. The hardest part of the job is working understaffed," one representative reviewer wrote.


Arapahoe House accepts most private health insurance plans and Medicaid. However, pregnant women or one year postpartum may be eligible for residential services at no cost


Published on December 2017

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