Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Denver Recovery Center Philosophy
Denver Recovery Center is an addiction treatment center in Colorado that specializes in holistic and evidence-based treatment. At our rehab center, we believe treating substance addiction requires a full continuum of care that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. A person isn’t defined by their addiction, so why should their treatment be?
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Jason knows recovery from addiction entails much more than abstaining from substances and alcohol. Recovery is a process of self-discovery, embracing a new way of life, and joining the thriving community of people devoted to sobriety and healthy living.
After 8 years of service in the treatment field and 15 years of personal recovery, Jason and partners Tim Lambright, Laura Nuss and Tyler Tisdale founded Denver Recovery Center, eager to share their experiences and continue helping others experience the joy of sobriety.
As an active member of the 12-Step community, Jason’s commitment to emotional and spiritual growth is an inspiration for all those around him. He believes healing both body and mind are paramount to lasting recovery and carries these ideals into his own life. He is passionate about living life to the fullest and enjoys camping, hiking, yoga, traveling, listening to live music, and spending time with his loving family and his dog, Charlie.
Co-Founder Director of Administration
Laura brings several years of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment industry to the organization. Laura has a passion for empowering others and ensuring that all levels of operations run as smooth as possible. Laura began her career in 2011 at a residential treatment program. As a member of their management team, she oversaw the financials, helped with state licensure, maintained vendor accounts, and helped with HR and billing functions. In 2014 Laura helped found a reputable Scottsdale, Arizona based treatment center. Because of her experience Laura has a strong working knowledge of the unique components that it takes to have a successful treatment center including, Joint Commission, policies and procedures and Insurance billing. Laura studied psychology and business management at Northern Arizona University. Originally from Connecticut, Laura relocated to Arizona to pursue her own journey of recovery which is where her passion for helping others comes from.
Mark Oberg is the Clinical Director at Denver Recovery Center and has worked with clients over the course of the last 10 years to make significant changes in their lives. He works with clients to develop an understanding of how the patterns that they have developed over the course of their life are contributing to their suffering, and how they may begin to take action to shift those patterns.
Mark offers clients the view that, while there is pain and suffering in life, it need not be an enemy to be avoided at all costs. In recovery, it is possible to accept that suffering in all of its, often times excruciating, forms is workable through genuine connection to community as well as our self. Together, by developing a greater awareness of the patterns that we have developed throughout our lives, and taking action to live our recovery, we have the opportunity to live life in the present moment; no longer paralyzed by the disappointments of the past or obsessed with some idealized future.
In his personal time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and son exploring various hiking trails, hot springs, and camping sites all over the Western United States. He is also an avid baseball and football fan, specifically spending too much time obsessing over the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences – Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a master’s Degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.
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