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Durango Recovery Center Philosophy
Durango Recovery Center utilizes evidence-based interventions and innovative medical, therapeutic and experiential treatment strategies to treat opioid addiction. DRC provides a path to wellness focused on empowerment, the cultivation of personal passions and the discovery of individual purpose. Our highly qualified and committed staff provides treatment based in current scientific research, in a serene and confidential setting. Privacy, respect, and successful recovery for our residents is our focus. DRC is a non-12-step program in conjunction with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) that utilizes naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone as well as a focus on outdoor adventure and recreation that allows people to discover new, healthy passions to carry into their life of recovery.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Dan Caplin
CEO, Medical Director
Chris Lawrence, MA, LAC, LPCC
Director of Behavioral Health
Chris has been in the behavioral health field for 4 years where he earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University and practiced as a case manager and substance use counselor at Mind Springs Health in Grand Junction, CO working with a variety of populations. As the Director of Behavioral Health, Chris provides all operational, administrative, and clinical supervision for the Durango Recovery Center team. As a Licensed Addictions Counselor, Chris also provides individual and group counseling, psycho-education groups, and co-occurring interventions using person-centered, evidence-based interventions. Chris has a strong leadership background and has been an advocate for recovery, building relationships with community stakeholders and leadership to bring awareness to treatment and reduce the stigma of addiction.
Jennifer Miller MSN, RN, CARN
Jennifer spent many years as an ER registered nurse, experiencing firsthand the devastation caused by the opioid crisis. Concurrently, she received her Master's of Science in Nursing Education from the University of New Mexico and taught nursing students at the university level. Jennifer is now the Clinical Director for Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services and focuses much of her time on community outreach to increase awareness and prevention of opioid addiction. She is a certified addiction registered nurse and is passionate about harm reduction and opioid disease management. Jennifer is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, The International Nurses Society on Addictions and The American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Jessica Beaulieu, BA
Experiential Program Director
Jess has more than 20 years of experience teaching, counseling and facilitating experiences in both wilderness and more traditional settings. She has been working in the recovery field since 2008 and is passionate about supporting people as they face challenges and make important transitions in their lives. In her role at Durango Recovery Center, she pursues this passion through the development of our Experiential Programs and the administrative oversight of the support staff. Jess has a BA in Psychology and Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College and is a Wilderness First Responder. In her free time, she loves rafting, skiing, biking, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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ABOUT DURANGO RECOVERY CENTER
Durango Recovery Center (DRC) is a non 12-step based residential treatment facility for adult men struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Situated in a large home on the outskirts of Durango, Colo., DRC blends medication assisted therapies (MAT) with evidence-based counseling techniques and experiential activities in helping clients build a life of recovery.
DRC also offers outpatient services at two nearby locations in Durango.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Durango Recovery Center views addiction as a chronic disease and one that cannot be cured but rather managed. Its programs take a holistic approach to opioid addiction, basing treatment off a combination of medications, evidence-based behavioral therapies, and experiential activities.
The center utilizes methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine to alleviate any cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Once stabilized, clients then take to a curriculum of evidence-backed behavioral health therapies that may include SMART Recovery groups, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (MS), and mindfulness training. Weekly counseling sessions take place in private, group settings, and with families.
As the center is set within a close drive to the San Juan Mountains, residents are encouraged to pursue an assortment of healthy recreation and leisure activities. Depending on the season, clients may go biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, boating, skiing, and fishing, to name just a few. Facility chefs also educate residents on the importance of healthy cooking and nutrition and give lessons of meal planning. Additionally, residents have opportunity for communal involvement by finding support groups, pursuing employment, furthering their education, volunteering, and mentoring others in the local community.
The multidisciplinary staff at DRC includes a board-certified physician, registered nurse, master’s level and state licensed counselors, a certified wellness coach (CWC), and chefs. The facility boasts a staff-to-client ratio of 4:1.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Durango Recovery Center is run from a comfortable home with a large communal space, kitchen, and high ceilings. Rooms have modest furnishings and enjoy lots of natural sunlight. There’s also an outdoor patio with seating.
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Treatment comes to $1,000 per day, $30,000 per month, and $90,000 for a three-month stay. According to its website, DRC works with major commercial insurances and offers options for financing and self-payment.
Published on February 2018
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