Durango Recovery Center in Durango, CO

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736 Goeglein Gulch
Durango CO 81301

Durango Recovery Center Philosophy

Durango Recovery Center utilizes evidence based interventions and innovative medical, therapeutic and experiential treatment strategies to treat opioid and substance use 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 provide 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 methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone to support successful recovery, as well as a focus on mental health and self-care, outdoor adventure and recreation, nutrition, building community, and other aspects of wellness to promote long-term recovery.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    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
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Highlights

Medication assisted treatment

4:1 Staff to client ratio

Expert culinary staff provide handcrafted, nutritious meals throughout the day.

Meet the Staff

Dr. Daniel Caplin

CEO, Medical Director

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Dr. Dan Caplin moved to the southwest in 2000, for the amazing beauty, access to outdoor activities and for the outstanding climate. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree from Union College, he obtained his medical degree form Des Moines University, graduating in 1990. He then spent the next four years in post graduate training, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine, followed by three years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. Dr. Caplin engaged in a long career practicing Emergency Medicine in a variety of rural and urban settings, seeing the plight of addiction first hand. With few resources available to those suffering from addiction, and essentially no tools available to the emergency departments across this country to help people in desperation, Dr. Caplin took it upon himself to study the field of addiction, eventually obtaining his Board Certification in Addiction Medicine. He began his practice of addiction medicine full time in 2015, by opening an Opioid Treatment Program, in Durango, Colorado, Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services.

Dr. Caplin spends his free time outdoors whenever possible, riding dirt bikes, skiing, hiking, bike riding, wakeboarding, boating, and enjoying time with his three children and two German Shepherds. He feels that physical exertion, and adventure, are healthy ways to release endorphins. Dr. Caplin believes physical activity is one of the best ways to stimulate the brain, and balance anxiety and depression. Becoming physically fatigued each day, through activity, improves sleep patterns, which improves general well-being and physical health. “Co-occurring disorders are present in over 90% of my patients suffering from the disease of addiction, and addressing these issues is paramount to long term sobriety,” explains Dr. Caplin. Medication assisted treatment has been proven to be the most successful treatment modality for the disease of addiction, and the team at Durango Recovery Center has created a program where we are able to integrate methadone, buprenorphine as well as other medications into the residential environment, integrating the best available modalities.

Ryan Sullivan MA, LPC

Director of Behavioral Health

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Ryan is an insightful, cultured, and compassionate individual with a drive to assist others on their journey towards self-actualization. As a lover of all that is wild, Ryan is passionate about the incorporation of the natural world into the therapeutic relationship. As a Nature Based Counselor and Wilderness Guide, he is eager to instill the values of a healthy and active lifestyle that is aligned with a stewardship toward all living things, and to get others outside, pushing themselves toward greater personal limits and higher altitudes.

Ryan has experience working with individuals and their families struggling with substance abuse and utilizes a mindfulness based, relational/humanistic approach. Ryan earned his Master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. An eternal student, his curiosity has always led him to seek out new areas of learning and techniques. With a focus on whole person wellness, Ryan is extremely grateful to be a part of the Durango Recovery Center. After living and working across the country and traveling around the world, Ryan and his wife have returned to Colorado to raise their daughter in the Rocky Mountains and to cultivate a healthy professional community.

Rehabs.com 360 Guide

Review by Rehabs.com Contributors


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.


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.


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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