University of Colorado Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Residential Treatment Philosophy
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ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO — ADDICTION RESEARCH AND TREATMENT SERVICES (ARTS)
Part of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colo., Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) has provided treatment for men, women, adolescents, and families affected by substance abuse for more than 40 years. The facility’s full continuum of services includes residential treatment, outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and continuing care.
ARTS is one of the 63 (16.5 percent) of treatment facilities to provide specialized programming for HIV positive individuals and one of 219 (57.5 percent) to provide specialized programming for individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The center also serves clients with co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at ARTS is evidence-based and utilizes a combination of psychosocial and pharmacological treatment modalities. The center offers four residential programs: Peer I for adult men who have been referred by the criminal justice system; Haven House for women; Haven Mother’s House for pregnant women and women with children younger than nine months; and Synergy Residential Child Care Facility (RCCF) for adolescent males ages 14 to 18.
All four long-term residential programs follow a modified therapeutic community (MTC) model and serve clients with chronic substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Treatment includes group and individual therapy, addiction education, drug and alcohol testing, 12-step meetings, relapse prevention and life skills training, and psychiatric consultation and medication monitoring, if needed. All treatment programs offer recreational activities as well, including outdoor activities, fitness training, and cultural outings. Duration of treatment for adolescents is four to five months, while adults may remain on-site for over a year.
All clients are eligible for continuing care, which often includes a referral to the center’s outpatient programming. Intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient services are available for adults and adolescents, and both utilize a variety of treatment modalities, including The Matrix Model, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed therapy, and 12-step work.
The center offers outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and administers methadone and Naltrexone. It is one of 79 (20.7 percent) of facilities to administer Suboxone.
ARTS’ treatment team includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, licensed primary counselors, certified addiction counselors, and licensed social workers. Each of the four alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted above-average ratings for the center’s staff’s training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
All four gender-specific residential facilities are located at the University’s Fort Logan campus in Denver. Peer I has 125 beds, Haven House houses 40 women, Haven Mother’s House offers 16 beds, and RCCF can accommodate 15 adolescents. The center’s Denver-based location offers residents a range of fitness and recreational activities, including skiing, rafting, hiking, biking, sporting events, and theater outings. As part of their treatment, residents also participate in community service projects. The four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Each of the four alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicated that they would recommend ARTS to others. They were generally pleased with the center’s staff and their approach to treatment. L.S. appreciated connecting with “fellow recovering addicts as staff who ‘get it,’” and S.H. described ARTS as a “good program as long as the client really wants to change their life.”
Despite providing mostly above-average ratings, surveyed alumni expressed disappointment with some aspects of the facility, including its fitness options, its family involvement, and the program’s level of personalization. The surveyed alumni gave the facility three stars for its exercise and leisure activities, and three of the four alumni gave the facility just two stars for its holistic offerings. “Exercise funding seemed low,” K.B. told Rehabs.com.
Cleanliness: 3.75/5 stars
Exercise and leisure activities: 3/5 stars
On Google, 24 users provided an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. All of the reviewers’ commentary was complementary of the facility and its staff, who Google users described as “amazing,” “accommodating,” “knowledgeable,” and “supportive.” “The staff is amazing and really do want to help!!! This place has saved my life and im so very grateful!!!” Nicole wrote in a representative review.
According to the facility’s website, some insurance is accepted, and services may be covered by public benefits or grants. ARTS also offers sliding scale fees to qualifying clients who are unable to pay for treatment.
Published on December 2018
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