Residential recovery program

StepDenver is a free residential alcohol and drug recovery program for men over age 18. Although it is located in Denver, this program accepts residents from throughout Colorado. It does not accept any government funding. Accountability is stressed. As soon as residents become employed, they contribute for their room and board. (Photo by Lori Bennett)

Alcohol and drug addiction is much in the national, as well as local, news: just read the police blotter and count how many arrests are alcohol- or drug-related.

What are some resources for someone who is dealing with drug or alcohol addiction in Park County and what are the costs?,

First, the vocabulary of alcohol and drug treatment can be confusing, especially when people use acronyms. Here are a few main terms, courtesy of the website,, that can help you navigate the maze of treatment options:

“Detox facilities provide a safe, medicinally aided and monitored program for addressing the physical aspects of addiction.

“Residential rehabilitation programs provide care in a controlled environment with extra support to help mitigate the risk of relapse during recovery.

“Partial hospitalization treatment options are most beneficial for those with a dual diagnosis of a mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder.

“Intensive outpatient programs of care allow one to get the treatment he needs while still maintaining outside responsibilities such as working and attending school.

“Sober living communities help continue the process of addiction recovery and sobriety by providing safe, drug and alcohol-free housing beyond rehab.”

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Most people have heard of AA and NA self-help groups. These resources are free; and as Becca, a sober AA member told The Flume, “Prior to AA, I spent at least three hours a day in a bar or drinking; so in order to become sober I went to at least three hours of meetings per day.”

The website defines their program as “an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”

To find AA meetings near you, including online information, go to the website For meetings and additional information about NA, go to the website

How to pay for treatment

AA and NA programs are free and unlimited.

Some health insurance plans cover substance abuse treatment. Be aware that detox treatment may be considered under your medical insurance, and substance abuse treatment such as counseling may fall under the behavioral health portion.

Dianna Sandoval, executive clinical director for Sandstone Care, said, “The first step is to do a full assessment to identify the appropriate level of care. Then, verify your insurance benefits, check to see what your deductible is, if there is a coinsurance or co-pay, and if you have out-of-network benefits.

“That way when you go to a program, you know what your insurance coverage is and what the out-of-pocket expenses will be,” Sandoval added.

There are also residential recovery programs, such as StepDenver, which accepts residents throughout Colorado.

There is no initial cost for a resident entering the StepDenver program. However, StepDenver emphasizes accountability; and when the resident gains employment, they help pay for their room and board.

StepDenver does not take any government funding. To get more information about the program or to apply, visit their website at or call at 303-295-7837.

Federal government resource and information

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a federal government agency whose mission is “to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities,” per their website,

This website also has lots of useful information, including a treatment facility locator. You can even search facilities that have sliding scales for payment.

The SAMHSA website also gives the following suggestions to help pay for substance abuse treatment:

“Sliding scale – Find a facility that offers reduced pricing based on your income level.

“Payment plans – Find a program that will allow you to pay off treatment in monthly installments.

“Rehab scholarships or grants – Individual rehab programs, as well as larger government organizations, such as SAMHSA,  may offer scholarships or grants to help you pay for treatment.

“Credit cards – If you have good credit, you may be able to pay for treatment using credit cards.

“Loans – You may take out private loans, including home equity and personal loans.

“Crowdfunding – Websites, such as GoFundMe and YouHelp, allow you to raise money from donors.”

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