Innovation is the hallmark of The Council’s treatment and recovery programs. Each of our programs is rooted in ‘best practice’ treatment models. That means that these programs have been proven effective in the treatment of addictions. We’ve also earned a reputation for developing new strategies for providing services to specific populations. At The Council, we believe in recovery and we believe in you.
Established in 1992, Project Recovery provides group, individual and, as needed, family therapy for persons 12 years and older, This integrated treatment model addresses addiction as well as mental health and trauma issues utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution focused and motivational interviewing theories. Group sessions are 1½ hours to 2 hours weekly. Acupuncture and yoga are available weekly as treatment and recovery supports. Sobriety monitoring, including Breathalyzer and Antabuse monitoring, is also available.
DUI/DWI Education and Treatment Services
Most DUI/DWI offenders are people who had a lapse in judgment and got behind the wheel when they shouldn’t have. While a DUI/DWI offense is serious and costly, it can also be embarrassing and an overall drag. Your treatment doesn’t have to be. Our clients include urban professionals, college students, stay-at-home parents, and recently retired persons. We have several classes at convenient times to match your needs and your schedule—with both evening and Saturday hours.
The Council is a recognized provider by the Denver Drug Court and provided both pre- and post-sentencing services. Whether you are self-referred or court ordered, The Council is your Level II DUI provider. We have competitive rates and provide monitoring services to help you succeed. For more information, visit milehighdui.org.
Miracles is a gender-specific intensive and weekly outpatient treatment program for women. The program is tailored to each woman to ensure an appropriate level of intensity to optimize their chances for success. The Miracles program provides a blend of evidence-based and best-practices models. Most importantly, Miracles treats every woman as a whole person and helps them find their own miracle. Services address substance abuse issues, mental health and trauma issues. Case management, family counseling, healthy relationships, parenting classes, anger management, GED education, social skills development, yoga, acupuncture and even quilting provides a strong foundation for women to get back on track and reclaim their lives from addiction.
The Mile High Meth Project
The Mile High Meth Project is a community-specific treatment program for gay and bisexual men who are impacted by methamphetamine addiction. Services are supported through grants and contracts and are provided at no-charge. The Mile High Meth Project uses the Matrix Model intensive outpatient treatment program that addresses the diversity of factors that contribute to methamphetamine addiction within this population. Drug use, self-esteem and sexual behaviors are all addressed in the context of recovery. The program, called Getting Off, is a range of group activities that are related to long-term recovery success.
Gay Men’s Wellness Initiative
The Gay Men’s Wellness Initiative is an innovative approach to health, wellbeing and overall quality of life for gay and bisexual men. The Initiative’s approach is unique: supporting social networks and individuals to positively impact their community through altruistic engagement. The program is multiethnic and intergenerational, just like our local gay men’s community. We’re out to create a community where gay men experience meaningful connections by which that experience their innate ability to make a profound difference—in their own lives, in the lives of their friends and families, and in the community as a whole.
Beat the Street
The Mile High Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Urban Peak Denver partnered to develop and implement Beat the Street, which targets homeless and at-risk young adults in the Denver metro area with substance abuse, mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Its purpose is to improve youth’s residential stability and self-sufficiency by integrating age-appropriate housing and support services with individualized substance abuse and mental health treatment. This project is funded by a Treatment for Homeless – Services in Supportive Housing grant to support the program’s intensive case management, integrated treatment and performance assessment activities. Other program components - including outreach/ engagement, supportive housing, wraparound services (e.g., employment services, medical care, HIV/STI screening) and peer recovery support - are delivered using existing resources.
Like most of the nation, Denver has seen major increases in the number of homeless and runaway youth/young adults. A recent survey estimated that there are 1,500 homeless youth in the Denver area on any given night, and that this number has increased seven fold over the past decade. The study also found increases in the rates of addiction, dependency and untreated mental illness among this high risk age group. Many young people are reluctant to participate in housing and supportive services geared for older homeless adults. They may also encounter barriers due to providers’ inexperience in relating to or helping with their special needs.
Through Beat the Street, The Council and Urban Peak have integrated a constellation of evidence-based services into a seamless program specifically designed for transition age youth. This level of integration results from a shared staffing pattern merging The Council’s clinical team with Urban Peak’s outreach/case management team and housing resources. Among the evidence-based services provided through the project are: Strengths-Based Case Management, supportive housing, outreach and brief interventions, and integrated substance abuse and mental health treatment using the Stages of Changes/Motivational Interviewing model. Finally, Beat the Streets’ treatment component offers an array of additional evidence-based and best practice interventions to be delivered based on each individual’s service plan. The program provides integrated case management, supportive housing and intensive (5 days/week) or weekly outpatient treatment for 50 participants each year, for a total of 230 unduplicated clients served during the five-year project period.
The performance assessment is conducted by The OMNI Institute, a non-profit evaluation and social research company with extensive experience in the evaluation of substance abuse programs and services, including several current federal grant-funded projects. The evaluation includes both process and outcome evaluations, collects and analyzes all required GPRA performance measures. Results are used to meet federal reporting requirements, and to support continuous program improvements and the achievement of a stable program model.
The Jump Start Reentry Services Program
The Jump Start Reentry Services Program provides professional services related to mental health and drug and alcohol treatment for Metro Denver’s reentry population from County jails and State Department of Corrections.
Treatment Readiness: Introduction to Treatment (DUI Specific):
Treatment Readiness: General Cognitive Therapy:
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Comitis Crisis Center
Comitis offers help for you. For more than 30 years we have helped thousands get through emergency situations and dark times. We serve socially alienated infants, children, teenagers, young adults and adults. We can help you understand how you relate to others and your environment, and assist in solving problems at crisis points in your life. We also provide preventative counseling so that you can learn how to alleviate the possibility of a future crisis situation. Comitis offers to you:
• 24-hour crisis help line
If you need help, call Comitis now
Celebrating Gay Menís Communities. Creating New Possibilities and New Futures for Gay Men.
Denver is fortunate to have many groups of gay men who have come together to create communities. This natural diversity within our community is something to celebrateÖ something that uplifts and inspires and supports us as gay men. Weíre hoping to bring together the many different communities of gay men in an effort to create a more caring, more interesting, more diverse, and more fun gay menís Denver. Perhaps youíve experienced a disconnect with other gay men or maybe youíre looking for new ways to enjoy other menís company. Whether youíre a younger man or an older man, your participation is valuable. Letís start a new conversation for community that is uplifting and inspiring. We believe that we can create a context for ourselves and our communities that is enlivening and empowering.
ELEMENT is a community-based celebration of our individual and collective strength, our innate wisdom as men who love men, and our capacity for creating deep and meaningful communities of men. ELEMENT, Denverís Gay Menís Wellness Initiative, and the reincarnation of Men4Men4Life, is working in partnership with individuals and organizations to help bring our diverse community together to identify, address and triumph over the challenges of complacency, division, and strife. We are a whole community as we work toward our common visions and our shared desires.
Community Reentry Project
The Community Reentry Project assists with the successful transition of incarcerated persons back into the community. The project works with individuals and their families to build healthy relationships, employment, and educational opportunities. This is accomplished through case management services and programs in the jail and in the community, including: GED preparation. Employment services. Life skills and financial management training. Parenting classes. Family reunification assistance. Domestic violence classes. Limited drug and alcohol classes. Vocational training. Cognitive Behavioral Skills Training (Thinking for a Change).