Haven House Program

Haven House Women Substance Abuse Addiction Research and Treatment Services Denver, Colorado.The Haven is a 20-bed residential Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC), providing treatment for adult women with chronic substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. The primary goal of a Modified Therapeutic Community is to foster individual change and positive growth. This is accomplished by changing an individual’s lifestyle through a community of concerned people working together to help themselves and each other. Individuals receive services that not only focus on recovery from substances and maintenance of mental health, but treatment that focuses on social functioning, educational/vocational skills, and positive community and family ties. Participants learn to be accountable to the community through a hierarchical model of treatment stages that reflect increased levels of personal and social responsibility. The MTC model is based on “community as method” or mutual self-help where all individuals within the MTC assume responsibility for not only their own recovery, but that of their peers, and hold each other responsible for making meaningful changes.

Program Structure

The Haven is a highly-structured, scientifically supported treatment model that encompasses progressive phases. They include:

Orientation (Approximately 30 days)

  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Motivational Counseling
  • Program Philosophy

Phase I (Approximately 3 months)

  • Develop and strengthen problem-solving skills
  • Identify and address behaviors that contribute to drug and alcohol use
  • Acquire pro-social attitudes and values

Phase II (Approximately 3 months)

  • Address issues related to substance use, including trauma and gender-specific concerns
  • Reconnect with family members and participation in family groups
  • Identify community support groups

Transitional Phase (Approximately 3-6 months)

  • Re-socialization skills training
  • Increase contact with community (employment, school, support, and leisure activities)
  • Money management
  • Employment placement and monitoring

Treatment Activities

Services and treatment activities at the Haven programs address recovery using cognitive/behavioral techniques, stages of change, and community reinforcement and are integrated to address mental health and trauma issues. Treatment activities include:

  • Individual and Group Education and Counseling
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Peer Run Activities-Groups-Meetings
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Medication Assisted Therapies
  • Vocational Skills
  • Life Skills Training
  • Exercise Programs
  • GED Preparation Classes
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Specialized Parenting and Interactive Groups
  • Coping Skills
  • Trauma Responsive Groups
  • Psychiatric Care and Medication Monitoring
  • Case Management Services – Linking Women to:
    • Healthcare
    • Dental Care
    • Benefits Acquisition
    • Transportation
    • Eye Care

Continuing Care

Individuals who successfully complete treatment at the Haven are able to receive aftercare services at ARTS’ Outpatient Therapeutic Community. The Outpatient Therapeutic Community (OTC) is a continuing care model for men from Peer I and women from the Haven who successfully complete residential treatment and progress to a non-residential status. The outpatient component is a minimum of one year or until a client fulfills their legal obligation. The primary goal of the OTC is to foster and support a positive reintegration into the community. Services include educational and therapy groups, as well as family activities. The OTC program also assists clients with housing as they transition to the community.

Recreational and Recovery Support Services

The Haven believes that it is vital for women in recovery to learn how to have fun and engage in pro-social activities. The Haven has on-site wellness services including sponsored YMCA exercise classes, peer recovery coaches, and sponsored recreational activities, for example: Haven takes individuals to sporting events, the theater, white water rafting, and on ski trips. Individuals also participate in sponsored recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and swimming. Individuals also engage in monthly community “give-back” projects such as assisting during Special Olympics, feeding the homeless, helping local nursing homes, gardening projects, and assisting the youth.

Licensure and Credentials

The Haven is licensed by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and is contracted with the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice as a Community Corrections provider.

Program staff is comprised of licensed professionals, master level clinicians, and certified addictions counselors; many of whom are in recovery from substance addiction.


Referrals derive from multiple sources across Colorado, including county social service departments, community corrections, probation, parole, homeless shelters, and individuals or their family members.

If interested in learning more about the Haven programs or to schedule an intake appointment, please call 303-734-5000.



Contact ARTS

3738 W. Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236

Weekdays 7:30am to 4:30pm
Phone: 303.336.1600
Fax: 303.762.2181