Residential Treatment Q&A

Should I Receive Outpatient or Inpatient/Residential Treatment?

Deciding between outpatient and inpatient (residential) addiction treatment can be challenging.

  • In outpatient treatment, individuals stay in their own homes while receiving care.
  • Inpatient/residential treatment involves full-time residence in the treatment program, providing around-the-clock care and supervision.

To determine the most suitable option for you, consult our intake counselors at 303-734-5000.

What residential programs are offered?

ARTS offers two distinct residential treatment programs: ARTS Reflections for Women and ARTS Inspiration for Men. These programs are housed in separate buildings, ensuring that male and female residents do not interact with one another during their stay.

What types of addiction do you treat? 

We address addiction to drugs and alcohol, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

What ages do you treat in the ARTS residential programs?

Adult men and women aged 18 and older are eligible for the ARTS residential programs.

How long is the residential treatment stay?

Typically, the residential treatment lasts between one to three months, depending on the individual’s needs and circumstances.

Can I take time off from my job to go to residential treatment?

Many people worry about their jobs when thinking about getting help for their substance use disorder. The reality is that not seeking help could affect your job performance and even lead to job loss. The good news is there are options.

You can talk to your employer about taking paid time off, or you may consider the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from your job to focus on your health, including seeking treatment for addiction.

Can I continue to attend classes while in residential treatment?

It’s essential to prioritize your recovery journey during residential treatment. Addiction can significantly affect how well you perform in school, focusing on your treatment is crucial for your overall well-being. While it might be challenging to discontinue classes during this time, the support you receive will greatly contribute to your recovery and future success.

Is the program licensed?

Yes, every ARTS program is licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Behavioral Health Administration, meeting both State and Federal licensing standards. You can trust that you are in good hands.

How can I get into an ARTS residential treatment program?

The first step to entering is to uncover what you require. Speaking with an intake counselor can help you figure out what type of assistance you need. For an assessment contact us at 303-734-5000.

Are bilingual services available?

In residential treatment, services are offered in English only.

Do you allow smoking?

We provide a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment. We do not allow smoking products including but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, vapes, cigars, snuff, or any device or material which is lighted or inhaled. Additionally, the use of cannabis is prohibited.

Can I take my usual prescription medication while in treatment?

Certain medications may be unsafe while in treatment. Each of your medicines will be checked for safety. In some cases, an alternative, safer treatment will be prescribed by a medical professional.

Are visitors allowed?

Onsite visits for family or friends are not available. However, we do welcome visits from your children and sponsors during designated times. Your treatment team can help coordinate off-site visits as needed.

We understand the importance of social support in your recovery, which includes friends, family, and community members. Your primary counselor will meet with you to identify these supports. Approved individuals can engage through phone calls, dropping off packages, or accompanying you on passes. Your treatment team will collaborate with you to integrate these social supports into your treatment. While not everyone may be approved, we will work together to make decisions that best support your recovery journey.

Can my children visit me while in treatment?

Children can visit once a week during Kid’s Day—a special time set aside for visits. You’re welcome to join Kids Day Visits with your children aged 18 or younger. These visits can begin as soon as arranged by you and your primary clinician, subject to approval by DHS if applicable. Visits with children over the age of 18 will need to be approved and coordinated with the treatment team.  Please note that outside food or drink is not allowed during these visits. If you require time outside of the assigned day and time, kindly collaborate with your primary counselor to make alternative arrangements. Our goal is to ensure a positive and supportive environment for you and your children during these visits.

Can I bring my child with me?

Women participating in the ARTS Reflections for Women residential treatment program have access to specialized services. Mothers with children 15 months of age or younger at the time of admission into the program may reside with their child while in residential care.  We also offer specialized services for pregnant women. Our aim is to provide comprehensive care that addresses the unique needs of women during this important phase of their lives.

Do I have to be pregnant or have a child to get into residential treatment for women?

ARTS Reflections for Women welcomes any woman who is dealing with drug and/or alcohol dependence. It’s important to note that pregnancy or having a child is not a requirement for admission to the program. While the program is open to all women facing substance abuse challenges, we do offer specialized services for those who are pregnant or in the post-partum phase. This ensures that our support is tailored to the specific needs of each individual, promoting a comprehensive and effective recovery journey.

Can children reside with men in the ARTS Inspirations for Men program?

Children are not able to reside in treatment at ARTS Inspirations for Men.

Can I bring my phone or other devices?

Yes, you can bring your cell phone; however, access to it will be determined by your treatment team. It’s important to note that the treatment is focused on your healing process, and limiting contact with certain aspects of your life, including technology and communication, is part of this therapeutic approach. While family contact is likely to occur as part of the program, taking a break from excessive technology use and communication with friends during treatment can contribute to a more effective recovery journey.

Can I bring my own vehicle?

Bringing your own vehicle is not necessary, as transportation to essential appointments will be provided for you during your stay.

What can I bring to residential treatment?

 Clothing List (This is a general guide, and due to space limitations, please ensure not to exceed the listed items below):

  • Five pairs of footwear: – this may include a combination of: boots, tennis shoes, dress shoes, sandals, and slippers.
  • Ten pairs of socks
  • Ten pairs of underwear
  • Ten undergarments- that may include a combination of: bras, sports bras, and tank tops to be worn underneath the shirt.
  • Ten pairs of pants that may include a combination of: dress, casual, leggings, shorts, jeans, or sweatpants.
  • Two skirts
  • Two dresses
  • Ten shirts
  • Five sweatshirts or sweaters- can be a combination of items but the total is not to exceed five.
  • Two pairs of pajamas
  • One bathrobe
  • Two pairs of gloves (winter)
  • One hat
  • One seasonal jacket
  • Bathing suit (summer) – one-piece only
  • Shower shoes

 Personal Hygiene (Only alcohol-free and non-aerosol toiletries allowed):

  • Medications (please see below for more information)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Soap or body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene products (if applicable)
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties or clips
  • Razor and shaving cream (if applicable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Please ensure that all toiletries are alcohol-free and non-aerosol. Additionally, any medications should be brought along with proper instructions.

Important documents:

  • An 11×11 inch locker will be provided to you to lock any approved incidentals or important documents.

What not to bring.

  • Aerosol products
  • Products containing alcohol
  • Expensive items such as jewelry (except for a wedding ring which must remain on you at all times), TVs, radios, electronic devices such as iPods, Kindles, iPads, tablets, computers, laptops, and/or gaming devices.
  • Any tobacco or smoking products.
  • No sheer or low-cut blouses or dresses.
  • No offensive or alcohol or other drug or gang-related emblems, mottos, trademarks, etc.
  • Hobby tools, art supplies, work tools.
  • Unidentifiable prescription medications.
  • Unsealed over-the-counter medications.
  • Over-the-counter medications that do not have written approval from a physician.
  • Any substances including alcohol, drugs, or any substances that may have a physiological or psychological effect, including synthetic substances, spice, bath salts, etc.
  • Drug and alcohol paraphernalia.
  • Gang clothing.
  • Credit cards, IDs, Social Security Cards, Birth Certificates, or any items that are in another person’s name (this does not include items belonging to children in the custody of the client).

What to bring for baby.

  • Clothing: Adequate clothing for your baby’s stay, including onesies, sleepers, and outerwear.
  • Diapering supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Medication: Any prescribed medication for your baby, with proper instructions from doctor.
  • Baby monitor: A device to monitor your baby while they rest. No video monitors please.
  • Stroller: A stroller for outdoor activities and walks.
  • Car seat: Ensure you have a suitable and safe car seat for transportation.

What if I don’t have some of the things I need?

At ARTS Reflections for Women, we offer basic hygiene products, including feminine hygiene items, and provide culturally sensitive basic haircare products. While we do supply these necessities, we also encourage all residents to bring their own personal products to ensure they have what they need and prefer.

At ARTS Inspiration for Men, our residents are required to provide their own hygiene items.

For residents in need, we do have some basic clothing items available.

Is food provided?

Yes, we provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

Can I bring my own food?

Food is provided for individuals in our treatment programs, and therefore, no outside food or delivery of food is allowed.

Can you accommodate special diets?

We are unable to accommodate special diet requests that are preferences. However, we do make accommodations for dietary needs such as food allergies. Please inform us of any specific dietary requirements to ensure your nutritional needs are met during your stay.

Can I bring my own craft or art supplies?

You do not need to bring your own craft or art supplies as they are provided on-site.

Can I come and go as I please?

During your treatment, you will be required to stay on-site. However, during certain phases of treatment, you may be approved for off-site visits. Regular attendance and participation on-site are essential components of treatment to ensure your progress and well-being.

Are the residential programs wheelchair accessible?

Currently, the residential programs are not fully wheelchair accessible as the programs are situated in historic buildings.

Do I get my own room?

Rooms are typically set up to accommodate 2-4 people. While you may not have a private room, the shared living arrangement is designed to foster a supportive and communal environment among residents.

 Do I get my own bathroom?

Bathrooms are shared.

 What does a typical day look like?

A typical day in our residential program is structured and organized to provide a well-rounded experience. Here’s an overview of the daily activities:

  • Meals:Regularly scheduled meals to ensure proper nutrition.
  • Individual Therapy:One-on-one sessions to address personal concerns and progress in your recovery journey.
  • Group Therapy:Participate in group sessions for shared learning and support.
  • Chores:Involvement in daily tasks to promote responsibility and teamwork.
  • Life Skills Classes:Engage in classes focusing on essential life skills to enhance your overall well-being.
  • Group Recreational Activities:Enjoy group activities designed for recreation and bonding with fellow residents.
  • Personal Obligations:Allocate time to address any personal commitments or responsibilities.
  • Free Time:Allow for moments of relaxation and personal reflection.

The goal is to create a conducive environment for focusing on your treatment, learning new healthy skills, and establishing positive routines for your recovery journey.

I am on oxygen or have special medical needs, can I attend this treatment program?

If you have specific medical needs or are on oxygen, we encourage you to contact our facility for more information. For any medical-related inquiries, please reach out to the facility at 303-734-5000. Our dedicated staff will provide you with the necessary information and guidance to determine the suitability of our treatment program for your unique circumstances.