Sobriety House, Denver, Colorado

Denver city center, Capital of Colorado State, USA
121 Acoma st.
Denver, CO, 80223

The Sobriety House Overview

The Sobriety House is a rehabilitation center which offers treatment to both men and women. Founded in 1967 by Reverend Ernest Baber, it is located in Denver, Colorado. This center has the longest working residential program in Colorado. Treatments are evidence-based in this rehab center including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and 12-step facilitation. The center has 3 phases in which patients graduate and move from one to the next. New intakes start from the intensive residential treatment then transition into the residential treatment and finally the independent living phase. Residents are awarded a few benefits as they progress through the treatments. The least number of days a patient can spend in any of the programs is 10 days. During intake, residents are checked to make sure they do not bring in any illegal contraband items that are prohibited by the center e.g. empty pill bottles, firearms, candles, aftershave, vitamins, jewelry, etc. Residents are expected to comply with the rules of the facility during the period of their stay. This center has served their community for over 50 years and takes pride in maintaining the privacy of the clients that walk through its doors.

Accommodation And Meals

There are different houses for the patients staying at the center, an apartment block is made available to eight to nine patients at a time. The Steppingstone home houses up to sixteen residents at a time. This home is strictly for women, also all staff pertaining to the home are women too. All rooms are double occupancy with some having the capacity to contain up to three patients. Residents are encouraged to do their own laundry with various units around the homes. Dry cleaning services are not available, hence wash and wear clothes are preferable. Tobacco is an allowed substance on the compound provided that the residents use it in designated spaces and not inconvenience other non-tobacco using residents. There is an onsite gym for residents to keep in shape while receiving treatment and also regular yoga classes. Meals are served in the cafeteria three times a day.

Treatments And Therapy

The facility offers various types of therapies, taking the needs of the patient into consideration. These include:

  • Inpatient residential treatment
  • Outpatient residential treatment

Inpatient Residential Treatment

This treatment comes in three different phases; clients may choose to skip a stage to go to the next one. This program lasts approximately 28 days.

Outpatient Residential Treatment

This program is for patients who have completed the inpatient residential treatment. Private pay clients are accepted but Sobriety House patients are given priority over them due to limited space.

This is a list of what is treated at the facility:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness

Therapy Options

This center offers the following therapy options:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • In-depth counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Yoga and relaxing exercises


A stay at Sobriety house costs approximately $4,800 for 30 days, other costs may be incurred during the course of treatment. There are subsidized treatments for clients with low income and Denver residency without any of these phases. A treatment costs $6,525 for approximately 29 days. Insurance is accepted at this center, although not all plans may be covered by it, the staff at the center is available to help with payment issues.


This center is accredited by the Joint commission.

Sobriety House Advantages

The Sobriety house is a non-profit organization that provides drug and alcohol treatment, located in Denver, Colorado. This center works based on an over-the-phone pre-admission technique where the intake coordinator speaks to a client on the phone about the problem the adult may have and answers any questions about the facility. Visitors into the facility are allowed on weekends and may be refused by the staff if they are seen as detrimental to a patient. Client confidentiality is key in this facility hence no cameras are permitted in the facility whatsoever. Treatment is affordable in this center coupled with the great care provided to the patients.


William A. Dolan, LCSW, CAC III
Executive Director

Bill has been working with addictions since 1981, which was around the same time he joined Sobriety House, he has risen up the ranks and now serves as the executive director. He obtained his degree from the university of Denver.
Bill specializes in the 12-step therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, giving attention to all patients and veterans in particular.

Crystal Colussi, LCSW, LAC
Counselor/Social Worker/Deputy Director

Crystal started her work in business before deciding she wanted a change and began social work after which she got her MSW(Clinical families track) in the university of Denver back in 2011. She joined Sobriety House in 2012 as a counselor and is now a deputy director.
She specializes in existential therapy and other evidence-based treatments, her passion to help addicts and others in need make her a great member of the team.

Jacob Frye
Counselor, CAC II

Jacob joined the Sobriety House team in 2009 and is a program alumnus, he treats patients interested in the 12 step treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, music therapy(which he started) and solution focused brief therapy.
As an alumnus and a Colorado native, Jacob brings a unique energy to the team and helps his patients to the best of his ability.

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