The Foundry Treatment Center

By The Fix staff 05/23/17

Treatment at The Foundry is holistic, using therapies such as DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and 12-Step Facilitation. They also offer NAD cellular detox.

The Foundry
Location : Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone : (844) 955-1066
Price : $82,500 for 90 days including detox with insurance frequently paying 50-75%. Out-of-pocket monthly is $32,500 for the first month, $25,000 for each subsequent month.
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The Foundry, a luxury treatment center laid out on a 48-acre ranch in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado, offers a 90 day inpatient adult alcohol and addiction treatment program in a well-appointed 12-bed facility, followed by a 12-week intensive outpatient program. Detox is available as well, including NAD cellular detox, which "effectively eases the discomfort of withdrawal, reduces cravings and significantly speeds up the detox process." The Foundry is one of only a few programs in the U.S. that offers treatment with NAD.

The Foundry provides a holistic approach to recovery, treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Their clinical philosophy is "to provide individualized treatment that can include: Trauma-informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)." The treatment program incorporates four pillars of recovery: Medical, Clinical, Wellness and Family. The Foundry provides lots of groups, 12-step facilitation, medical help and plenty of "wellness" activities that keep patients engaged, growing and happy.

Integral to The Foundry's program is a spiritual lifestyle which encompasses activities such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation. The program is "intended to not only allow, but encourage each individual to seek their own beliefs and values." Incorporating the spirit of Step Nine of the AA program, patients are encouraged to "give back" as part of the amends process. In line with this, The Foundry donates to the local food bank and encourages volunteerism at other charitable organizations.

In our survey, recent alumni of The Foundry program chose quality of treatment as the main factor in their choice of treatment facility. Other important considerations were location and amenities. While there, residents encountered a diverse group: "There was a mix of ages and genders, completely different people. Some had great jobs. Some didn't.” Another client recalled, "The residents ranged in age from early 20s to 68. The facility is co-ed and diverse. Income ranged from nearly nothing to six figures. So, there was a very wide range. We had everything from former corporate executives to the unemployed."

The food was rated highly: "The chef is excellent. All the food was organic or local, there was a good variety and we could ask for special things we like....All the food was incredibly healthy and there was plenty of it." There are snacks available, but if you are big on sweets and coffee you may be disappointed, at least for a while. "At first I was not thrilled with the snacks and beverages included. However, through my stay I began to understand the importance of healthy eating and snacking," an alumnus reported. Said another: "Very healthy, family style, always plenty to eat. Lots of access to snacks. Limited coffee and no sweets unless a special treat (once a week)."

All items on the menu are professionally prepared and some of the most popular, according to our survey, were the filet mignon and linguini Alfredo. Quite a few residents couldn’t pick a favorite meal because “everything was fantastic” and “there was never a bad meal.” A couple people felt the chef used too much salt, but a self-identified “picky foodie” said that the meals were excellent, well-planned and well-prepared. They also accommodate special requests for birthdays and last meals. As an added bonus, one former client said, "the gardening program was pretty cool too. Allowed me to take part in growing some of the food that would eventually be served in the kitchen."

Accommodations were also rated highly. However, if you are looking for your own room, this is not the place. Provided the beds are all full, everyone has a roommate. The schedule keeps residents busy, including some chores, but everyone seems to like the overall daily life. One summed it up like this, "Wake up call was at six, breakfast at seven, and bedtime at 10:30. We met in groups, had personal time, some (though limited) private therapy and 'wellness' (like zip lining, paddle boarding, horseback riding....) We did yoga three times a week. The groups were all related to recovery and were very good....We attended AA or NA meetings nightly." Another described daily life as "busy, structured schedule with groups and wellness. Everyone had a roommate. Everyone is responsible to clean and do chores and laundry."

As for activities and amenities, there are plenty and all part of the "wellness" component: "The wellness program altogether was amazing. Events were planned every M, W, F and Saturday had a longer event. Thurs. we had an hour of free gym time. We did great activities including yoga, rock climbing, animal therapy, cooking classes, acupuncture," one recent client told us. "Hot air balloon rides, equine therapy and the hot springs were my favs," another said. "We also had a lot of garden time, off campus hikes, and a few fun things like pottery class and bowling."

Access to phone and TV is limited and there is no internet access: “After a two week black-out, we could use the phone for a maximum of 10 minutes during two personal times a day. We did not have access to internet or television during our time in the program. We had time built into the weekly schedule to do our recovery homework," a former patient reported. "No phone for first two weeks, then supervised 10 minute calls with approval after that. No internet. TV was only allowed on certain occasions and it would have to be approved. The days were so full that there wasn't really much downtime," said another.

Medical treatment at The Foundry is via a full-time onsite doctor and two full-time onsite nurses. If care is needed during off hours, medical staff is always on-call. Residents were satisfied with the medical care they received: The doctor was "very helpful. Great at explaining test results and tailoring supplements and vitamins to me specifically - which I really liked." Another former resident met the doctor during admission: "she welcomed me with open arms and a bright smile. Not once did I ever feel judged and that eased my anxiety immensely."

All Foundry staff members--from the doctors to the addiction techs--have credentials beyond the minimum required for their positions.

For the most part, clients had an equally positive view of the non-medical treatment-- the therapy, the 12-step meetings, the group sessions and other modalities. As for the 12 step influence, it is definitely there, as meetings are mandatory, but most patients feel they had a choice. "It was 12 step based," one former client says, "But the treatment went so far beyond that. The Foundry found a perfect balance of treating not just addiction but showing participants how to have a fun, healthy lifestyle that will help keep you sober." The Foundry program is "intended to not only allow, but encourage each individual to seek their own beliefs and values." When we asked alumni for suggestions for improvement, they asked for more gender-specific programming and more open gym time.

Since the program is 12-step based, religion does come up. However, "I would say spirituality was emphasized and not so much religion. I appreciated the way this was done, some of the residents were not religious so it made sense not to push this on them." When asked about religion, another former resident said, "Christian Church was available on Sundays, but everyone made their own choices."

When asked if the program veered more towards permissive or tough love, clients who we surveyed characterized it as tough love, if anything: "There were parts that were strict,...however, I feel like the level of compassion offered by the staff was exceptional." If there were rule infractions, staff response would be "stern but fair," an alumnus said. " A lot of communication and making us understand why the rule was there in the first place." As for punishment? "Occasionally someone would lose some personal time, but poor behavior was usually handled in group."

The Foundry combines high-end amenities and gourmet food with holistic treatment in a beautiful natural environment. Their mission is to nurture each individual "as they forge a new life in their own vision." But alumni valued the staff most of all: “All staff comes from deep levels of care, compassion and most importantly understanding. They're dedicated to helping people with substance abuse. They want for us to succeed.” And "They truly saved my life and I so incredibly grateful for everyone of them!"

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