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Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment at Denver Health

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services offers a variety of programs for treatment of non-opiate substance use disorders. Patients are required to complete a comprehensive substance abuse evaluation and may be referred for treatment through the drug courts or probation, by Denver CARES, health care providers, or by self referral. 

The Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Level II Education and Therapy Treatment Program uses the Driving with Care manuals, which meet the curriculum requirements set forth by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. Patients may be asked to comply with requirements for monitored Antabuse, breathalyzers, or urine analysis in addition to their court-ordered classes. Patients may receive individual therapy services and attend other groups offered by the clinic.

The Intensive Outpatient Program was designed for patients who have not been successful with Level I treatment. Treatment includes substance abuse education, relapse prevention, and groups designed to improve coping and life skills. Patients also may receive psychiatric evaluation for medications. Most patients will take monitored Antabuse and weekly urinalysis may be required.

The Strategies for Self Improvement and Change (SSIC) course is offered to all clinic patients with probation or parole requirements other than DUI charges. This 51-week group program is approved by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Most patients attend relapse prevention or other groups in addition to SSIC groups. Clinicians work with probation officers to determine the amount of required treatment. Most patients are required to submit at least two urine toxicology screens per week and may be required to take monitored Antabuse.  All drug court patients will have progress-in-treatment reported on the ICON (probation reporting system).