Addiction Treatment Services

Substance Treatment Programs

  • Adolescent Substance Treatment
    Our substance treatment, education, and prevention (STEP) program provides specialized outpatient psychiatric and substance treatment to adolescents ages 12-21.
  • The Recovery Program for Women & Families
    This specialty outpatient program is designed specifically to help pregnant, postpartum, and/or parenting adults who need substance treatment. Each individual that comes to the program is treated with respect and offered a safe environment in which to heal.
  • Denver CARES Withdrawal Management (Detox) and Residential Treatment
    Denver CARES is a 100-bed, non-medical, clinically managed treatment facility that provides a safe withdrawal and detoxification experience in addition to assessment, education, motivational counseling, and residential treatment. Denver CARES operates 24/7 with a staff of registered nurses, behavioral health technicians, addiction counselors, and licensed mental health clinicians.
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
    Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at Denver Health offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment to adults, adolescents, and children navigating mental health, behavioral health, and emotional difficulties. Collaborates with the substance treatment programs provided at Denver Health to offer co-occurring treatment for patients with substance disorders.


Hours of Operation

  • Adult, Pediatric, Psych Emergency Departments: 7 days per week, 24 hours per day
  • Hospital Addiction Consult: M-F
  • Walk-in intakes for Methadone and Suboxone Opioid Treatment: M.-F, present before 5:45 a.m.
  • Specialty therapy and clinical services: M-F, 6:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Specialty medication dosing: M-F, 5:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Sat-Sun, 6 - 9 a.m.
  • Denver CARES Detox: 7 days per week, 24 hours per day
  • Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care at Community Health Services: Mon-Fri
  • Denver Health Substance Treatment Line (Community Line): Voicemail responded to within 1-2 business days (303-436-5711)
  • Therapeutic services at Denver Jail Health Services: Sun-Tues, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wed, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Thurs-Sat, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Substance abuse treatment, education and prevention (STEP): M-F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Substance Treatment Phone Line: 303-436-5711, calls are answered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays)


Addiction Services Awarded for Opioid Program

The Colorado Department of Human Services has recognized Outpatient Behavioral Health Services’ adult addiction services with the Medication-assisted Treatment Prescription Drug Opioid Abuse Hub Provider Excellence in Project Partnership Award. The award, announced on July 24, recognizes our achievements in response to the opioid epidemic. This prestigious honor underscores our pioneering efforts in serving people with substance misuse through no wrong door.

“What set us apart from other programs is our willingness to try new ways to improve patient access, our ability to collaborate across units and departments at Denver Health, and our unwavering commitment to the dignity and well-being of every individual needing our services,” said Lisa Gawenus, director of outpatient behavioral health services. “Every team member has played an important role in developing hub & spoke care.”


Ready to Begin Substance Treatment or Have Questions?

  • Please call our Substance Treatment Phone Line at 303-436-5711.
    • Calls are answered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays)
    • This line is staffed by experienced substance treatment experts who can provide brief screening, recommendations, and guidance to individuals, friends/families, and other professionals on accessing substance treatment both here at Denver Health, and through other programs in our Denver community and surrounding areas.
  • For all other Denver Health services, please call 303-436-6000.