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Medical Detox & Inpatient Residential Treatment

We treat drug and alcohol addiction in a safe and medically supported manner. Our highly qualified team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and behavior technicians are able to address substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental health and trauma issues.

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Medical Detox Program Overview

What is Medically-Supervised Detoxification?

Our medical detox and residential treatment program typically lasts from 14 – 21 days. Clients generally are in the Medical Detox phase for 3 – 7 days, until they receive medical clearance and are allowed to join in the residential portion of the program.

The program offers private rooms and 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe stabilization from drugs and alcohol, followed by comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Residential Inpatient Assessment Center

Once medically cleared and stabilized with the detox program, you’ll then transition to our inpatient programming.

This is where immersive clinical programming begins with process groups, psychoeducation groups, individual therapy, experiential activities, and recovery community meetings.

Clients are also provided with a robust and highly customized aftercare plan tailored to each client’s specific needs. Detox & inpatient residential treatment prepares you to transition into our services if you are a young adult or to our treatment partners for those above 30.

Inpatient Treatment Explained

When Do I Need Detox?

Detoxification can be medically-supervised in either an outpatient or an inpatient setting. Generally when people talk about “medical detox,” they are referring to an acute care inpatient program, where medical help is available 24/7.

Sometimes treatment involves taking prescription medications to help the body taper off or reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes it simply involves monitoring a person to make sure that no complications arise.

Situations where you may need Inpatient, Medically-Supervised Detox include:

In case of overdose
When a person is at high risk for psychiatric or behavioral complications such as psychosis, hallucination, or uncontrolled behavior
If a person would be in significant discomfort withdrawing without medical assistance
When death may result without immediate abstinence
Biomedical complications, already severely compromised health

Detox Center Locations

Virginia Detox Center

15100 Enterprise Court, Suite 300, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151

Age Groups: Young AdultsAdults
Levels of Care: DetoxResidential
Treatment Programs: Substance UseDual-Diagnosis
Colorado Springs Detox Center

Colorado Springs Detox Center

2102 University Park Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80918

Age Groups: Young AdultsAdults
Levels of Care: DetoxResidential
Treatment Programs: Substance UseDual-Diagnosis

Substances that Most Commonly Require Medically-Supervised Detox:

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Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening and medical professionals should supervise alcohol detox in cases of severe dependence.
While rarely dangerous, withdrawal from opioids such as heroin or prescription painkillers like OxyCodone can be very painful.
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Scenarios when Outpatient Detox Can Help

You May be Able to Detox from Substances in an Outpatient Setting in the Following Situations:

  • You have adequate and safe transportation to and from outpatient care.
  • You are not at significant risk for complications.
  • You and/or your family members can understand instructions and follow directions for self-administering medication.
  • The overseeing physician feels comfortable treating you in an outpatient setting.

If you are unsure whether it is safe for you or your loved one to cut back or quit using substances without medical supervision, get a professional substance abuse and mental health assessment.

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How We Are Different

Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people. We understand that you have a life, so we offer a more personal experience than you would find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
We are age-specific, not gender-specific. We focus on the unique circumstances that teens and young adults face.
Evidence-Based Therapy
We only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.
Small Group Sizes
You are not a number, that’s why we provide a comfortable setting where your voice can be heard.
Individualized Treatment Plans
No one person is the same, and neither is their recovery journey. Your treatment program will be tailored to your unique needs.
Academic and Vocational Support
We want clients to get the most out of life, which means doing their best in the classroom or at their job.
The Family Component
Recovery involves the entire family, so we provide support for the whole family system.

The First 48 Hours: Assessments & Evaluations

Once clients are stabilized, to get a clearer picture of their individual needs, full medical, psychiatric, and psychological assessments are completed.

Each assessment process is tailored to the unique needs of each client, but some of the topics covered in each assessment will include:

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Physical Health

In addition to an initial evaluation with our Nurse Practitioner, clients will be assessed every four hours by a member of our nursing team. This nursing assessment includes checking vital signs, monitoring withdrawal symptoms, and administering medications as needed.

Substance Abuse Evaluation

An initial evaluation of a client’s substance abuse history will be completed. This information will be gathered again later during the biopsychosocial assessment, which is completed by a therapist or certified addiction counselor.

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Mental Health

Each day, clients have a one-on-one check in with a therapist or counselor to evaluate their mental and emotional status, as well as any symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, or any other mental health disorders they may be struggling with.

Family History

During the biopsychosocial assessment, clients are asked to provide in-depth information about the history of family medical, mental health, and substance use disorders to help inform medical and clinical recommendations and treatment planning.

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Initial Psychiatric Evaluation

Every client meets with our psychiatric nurse practitioner for an initial evaluation of their mental health and psychiatric status. This evaluation will determine whether or not psychiatric medications would be useful in the management of any symptoms and diagnoses.

Medication Management

It’s important for the medical and clinical staff to know what medications clients have been on in the past. If medications are prescribed by the medical team at Colorado Springs Detox Center, regular assessments of medication effectiveness will be completed in order to ensure we are providing the best and most effective care possible.

Discharge Planning Assessment

The discharge planning team works with each client individually to build a discharge plan that is unique to them. Depending on the client’s specific needs, they may be given referrals for residential, extended care, or outpatient programs for ongoing aftercare support.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options

Sandstone Care treats any underlying mental health conditions that often occur with your substance use.

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Depression Treatment
Depression is more than just feeling down for a few days — symptoms are long lasting and can affect you in many ways.
Anxiety & Bi-Polar Treatment
Anxiety disorders are thought patterns of fear, dread, and uneasiness that affect other aspects of your life.
Trauma & PTSD Treatment
Trauma is the emotional response to a specfic event like an accident, sexual abuse, or a natural disaster.
ADHD & Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
ADHD is marked by difficulty focusing, controlling impullisve behaviors, and over-activity.
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Dual-Diagnosis explained

Treating Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Not only are we experts in safe medical detox, but we also believe in treating the whole person and have staff who are trained in identifying and treating mental health problems along with the addiction.

Treating the whole person, includes addressing co-occurring disorders concurrently with substance abuse and/or addiction.

Because there can be an overlap in symptoms between drug use and mental health disorders, it’s very important to accurately assess and treat both challenges together.

If not treated this way, recovery can be much more difficult, as treatment may only be focusing on one half of the problem.

Program highlights

We offer 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe and comfortable stabilization followed by a comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs.

Comprehensive Residential Programming

Our residential program offers six hours of therapeutic group per day, two individual therapy sessions per week with a licensed therapist, and 24/7 clinical support.

Continuum of Care

Sandstone Care is not a stand alone detox. In addition to our residential program, we have a full continuum of care with varying outpatient treatment programs designed to meet your unique situation and needs.


TV’s in rooms, high staff to client ratio, chef-prepared meals, ample green space, and uncompromised support from every staff person.

Robust Discharge Planning

From the moment you are admitted into our center, we begin to work with you on a discharge plan that includes referrals and a warm hand-off to another treatment center.

Early Mornings: Waking up

During the first few days of a drug and alcohol detox, rest is extremely important. Clients ease into their mornings with scheduled time specifically for waking up, getting ready for the day, breakfast, and meeting with a member of the medical team. The nursing staff spends time with each client individually in order to check their vital signs, assess their withdrawal symptoms, and administer any medications that were prescribed.

Mid-Mornings: Letting it out

After completing their morning routine, clients are invited to join staff and their peers in the common area for morning group. This is a time for clients to share how they’re feeling emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually, and for staff to assess the needs of each client.

Discussions are led by a licensed therapist or addiction counselor and range from topics like self-esteem, relationships, and trust, to relapse prevention and life changes.

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Afternoons: Opening up

Lunch is prepared daily by our on-site culinary team and is served family style. An important part of the addiction treatment and recovery process is receiving proper nutrition to begin healing both body and mind.
After lunch, clients are invited to join our clinical staff and their peers in the afternoon group. Topics covered include mindfulness, life skills, managing cravings, and coping skills.

Evenings: Community & reflections

After dinner, clients are invited to join a sober member of the community for an on-site recovery meeting. These community-led meetings rotate between 12-Step, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery.

After the addiction recovery meeting is finished, clients are given time to wind down. This is a time for clients to talk with each other, journal, and connect with their family members via phone.

Before lights out, medications are administered as needed and clients have time to check in with medical staff before they’re asked to gather for a short Nightly Reflection. This group session is led by a member of the behavioral health team and is an opportunity for clients to focus on gratitude and reflect on the events of their day.

Clients are asked to share how they’re doing mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They are also given the opportunity to make any amends to their peers or staff for things that were said or done during the day.

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Clients at Colorado Springs detox center

Inpatient assessment program – Aftercare

While you stabilize, your team works with you on a discharge plan, making recommendations to help you stay on your path of sobriety. Our discharge planner will help you find a therapist or treatment center, make necessary phone calls, and help you set up appointments.

Our medical and clinical teams can support medication management needs to help clients get stabilized on appropriate medications. In addition, the comprehensive assessment process supports identifying key areas of focus that will be considered as part of the discharge and aftercare planning process.

We don’t leave you to figure out your substance-free life on your own. Your care team supports you beyond withdrawal, helping you with life skills, family concerns, and even taking you to off-site recovery meetings. Whatever it takes to get you ready for the next step in successful treatment, we’re there to provide it.

The Continuum of Care

Care for wherever you are in your journey.

Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.

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Substance Specific Detox Resources

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Let’s take the next steps together

We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.