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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.

Detox Program Overview

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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

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Virginia Detox Center

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

(703) 686-5753
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

(719) 249-3545
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 unique circumstances, so we offer a more personalized experience than you would find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
Age-Specific Care

We are age-specific, not gender-specific. We focus on the unique circumstances that you face at your specific stage of life.

Evidence-Based Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy

We only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.

Small Group Sizes
Small Group Sizes

You are more than a number, which is why we provide an intimate setting where your voice can be heard.

Individualized Treatment Plans
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
Academic and Vocational Support

We want you to get the most out of life, which means feeling your best in the classroom or at your job.

The Family Component
The Family Component

Recovery involves the entire family, so we provide support for the whole family system.

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The First 48 Hours: Assessments & Evaluations

The first 48 hours of detox are crucial, and your comfort and safety during that stage is our highest priority. Once you are stabilized, we will then complete a full medical, psychiatric, and psychological assessment.

These evaluations give us a clear picture of how we can help you in your recovery journey, allowing us to tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs. The assessment process covers the following topics:

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Physical Health

In addition to an initial evaluation with our Nurse Practitioner, you 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.

Individualized Treatment Plans
Substance Abuse Evaluation

You will have an initial evaluation of your substance use to make sure that your treatment team has all of the information they need to take care of you in the best way possible.

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

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Family History

During the biopsychosocial assessment, you 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

You will meet with our psychiatric nurse practitioner for an initial evaluation of your 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 you 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.

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Discharge Planning Assessment

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

Discharge Planning and Your Next Step

Leaving treatment can be overwhelming. Whether you are nervous about encountering old triggers or aren’t sure what type of treatment you need after detox, our discharge process will ensure that you and your loved ones feel confident about taking the next step.

With personalized plans and outpatient treatment options, you can move forward in a direction that is tailored to your needs. Our discharge planning team knows the right questions to ask, and they will collaborate with you to make a plan that is centered on your goals and your challenges.

Your discharge plan will help you to you keep the momentum you made during treatment and apply your new tools directly into your daily life.

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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 specific event like an accident, sexual abuse, or a natural disaster.

ADHD & Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

ADHD is marked by difficulty focusing, controlling or impulsive behaviors, and over-activity.

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Co-occurring Mental Health Disorder Treatment Explained

Treating Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Not only are we experts in safe medical detox and substance use treatment, but we also specialize in mental health treatments here at Sandstone Care.

We understand that there’s often overlap in symptoms between drug use and mental health disorders, so our staff is trained to identify and treat mental health conditions that commonly appear alongside substance use disorder.

It’s very important to treat both challenges together, as some symptoms of mental health disorders can make addiction recovery more difficult. Our Sandstone mental health treatment uses holistic medical detox methods that address your mental struggles, so you can reach recovery and continue to thrive after treatment.

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.

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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.

Learn more about levels of care

5-21 days of 24/7 on-site medical supervision.

Our Medically-Assisted Detox and Inpatient Center offers private rooms and 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe recovery from drugs and alcohol, followed by comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Detox Explained

2-6 Months

Our Transitional Living Program combines the structure of treatment and group living, with the freedom of living away from home.

This level of care is for young adults (18-30) who are not quite ready to heal from home. A safe and supportive living environment integrated with a PHP or IOP level of care so you learn life skills and healthy coping mechanisms in an environment that’s set up for your success.

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Transitional Living Overview

4 weeks of on-site day treatment.

Our Young Adult Day Treatment Program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care for young adults that offers five days of robust programming a week.

Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help young adults to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.

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Day Treatment Explained

12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.

Our Young Adult IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address young adult needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.

In our mood disorder track, we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. In our dual diagnosis track, we are able to support young adults with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social, academic, and vocational habits while continuing with their job or school responsibilities.

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Intensive Outpatient Program Explained

Substance-Specific Detox Resources

Detoxing from substances can be difficult to do on your own. That’s why we provide Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) to help treat your symptoms and ensure your safety.

At Sandstone Care, you will have around-the-clock nursing care to make sure that you are safe, comfortable, and fully supported. Substances we treat using medication include:

Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a potent stimulant derived from a South American plant. It provides intense euphoria, and heightened alertness. Risks involve cardiovascular complications and potential overdose.

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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.