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Colorado Teen Rehab

Highly supportive residential treatment in Cascade, Colorado that helps teens and their families overcome substance use, addiction, and mental health challenges.

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Teen Residential Treatment

We help teens learn a healthy way to handle the daily challenges of their lives.

Cascade Canyon is a residential treatment center in Colorado designed specifically for teens struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and trauma. Cascade Canyon Teen Residential Center provides a home-like environment nestled peacefully in the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Pikes Peak Mountain just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Teens go through challenges that no other age group faces. Sandstone’s age-based care will help your teen get the tools they need to handle their personal circumstances.

Find Hope at Sandstone Care

“Sandstone helped me to dig deep… and it taught me how to have a relationship with myself and relationships with others again. I was able to take the mask off, and I don’t have to put it back on.”

Watch Jesse detail how he took the leap to recover from addiction and find himself again. Discover the skills he learned during his time with Sandstone, including accountability for actions, self-sufficiency, and emotional regulation that allowed him to claim control over his life and stay sober.

With care from caring counselors and staff trained in addiction recovery, Jesse had access to the tools he needed to break the cycle and focus on his sobriety. By tailoring treatment to the unique needs of patients like Jesse, we create an environment that fosters growth, healing, and the development of a strong support network.

Jesse’s Recovery Story

Inside the Cascade Canyon Teen Rehab Center

Your child will be welcomed into a safe and spacious home-like environment for their rehab treatment journey. During their stay with us, they will have many options to help them on their path to growth and recovery – such as wilderness therapy and equine therapy! They’ll get to experience the beauty of nature while participating in therapeutic activities that will help them heal.

Our Cascade rehabilitation center is located just outside of Colorado Springs and adjacent to the beautiful Pikes Peak Mountain. We provide Colorado with age-specific and evidence-based residential treatment options that are focused on giving teens and parents the tools they need to heal.

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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 personalized 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.

Sandstone Care Treatment Advantage

At Sandstone Care, we believe in personalized and specialized care. Unlike generic treatment approaches, we understand that each individual’s circumstances are unique.

Through thorough assessments, our licensed therapists, medical professionals, and experienced staff gain a deep understanding of your background, challenges, and goals. We offer comprehensive family programming, therapy, and education at our residential treatment center in Colorado, equipping families with the necessary tools to support their loved ones’ recovery journey.

With our comprehensive continuum of care, we ensure individuals receive the right level of support at each stage of recovery. Our goal is to provide a customized experience that promotes lasting recovery and improved well-being for everyone we serve.

Sandstone Care Treatment Advantage

Teen Drug Rehab Options

Marijuana Treatment

Marijuana has become a way to self medicate for underlying issues and it’s easy to become dependent on its use.

Alcohol Treatment

Studies have found that binge drinking & heavy alcohol use are problematic among young people.

Opioid Treatment

Opioid misuse occurs when a person uses heroin or misuses prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine.

Stimulant Treatment

Commonly abused stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription stimulants, like Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teens

For many teenagers, substance can be used as a way to self-medicate. Substance use can also lead to worsening symptoms or the onset of new mental health challenges.

By addressing mental health disorders and substance use together, we aim to break the cycle of co-occurring challenges and support lasting recovery.

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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 & Bipolar 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 impulsive behaviors, and over-activity.

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Empowering Transformation for Your Teen

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Small by design

We provide an intimate clinical environment with smaller group sizes and a maximum census of 22 so that your teen gets the attention they deserve.

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Length of stay

Teens typically stay 45-60 days and develop customized after care plans with their therapist, so that they can be set up for success as they transition home or into another program.

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Serene environment

Cascade Canyon is nestled peacefully next to Pikes Peak Mountain, just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The beautiful natural landscape will help your teen feel at peace with their healing process.

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Family focused

Family involvement is foundational to our program.

You will be included every step of the way so that your entire family will have the opportunity to repair relationships and grow stronger together.

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360° Treatment for 360° Recovery

Your teen is so much more than their struggles with mental health conditions, trauma, or addictions.

Our personalized treatment plans take every aspect of your teen’s life into consideration, from their physical and mental health to their relationships and schooling. This holistic approach ensures we create lasting, positive change by treating the root cause, not just the symptoms.

Our treatment team recognizes that your teen’s brain is still developing, and they tailor every treatment plan to meet each individual’s unique social, physical, and emotional development.

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Teen Specific Care Overview
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To Get Well, You Have To Get Moving

At Cascade Canyon, we believe in treating your teen as a whole person, so we use experiential therapy to incorporate movement to connect both their body and mind. Our therapists turn activities like horseback riding, hiking, or playing music into effective counseling sessions.

In order to make the biggest impact on a teen’s life, we confront issues that all teens face, but some are unable to cope with. In addition to various therapeutic modalities, teens will also engage in the following activities:

  • Tai Chi
  • Psychoeducation Seminars
  • Yoga
  • Self-Expression Groups
  • Experiential Activities
  • Hiking
  • Journaling
  • Life Skills
  • Empowerment Plans
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This place was amazing!

My child is almost done with their program and I’ve seen a huge difference.

Cassie M.
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Residential Treatment Program Designed For Youth

Your teens treatment should be as unique as they are, especially since different people react differently to therapy options. Our licensed clinical staff are trained and skilled in using a wide range of treatment approaches and evidence-based practices. This strategy equips and empowers teens and their families with the tools they need to make positive, healthy changes in their lives. Some of the treatments and therapies we use at our residential treatment center in Colorado include:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Wilderness Therapy
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We are available 7 days a week to help answer any questions.


Credentialed People You Can Actually Connect With

Our staff is here to help restore lives and they don’t take that job lightly.

As a parent, it can be intimidating to trust a team with your child’s care, especially during a scary time. With licensed, highly-trained, and empathetic treatment professionals, you can feel confident that your teen is in good hands.

Each resident is assigned a multidisciplinary team, which includes a psychiatrist, individual therapist, family therapist, nurses, teacher, and recovery counselors to help them succeed.

Introduction to Our Admissions Process

Admissions Process

One Step Closer to a Better Life

Your family won’t have to take this journey alone. Diving into treatment is overwhelming, so we provide you with constructive and confidential support that will help you feel confident about every decision you make with us.

At our youth residential treatment center in Colorado, you’ll get the compassionate, constructive, and confidential support you need to begin again.

Admissions Process

Once you and your family reach out to Sandstone Care about teen residential addiction treatment at Cascade Canyon, our devoted team of caring admissions coordinators will take some time to listen to what’s been going on in your teen’s life. This begins the assessment process and is referred to as a “pre-screen” portion of the process.

After pre-screen, the primary therapist, nurse practitioner, and program director at Cascade Canyon will consult with each other to make sure our program is the best fit for your teen and your family.

Being confirmed as a candidate is just the beginning of what our team does to prepare for your teen’s stay with us. We make sure to consult with any clinicians or other treatment programs your teen has been engaged with prior to being admitted to our program so that we can get a full picture of the clinical and medical history.

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Sandstone accepts most major insurances and it only takes minutes to verify!

We are fully HIPAA compliant and confidential with your insurance information.

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Would highly recommend for anyone with a teen struggling with substance abuse and mental health.

We have felt included and supported and are so grateful for the care they’ve provided to our son at such a vulnerable and scary time.

Cindy G.

Arriving at Cascade Canyon

When you arrive at Cascade Canyon, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and introduced to the program director Amanda Porter. You will also personally meet your teen’s therapist and a member of our nursing team. We will take some time to talk with you as a family about the program and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

After meeting as a family, your teen will have completed their initial evaluation with our primary therapist which is a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment that reviews mental health history, family dynamics, medications, trauma, and academic status.

Following completion of the assessment, your teen will then settle into their bedroom, meet their peers, and explore the lodge. In total, the intake and assessment time can take up to two (2) hours to complete.

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Evaluation Process during arrival at Cascade

The First 24 Hours

We don’t want to waste any time in ensuring your teen gets the most accurate treatment possible, so we dive right in to learning about who they are and how we can help them.

Within the first 24 hours, your teen will meet with one of our psychiatrists to undergo a psychiatric evaluation; this includes completing a comprehensive mental health evaluation and a review of any current and prospective medications which may be helpful in managing their mental health symptoms.

Your teen will also meet with our Family Nurse Practitioner, Savanna Klippel, so that the team is aware of any physical medical concerns in order to completely support your child.

We provide comprehensive clinical programming designed to build your teen up and help them come to terms with the things they’re dealing with. The first 24 hours in a new place can be scary and intimidating, but our highly trained clinical staff is there to help guide your family, through this difficult process until it feels like home.

We Treat the Whole Family

Sandstone Care understands the importance of supporting the entire family, not just the teen in treatment. Often, the teen is the one who is telling the world, “My family needs help!” by acting out and displaying negative behaviors.

Cascade Canyon, our teen drug rehab center in Cascade, Colorado, involves your family in every step of the process. We believe that when one member of the family unit is struggling, it affects the entire family. You may feel drained from trying to stay strong for your child, and you deserve support to be the best caregiver you can be.

Through an immersive and experiential program, we are able to provide teens and their families a chance to begin healing wounds and creating a happy home life. Family involvement is difficult and sometimes painful work. However, it is also important work that will help your entire family feel stronger and more at peace.

Family Involvement and Therapy at Cascade Canyon

The Daily Schedule

Our schedule was created around the use of evidence-based practices conducted in our peaceful, home-like environment. Evidence-based means that a treatment has been researched both from academic and scientific perspectives, and has been proven effective in the treatment of mental health disorders with substance use.

We offer a full day of group programming while keeping the teen’s specific needs in mind. Each day provides a structured curriculum to ensure a productive healing process. Individual therapy sessions are held multiple times a week, and teens will have the opportunity to check in with staff throughout the day so that they always have someone to talk to. Weekly experiential activities like ropes courses and community social events allow teens to continue being teens while learning and understanding more about themselves.

Early Mornings: Waking Up

In order to heal, your teen needs a strong start to the day. Mornings at Cascade Canyon start early, with a wake-up time of 7:00 am. Teens are given adequate time to get ready for the day before they’re asked to come downstairs for breakfast. Once the teens have eaten a nutritious breakfast, they meet as a group to have a morning check-in.

Mornings: Clinical Group & Academics

As your teen goes through treatment, they will experience a lot of thoughts and feelings. Our program ensures they have plenty of opportunities to share their experiences in a healthy way to help them navigate this important growing process.

This morning therapeutic group check-in is a time for everyone to share with the house what they’re feeling, briefly discuss their goals for the day, and anything else they feel is important to discuss. The remaining of the morning is spent on academics in the onsite classroom. We know it’s important for teens to stay on top of their academic workload which is why we employ certified and credentialed teachers. These teachers guide teens through assignments, provide one-on-one academic support, and teach important life skills such as organization, decision making, hygiene, vocational aspirations, and money management.

Afternoons: Clinical and Experiential Programming

Recovery involves more than stopping symptoms or becoming sober, your teen will learn how to have a healthy relationship with both their body and mind.

After the teens eat a chef prepared, healthy community style lunch, they engage in an hour of daily fitness. Staying active is an important part of mental and physical wellness, and is sometimes overlooked in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Fitness activities vary day to day, but often include walking or hiking, yoga, and Crossfit.

After fitness, teens sit down with one of the therapists for the afternoon process group. The weekly group program curriculum is themed, and covers different topics each day. Teens are asked to share their thoughts, experiences, and emotions about things like self-discovery, relationships, self-esteem, emotional wellness, and living life differently. Art therapy, journaling, traditional talk therapy, music, experiential activities, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are all utilized throughout the week as teens explore themselves and take a closer look at what brought them to this point in their lives.

Evenings: Winding Down

Your teen will be given time to relax and process the steps they are taking every day so that they can heal without feeling overwhelmed.

Dinner is served family style, with staff and clients sitting down to eat together and engaging in positive conversations. After dinner, teens are given time to work on homework, journal, and decompress from their day. Depending on the day, they will participate in yoga, psychoeducation groups, art and music therapy, tai chi, or an evening hike. Before lights out, they have one last group check-in. This gives teens a chance to go over the goals that they set for the day, make any amends they feel are necessary, talk about the positive things that happened during the day, and share with the group any difficult emotions they are feeling.

Sleep is important for everyone, but especially for teens. Experts recommend that the average teen get between 8.5 and 9 hours of sleep each night, so the days end just in time for teens to get a good night of sleep.


Weekends include opportunities for teens to connect with family through a call or teletherapy session, participate in off-site group activities, enjoy time to themselves, or work on homework. Family time, fun time, and time to oneself is an integral part of the weeks’ activities and aids in a balanced healing process. We want to make sure teens are feeling refreshed and recharged going into each new week.

Program Curriculum: Learning About Life & Resilience

Our teenage rehab center focuses on our four group process topics that help teens understand they have the resources they need to heal themselves. By learning to look inward, outward, upward, and forward, they will have a structured path to changing their habits to set a strong foundation for a healthy future.

Week 1-2: Looking Inward

During the “looking inward” week, your teen will focus on self-discovery and looking at their true identity.

The groups during this week will cover topics like labels, core values, beliefs, how they identify themselves, how others define them, and other topics revolving around who they are as people.

Week 3-4: Looking Outward

The main focus of week two is relationships. Your teen will take a closer look at the importance of boundaries, types of communication, identifying support systems, dating, and familial relationships.

Week 5-6: Looking Upward

During week three, your teen will focus on cognitive function and emotional wellness using evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Topics for this week include things like adolescent brain development, mindfulness, forgiveness, acceptance, healing from trauma, nutrition, emotional regulation, and self-expression.

Week 7-8: Looking Forward

Our expert staff will work personally with your teen to help set a plan for the future, including their transition from the residential program. The main focus of week four is implementing everything they have learned so that they can live life differently.

The goal of this week is to support your teenager and set them up for success as they transition from being in a residential setting to returning back home.

Some week four topics include, making and maintaining good decisions and creating a declaration of self-acceptance,

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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.

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You have questions. We have answers.

Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions. We are here to help any way we can.


We treat teens ages 13-18. Our 18 year olds would need to be in high school. If your teen is 18 and in college, we would recommend our Young Adult Transitional Living Program.

The programs at Cascade Canyon can help with many of the struggles your child may be facing, including:

  • Teen Depression
  • Teen Anxiety
  • Teen Substance Abuse
  • Teen Addiction
  • Teen Anger or Oppositional Defiance
  • Self-Harm / Suicidal Thoughts

Cascade Canyon’s residential adolescent rehab is located in Cascade, Colorado, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains approximately 20 minutes from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The teen rehab center campus is privately situated adjacent to a national forest and includes a main lodge and private cabins.

Yes! Please contact our admissions team to complete a verification of benefits.

 If we are not the best fit for you, we will help link you to other residential treatment centers in Colorado to ensure your teen gets the care they need.

Our admissions team can provide you with a comprehensive list of what to bring! Call (847) 973-7062.

Cascade Canyon provides gender specific sleeping arrangements with each room accommodating 2 to 4 clients with its own bathroom. Our goal is to be a home away from home for the teens.

Each individual’s treatment team consists of six experts who specialize in teen trauma and mental health disorders including our Program Director, Family Therapist, Primary Therapist, Psychiatrist, Teacher, and Medical Director (supported by our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner)

Cascade Canyon only treats up to 12 adolescents at any one time. This allows our teen clinical team to truly individualize treatment for every client and family we serve.

Cascade Canyon provides academic programming in our residential program for two hours per day, five days a week. Our academic program is led by a certified teacher who works in collaboration with the client’s home school to obtain current classwork to help keep them current in his or her school work to ensure seamless reintegration. Sandstone Care has partnered with LearnWell Academy to provide our comprehensive education services.

Family involvement is a critical component of Cascade Canyon’s teen treatment program. Family participation is required, as healing the broader family system is critical to sustainable healing and long-term outcomes.

The residents at Cascade Canyon are bright and creative teens who have been impacted by mental health issues. Typically, they are struggling with, or have experienced, anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or drug abuse. Teens with a history of violence, teens that are actively suicidal or psychotic, teens that have severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia, or teens that exhibit behavioral issues that would disrupt the treatment milieu are not appropriate for Cascade Canyon. Each teen is carefully screened by the admissions team and the Program Director, and if needed, the Executive Clinical Director and Medical Director for appropriateness.

Cascade Canyon works with teens ages 13-18 who are struggling with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders seeking positive change and recovery.

Common co-occurring disorders include:

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Substance Abuse

• Addiction

• Anger or Oppositional Defiance

• Self-Harm / Suicidal Thoughts

• Other co-occurring mental health disorders

Yes, psychological testing can be provided when deemed clinically necessary for a teen’s success. Dr. Alfonso Cappa is Cascade Canyon’s PhD Psychologist who provides onsite psychological testing and assessments when clinically indicated. Outside of psychological testing, every resident will receive multiple assessments upon admission and complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medical evaluation during treatment.

Absolutely. Partnership is one of our core values and clinical collaboration is a very important part of what we do.

We work with your teen’s entire medical team in order to fully understand their mental health, relationship with drugs and alcohol, and any potential withdrawal symptoms that need to be taken into consideration.

Absolutely. Every teen’s treatment at Sandstone Care is protected under the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

While parent involvement is a critical component of our program, Sandstone Care is committed to the health and safety of our clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are limiting in person visits and utilizing video chats and teletherapy. We also offer free Parent Support Groups (virtually for the time being) which can be a great way to learn more about the program and the work we do.

Yes, in addition to the residential teen treatment services at Cascade Canyon, Sandstone Care also provides a comprehensive continuum of care for both adolescents and young adults with centers located across Colorado, Virginia and Maryland.

The biggest difference between wilderness therapy and residential treatment is the setting and clinical structure of care. Wilderness therapy occurs entirely outdoors in the “field”, typically in the desert, mountains, or forest region. Cascade Canyon infuses wilderness and experiential therapies into our program, but it is not the foundation of our program and residents stay at our lodge facility versus in the wilderness. In addition, Cascade Canyon is a strengths-based program and provides treatment in a home-like setting so teens can explore themselves and their behaviors in a supportive and caring environment and make the necessary changes to drive sustainable recovery. We do not enact punitive models of behavior modification. We don’t simply treat the presenting symptoms but instead involve our highly credentialed, multidisciplinary clinical team to also address underlying causes.

Treatment for adolescents requires a very different approach from treating adults. Adolescents have specific mental health and developmental circumstances which require specialized, age-specific programming to effectively address these issues.


Selecting the appropriate treatment program can feel overwhelming and challenging. Our compassionate admissions team is available for a confidential consultation about what program and level of care would be best for your son or daughter. Contact us to get started.

Sandstone Care Teen Center at Cascade Canyon

We help teens and their families overcome challenges with drugs, alcohol, mental health issues, trauma, and addiction in Cascade, Colorado.

  • Address: 5250 Pikes Peak Hwy, Cascade, CO 80809
  • Phone: (719) 249-2465
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Levels of Care: Teen Residential, Assessments
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