The Foundry’s outpatient addiction recovery office now open |

The Foundry’s outpatient addiction recovery office now open

Some of the key players in the operation of the Foundry include
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— An outpatient facility providing 90-day and 16-week alcohol and drug addiction treatment opened its doors in Steamboat Springs last week and is now accepting new participants.

The Foundry’s Intensive Outpatient Program opened July 6 at 1915 Alpine Plaza and is an offshoot of a residential recovery facility also called The Foundry developing on Colorado Highway 131 in the south valley.

The residential facility was given the go-ahead by the Routt County Planning Department in March and is expected to open this summer.

“The drug problem is not going away, and some of the smaller communities like Steamboat don’t have a ton of options,” said Sarah McGuiness, administrative director for The Foundry. “I think this is bringing something to this smaller area that hasn’t existed in the past.”

The new outpatient program can initially treat up to 24 people by offering clinical and physical treatment and wellness and spirituality services. Participants meet four nights per week for three-hour sessions.

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“The outpatient clinic is meant to be a viable alternative to residential treatment programs for those not able to leave family or work and drop everything,” said Scott Borden, owner and founder of The Foundry. “What we are offering is truly unique to this area.”

At 90 days, the shorter program is based on evidence that suggests the three-month time period will give a person in recovery the best chance at preventing relapse, McGuiness said.

“Ninety days is the minimum of which to start with your recovery,” said McGuiness, a licensed clinician who brings 20 years of substance abuse-related experience to the organization.

McGuinness is part of The Foundry executive team, along with Borden and Clinical Director Jasmine Aranda.

While the residential facility will potentially draw participants from across the country, who often recover better in an environment outside their own community, the outpatient program will focus on providing services to Routt County residents.

Those relocating to the area or people who complete the residential program and are seeking additional support locally will also be served by the outpatient facility, McGuiness said.

“If they go through residential with us, and they opt to stay in Steamboat, then we would encourage them greatly to participate in our outpatient program,” she said.

McGuiness said The Foundry is committed to working with insurance companies to ensure people are utilizing insurance benefits to cover as much of the cost of recovery as possible.

While The Foundry’s residential program will be the first of its kind in Routt County, the outpatient program will offer a service similar to those provided by some individual clinicians and by Mind Springs Health, a facility offering behavioral and wellness support, as well as substance abuse treatment, at outpatient locations throughout Northwest Colorado, including facilities in Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Individual outpatient substance abuse treatment and counseling is available, as well as group treatment, according to Erika Schmitz, a detox program coordinator at substance abuse clinician at Mind Springs’ Steamboat Springs location.

Schmitz said Mind Springs also offers programs to deal with addiction and criminal behavior and treatment for people who have been charged with driving under the influence.

For more information on The Foundry’s programs, call 844-955-1066 or visit or

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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