Foundry Treatment Center transitions to all-male facility
February 4, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs announced some major changes last week. The inpatient center transitioned to an all-male addiction treatment facility on Feb. 1 and also welcomed a new member to its leadership team.
Dr. Michael Barnes has joined the Foundry team as chief clinical officer and is implementing a new trauma-integrated approach to addiction treatment at the local facility.
The new focus represents the industry's highest clinical standards, according to Barnes, who brings to the Foundry a wealth of experience, including serving as senior clinical educator at the CeDAR treatment center at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and as a professor at University of Colorado Denver and Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.
Austin Eubanks continues to serve as chief operations officer at the Foundry, and Scott Borden is CEO and founder. In all, the Foundry has more than 35 people on staff.
In making the decision to treat only men at its residential treatment facility, the Foundry leadership team looked at how they could provide the best possible treatment in a safe environment, and ultimately, decided to focus on a gender-responsive approach.
Borden said the Foundry has treated considerably more men than women over the past three years, and the number of men seeking treatment at the center mirrors national trends with 70 percent of the Foundry's clients being male.
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The Foundry will continue providing a 12-step recovery model but will now be utilizing tools that focus on how men best respond to treatment, including programs like "Helping Men Recover" and "A Man's Way Through the 12 Steps."
Under Dr. Barnes' direction, the center will also focus its recovery program on treating individuals with co-occurring addiction and complex trauma, which are strongly linked. According to Barnes, 58 percent of all men with post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – will become addicts or alcoholics.
"We want to provide a truly safe environment to work on both addiction and trauma, and with a co-ed facility, it's tough to do that," Borden said. "We are excited to have been able to attract someone like Dr. Barnes, and to see what he's been able to do to raise the level of care we can offer."
Barnes explained that trauma is not just combat related. It can affect anyone who has been exposed to a life-threatening experience, whether experiencing it themselves of witnessing it.
"For example, a child can get hit by a car and that's traumatic, not only to the child but to the parent who witnessed it," Barnes said. "This also includes first responders, police officers and parents of opiate-addicted kids. It's much broader than you think."
"It's often part of addiction, and being aware of that and being able to take care of the full spectrum is what we want to be able to provide," Borden added.
In addition, switching to a male-only inpatient treatment program will strengthen the Foundry's ability to offer exceptional care.
"The decisions around here always center around best care and this decision was not made lightly," Borden said. "We valued the work we were doing with women, but this step allows us to provide the very best care."
And the Foundry is not abandoning women who seek treatment. Borden said the Foundry staff is very familiar with recovery programs across the country and often helps people, both men and women, find a treatment center that is right for them outside of Steamboat.
"We're a resource for anyone seeking help," Borden said.
And, in the future, Borden said he hopes to be able to offer a women's program in a separate facility.
The Foundry has been able to expand its services over the past several years so that it now offers a continuum of care that spans a full year. There are 12 beds at the residential treatment facility and eight beds in sober living and transitional housing.
"When we do something, we do it well," Borden said. "We offer gardening, cooking and yoga and people learn from the best. Our therapies are all very intentionally selected to help each person in the larger recovery process."
Another unique feature of the Foundry's approach to recovery is the fact that patients are out in the community during the treatment process.
"Our patients also become part of the community by going out and volunteering. It works because of the Steamboat community," Borden said. "We have a great community that's very compassionate."
Soon, the Foundry will be adding a ropes course and equine therapy to its treatment program.
"This center shouldn't look like it does after only three years," Barnes said when asked about what motivated him to join the Foundry team. "It continues to push the envelope on what works and what resonates with addicts. It really sets itself apart from other facilities and is a nationally recognized treatment program."
For Borden, the focus has always been on recovery, and he believes the impact of the Foundry goes beyond treating the individual addict.
"I like to think that having the Foundry here will help strengthen and grow a sober community within Steamboat," Borden said. "I hope that the Foundry sparks discussion and awareness about addiction within the community and is a resource.
"We're about forging new lives," Borden added. "We're just one center doing our part. But we're the right center for a certain addict who will come here and save his life, and that's value."
Visit foundrytreatmentcenter.com for more information about the Foundry's inpatient and outpatient services.