Our inpatient, medically supervised detox program helps patients stay safe and comfortable as they experience the symptoms of withdrawal associated with substance use disorders. We can help people detox from illicit drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol. Our physicians specialize in addiction medicine and lead a team of professionals including nurses and counselors in providing treatment and therapy during the process. The average length of stay is 3-5 days.

Patients benefit from the following:

  • 24-hour/7-days-a-week nursing care including a complete history and physical upon admission
  • On-site, comprehensive psychiatric care
  • Individual case management and thorough discharge planning
  • Relapse prevention and recovery-based group therapy
  • Family involvement, education and support

While the detoxification process may be short, it is often the most critical phase of recovery. In our program, we use this time to help patients regain their physical health while also providing counseling and skills training to lay a foundation for further treatment. Each patient will work with a care manager to develop a discharge plan that outlines the recommended next steps. This may include residential treatment at The Recovery Center, participation in our chemical dependency outpatient program or other resources. We can provide the information necessary to get connected with the program that’s right for you.

How Healing Begins

Most patients are admitted to our medical detoxification program directly from an emergency department. We do accept direct admissions by appointment only, Monday – Friday in the mornings. Contact our admission and referral team at 303-467-4080 to schedule an appointment. Patients can be directly admitted from the emergency department.

Fees and Insurance

The length of an inpatient stay will vary depending on the individual’s treatment plan. The severity of the patient’s symptoms and the resources needed to support recovery will affect the total cost of treatment. We have contracts with most major insurance carriers, and we offer the option to pay privately. 

Every patient’s circumstances are unique and accessing insurance coverage can be complex. Patients and their families are invited to meet with one of our experienced financial counselors who can help navigate payment options. Our counselors will work on your behalf to verify insurance benefits and secure reimbursement; however, we cannot guarantee the outcome. We encourage patients and/or families to contact their insurance company prior to admission to learn about specific benefit coverage and criteria for medical necessity. Very few insurance companies will approve coverage for medical detoxification for opiate addiction. Our financial counselors will work with you to explore whatever options may be available on a case by case basis.


We have answered many of the most common questions about Medical Detoxification here for you. If the information you need is not here, please contact West Pines at 303-467-4080 for additional help.

What substances/drugs do you detoxify people from?

We help people detoxify from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other commonly abused drugs and pharmaceuticals. Some substances (cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, hallucinogens, opiates) do not require medical detoxification. Instead, patients may be admitted directly into our residential or outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs. Patients experiencing acute opiate withdrawal may be considered for medical detoxification on a case-by-case basis.

Why should I choose a medical detoxification program instead of a social detoxification model?

Alcohol has some of the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures or even death. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines may also cause death, and opiate withdrawal (while not generally life threatening) can be so uncomfortable that even the most determined clients may give up. The Medical Detoxification program at West Pines provides the physical and emotional support patients need to achieve detoxification safely and successfully.

Patients in our medical detoxification program benefit from the aid of medications that can significantly reduce the discomfort associated with withdrawal. Patients who have a history of seizures, diabetes or other medical concerns can be assured that any complications that may arise during their withdrawal can be addressed quickly and safely by our experienced medical staff.

Social detoxification programs offer a supportive environment but usually little to no medical care or medications. This level of treatment may not be sufficient for many patients.

What should I bring to treatment (clothing and belongings)?

Patients are encouraged to leave valuables, cell phones, credit cards, large sums of money and medication home with family or friends if possible. If that’s not possible, we have a safe on the unit where they can be stored. Patients are encouraged to write down all important numbers and e-mail addresses including Family/Friends, Insurance, Doctor/Clinic/Surgeon, Therapist/Counselor/Psychiatrist, Parole/Probation officer, Case Worker and etc. Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate. You may bring your own alcohol free toiletries. Make-up is not allowed on the unit. 

PLEASE NOTE: Upon arrival, all patients participate in a safety check of their person and belongings.

How can I contact and/or visit a patient?

For patient safety and confidentiality the patient will be getting an identification code. We ask that all visitors register with the receptionist in the registration building and obtain a visitors identification badge. Visiting hours in the Spruce Building are Monday – Friday 6-7 pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Patients may also be reached by telephone at 303-467-4078 or 303-467-4001 between 9 am – 9 pm. Cell phones are not allowed on the unit.

Can I smoke at West Pines?

West Pines is a tobacco-free facility, along with the entire Lutheran Medical Center campus.

How can I send flowers and/or gifts to a patient?

Friends and family may send patients well wishes such as flowers or mail to:
Patient Name
C/O West Pines Behavioral Health, Spruce Building
3400 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Flowers must be in a plastic vase. Healthy nutrition is an important part of recovery and we ask that friends and family not send food to patients. Special accommodations may be made if treatment coincides with a special occasion or birthday. Please speak with the patient’s case manager to arrange this.