Shadow Mountain Recovery Center

Shadow Mountain Recovery Center


Located in the high desert of the southern Rocky Mountains, Shadow Mountain Recovery in Colorado Springs provides a full continuum of treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. One of six facilities operated by the treatment provider, including another in Taos, the Colorado Springs location offers residential treatment, partial hospitalization (day treatment), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and therapeutic sober living homes. A detox until is located on-site.


The residential treatment program lasts 30 days. Activities include group, individual, and family counseling, along with medical stabilization, treatment for co-occurring disorders, physical activity, and regular recreational outings. If necessary, clients may participate in extended care, which includes a longer duration of treatment coupled with increased autonomy. Extended care is highly individualized and each client stays for varying lengths of time depending on need.

Clients who take advantage of extended care tend to move into the day treatment program next, which includes most of the same treatment activities alongside cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), didactic education, and experiential therapy among others. Treatment occurs five days per week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clients return home (or to sober living) in the evenings and on weekends. This level of treatment typically lasts 30 to 90 days.

The IOP offers nine hours of individual and group treatment each week. It also includes recovery workshops and relapse prevention education. The program lasts 60 to 90 days. Shadow Mountain’s sober living homes are gender-specific and located near the treatment facility. They offer consistent staffing and structure while clients attend either the day program or the IOP.


The treatment team at Shadow Mountain includes doctors, therapists, residential nurses, and licensed practical nurses. One alum polled by rated staff’s level of experience and training a perfect five stars.


Images of Shadow Mountain on the facility’s website show large, modern houses with full kitchens, dining rooms, private bedrooms, and comfortable living areas, as well as gym equipment and outdoor patios.


The two alumni surveyed by to date had completely different opinions of Shadow Mountain. T.M. gave the facility just one out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness, described it as “horrible,” and complained about being cooped up inside all day.

The other alum, who participated in the survey anonymously, reported having a highly positive experience at Shadow Mountain. They gave the facility mostly maximum five-star reviews across 15 different evaluated metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, its exercise and leisure provisions, its holistic offerings, its level of staff support, its staff’s level of training and experience, its group therapy, and its frequency of counseling. “It offered everything I was looking for in getting the help I needed,” the reviewer wrote.

Of three alumni rating Shadow Mountain on Google to date, two rated the facility only one out of five stars, while the third rated it five stars. Alum Wheeler wrote the facility never returned his many calls, while alum Michael complained of the facility’s expensive detox, writing: “This place wants $1000 a day just for detox.Wow! Seems to me they care more about money than getting people sober.”


Although has received no reviews from loved ones to date, many loved ones rated Shadow Mountain on Facebook, where the healthcare network as a whole (all six facilities) fared very well, receiving an average 4.4 out of five stars based on 71 reviews to date, with 61 positive reviews, two mixed, and eight negative.[2] Loved one Jane wrote in a representative review: “Shadow mountain offered the support, wisdom and guidance my son needed and when he asked. My son is back…20 months sober…strong, clear and commited.”


Shadow Mountain Recovery works as an out-of-network treatment provider with several private insurance companies, including Aetna, BlueCross, and Citna. The facility is also an in-network provider with Presbyterian Health Plan of New Mexico and Colorado.


Reviews about Shadow Mountain Recovery Center

  • Treatment Effectiveness
Horrible treatment facility. Spent all day long inside. They always had a food shortage and they are only interested in how you or your insurance can pay them
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
I loved going there. It was a great place. They offered a lot of accommodations. The got me through detox. Had counseling for me and taught me coping skills. It offered everything I was looking for in getting the help I needed.