Creative Treatment Options (CTO) is a state-licensed, outpatient mental health and drug/alcohol abuse treatment agency with offices located in Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado. The agency meets all of the licensure and certification requirements as outlined by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) of the Colorado State Health Department.

The agency provides evaluations and assessments, educational and therapeutic treatments, and community support services for referrals from various mental health sources, judicial and municipal systems, county social service agencies, and community correctional settings. A portion of CTO's treatment population comes from self or private referrals from attorneys, therapists, or various segments of the 12‐step community. Currently, the agency receives referrals from 12 counties in Colorado and from other states across the nation.

Intra‐Disciplinary, Integrated (Holistic) Treatment Approach

Creative Treatment Options utilizes an intra‐disciplinary, integrated (holistic) treatment approach in offering services to clients identified with mental health issues, adult substance abusers, chemically dependent, codependent, or dually diagnosed. The agency offers evaluative assessments, differential diagnosis, and Level II alcohol education/therapy classes.

Creative Treatment Options also offers a wide range of counseling services including family therapy, couples counseling, and individual counseling. The staff works with clients on a sliding fee scale, which ranges from $40.00 to $70.00 per clinical hour (50 minutes). Also available are individual therapy sessions with our Masters's degree interns at a significantly reduced rate. These range between $10‐$25. per session.

The agency offers OBH-approved onsite random, monitored urinalysis screening with 24‐hour turn‐around results as well as Antabuse and breathalyzer monitoring for clients who require such services. These services are available 6 days a week.

Individualized Treatment Plans

The staff utilizes a variety of measurement and assessment instruments to better help them evaluate and assess their clients' needs. These instruments are employed in conjunction with a complete written psychosocial/family of origin history and a face‐to‐face interview with each referral. These assessment findings are compared with data received from the referring agency, court system, attorney, or private practitioner. The referral data, the diagnostic findings, and the interview are evaluated to assist the staff in determining the modality and therapeutic strategies that will best facilitate the client's goals.

The treatment plan results from the staff’s assessment of the individual's chemical use, abuse or dependence, and any underlying pathology. We review the client's family history, past and current employment/educational status, involvement in criminal activity, as well as the domains of social, psychological, and physical functioning. We also determine the client's status in terms of pre‐treatment readiness, motivation, and their level of denial concerning the identified problem. The client's expectations of his/her involvement in treatment will be explored on an ongoing basis and treatment plans will be modified accordingly.

Our Staff

Dr. Joyce L. Smith serves as our Clinical Director and holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Denver in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree from the University of Colorado (Denver) in Marriage and Family Therapy; is a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado. In addition to running the Level II Education and Cognitive Restructuring groups, Dr. Smith sees clients individually for treatment and dual‐diagnosis assessment. She is also a Certified Addictions Counselor (Level III).

The staff of CTO works with Martel Medical for medication management and consults with a number of medical specialists in the addiction community. CTO also has numerous affiliations with specialty therapists throughout the Denver and Front Range area. All CTO staff are dedicated to providing the best possible services to our clients and strive to obtain the most up‐to‐date information, clinical instruments, and therapeutic strategies that are available to treatment providers.