NorthStar Outpatient Practices

The outpatient level of care is available as a step-down only and limited spaces are available.

NorthStar Transitions offers outpatient services to clients who have recently completed day treatment (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), or otherwise are at the appropriate stage in their recovery to warrant our outpatient level of care.

Outpatient substance abuse treatment consists of weekly individual therapy sessions, family therapy, drug and alcohol monitoring, and addiction psychiatry as needed. Our therapists draw on their extensive education and experience to provide counseling that meets your unique needs, utilizing a variety of evidence-based techniques to help you build and maintain a sober lifestyle.

NorthStar Transitions Specialties

  • General substance abuse counseling
  • Trauma counseling (including PTSD)
  • Anxiety counseling
  • Depression counseling
  • Healthy relationships counseling
  • Family systems


Outpatient treatment is more flexible than other levels of care and is intended to help clients readjust to an independent, sober lifestyle as they progress in their recovery. Outpatient programming at this level takes place as needed so you can set your own schedule.


Outpatient treatment does not provide around-the-clock care and 24/7 monitoring, so it is more cost-effective than other treatment options. However, it still provides a supportive environment that encourages personal growth, accountability, and healthy living.


Outpatient treatment is designed to evolve with you as your needs change. Therapy sessions will focus on issues relevant to you as you prepare to transition back into the real world, such as relapse prevention, life skills training, goal setting and more. Our outpatient program is backed by our entire clinical team for high-quality, individualized support you can trust.


Outpatient care is an addiction treatment option that allows you to live at home while in recovery and attend therapy or counseling sessions. This is in contrast to residential care, where you would stay in a rehab facility for a specified period of time. Typically, outpatient programs are used as a stepping stone to deliver ongoing support as you transition from a higher level of care into one that provides more freedom and independence.

At NorthStar Transitions, our outpatient program is designed to be flexible and tailored to meet your needs as you progress in your recovery. We offer outpatient treatment to clients who have recently completed a more intensive program, helping them build on the life skills, coping strategies and relapse prevention skills they’ve learned in PHP or IOP.

Our outpatient program utilizes a number of evidence-based therapies delivered by licensed and certified professionals.

Our Team of Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals

At NorthStar Transitions, we’re proud to have a team of mental and behavioral health professionals who are dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to our clients. Our team comprises licensed and certified therapists, counselors and other specialists who have years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment.

All therapists at NorthStar Transitions are master's level or higher and are licensed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) in the state of Colorado. Additionally, most of our therapists have additional certifications as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) or Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC).

In addition to their certifications and credentials, our staff understands that addiction is a deeply complex and personal issue. They work closely with each individual to develop a treatment plan that meets their exact needs and goals. They are also committed to providing a safe and supportive environment in which people from all walks of life can explore the underlying causes of their substance use and build a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

Individualized Care & Meaningful Results

While enrolled in the outpatient program at NorthStar Transitions, you’ll engage in drug and alcohol treatment on a flexible schedule that works for you. Typically, you’ll see the psychiatrist for an initial one-hour evaluation and return for 30-minute follow-up appointments as needed. You will also see your individual therapist once a week for an hour and may choose to participate in family therapy for an additional one hour per week.

All clients in outpatient treatment at NorthStar Transitions are required to consent to drug and alcohol testing. Regular drug screens are an important part of the recovery process, used to help hold clients accountable and determine the effectiveness of treatment. If a relapse occurs, it may indicate that a higher level of care is needed to maintain sobriety.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Life Skills Education
  • Relapse Prevention Workshop
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Individual Case Management & Counseling


NorthStar Transitions’ outpatient program can be a flexible and effective treatment option for clients who do not require 24/7 monitoring, or for those who want ongoing support as they transition into a lower level of care. Outpatient treatment is also ideal for helping individuals strengthen their recovery skills and more effectively deal with cravings, triggers and stressors in the real world as they prepare to return home. If you’re considering outpatient care, this treatment program may be right for you if:

Before beginning treatment, our team will assess your needs to determine if outpatient care is a good fit for you. This evaluation will take into account factors such as the severity of your addiction, support system, history of relapse, responsibilities at home, mental health and more. Our goal is to give each person the best chance at lasting sobriety by placing them in the most appropriate program for where they’re currently at in their recovery.

Enroll in Outpatient Treatment Today

At NorthStar Transitions, we know that it can be a challenge to navigate the real world after rehab. That’s why we help you transition to a sober lifestyle with outpatient treatment that provides ongoing support as you work toward your recovery goals. Outpatient programs offer the perfect balance of structure, flexibility and freedom, so you can strengthen and maintain your sobriety while managing daily responsibilities like work, school or family.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to call us today at 303-625-6335 to get in touch. You can also click here to complete our online contact form and our admissions team will reach out to learn how we can help.

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