Group sessions, one-on-one counseling, peer-to-peer support groups and holistic approaches are offered to support an individual’s journey through recovery. Treatment plans are co-developed to address a myriad of issues including but not limited to: meth use, alcohol use, other drug use, trauma, self-esteem, effective coping skills, and healthy living in a supportive environment free from judgment and shame and informed by the queer-lived experience. 

Our clinicians represent a diverse approach to therapy with various training and backgrounds, all grounded in trauma-informed care and through the shared experience of being gay men ourselves. The Mile High Recovery Project currently accepts Medicaid and is a Ryan White provider. In addition to treatment, we also offer case management, peer coaching and prevention programming, especially for those currently living with HIV.

Group Treatment

Groups are often an insightful process to hear about the struggles and successes of other people. When we take the leap of showing up in group, we have the opportunity to get insight about how other people see us and learn more about how we operate in relationship to others. The Mile High Recovery Project offers the following groups:

Element Group Descriptions

Monday:

Are We There Yet? – 1:00-2:30pm

Mental Health impacts us all in one way or another. The road to mental wellness can be long and challenging to go alone. This group will provide education, skills, and support to finding balance and success in our mental health.

Biofeedback Group (closed group, limit five people at a time) - 3:00-4:00pm

Did you know that stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease? This group will teach the fundamentals of stress reduction and relaxation techniques using real-time data of your heart rate and heart rate variability.

Tuesday:

Starting Sobriety - 1:00-2:30pm

Choosing sobriety, or considering sobriety? This group is for folks who are at the beginning of their sobriety journey, or who are returning to the journey after sometime away. Expect to learn distress tolerance, and emotion regulation skills to regulate when triggered and cope in ways that don’t require substances.

Peer Coaching – 2:15-3:00pm

Need additional support? This group is run by our Peer Recovery coach where you practice skill building, and receive intentional accountability, connection, and encouragement. Come ready to discuss what barriers you are finding in your recovery, and what successes you are making.

PRIDE Treatment Community Group – 4-6pm

A specialized program with Denver Adult Probation for LGBTQ+ clients. During case management, clients’ probation officer will be on site to meet and discuss needs and treatment with support by our in house behavioral health case manager.

Wednesday:

Sustaining Sobriety for GBTQ+ Men – 4:30-6:00pm

So what if you have some sobriety under your belt and are looking for the next step in your recovery maintenance? This group is an in depth look at the deeper impacts and influences on substance use, specifically targeted towards the experiences of Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer men. This group can be attended weekly, or less frequently in a maintenance plan.

Thursday:

Peer Coaching – 4:00-5:00pm

Need additional support? This group is run by our Peer Recovery coach where you practice skill building, and receive intentional accountability, connection, and encouragement. Come ready to discuss what barriers you are finding in your recovery, and what successes you are making.

Supporting Sobriety – 5:00-6:30pm

What happens if I just need to process hard things happening in my life that relate to my recovery journey? Well than this is the perfect group for you. This is a weekly opportunity to bring the many challenges that occur in our day to day life to a group where it can be processed with support and without shame. Bring your hopes and worries, bring your struggles and successes.

Friday:

Element Trauma Group for GBTQ+ Men – 1:00-2:30pm

Why trauma? Research shows that LGBTQIA+ folks report higher levels of trauma related symptoms than their cisgender and heterosexual peers. To fully address the needs of our community, we have to support and work with trauma. This group will provide psychoeducation, skills, and techniques that can be used to bring balance and stability where there is chaos and challenge. This group is specifically for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identifying men.

Element Trauma Group for LGBTQ+ Women – 1:00-2:30pm

Why trauma? Research shows that LGBTQIA+ folks report higher levels of trauma related symptoms than their cisgender and heterosexual peers. To fully address the needs of our community, we have to support and work with trauma. This group will provide psychoeducation, skills, and techniques that can be used to bring balance and stability where there is chaos and challenge. This group is specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer identifying woman.

Saturday:

Element Trauma Group for Trans / Non-binary Folks – 1:00-2:30pm

Why trauma? Research shows that LGBTQ+ folks report higher levels of trauma related symptoms than their cisgender and heterosexual peers. To fully address the needs of our community, we have to support and work with trauma. This group will provide psychoeducation, skills, and techniques that can be used to bring balance and stability where there is chaos and challenge. This group is specifically for Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Variant identified folks.

Individual Counseling

Sometimes we just need that extra support in our recovery process. Individual counseling allows you to sit with a licensed clinician to help provide more intensive support to address substance use and mental health issues. Each therapist has their own approach to therapy and is trained to support you in your recovery process to accomplish your goals.

Peer Coaching

Peer Coaching is an opportunity to sit down either in a group setting or one-on-one with a trained Peer Coach graduate of our recovery program to receive support in the process of recovery. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) curriculum is used to address recovery from a 4-Point Program perspective encompassing:

Point 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
Point 4 : Living a Balanced Life

Peer Coaching groups are available on:

Tuesday – 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Additionally, our Peer Coach coordinates monthly sober night activities and outings. For more information and a current schedule of events check out our calendar.

Case Management

All clients in our recovery program have access to case management. Our case manager will sit down one-on-one to provide support in accessing health care coverage, housing support, food support, HIV medical case management and treatment referrals just to name a few of the offered services.


For questions or to set up an appointment, contact us at 720-382-5900 or info@TheDenverElement.org.

The Denver ELEMENT provides care and support for men who have sex with men.