Our History

Sobriety House is a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit corporation that is the oldest residential substance abuse treatment center in the State of Colorado. Rev. Ernest Baber and members of the Denver Kiwanis Club founded Sobriety House in February 1967. Together they wanted to start a treatment program that was long-term in nature and provided quality care for the indigent. Rev. Baber had given up a regular church ministry at the Citizen’s Mission in downtown Denver in order to care for street people who had deep-seated alcohol problems. After his retirement from the Mission, Rev. Baber and volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, comprised the first Board of Directors of the program. They rented a home at 121 Acoma Street, which is still in use today.

Sobriety House acquired two more homes in 1975 and an apartment building in 1982 via the generosity of Mr. Thomas G. Vessels (deceased). Mr. Vessels was the founder of Vessels Oil and Gas Company and served as the President of the Sobriety House Board of Directors for many years. These two homes serve as part of the treatment program and the apartment building functions as The Gaylord three-quarter-way house (independent living/aftercare) program.

A home for women, Stepping Stone, was acquired in 1978 at the request of the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division. Stepping Stone was unable to meet its financial obligations as an independent entity at the time. Joined to Sobriety House, Stepping Stone has served the community continuously at the same location in Denver, Colorado.

Sobriety House began its Phase I program in 1986. Sobriety House’s Phase I program is a home-like, community based 28-day intensive residential treatment program for chemically dependent people. Clients attend 28 small group sessions per week, individual therapy, 12 step meetings and complete assigned homework. Each week of the Phase I program is devoted to a specific recovery related topic including: feelings awareness, sobriety maintenance, stress management and assertiveness training. Phase I is Sobriety House’s most intensive treatment program.

Sobriety House added a Traditional Outpatient program and an Intensive Outpatient program in September 2004. The Traditional Outpatient program is six to nine months in duration where program participants meet once per week. The primary focus of these groups is relapse prevention.

In October of 2007, Sobriety House merged with The Phoenix Concept. Sobriety House, Inc. is the surviving corporate entity. The Phoenix Concept is an 18,000 square foot residential facility licensed for 35 beds for men in downtown Denver.

Today, Sobriety House owns six buildings and provides 84 beds for residential treatment for substance abusers. Sobriety House serves over 400 people annually.