To provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services that are professional, comprehensive, culturally inclusive and fully integrated across health care; to create opportunities that empower people to recover and to improve their quality of life; and to promote public acceptance of mental illness.
Since 1955, AllHealth Network, formerly Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network, has been a private, non-profit provider of professional, confidential, quality mental health and substance abuse treatment services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Our comprehensive network of services allows us to effectively treat a broad spectrum of mental illnesses. With eleven facilities in two counties we offer 24-hour emergency services, outpatient services for children and adults, day treatment services for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, inpatient services, case management, psychiatric medical service, a crisis intervention team that works with law enforcement, victims services, socialization and recreational activities, adult residential programs and an adult residential acute treatment unit, a criminal justice services unit, a primary care clinic that serves our clients, and we maintain our own pharmacy.
You probably already know one in four Americans is living with a mental illness but did you know Colorado recently ranked fifth in the nation for rates of death by suicide?
I would like to share with you my story so you're able to understand how much of an impact your support of AllHealth Network made not only on me, but on my family:
"I want to die and there's no way I'm going to tell you that because you're not going to stop me."
That was the attitude I had when I walked into my therapist's office three years ago. It felt like I'd been addicted to something my entire life. Somewhere between doctors' appointments, cheerleading practice, school fundraisers, owning a business, three kids and a husband I became overwhelmed. I lost myself and my identity…I lost me.
My first attempts at therapy weren't successful and I turned to drug use to help me cope. It didn't take long for me to lose everything, including my children. I felt I was a lost cause as I spent two years using meth and battling the emotions I was hiding with drugs.
One day, I told myself I was done using meth and I stopped, but my addiction and drug use had caused so much damage to my family…it was like starting over again. I struggled to rebuild relationships, lived through significant health issues and finally realized: I can't do this on my own. A friend of mine referred me to AllHealth Network and something amazing happened: I made a special connection with my therapist and my life began to change.
For several years I worked with my treatment staff to make changes I didn't know were possible. I was in individual and group therapy, I moved from a friend's couch into a transitional housing facility, I regained custody of my children, I restored my relationship with my mother. All of these things happened because I worked hard and the staff at AllHealth Network believed in me.
I've learned so much about myself through this journey. I used to think of myself as a scared little girl but I know now I'm the strongest person I know. I'm kind. I'm courageous. I'm independent. And I love my life.
Please consider making a gift today. Your support of AllHealth Network will help to change more lives like mine. You will help to support early intervention programs, important case management services, suicide prevention, and give members of our community the chance to achieve the wellness they deserve-just like I did.
Thank you for helping to provide me the life my family and I treasure; I am so grateful for the help AllHealth Network provided me.
-AllHealth Network client Michele