Forging a New Life
The Foundry helps individuals suffering from addiction cast off their old selves and make themselves new in recovery
With smiles, sincerity, and strength, the team at The Foundry welcomes clients to a 5,500-square-foot facility nestled on a ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Their warmth echoes a simple note on the company’s Facebook page—“Open Always”—a sentiment that goes a long way in communicating how the people who run this residential program treat individuals suffering from chemical addiction.
The foundation of The Foundry lies in understanding and working the 12 Steps, the principles of which owner Scott Borden credits for helping him continue his own recovery. He also realized the adage “You can only keep something by giving it away” by giving away addiction recovery in his development of The Foundry. For nearly two years, he and his staff have been helping people forge new lives. The name comes from a grey iron foundry his family owned from 1911 to 2008; the similarities by which grey iron castings are made and addicts who experience recovery were not lost on him. Like the defective iron parts that are melted down and mixed with certain additives to achieve a desired chemistry before being molded into something new and useful, addicts show up damaged and sometimes cast off. They have to add different principles and fresh ways of living before they can become new themselves.
Instead of paying attention to only one part of the process, the Foundry takes patients all the way through complete addiction treatment. “What that means,” explains Program Director Austin Eubanks, “is that we aren’t just offering what is required by our state licensure in order to maximize revenue—as you see with so many treatment centers these days. Our four-pillar approach includes medical, clinical, wellness, and family, [which are] used to construct a 90-day residential experience. We don’t throw around the term ‘holistic’ because it’s been exploited in the industry as today’s buzzword. We are ‘complete,’ and we live up to the term.”
Twelve residents separate onto different floors of the ranch home by gender—six men and six women. Ages range from 18 to 68, with most participants in the 25- to 45-year-old range. They come from all over the country, but they share an affinity for physical fitness and/or the outdoors. Colorado’s Rockies offer both in spades. Indeed, it is hard not to talk about the incredible views from the 48-acre spread of snowcapped peaks in fall, winter, and spring. In summer, the panoramas include jagged peaks laced with green forests. Activities take full advantage of the landscape: hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, paddle boarding, and more. They support, in part, the program’s wellness pillar.
The staff knows, as explained on The Foundry website, that complete recovery is not just about calming minds; it includes rejuvenating the body as well. Eubanks adds that the wellness component of the program is an area where “The Foundry truly shines. Clients have yoga four times per week and personal fitness classes four times per week, plus a wide variety of experiential sessions centered in the wellness.”