Glenwood Springs, CO. has a recently opened addiction treatment center, Momenta, which offers mental health and substance use disorder services to both outpatients and inpatients.

Momenta was founded by Mandy Owensby, a mother of two who had struggled with her own recovery for nearly six years. During her time working in human services she noticed that there was a lack of local treatment resources for patients, who instead had to be referred to programs out of state. After her own difficulties finding programs that would accept her with her children Owensby wanted to create a program that specifically serviced both women and mothers.

There’s been a rise in substance abuse and suicides in mountain communities, Owensby said. Many mothers with substance use disorders fear losing custody of their children, many of them may not seek help until their substance abuse becomes severe, she added.

Momenta staff utilize a holistic approach to recovery, not only focusing on mother-child relationships, but on the entire family. Based on a 12-step model, the treatment center offers family therapy, fitness, nutrition and other courses for patients. In her work with outpatient treatment centers, Allison has worked with patients with addictions who have also experienced trauma in their lives. Depending on the severity of the trauma, they may be at risk of developing substance use disorders when they’re older. She added that if all people understand the connection between drug addiction and trauma, then it can be easier for them to see substance use not as a choice but a medical condition.

Owensby believes that the longer patients receive treatment services, the more likely they will be able to sustain a long-term recovery plan. A longer treatment program may also reduce ‘triggers’ in a patient lives that may lead to a drug relapse, therefore she requires patients to commit to a minimum of 90 days of treatment.

Momenta’s opening has generated much interest from those seeking addiction treatment. Owensby believes that they may soon have to place people on a wait list.