ABOUT AIM HOUSE
Located in downtown Boulder, Colo., AIM House offers gender-specific transitional housing and treatment for young adults 18 and older who have already completed a primary residential treatment program for substance abuse or other concerns that negatively impacted their lives. In Colorado, the facility is among 40.2 percent of facilities to offer specialized programming for young adults.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
AIM House was founded in part in response to the lack of guidance and support for young adults, particularly young adults who are transitioning out of substance abuse treatment programs. As such, positive peer support is an integral part of the program.
The average length of stay is six to seven months, making AIM House one of just 41 long-term, non-hospital residential facilities in Colorado. The program is split into five phases: Intentions, Actions, Merge, Manifest, Evolve. In the Intentions phase, clients set their goals, which they begin to work towards in the Actions phase. In Merge, residents begin using the lessons taught to them in the program and are given more freedom and independence. In Manifest, they begin to transition into outside living and in Evolve, they have complete the program and begin living independent lives.
The program offerings include individual, group, and family therapy; life skills coaching; relapse prevention and support; and instruction on health and wellness. To help clients achieve their full potential, the program also offers academic mentoring and access to academic institutions; academic resources help clients to complete their GED, attend college classes, and apply for college, depending on their existing level of attainment.
In addition, the center offers an in-house internship program, on which participants receive coaching and mentoring on their performance. A 12-week Creative Accelerator program provides intensive training for individuals wishing to pursue a creative career, such as the fields of design, music, video, film, or photography.
According to the facility's website, AIM House also offers an outdoor adventure program that includes opportunities to ski, snowboard, and go mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, and river rafting.
According to its website, the treatment team consists largely of master's-level therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Between its various residences, AIM House accommodates up to 50 residents at a time. The houses include a historic home for women called Shannon's House and a tudor-style house named The Castle for men. According to its website, AIM House arranges recreational activities including yoga, meditation, martial arts, African drumming, and Tai Chi classes. Photos on the website indicate shared rooms, common areas, and outdoor grounds.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the two reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, one was very positive and one negative. "This place saved my life and is a bargain compared to many others," Trey wrote, giving the center five stars for its treatment effectiveness. However, an anonymous reviewer claimed that the center was overpriced and provided minimal treatment, and that staff did not treat residents with respect. "AIM House is a careless, unorganized, and stress-provoking program... Essentially the only thing it is paying for, at $12,000 a month to start, is therapy and room and board," the anonymous reviewer wrote.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded mixed reviews, with average ratings of 3.5 stars based on 10 reviews on Yelp and four out of five stars based on 24 reviews on Facebook, where the center may manage its own page. 
Negative reviewers repeatedly described a lack of individual attention, excessive punishments, and an unhealthy environment. "I went to aim house back in 2014. They had no idea how to handle someone with substance abuse issues and shamed me the entire time)," K.M. wrote in a representative negative review on Yelp.
However, several reviewers noted that treatment had been successful for them. "I'm glad I ended up in Boulder. Most of the staff were genuinely wonderful people who really cared about the well-being of participants," E.R. wrote in another representative review on Yelp, though she also complained of a lack of individualized treatment and punishments for vulnerable clients. In isolated criticisms, one client wrote that the center did not treat LGBTQ clients well, and another that the program did not handle eating disorders well.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, H.W., gave mixed feedback, praising the center's ideas and some of its personnel, and adding that their daughter "learned a lot at Aim House," adding that she "went through the program and is living well on her own." However, H.W. echoed an alum opinion by describing the program as overpriced and some staff as disrespectful.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, five staffers posting on Glassdoor gave AIM House a 3.2 out of five-star average rating. Although two staffers painted a picture of an overall effective organization, two reviewers criticized the company's management, and one echoed an alum posting on Yelp by by writing: Staff are allowed to commit micro-aggressions towards LGBTQ clients and staff without consequence. Certain staff stated that they 'do not believe in transgender identities' and will therefore not acknowledge trans clients or staff; pronouns and names are ignored."
There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs.
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