My teen mostly smokes pot.  Isn’t it just an expected part of adolescence?

“More teens enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illegal drugs combined.”NationalYouthAnti-DrugCampaign

 “In the 1970s and 80s, the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, was at 3.5 percent. Today, the THC found in most marijuana averages more than 7 percent. But specific techniques can skyrocket the amount of THC to as high as 27 percent. Today’s marijuana is much more powerful and much more addictive than it was a generation ago.”  – Andrea Barthwell, MD, former Deputy Director at the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

What if my teen does not use drugs but has other issues?

Many FMRTC teens do not abuse substances. Many struggle with mental health and behavioral issues and have not turned to drugs or alcohol.

Will my insurance cover the costs of sending my child to Fire Mountain?

Yes, some or most may be covered. This varies a lot. We can bill most major carriers and are willing to set up agreements with smaller ones. Please call with your insurance information so we can help determine if coverage is available. Our billing company will bill your insurance. We will collect your deductible and out of pocket amount upon admission.

You may also be able to use funds from a Health Savings Account.

How long would my son or daughter stay at Fire Mountain?

The average is 5-6 months with a minimum stay of 4 months (120 days). True change takes time. If finances permit, we recommend keeping your teen with us until he or she is truly ready to restart life in earnest. Ultimately, with our team’s input and recommendations, you (the parents) will make the final decision.

What is the admissions process and how do I apply?

After reviewing the general information provided on the website, we suggest you call the Fire Mountain office to speak with an admissions counselor. You and the counselor will complete a preliminary assessment to determine whether your teen is a good fit for the program. If you decide to move forward, arrangements will be made depending upon your specific circumstances. You are welcome to set up an appointment to tour the facility.

Will I be able to get references from parents of graduates?

Yes, please call or email to request a list of parents 303-443-3343 or We encourage you to contact them.

Do I bring my teenager myself or will you conduct an intervention?

Every situation is different. Some kids agree to enroll in the program and will pack and get in the car/on the plane with little or no resistance. In these cases, we recommend that you make the arrangements. Other times, assistance from a friend or family member may help. And sometimes an intervention is required. Please call the office for details 303-443-3343.

Do you do interventions?

Sometimes. Please call the office for details. We do not do “hard” interventions where your teenager would be physically restrained in order to transport.  If your situation calls for an intricate or hard intervention, we will refer you to another interventionist or transport service.

What are Fire Mountain’s outcomes and success rate?

The best way to answer this question is to refer you to speak with parents and teens who have graduated from the program. Human success is hard to box into a precise measurement. Please call the office for a list of graduate parents and teens. 303-443-3343.

The involvement of our graduates at the treatment center and post graduate programs are a testament to the success rate. Many graduates voluntarily return to mentor, participate in graduations or apply for jobs.

I hear you work on Phase System of success and achievement. How does that work?

Our program is built around a Four Phase Program  of Sobriety, Emotional Growth, Re-Integration and Living Supported (Post-treatment). Our program is designed to support your child in successfully completing each phase in order to reach the goal of graduation (Phases 1-3) and transformation from troubled teen to confident teen, with a vision and a plan.

Is Fire Mountain a Wilderness Program?

No. Your teen will spend time in nature in and around the Rocky Mountains. Because we work with insurance, we do not do long trips.

What is the cost?

For details on our Current Program Costs please call us at 303-443-3343

Does Fire Mountain offer financing?

There are a number of financing options. Please contact the office for details regarding specific lenders.

What about school?

Our school program includes the following classes accredited by Blueprint Education:

  • English: The Hero’s Journey – .5 credit
  • Life Skills – 1.0 credit
  • Physical Education – 1.0 credit
  • Outdoor Leadership – 1.0 credit

We provided certificates for the following classes:

  • Commercial Kitchen and Culinary – Certificate for 120 hours
  • Art – Certificate for 60 hours
  • Psychology – Certificate for 60 hours
  • Horticulture – Certificate for 60 hours

Total possible credits = 3.5 + Certificates Issued. We will work with your school counselor to help with applying certificates to your teens current high school plan.

We are currently undergoing our own school accreditation with AdvancED.

Will I be able to communicate with my teen and will I know how he or she is doing?

Yes. After the first two weeks, your child will call you weekly for 30 minutes. As he/she moves through the phases ( Phase Agreements 1, 2, and 3), he/she will earn passes to visit you for lunch, overnights and ultimately, a week home trial.

Do you work with my family as well as my teenager?

Yes. After the first three to four weeks, you will attend sessions (by phone or in person) 3-4 times per month with the director or one of our therapists.

I saw your boys on TV on TLC. Do you take girls?

Yes.  Our specific curriculum around mixed relationships and handling the opposite sex in a healthy way makes us uniquely suited for a co-ed facility.  Our program is focused on the underlying issues driving your teenager to substance abuse or other destructive behaviors. Often a co-ed environment is needed in the healing of certain issues.  Some teenagers need a same sex environment. Please contact us to determine what is best for your teen.

Will my child be involved with really tough kids?

Your teen will live with others 12-17 years old with behavioral and addiction issues. We do not work with extreme cases such as sex offenders, violent offenders, severe conduct disorders and extreme psychiatric disorders. We are a rehab for troubled teens who can handle living in a group setting.

How do you work with difficult kids?

A strength based empowerment model that focuses on building strong relationships with self and others. Supporting your teen through the process of change focuses on what he/she does well and build from there. This approach allows the clinical team to work out specific structures, assignments, and activities to understand, assess and help your teen make significant progress during his or her stay.

Additionally and contrary to popular belief, teens want clear and firm boundaries. Our orientation requires a lengthy process around the treatment center’s expectations, rules and boundaries. When boundaries are crossed, we come together as a community to reestablish equilibrium and safety. Our staff is trained to be clear, concise and confident in setting boundaries and maintaining safety in the group. Teens respond by relaxing. If they cannot, perhaps a lockdown type of treatment program is needed.

Where is Fire Mountain located?

In a beautiful setting near Estes Park, Colorado. Just outside of town, we enjoy a “deer in the yard” natural environment,  the convenience of being a few miles from town and close proximity Rocky Mountain National Park.

When can I admit my child?

Admissions and discharges happen on an ongoing basis. This creates a positive peer culture and allows students to become mentors to “new-comers” in the group. Admissions happen Monday through Friday beginning before 2 pm and take up to three hours.

What does my child need to bring?

You are provided a list before intake. Please do not send a laptop, phone or Ipod. We provide an Ipod shuffle.

When will I hear from Fire Mountain regarding my teenager?

During the first or second week, you teen will call you with his or her therapist. After that your teen will call home weekly for 30 minutes, unless on an outing or under a special communication agreement that works better. After week 1 or 2, you will start parent weekly family sessions.