True or false? The primary purpose of rehab is to achieve sobriety.
The answer is actually false. Clearing your body of a physical substance and declaring success is like blowing your nose and saying your cold is gone. The true purpose of rehab is to discover your best self and learn how to live joyfully—without artificial highs.
It is simply not enough just to be sober.
And that’s one of the reasons why so many people find that Denver is a great place to do rehab. In the Mile High City, you’ll be surrounded not only by beautiful mountains, but also by an abundance of art and culture.
It’s a great place to re-awaken your spirit—and your interest in the world around you.
Art, Theater, Music and More
The Denver Art Museum features one of the best collections of art in the country, including works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dalí. On display now through May 20 is “Degas: A Passion for Perfection,” which showcases Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906.
But, even if you don’t set foot inside the museum, you’ll get an eyeful. The portion of the museum that holds the modern and contemporary art, African art and oceanic art was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, who was inspired by the “geometry of the Rockies.” The stunning angular design consists of 20 sloping planes covered in titanium panels.
From there, if you feel like a walk, head out on foot for a tour of Denver’s street art. Some of it was commissioned, while some was unsanctioned—and is, therefore, always changing.
Next, head to the Colorado Convention Center, where you can appreciate—and take a selfie with—the 40-foot blue bear sculpture by local artist Lawrence Argent.
In nearby Arvada, check out the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, which is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers in the country. It also offers a fantastic opportunity to explore new interests through the 600 classes offered a year, including writing, dancing, acting and more. There is also a theatre series that runs year-round, as well as art exhibitions.
Cultural Events in Denver
The performing arts scene in Denver rivals that of just about any other American city and includes the following events – just a sampling of everything the city has to offer. (You can view the full schedule here.)
- “The Who’s Tommy” (April 20-May 27) at the Stage Theater. An exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit.
- “Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler” (May 25-27) at the Boettecher Concert Hall. The Colorado Symphony honors Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor, ending with Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” symphony to mark Bernstein’s lifelong study of the great composer.
- The Colorado Renaissance Festival (June 16-Aug. 5, weekends only) in Larkspur. Enjoy a 350-acre kingdom of juggling, fire-eating, theater, music, artisans and great food.
- “The Book of Mormon” (June 13-July 1) at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The New York Times calls this the “best musical of the century.” It tells the story of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.
About The Raleigh House
The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that believes addiction isn’t just about sobriety. It’s about discovering your best self. Our master’s level trained therapists get to the root cause of addiction and will help you develop a strategy to manage and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the treatment programs at The Raleigh House.