A Way Out is a non-profit organization based in Western Colorado.


Free Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health Assessments, Addiction Counseling, Streamlined Navigation & Referral to a Primary Addiction Treatment Program, a Year of Case-Managed Aftercare, and Transitional Housing for AWO qualifying clients.

Our in-depth Solution Oriented Aftercare Program supports and engages individuals for a minimum of 12 months in gaining life-skills, attending alumni program social activities, becoming a Peer Specialist, and re-gaining self-sufficiency and joy.

  • AWO supports people and their families in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties who are motivated to make a change.
  • We focus on those who are unable to secure an appropriate level and intensity of care to overcome their addiction(s).
  • As a result of our ongoing efforts, most who are motivated to change and who want help – can obtain it.
  • We focus on providing the expertise and accountability necessary to empower men, women and teens with addictive behaviors to thrive in recovery.
  • A Way Out was formed to help people who cannot to break the addiction cycle on their own and who truly want to find a new way of life. The organization is comprised of caring individuals committed to helping people find a full life in sobriety.


  1. We believe that honoring confidentiality and anonymity is at the heart of our success.
  2. We believe that active collaboration with other local entities, both public and private is the foundation of our model.
  3. We operate with transparency and accountability.
  4. We believe in intervention and in recovery.
  5. We believe that it is never too late to find help!


  • Elizabeth Means, MA
    Elizabeth Means, MA Executive Director
  • Beth Berkeley, LPC, CAC II
    Beth Berkeley, LPC, CAC II Family Engagement Program
  • Kim Reil, LPC, CAC II
    Kim Reil, LPC, CAC II Clinical Manager
  • Dena Southerlan, LCSW, LAC
    Dena Southerlan, LCSW, LAC Counselor, Tele-Counseling
  • Delfina Huergo, LPC
    Delfina Huergo, LPC Bilingual Counselor


  • Bill Anuszewski
  • Don Bird
  • John Brune
  • Caroline Cochener
  • Jill Ashey
  • Michael Connolly
  • Andrew Drazin
  • Robert Ferguson
  • Robert Musser


  • Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
  • Judith Grisel, PhD
  • Jerry Moe, MA
  • Alan Nelson, MD
AWO Board

"The direction of my life has taken a complete 180, and I am forever grateful."

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