Rehabilitation facilities and treatment centers in Colorado can help you recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
443 S. Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO, 80133
Facility Features: Gym, Yoga Area, Lounge, 58 beds
Treatment Available: Detox, Acute Treatment, Family Programs, Inpatient Outpatient, Outpatient Programs, Aftercare
Specialties: Trauma Track, Marijuana Addiction, Multidisciplinary Approach, Co-Occurring Disorders
More than 86,000 Coloradans sought treatment for substance use disorders in 2015. More people sought treatment for alcoholism than any other addiction, followed by amphetamine addiction and heroin addiction
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Heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana abuse continue to increase in prevalence in Colorado, according to 2013 numbers compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Marijuana was legalized in 2012 and was second to alcohol in combined rates of treatment admissions, drug-related hospital discharges, emergency department visits, law enforcement positive tests, availability and reported use.
According to the same data, prescription opioid abuse increased in Colorado while cocaine abuse declined. Benzodiazepines accounted for less than one percent of treatment admissions. Data regarding new drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts was scarce.
Abuse of methamphetamine and other stimulants increased between 2009 and 2013 after declining from 2005 to 2009. The drugs accounted for the third-most drug-related hospital visits in 2013, an increase from 2012. Crystal meth is the most prevalent stimulant of abuse in Colorado.
Deaths from heroin overdose increased from 91 in 2012 to 118 in 2013, similar to national trends. Heroin treatment admissions have increased in Colorado since 2008. The drug ranks second for the most drug-related causes of death in the Denver and Boulder metropolitan area.
More than 40,000 students from 224 schools took park in the 2013 Colorado Healthy Kids Survey, the most recent survey in the state. The state’s youth substance abuse trends are similar to the national average for drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin and steroids. Youth in Colorado abuse prescription drugs and sniff glue at lower rates than the national average.
A total of 31 percent of Colorado high school students admitted to drinking one or more alcoholic beverages in 2013.
About 16 percent of Colorado high school students admitted to binge drinking in 2013.
About 10 percent of Colorado high school students reported smoking cigarettes in 2013.
Almost 20 percent of Colorado high school students said they smoked marijuana in 2013.
The Colorado Department of Human Services oversees mental health and substance abuse initiatives and programs throughout the state of Colorado. The department’s Office of Behavioral Health develops policy, coordinates state-wide efforts and monitors existing mental health programs. The department’s community programs division ensures behavioral health and treatment facilities throughout the state provide effective care. It also provides assistance to community programs throughout the state.
The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health Community Prevention Programs develops and implements drug prevention programs throughout the state with funding from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The office also provides technical assistance and guidance for various substance abuse prevention programs.
The Colorado Prevention Partnership for Success program aims to reduce drug abuse rates by discovering and addressing gaps in services in various populations and geographic areas in Colorado. Using a public health model, the program aims to reduce underage drinking among Hispanic youth and to reduce drug abuse rates in Adams, Denver, Pueblo and Weld counties.
The Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo and Fort Logan are Colorado’s two state-operated psychiatric hospitals. Under the supervision of the Office of Behavioral Health, the hospitals serve adults suffering from mental health disorders who are referred by community health centers or the state’s criminal justice system.
The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral grant from SAMHSA funds SBIRT Colorado. The program aims to expand and improve the state’s health care system and to increase recognition of behavioral health care services. The program is geared toward patients suffering from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
The state of Colorado provides round-the-clock crisis services in person, over the phone or online. The service helps individuals suffering from mental health, drug abuse or emotional crises. It provides information and referral services in order to provide increased access to mental health services in Colorado.
The Persistent Drunk Driving Act passed in 1998 by the Colorado legislature increases penalties — including fines — for repeat DUI offenders. The money from the fines is allocated to Law Enforcement Assistance Funds to fund programs aimed at preventing drunk driving and educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving. The money can also be used to help pay for treatment for repeat offenders.
The state of Colorado’s Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force analyzes trends of drugs abuse and models of drug prevention to develop best practices for preventing and treating substance abuse. The task force develops responses to challenges in the criminal justice system and raises awareness in communities.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has a number of task forces that try to reduce the prevalence of drug addiction by limiting the amount of narcotics that enter the region. The DEA task forces aim to reduce the amount of drugs distributed through the mail, reduce money laundering activity and reduce state-wide and local criminal activity.
The Colorado Medication Take-Back Program aims to reduce the amount of unused or unwanted medication on the street. Numerous medication drop boxes are located at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and other facilities across the state. The drop boxes do not accept needles or controlled substances, however.
Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, and marijuana businesses were allowed to open in 2014. Sales from the drug brought in $44 million in taxes in 2014, but there were also negative results from the increased availability of marijuana.
Overall rates of crime throughout the state increased, but it is unclear whether marijuana legalization caused the increase. The number of traffic deaths involving marijuana increased by 32 percent from 2013 to 2014, and police departments claim it’s difficult to determine if someone is driving under the influence of the drug.
Marijuana is more easily available among Colorado youth. Drug-related suspensions and expulsions increased 40 percent from the 2008-09 school year to the 2013-14 school year, and the majority of suspensions and expulsions involved marijuana. Additionally, 29 percent of college-age adults admitted to using marijuana in 2013, about 10 percent higher than the national average.
In addition to state-sponsored programs, a variety of nonprofit and volunteer-based organizations in Colorado help fight drug abuse and addiction.
Rise Above Colorado is drug-prevention organization geared toward teens. The goal of the organization is to change teens’ attitudes about drugs and empower them to make health-conscious decisions. The program’s “Not Even Once” meth-prevention project has helped reduce meth use among Colorado teens.
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention helps coordinate statewide responses to prescription drug abuse and addiction. Through research, education, public outreach and treatment initiatives, the consortium hopes to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from abusing opioid painkillers by 2016.
Colorado Parenting Matters provides education, information, resources and support for parents in the state. The organization’s training and educational seminars cover a variety of topics, including facts about drug abuse, drug prevention principles and risk factors for addiction.
The University of Colorado’s Fetal Alcohol and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention program aims to prevent substance abuse, including alcohol consumption, among pregnant Coloradans. It provides information on screening services, skills development and intervention for at-risk women.
The OMNI Institute’s Regional Prevention Services (RPS) works with the Office of Behavioral Health to provide training, consulting and technical assistance to community anti-drug coalitions. The project helps community organizations grow, address drug abuse and expand prevention knowledge.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides drug abuse services to the state’s homeless population. Services include providing one-on-one counseling, providing house assistance, offering crisis intervention services, and referring individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders to appropriate treatment centers.
You can recover from addiction in the state of Colorado. The state’s programs, support groups and community resources will help you during treatment and recovery. The metropolitan areas in and around Denver are home to numerous drug rehab centers. Other cities and counties throughout the state contain equally reputable facilities for you to choose from.
There are thousands of support group meetings throughout Colorado. 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous provide valuable support and guidance for people suffering from addiction.