Denver, Colorado, is home to numerous sobriety houses; outpatient rehab and inpatient rehab centers and detox facilities. It’s also home to a variety of support services, drug prevention coalitions and other drug prevention organizations.
In addition to quality treatment centers, you can find NA, AA and Al-Anon meetings all throughout the Denver area. These and other support groups have daily meetings in the Highlands, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek and most other neighborhoods throughout Denver.
The state of Colorado legalized the possession, consumption and purchasing of marijuana for recreational use in 2012. The first retail marijuana stores in Denver began operating in 2014.
In Denver, residents may legally buy and possess up to one ounce of marijuana if they are 21 or older. Non-residents may purchase one quarter of an ounce of marijuana if they are 21 or older. You may also purchase medical marijuana if you have doctor’s prescription for a medical condition.
Marijuana can only be purchased from licensed retail stores. It is illegal to consume retail marijuana in public locations. Driving under the influence of marijuana is also illegal, and anyone who tests positive for THC in their blood may be arrested for a DUI.
The colleges and universities in Denver, Colorado, provide numerous resources for students suffering from addiction. They’re also home to a number of drug prevention and education initiatives.
The University of Colorado at Denver Student and Community Counseling Center offers substance abuse prevention and treatment services for students and the community. The university’s Anschutz Medical Campus includes a modified therapeutic community called The Haven, which treats women with substance use disorders while housing infants, keeping children out of foster care while mothers recover.
The University of Denver provides individual and group counseling for students struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. The university also hosts workshops and presentations on drug and alcohol risk management, family dynamics and emotional coping.
Metropolitan State University of Denver provides on-campus resources for alcohol and substance abuse problems at its Health Center on the Auraria campus. The university’s counseling services provides individual counseling, crisis intervention, support groups and workshops on substance abuse prevention for students.
Regis University’s Office of Counseling and Personal Development offers educational presentations and counseling services for students struggling with a variety of issues including substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder and stress.
If you’re in the Denver, Colorado, area during the winter, the city is just a short drive away from several ski resorts. Slopes near Denver include Winter Park Resort, Vail, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Resort and Eldora Mountain Resort. If you’re visiting during a warm time of year, you can visit Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, Staunton State Park near Conifer or Chatfield State Park near Highlands Ranch.
The Art District at Santa Fe is home to more than 10 galleries and studios, and the Golden Triangle Museum district has eight museums and 50 shops and restaurants. You can explore RiNo — the River North Art District — to the north or Block 7 Arts to the west in Lakewood. For a history tour, Denver is also home to the U.S. Mint and the History Colorado Center.
No matter what time of year you visit, there is always a pro sports team to watch. In the fall and winter, you can watch the Broncos play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium or the Nuggets and Avalanche play at the Pepsi Center downtown. During the summer, you can catch the Rockies at Coors Field or the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The city of Denver and neighboring Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties work together to reduce drug abuse in the Denver metropolitan area. Government initiatives attempt to reduce the amount of illegal drugs on the street and raise awareness of substance abuse problems.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office hosts day-long awareness events twice a year at Dakota Ridge High School and Evergreen Fire Rescue to encourage residents to turn substances of abuse in to law enforcement. Anyone can turn in prescriptions and over the counter drugs for free while remaining anonymous.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s offices works with schools and communities in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and the rest of Douglas county to provide alcohol, drug abuse and suicide prevention presentations as a part of the Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS) initiative.
Federal, state and local law enforcement work with community and private organizations to fight substance abuse in Denver by fighting the illegal organizations that bring drugs to the metro area. The Gang Reduction of Denver (GRID) network, including the Metro Gang Task Force, targets gang violence and narcotics trafficking that make drugs available in Denver, CO.
DenverRAP is a community-based organization established by the Denver Office of Drug Strategy. It provides drug abuse prevention resources with the goal of educating youth, parents, services providers and other members of the Denver community about the dangers of drugs. DenverRAP delivers presentations and offers educational pamphlets, referral services, and toolkits for parents.
The Reclaiming Futures Denver chapter aims to improve drug and alcohol treatment for teens in the Denver justice system. The organization works with the Denver Juvenile Drug Court to provide treatment and case management services.
The Colorado Crisis Services Metro Denver Region has locations in Denver, Aurora, Littleton and Westminster to provide in-person crisis care. Crisis services for mental health or substance abuse issues are available during any time of day.
The Council, formerly the Mile High Council, provides educational programs on substance abuse prevention and education in addition to treatment services. The nonprofit also hosts programs such as Substance Use Prevention and Education Resource (SUPER) for youth, the Bear Hug Program for children ages 3–5 and the Miracles Program for women.
Rise Above Colorado is a state-wide initiative that works to change the perceptions and attitudes teens have about substance abuse. The organization promotes healthy lifestyles for Denver youth through its work with several Denver-based organizations, including Advocates for Recovery, The Center, Hip Hop Congress, Rawh Expressions, the Denver Office of Drug Strategy and the Salvation Army Rehab Center.
Many nonprofit sobriety houses, detox facilities and other substance abuse treatment centers provide volunteer opportunities. Other drug prevention and support service providers in the Denver area are also looking for support.
The University of Colorado at Denver’s therapeutic communities The Haven and the Baby Haven house women and their children during recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders. Friends of the Haven (FOH) provides resources for both projects. Volunteers for Baby Haven can help in classrooms, and volunteers for The Haven can help with fundraising, community outreach and administrative tasks.
Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners provides round-the-clock free resources for people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. The organization provides consultations, support and assistance to individuals and families. Volunteers can help with community projects, education and outreach initiatives.
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