Grand Junction is home to numerous treatment and rehab centers prepared to help those affected by addiction and mental health disorders. In addition, Grand Junction coalitions and government initiatives are working hard to keep drug abuse out of Mesa County, Colorado. Programs are set up to support adults and teens.
For those in recovery, support from family and other groups can be crucial. AA, NA and Al-Anon can be found all around Grand Junction and Mesa County.
Grand Junction’s Rocky Mountain location lends itself to countless sober activities including the best outdoor activities at any time of the year. Take advantage of the warm spring and summer months by hiking inside the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. A short drive to Fruita gives you access to the Kessels Run Trail and the Rabbit Valley Trail System. Bring your camera and catch the beauty of the fall colors during your walking tour of historic downtown Grand Junction, or climb The Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat top mountain, to see the aspen trees change color from above. Winter in Colorado means skiing, so head up to the Powderhorn Mountain Resort for over 1,600 acres of fresh powder.
The Museums of Western Colorado is a museum complex featuring dinosaurs, natural history, live experiences and more. The Museum of the West features art and artifacts from various Native American tribes, the story of the western Spanish expansion, the Thrailkill Firearms Gallery and more. Dinosaur Journey features fossils, recreations and molds from some of Colorado’s most famous prehistoric inhabitants. Witness what life was like in Grand Junction back in the early 1900s at Cross Orchards. Talk with costumed actors about the hardships of early pioneer life and watch as they recreate clothing and treats from long ago.
Learn about natural occurrences like erosion, radiation and energy; discover our place in the world at the John McConnell Math & Science Center. See the diversity of plant life in Mesa County at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Local plants and butterflies surround you as you discover something new. A short drive to Gateway takes you to the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum where one-of-a-kind cars are on display for all to see. Modern supercars like Ferrarri sit alongside classics from Packard, Dusenberg and Auburn Cord.
See art from around the world displayed next to local artists at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Adult classes are available in subjects ranging from paint, mixed media, jewelry design and more. The campus of Colorado Mesa University is the home to the Moss Performing Arts Center where you can see music, dance and theater. The University’s students perform everything from the classics you know, to modern and original works. Visit Downtown Grand Junction for unique dining, shopping and art galleries. Art on the Corner is a year-round sculpture exhibit located in downtown’s street corners and makes for perfect photo opportunities.
Tobacco smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in America. Around 22 percent of Mesa County residents smoke, including 27 percent of high schoolers. To fight this, the Mesa County Health Department created four Smokeout days — days where the community can come together and vow to stop quit smoking. Smokeouts occur in the middle of the month every quarter.
Created in the 1980’s by the Grand Junction police department and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Western Colorado Drug Task Force is committed to keeping dangerous drugs out of Mesa County. The Task force fights drugs on the streets and in the community. Front-line and investigative programs lead to a number of arrests and convictions.
Showing involvement in your teen’s life is the best way to keep them healthy and safe. Safe Teens America offers classes which inform parents on latest trends surrounding teen safety and drug prevention. Class topics include alcohol, marijuana, club drugs, synthetic drugs, prescription drugs and tobacco use. Programs are available for parents, teachers and school assemblies.
If substance abuse has taken control of your life, and you don’t know who to talk to, the Colorado Crisis Services number is there for you. Services are available 24/7/365 and a phone call immediately connects you with a crisis counselor. Walk-in services are available throughout Colorado including associated clinics within Grand Junction.
As Grand Junction’s primary college, Colorado Mesa University has policies and programs about drugs and alcohol. Prevention policies try to regulate students’ use of drugs and alcohol, and treatment options are available to students who need help managing a substance abuse problem.
This student-run organization provides free rides to students on Friday and Saturday nights from 9PM to 3AM. Students can arrange for rides in advance or call late into the night. Students can help their fellow Mavericks by becoming a volunteer driver or navigator.
Counseling services are available to both full- and part-time students. Appointments are made by calling Behavioral Clinical Services (BCS) and on-call crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day. Students can take a free self-evaluator to see if therapy is the right option for them. Resources are available for students who need help confronting a friend about their substance abuse issue.
Volunteering helps keep your mind busy, and shows you’re a part of something greater than yourself. Grand Junction, CO provides ways to give back to others suffering from substance abuse.
This statewide initiative shows teens that a healthy life doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol abuse. Adult volunteers are needed to help with fundraising efforts, community presentations, creative projects and advocating for local teens. Teens can join the Teen Action Council and work on crafting the messages given by the organization.
Serving all of Mesa County, the Salvation Army provides help for those in drug and alcohol recovery. Local branches are in need of volunteers to donate time, clothing and money. The Corps Community Center in Grand Junction is Mesa County’s location and offers an adult rehabilitation center and treatment options for drugs or alcohol.