Drug Treatment Facilities in Colorado

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Currently, there are over 211 different centers in our facility directory within the state of Colorado for people needing help with drug and alcohol addiction, please select your city below.

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The Impact of Addiction in Colorado

Drug Treatment Facilities in Colorado

Known as the Centennial State, Colorado is perhaps best known for its stunning Rocky Mountains. The state capital, Denver, is a city you wish you could move to, set on high rolling plains with a beautiful mountain scenery. Grab your platinum card for pure luxury and head to Aspen, home to the A-list celebrities and the ultra-wealthy. Telluride, a picturesque Old West town turned outdoor Mecca, is the ideal spot for hiking , biking and rafting in the summer. The mesmerizing high desert of the Great Sand Dunes National Park can not fail to impress.

Even though Colorado experiences high substance abuse rates for multiple drugs, as of 2018 the state is no longer among the top 10 in the nation for substance abuse. The Centennial State has slipped to a ranking of 12th in the country for drug abuse. Nevertheless, each year around 24% of the state’s population uses illegal drugs while nearly 5% of the population abuses alcohol.

Clearly are a lot of things to love about Colorado, but that doesn’t mean it has no drug or alcohol problems.

From 2009 to 2013, roughly 117,000 individuals aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused illicit drugs each year. As a result, substance-related deaths in Colorado were responsible for 15.12% of the state’s fatalities between 2008 and 2017. Fortunately, Colorado drug and alcohol addiction treatment are available to help a person overcome addiction to these and other drugs. Individuals who have a substance use disorder in Colorado have the option to choose from more than 125 different treatment centers in the Rocky Mountain State.

Furthermore, Colorado has established several initiatives aimed at preventing substance abuse in both the adult and adolescent populations. These include: ‘The Heroin Response Work Group’, ‘The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’, The Colorado Meth Project’, and ‘Rise Above Colorado’.

Worst Drugs in Colorado

  1. Cocaine is frequently ranked high for the rates of drug use, abuse, and overdose in Colorado. Between 2009-2011, 69-98 people per 100,000 entered treatment for cocaine abuse as a primary addiction each year.
  2. Alcohol is one of the most abused drugs in the state. In 2013, 42,256 people were enrolled in substance abuse treatment; 39.7% of those enrolled were there for both alcohol and drug problems while 38.4% were admitted for alcohol abuse only.
  3. Marijuana also ranks high for the rates of drug use in the state. According to the TEDS 2014 survey,123-164 persons per 100,000 entered treatments for marijuana addiction in 2011.
  4. Prescription painkillers are among the most abused drugs by Colorado adults and teenagers. The rate of people entering substance abuse treatment for prescription drug abuse increased from 23-35 individuals per 100,000 in 2007 to 36-77 persons per 100,000 in 2009. In 2012, 5.1% of the state’s population abused painkillers.
  5. Heroin and other opiates are also commonly abused throughout the state. In 2011, 26-106 individuals per 100,000 were enrolled in treatment for heroin addiction (TEDS). According to a 2010 Colorado state survey, 1,955 people entered drug addiction treatment programs for opiates other than heroin.

Most Impactful Addiction Facts in Colorado

  1. Between 2007-2018, about 44,167 drug-induced deaths were reported in Colorado. During those same years, alcohol-induced deaths totaled 16,062 cases.
  2. In 2018, 564 opioid-involved overdose deaths were reported in the state.
  3. Colorado providers wrote 45.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons in 2018–compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4 prescriptions.
  4. In 2012, 25 to 34-year-olds accounted for approximately one-third of heroin deaths in Colorado.
  5. Heroin-related deaths more than doubled in 2016–from 91 to 234–with synthetic opioid deaths simultaneously increasing.
  6. Hundreds of people in Colorado experience HIV, Hepatitis C, and HCV diseases related to intravenous drug use (IDU).
  7. In 2012, 472 alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred with alcohol-impaired drivers.
  8. According to SAMHSA, about 7.5% of residents ages 12 or older reported an alcohol use disorder in 2015. This statistic is 1.4% higher than the national average.
  9. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of arrests for heroin increased by 515%. During that same time, heroin seizures increased by 2,035%.
  10. From 2010 to 2015 the number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a disorder resulting from maternal opioid use during pregnancy, increased by 83%.
  11. A prescription drug called Desoxyn is legal in Colorado and doctors are prescribing it at increasing rates. The effects are similar to the illegal drug known as crystal meth and are highly addictive.

Helpful Advice For Treatment Seekers

Once you are ready to enter treatment, the next challenge is finding a program that meets your particular needs. This can feel overwhelming given the number of treatment programs in Colorado. To make things easier, you can spend time reading through Colorado facility reviews, staff bios, insurance details, payment plans, and even set up a facility tour. Visiting a physical location can make a huge difference in deciding as you will be able to see how you feel in that environment. No matter what facility you end up choosing, it should be accredited and licensed and the program staff should include doctors and therapists who specialize in addiction medicine.

Health Insurance Providers Covering Drug Addiction Treatment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) lists drug or alcohol addiction services as 1 of 10 categories of essential health benefits. This means that any insurance sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover treatment. Insurance companies are required to cover certain basic health services–which include the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). Additionally, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) ensures that all private insurance plans cover substance abuse treatment to the same degree as they cover other medical issues.

State Specific Hotlines & Resources

  • Colorado 211: 211
  • Alanon and Alateen Family Group: https://al-anon.org/
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (go to the AA main page, click on find a meeting, follow the link to state pages, click on Colorado): https://www.aa.org/
  • Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.na.org/
  • 211 Colorado: https://www.211colorado.org/mental-health-and-addiction/
  • Colorado Crisis Services: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/
  • Denver Health: https://www.denverhealth.org/services/behavioral-health/addiction-services
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