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Drug Rehab Colorado
Find Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in or around the following Colorado cities:
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
- Grand Junction
- Highlands Ranch
- Castle Rock
- Canon City
- Commerce City
- Wheat Ridge
- Greenwood Village
- Fort Morgan
- Steamboat Springs
- Glenwood Springs
- Lone Tree
- Woodland Park
- La Junta
- Estes Park
- Monte Vista
- Usaf Academy
- Buena Vista
- Manitou Springs
- Las Animas
- Idaho Springs
- La Jara
- Cripple Creek
- San Luis
- Black Hawk
The state of Colorado became part of today’s United States on August 1, 1876 and was the thirty-eighth state to join. Their state motto is Nil sine Numine (Nothing without Providence) and colors are blue and white. Colorado is also known as the Centennial State and takes its given name from the Spanish “ruddy” or “red”. The capital is Denver, CO boasting over 600,158 residents as of 2010. The 2010 census population for the state of Colorado showed that 5,029,196 people called the sate their home with 2,520,662 being Male; Female: 2,508,534. White: 4,089,202 (81.3%); Black: 201,737 (4.0%); American Indian: 56,010 (1.1%); Asian: 139,028 (2.8%); Other race: 364,140 (7.2%); Two or more races: 172,456 (3.4%); Hispanic/Latino: 1,038,687 (20.7%). 2010 population 18 and over: 3,803,587; 65 and over: 549,625; median age: 35.7.
Colorado Drug Use Trends
The state of Colorado is located in the Western part of the US, encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains. It is the 8th most extensive state in the nation, and has an estimated population of around 5.4 million. Colorado boasts a beautiful landscape, with mountains, plains, canyons and rivers alike. Colorado is also one of only 4 states in the nation to legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, with its recreational use just recently being approved and medicinal use being legal since 2000. With such liberal use of marijuana, it is no wonder that Colorado is faced with several other drugs threats and the need for effective substance abuse treatment in the state has never been greater. Studies and treatment data indicates that alcohol, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pain killers & benzodiazepines/sedative hypnotics are the primary drugs of abuse and drug threats among residents in the state of Colorado.
Like most of parts of the country, alcohol remains Colorado's most frequently abused substance. Alcohol also accounts for the most treatment admissions in the state, as well as most calls to poison control center, drug-related hospital discharges, and drug-related mortality.
Even though marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, this doesn't mean use of the drug doesn't cause problems for residents who choose to use it. Marijuana continues to be a major drug of abuse according to treatment admissions data and hospital discharges. In 2013, primary drug treatment admissions for marijuana represented nearly 19% of total admissions in Colorado.
Abuse of methamphetamine is a major problem in the state of Colorado, with an estimated 27% of treatment admissions indicating that methamphetamine is their primary drug of choice. This has been a problem which has only progressed in recent years instead of getting better, and since 2003 meth has surpassed cocaine treatment admissions in Colorado. Methamphetamine has also shown increases in proportions of drug-related deaths and hospital discharge rates, so this is a problem that needs to be more effectively addressed in the state before it gets any worse. In 2011 there were 20 methamphetamine-related deaths in Colorado, with DEA and local law enforcement reporting that methamphetamine seized in the state exhibits extremely high purity levels consistently over 90%.
Heroin & Other Opioids/Opiates
Abuse of heroin and other prescription opioids such is a very significant problem in Colorado. Recent data indicates that the rate of past-year non-medical use of prescription pain relievers among Colorado residents aged 12 or older in Colorado was in the top quintile, and ranked second in the country at 6.0 percent, with the national average being 4.6 percent. The specific prescription opioids of choice among non-medical users in the state are methadone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, codeine and oxycodone, according to the large number of opioid cases in emergency departments, calls to poison control centers, and incidents of accidental death each year in the state. Primary drug treatment admissions for prescription opioids other than heroin rose from 2.6 in 2004 to 7.3% of total treatment admissions in 2013. So this too is a worsening problem, and one which will very likely get worse before it gets better unless Colorado clients have access to quality rehabilitation to put an end to such abuse.
Heroin is also a worsening problem according to similar indicators in the state, with treatment admissions data indicating that the drug accounted for over 9% of total treatment admissions in 2013. Another complication arising from this problem is a growing concern regarding a recent increase in new heroin users in Colorado, who have switched to the drug after having previously abused prescription opioids because heroin is more available and accessible cost-wise.
Benzodiazepines & Other Sedative Hypnotics
Non-medical use of prescription benzodiazepines and other sedative hypnotics is likewise a very serious problem and drug threat in the state of Colorado, and it has been a very deadly problem in recent years. Drug related deaths associated with these types of drugs were only 15 in 2003, but this number significantly worsened in recent years with such deaths totaling 168 between 2009 and 2012.
It is important for Colorado residents to know that while many of the drug problems they face are severe, there are quality drug treatment solutions in the state to help anyone regardless how bad the problem is. One of the most important things to understand when trying to overcome any type of drug dependence or addiction is that it is often very important to get out of one's current environment in order to have clarity about what changes need to be made in one's life in order to remain off of drugs and alcohol and to determine what is triggering the problem so that this can be resolved as well. So while outpatient treatment in the state is readily available, it is very difficult to sustain progress and remain focused and sober when drug triggers remain an issue and access to drugs and alcohol is possible.
Inpatient programs in Colorado can provide an ideal environment during the treatment process, with access to professional treatment counselors and medical professionals so that rehab is as smooth as possible starting with a safe and well-managed drug or alcohol detox. With no access to drugs or alcohol, individuals have a much better chance of overcoming the intense challenges that most if not all recently abstinent drug treatment clients face which can be both physical and psychological in nature. It is also a therapeutic environment, with drug triggers which would exist back at home not a factor and treatment counselors doing everything possible to ensure the individual is kept on track and taking the important steps each day which will help them have the ability and confidence to remain drug free for life. With the focus only on the treatment process, instead of everyday commitments, obligations and stress that one would normally have to deal with in an outpatient setting, the chances of achieving the desired outcome as a result of time spent in an inpatient program is extremely good. This is also the case with residential drug rehab programs in Colorado, which not only provide this essential change of environment but one which provides many of the comforts of home as well.
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