Colorado Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the state of Colorado, opiate use and abuse has increased since 2010 according to statistics. Use by those being arrested has nearly doubled, although this still leaves opiate use far behind drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. With special attention being paid to Denver, the picture regarding opiate use is a pretty dismal one. However, Colorado opiate rehab does exist, and it stands ready to help those who want to try and kick the habit.


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CO TREATMENT FACTS

  • Because the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioids are so painful, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration advises against detox without the use of medications.
  • Individuals who are seeking help for opioid addiction must be screened and treated for any co-occurring mental disorders like depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Some treatment programs for opioid addiction provide vocational and housing help to those who have lost their jobs, homes, and financial stability to their substance abuse.
  • Opioid addiction is a serious disorder that often requires more than just one, short-term treatment option. In fact, those who attend multiple treatment programs or a long-term rehab program will often fare better during recovery.
  • Three different types of medications––methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone––exist for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Colorado TREATMENT STATS

  • As stated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the state ranked second-worst in 2013 among all the states on the issue of prescription drug abuse, including the misuse of prescription painkillers.
  • Opioids-related deaths in the state nearly quadrupled between the years of 2000 and 2011.
  • According to 2014 data on the state’s substance abuse treatment admissions, 12.4 percent of all admissions were for heroin and 6.4 percent were for prescription opioids (State of Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force).
  • Unfortunately, though the nonmedical use of opioids in the state is higher than that of the national average, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that treatment admissions in Colorado for these types of drugs was ranked 5th overall behind alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin.

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