Addiction Treatment: Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Colorado

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Addiction Treatment in ColoradoState treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, Colorado showed a total of 39,749 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (37,613 or 94.6%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 2,255 were under the age of 18. The percent of admissions mentioning alcohol, cocaine, or marijuana has remained relatively constant. Methamphetamine admissions, however, have increased significantly. 41% of admissions in 2010 had a combination of drug and alcohol addictions.

Colorado Addiction Treatment Admissions

Colorado Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Colorado in 2010. The data shows that marijuana and stimulants, primarily the stimulant methamphetamine, are the primary drugs abused by those that enter into treatment in the state, followed by cocaine, heroin and prescription opiates.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Support for Community-Based Prevention in Colorado

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the DFC grants. In FY 2011, the following Colorado coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Chaffee County Community Prevention Policy Board
Eagle River Youth Coalition
Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project
Lake County Build a Generation
SLV Prevention Coalition Alamosa
Summit Prevention Alliance
Teller County Prevention Project

Information compiled above is courtesy of: cdc.gov, oas.samhsa.gov, ondcp.gov, datafiles.samhsa.gov, dasis.samhsa.gov