Drug Addiction in Colorado

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Drug Addiction Treatment in Colorado

A Beautiful State Tainted by Booming Addiction Crises

Containing some of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the country, Colorado's massive boom in population in recent decades has significantly altered the challenges that government and law enforcement face when it comes to substance abuse in the state.

Denver, considered to be one of the most sprawling urban areas in the country, is the center of the drug crisis for hundreds of miles. Addiction and abuse of prescription drug medications have been high even by national standards in the state, and many drug cartels now wield a lot of power in Colorado as a result of their constantly expanding influence in New Mexico. Denver International Airport is also one of the largest airports in the world and there is a constant struggle to keep it from becoming a drug distribution hub.

However, Denver's progressive atmosphere has led to some improvements in drug enforcement problems. Better access to drug rehab centers has actually led to an overall decrease in Colorado's prison population, and the state has been considering several facility foreclosures to fill budget gaps. Colorado's recent approval of medical marijuana has seriously diminished the costs and consequences of enforcement against marijuana-dealing, which often accounts for an unnecessary and ineffective majority of drug enforcement efforts in many parts of America.

Colorado Tackles Drug Addiction Better Than Some States

The negative effects of legally available marijuana are similar to the consequences of many other forms of widely available substances in Colorado such as alcohol and prescription drugs; namely, popularity, lack of drug abuse awareness within communities, and easier access to marijuana, are some of the effects of its recent legal approval. Marijuana that is available through prescription is often much stronger than illicitly sold pot and can have wider long-term psychological consequences. Similarly Colorado has also felt the effects of the prescription drug epidemic that has swept the nation. Teenagers and the elderly have been particularly vulnerable to the addictive qualities of opiate painkillers, depressants, and stimulants that are available by prescription. This had led to a particularly vicious chain of addiction problems, as a large boom in opiate addictions because of the widespread prescribing of oxycodone and hydrocodone has now led to an unusual spike in heroin use in the state. Heroin abuse, until recently, was rarely found in quiet corners of the nation; but since many opiate painkillers changed their formulas in 2010 to curb abuse, the street value of these drugs have skyrocketed, resulting in many addicts turning to heroin for their opiate cravings.

However, Colorado has been slightly ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to drug addiction treatment. With a manageable population, many calming rural areas, and a favorable opinion on rehabilitation over incarceration and homelessness, the state has many public and private drug rehab programs for a variety of needs and costs.

If you or someone you know is looking for a detox treatment facility, addiction treatment counseling, and therapy services for any type of addiction call us at 1 (800) 570-4562 . Medical detox, twelve step programs, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies such as detox massages, art therapy, and yoga are all popularly used for drug and alcohol rehabilitation at our addiction treatment center - reach out to one of our counselors today to see what help is available for you or your loved one.

Cities in Colorado that have a significant drug abuse problem: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Littleton, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Arvada, Longmont, Boulder, and Grand Junction

Counties with the largest concentrations of drug abuse problems: El Paso, Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, and Adams

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