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Treatment for Addiction in Colorado

When seeking professional addiction treatment in Colorado, individuals who are struggling with a moderate to severe addiction to drugs or alcohol are recommended to consider rehab centers that are located out of state. The goal should be to find a treatment plan that will not only caterer to the individuals particular addiction, but also a treatment facility that will provide an array of behavioral, therapeutic, holistic and alternative therapies. Long-term residential addiction treatment is by far the most recommended drug rehab program; the reason is because the longer a client is in therapy, the greater the chance of achieving a successful recovery. In either case, both residential and non-residential options are available for different cases of addiction.

For individuals addicted to hard drugs like heroin, meth, and/or alcohol to name a few, facilities providing in-house detoxification are highly recommended. Detoxification may be conducted outside a drug rehab center, but it is better for a client to be at a treatment center where treatment is provide from detox to aftercare, and where doctors and nurses are available 24/7. Comprehensive rehab programs may last anywhere from 30 to 90 days and aftercare options, such as public group meetings, are also available through Colorado to help the client make a smooth transition into normal lifestyle.

Prevalent Drugs of Abuse in Colorado
Heroin Addiction in Colorado
Heroin Rehab in Colorado
Meth Addiction in Colorado
Meth Rehab in Colorado

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Prevalent Drugs of Abuse in Colorado

For several decades, Colorado has been subject to high volumes of poly-drug trafficking, from both Mexico and other bordering states. Multi-kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana have been shipped to and through the state, leaving a wide path of high drug availability in its wake. In the state itself, marijuana and cocaine use is rampant; both drugs are considered moderately available. Club drugs such as MDMA, LSD and GHB are slightly prevalent, though mainly attributed to the night club scene.
Methamphetamine and heroin are the state's main drug threat. Heroin abuse is the highest contributor to rehabilitation admittances, drug related arrests and emergency hospitalizations. The drug is considered easily accessible in two different forms, powder (pure) and liquid. Methamphetamine, which used to be predominantly imported from Mexico into Colorado, has recently had a sharp rise in clandestine meth labs. With over two hundred lab seizures per year, meth made in Colorado is cheaper (and higher in potency) to produce than the imported Mexican brand, which has also led to its recent increase in popularity.

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Heroin Addiction in Colorado

Black tar heroin and Mexican brown heroin are two predominant strands available in Colorado. Both forms are mainly imported and transported from the Southern borders. When heroin is used, it can be ingested either by smoking it, snorting or injecting the drug. 
Heroin addicts report that the desired effects of the initial high is a burst of euphoria, or a general sense of wellbeing; over a short time, this transforms into a hazy, languid alternating phase of drowsiness and wakefulness. Negative psychological side effects often experienced when abusing heroin is anxiety, paranoia, irritability and disillusionment. Because a trip on heroin does not last as long as other drugs, it's common for addicts to desire "repeated hits" over a short period of time to maintain the high. Added to these self-destructive habits, is the speed at which the human body builds tolerance to heroin. With each abuse of heroin, an addict must increase his/her dosage to reach similar effects of previous trips. 

This is mainly due to the vicious circle that fuels addiction so quickly; individuals can begin a level of dependency after just one use. Prolonged, serious heroin abuse can lead to many serious health complications. Infection of the heart lining, respiratory and heart failure, liver and kidney failure, stroke and seizure are all possible side effects due to long term heroin abuse. The nature of these health risks can lead to coma or sudden death. Aesthetically, heroin is also known to cause serious malnourishment and open skin sores.


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Heroin Rehab in Colorado

The main priority for any person seeking treatment for heroin addiction is to secure a solid and stable detoxification plan. Heroin is known as one of the most dangerous drugs to detoxify from. This is because the body, over time, has become extremely dependant on heroin in order to function normally.  It has been found that recovering addicts who do not opt for an inpatient, hospitalized setting for detoxification, are at risk of dying from a withdrawal period. In an inpatient setting, medical professionals can monitor the detoxification process 24 hours a day, and administer medication to help alleviate the harsh withdrawal symptoms, as well as ease the body safely off of the drug. Along with detoxification, revering heroin addicts are also recommended to enroll in an inpatient program. Although treatment programs can last as short as 15 to 30 days, the best recovery option for heroin addicts is a 90-day program; residential programs are good for providing a "sober setting" in a safe and supervised environment. Withdrawal symptoms to heroin are packed with physical symptoms such as muscle and bone pain, vomiting and tremors. Psychological symptoms also prove to be tough for recovering heroin addicts. In a residential, long term treatment program, clients recovering from heroin addiction have a better chance of gaining control over the intense drug cravings.

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Meth Addiction in Colorado

More commonly a problem in the Southeastern states, meth has similarly become a rising epidemic in Colorado. Clandestine meth lab seizures increase annually, and the popularity of meth is only stirring more and more first-time users; meth is a relatively cheap drug to produce, and since meth is easy to find, it's causing alarm amongst inner-city neighborhoods and smaller communities throughout Colorado.

Methamphetamine is a drug that can be snorted, smoked and injected; it is highly addictive and is known to draw its victim into devastating financial, physical, and mental problems. Initial effects include increased wakefulness, energy and elevated euphoric moods. The drug can send users into a sense of panic, paranoia, sensitive irritability, and anxiety. As with many other stimulating drugs, meth poses typical physical effects, such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature; a combination of these symptoms can lead to more serious health complications. In addition, the psychological effects bring on another facet of danger. An individual can experience violent and psychotic behavior, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, paranoia and even homicidal or suicidal thoughts. All methamphetamine users are at risk of stroke, epilepsy, and seizure, which can result in coma or sudden death.

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Meth Rehab in Colorado

Recovery from pro-longed methamphetamine abuse starts with detoxification, either in an inpatient or hospitalized setting. Although some meth addicts do not exhibit strong physical withdrawal symptoms, it has been found that the longer a person abuses meth, the stronger the symptoms will occur. Typically, muscle cramps, tremors, nausea, depression, anxiety and sleeplessness occur early during the detoxification process. Because of this, many people are admitted to an inpatient setting so that medical personnel can safely administer medication to help with discomfort and monitor the patient for any signs of hysteria. Whether in a 30 to 90 day residential or non-residential facility, it is recommended that recovering methamphetamine addicts receive therapy in the forms of individual, group and family therapy approaches. It is crucial to receive a form of guidance when dealing with cravings for methamphetamine; temptation and cravings are the number one cause for relapse, even years after treatment.

TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION

Every day, drug and alcohol abuse affects the lives of millions of people who struggle with substance dependency. Many people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction cannot fend for themselves, as addiction is a physical and mental disease. If you or someone you care for is in need of drug or alcohol rehabilitation, where a person in recovery can undergo detox with assistance from medical personnel, participate in support groups or individual therapy, and enroll in aftercare services, then please act now and call A Center for Addiction Recovery. We are dedicated to helping families and friends recover from abuse stemming from heroin, meth, prescription pain killer, cocaine, alcohol, and synthetic drug addictions.