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More About Substance Abuse & How We Treat it In Denver

Addiction is a powerful disease affecting individuals, families, and communities. It is persistent and unforgiving but can be broken with the right substance abuse treatment in Denver, CO.

Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado helps addicts break free from their addictions. Our treatment programs are comprehensive, well-rounded and empowering, designed to make it easier for addicts to balance work, family, and recovery.

Comprehensive Drug Addiction Treatment

Addiction is more common than people realize. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 19.7 million Americans battle a drug addiction every year. Addiction also goes hand-in-hand with mental disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that nearly 8 million American adults have a co-occurring disorder.

Addiction does not pick and choose its victims. Anyone can develop an addiction regardless of where they live, how much education they have or the background they come from. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. for Americans under the age of 50.

Substance Abuse Treatment in Denver CO

Substance abuse has a vast number of side effects, but the most concerning one is dependence. What might start off as occasional drug use can easily spiral into dependency and addiction. Addiction is progressive and requires ongoing treatment and support.

Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado offers highly individualized treatment for the following types of drug abuse disorders.

  • Cannabis use disorder. Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the United States, following alcohol and tobacco. As the laws for recreational use of marijuana have softened, it gives people the idea that the drug is safe. Unfortunately, this is not true. Marijuana has effects on the brain and body, and it can serve as a gateway drug
  • Stimulant use disorder. Cocaine and methamphetamines are examples of illicit stimulants. Prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are used to treat attention-deficit disorders. These prescription pills are sometimes abused because of the “high” they create. Stimulants, both illicit and non-illicit, are habit forming.
  • Opioid use disorder. Prescription drugs are abused more often than illicit drugs, which is why our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis. It’s common for opioid addictions to start in the medicine cabinet and lead to more dangerous substances like heroin. Opioids are highly addictive and can be fatal when combined with other drugs.
  • Hallucinogen use disorder. LSD is the best known hallucinogenic drug, though others include ketamine, DXM and mescaline. These substances affect the brain and body and can create suicidal or violent behaviors.

Risk Factors for Substance Abuse

There is no magic formula that leads to an addiction. Two people can experiment with marijuana and go down two different paths. Genetic, environmental and social factors all play a role in a person’s risk profile.

To better understand what puts a person at risk for dependency, here are some risk factors to be aware of.

  • Close family members with addiction
  • Lack of parental attachment or nurturing
  • Access to drugs or alcohol in the home
  • Poor social skills and coping skills
  • Co-occurring disorder such as PTSD
  • Starting drug use at a young age
  • Physical, sexual or emotional trauma
  • Personality traits like high impulsivity

It is possible to create a safe, supportive environment despite a person’s genetic background. Protective factors are the opposite of risk factors. They include parental monitoring, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use and frequent discussions about the dangers of substance abuse.

Protective factors hold just as much weight – if not more – than risk factors. Children of addicts do not have to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado has the tools and resources to work closely with individuals and families to stop the cycle of abuse. Forming safe, supportive and loving home environments is key.

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

It is a common misconception that an addict has to hit rock bottom before they can get help. Some people do end up reaching this breaking point, but you do not have to. In fact, intervention is most successful when it is done earlier in the addiction. Like other progressive conditions, addiction is easier to treat and has more successful outcomes when addressed sooner.

Though each person is different, the signs of substance abuse often manifest in the same way. Here are the main signs and symptoms to be aware of.

  • Regular drug or alcohol use
  • Drug or alcohol cravings
  • Increasing tolerance
  • Secretiveness
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Financial troubles
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Isolation from friends and family

Continuum Recovery of Colorado offers comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment and substance abuse treatment services. During the day, clients receive structure and counseling that makes treatment more appealing and less intimidating. If you would like to learn more about our approach to treating substance abuse, call Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado today.

What You Can Expect At Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado

Continuum Recovery of Colorado offers an intensive outpatient program for individuals dealing with drug addiction. No other drug treatment center in Denver is like ours, so you can expect a truly distinctive and personalized experience.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery. Though our clients work alongside each other, they follow their own customized treatment plan. We encourage clients to explore many activities to find what works for them. Dozens of outdoor activities are included in our program, helping addicts to rediscover their passions in life. Here are some examples of what you can expect during your time at our Denver addiction treatment program.

Alternative Therapies: A number of alternative therapies are included in our program, such as meditation, yoga, art therapy, life skills and education

12-step Model: The 12-step model is one to appreciate. It helps people work through their addictions and establish a sober, healthy life. Each step encourages addicts to take personal responsibility for their actions while working on forgiveness, trust and spiritual growth.

Care Team

Clients in our rehab programs receive personalized treatment plans with an experienced and dedicated care team to match. Our staff includes psychiatric nurse practitioners, medical doctors, masters-level licensed therapists, interventionists and case managers. Some staff members are also recovering addicts themselves.

Custom Variable Lengths

We highly recommend extended treatment. Research consistently shows longer treatment is associated with lower relapse rates. However, we understand not everyone can commit. We meet the addict where they are and constantly modify the treatment plan as needed.

Comprehensive Care in a Supportive Environment

By choosing Continuum Recovery of Colorado for addiction treatment, you are giving yourself or a loved one the greatest chance for a full recovery. Our outpatient rehabilitation services are comprehensive, but do not require addicts to stay within the four walls.

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