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  • In 2018, there were over 42,000 treatment admissions for substance use in Colorado. Although most people seek treatment for alcohol-related issues, admissions have increased for heroin and methamphetamine over the last few years.

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Colorado currently offers 543 addiction and mental health treatment options

    If you or a loved one struggles with a substance use disorder, you can learn more about treatment options in Colorado.  

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Colorado

    The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health oversees addiction treatment throughout the state. The Community Behavioral Health division of the department manages substance use and mental health treatment, recovery, and prevention services throughout the state. 

    You can use this valuable state resource to find in-depth information about addiction treatment options available throughout the state. To find treatment facilities in your area, you can also:

    As you search for a high-quality addiction treatment program in Colorado, it’s typically best to consider facilities that offer:

    • evidence-based services that have documented clinical and scientific evidence to demonstrate their efficacy in addiction treatment
    • individualized treatment plans that are designed to address each person’s unique addiction treatment needs
    • licensed drug and alcohol counselors who have passed rigorous state testing and demonstrated competency in drug addiction treatment
    • a full continuum of care, from medical detoxification to aftercare support services
    • accreditation from a state or federal oversight program that denotes the facility’s adherence to a high standard of care

    As you consider alcohol and drug treatment programs, it’s also important to think about your background with substance use, the forms of payment facilities accept, and the length and type of treatment programs offered. 

    Colorado Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    The Community Behavioral Health division of the Colorado Department of Human Services details several addiction treatment and mental health resources available throughout the state. 

    When you seek treatment for a substance use disorder in the state of Colorado, you’ll have access to several levels of care, including:

    • detoxification
    • residential treatment
    • intensive outpatient programs (IOPs)
    • standard outpatient treatment
    • opioid use disorder programs
    • transitional or aftercare services 

    The level of treatment you require and the design of your individualized treatment plan will depend on the results of initial screening and personal needs assessment. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

    Medically supervised detoxification programs are designed to help you withdraw from alcohol or drugs safely. For many patients, this type of program is the first step in the rehab process.

    Medical detox programs provide short-term, 24-hour medical supervision and behavioral support to help you prepare for your next phase of a recovery program.  

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Inpatient treatment programs in Colorado may be short- or long-term in duration, depending on individual needs. When you undergo residential treatment, you’ll live at the rehab facility for the duration of your drug or alcohol rehab program. 

    In this type of program, you’ll have access to a variety of resources and support services, which may include:

    • individual counseling and group therapy
    • dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
    • holistic/wellness approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and others

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    When you attend outpatient addiction treatment in Colorado, you’ll be required to travel to and from the rehab facility for each therapy session. Typically outpatient programs are offered as a step-down level of care after the completion of a more intensive residential program. 

    Most facilities offer a variety of outpatient programs, including:

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    In Colorado, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs are designed to help individuals who struggle with addiction to opioids or alcohol. 

    MAT programs administer FDA-approved medications to help alleviate withdrawal side effects and rebalance both the mind and body during treatment. As part of a MAT program, you may also receive behavioral therapy and counseling. 

    Aftercare Support

    For most people, addiction recovery doesn’t end when they leave the treatment facility — it’s a lifelong journey. For that reason, the best rehab facilities offer aftercare support services designed to prevent relapse and encourage long-term sobriety. 

    Aftercare services may include:

    • case management
    • individual and group counseling
    • self-help support groups
    • vocation and educational services
    • transitional or sober-living housing 

    Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Colorado

    Many addiction treatment facilities in Colorado accept private and public insurance, and sometimes military insurance like Tricare, to help cover the cost of rehab. 

    Your coverage will depend on the type of program you select, the specifics of your policy, and whether your chosen facility is in your insurer’s network.

    To learn more about your insurance coverage and whether it’ll help pay for addiction rehab, you can contact your insurance provider or the addiction treatment center. 

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to attend an addiction treatment program in Colorado. For more information about state-funded addiction treatment resources in Colorado, visit Colorado 2-1-1.

    Colorado Substance Abuse Facts

    Before 2020, drug overdose deaths were on a steady increase in Colorado. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic led to social isolation and increased drug use, contributing to the deadliest year in the state for drug overdose. 

    Some recent facts collected from the Department of Public Health and Environment include:

    • Colorado recorded the highest number of annual drug overdose deaths in 2020 with 1,477 fatalities.
    • The 2020 drug-related deaths signified a 38% increase from 2019.
    • Opioid-related drug overdoses increased by 54% from 2019, and accounted for two out of every three overdose deaths.
    • In 2020, 798 overdose deaths involved opioids, which was an 82% increase from 2019.
    • In 2020, 525 deaths involved methamphetamine, 220 involved heroin, and 219 involved cocaine.

    2020 also saw the synthetic opioid fentanyl contribute to a large number of overdose deaths. Of all opioid overdose deaths in 2020, fentanyl was involved in 68% of fatalities.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    At Ark Behavioral Health, we understand everyone’s struggle with addiction is unique. That’s why we provide a complete continuum of care for addiction treatment for residents throughout the United States, including Colorado. 

    Our programs include:

    • medical detoxification
    • residential treatment
    • intensive outpatient rehab 
    • partial hospitalization programs
    • standard outpatient treatment
    • aftercare support services 

    For more information about our facilities and individualized treatment plans, please contact us today. 

    Colorado Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Colorado?

    You have a variety of options for accessing any level of addiction treatment in Colorado. If you need immediate assistance, you can call Colorado Crisis Services for help with substance abuse or mental health issues. 

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Colorado?

    Addiction treatment in Colorado involves a wide variety of therapeutic and clinical approaches to help individuals combat drug and alcohol addiction. 

    The Community Behavioral Health division of the Office of Behavioral Health ensures the quality and effectiveness of addiction and mental health treatment programs throughout the state. 

    To meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals, Colorado treatment facilities offer a full continuum of care and evidence-based services.

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Colorado?

    Yes, most addiction treatment facilities throughout Colorado accept private insurance as well as public insurance, such as Medicaid and Medicare. 

    To learn more about your plan’s benefits, call the number on the back of your insurance card or speak to a treatment provider directly. 

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Colorado Without Insurance?

    If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to attend treatment for a substance use disorder in Colorado. A limited number of facilities throughout the state offer publicly funded treatment programs for those who qualify. 

    Are There Walk-in Opioid Clinics In Colorado?

    Yes, there are a number of walk-in, medication-assisted treatment centers in Colorado. Many of these opioid clinics are located in more populous areas, such as Denver and Colorado Springs. 

    The state has also begun offering mobile addiction treatment on wheels to many of its more rural areas. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Colorado?

    A limited number of rehab centers in Colorado offer state-funded treatment to those who qualify. To learn more about available programs and whether you qualify, contact Colorado 2-1-1.

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In Colorado?

    The length of your drug rehab program will depend on your personal needs assessment and the recommendation of your care provider. 

    Typically, treatment programs last from 30-90 days or longer, depending on individual needs. Certain individuals continue receiving some level of outpatient care for months or even years.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Colorado 211 - Mental Health & Addiction Resources
    Colorado Crisis Services - Substance Abuse
    Colorado Department of Human Services - Community Behavioral Health Programs for Adults
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
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