What Happens in a Colorado Sober House?

After inpatient rehab, some recovering addicts may need a higher level of support in a safe environment free from temptations and pressure to use drugs or alcohol. A Colorado sober living house is a structured living environment free of drugs and alcohol where someone in recovery can live and get much-needed support and help transitioning back to life after rehab. … Read More

What Role Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Play in Addiction Recovery?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used in addiction treatment because it focuses on solving problems and developing coping skills to deal with challenging situations more successfully. CBT is best used for specific mental and behavioral health difficulties, including addiction treatment and recovery. How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Different CBT differs from other traditional therapy methods because it is usually … Read More

How and Why to Stop Enabling Drug Addiction in Colorado Today

Many Colorado residents wonder how they can help their family and loved ones with drug or alcohol addiction. If you are not careful though, you may end up enabling your addicted loved ones to continue with their harmful behaviors, rather than helping them find recovery and get better. What is Enabling? Enabling is different from helping. Enabling actually hurts the … Read More

How to Achieve Emotional Sobriety after Alcohol Rehab

Sobriety involves more than just a physical component. While physical sobriety means not using substances that can be addictive, emotional sobriety involves learning to effectively manage the emotions that can lead to substance abuse and relapse for many. Why Emotional Sobriety is Important Emotional sobriety can have a direct impact on the success of physical sobriety. Nearly all who abuse … Read More

Avoiding Conversational Pitfalls When Speaking with a Recovering Addict

When you have a friend or family member who is in addiction treatment or recovery, you do not want to say the wrong thing and cause him or her hurt, embarrassment, or emotional difficulty that could lead to a relapse. ad “I know how you feel.” Even if you know others who have gone to rehab or have dealt with addiction … Read More

Understanding and Coping with PAWS During Recovery

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Everyone knows and expects withdrawal from drugs and alcohol to be difficult and painful, but you may not expect withdrawal symptoms to last weeks or even months without relief. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a cluster of symptoms that sometimes occur as you recover from dependence on certain substances, including benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax) barbituates, opiates (Vicodin, OxyContin), ethanol, and … Read More

Substance Abuse Alert: What You Should Know about Gateway Drugs

The term “gateway drug” has been used often to talk about addiction. A gateway drug is a habit-forming drug that might not be addictive itself, but could lead to the use of one or more other addictive drugs. Why Gateway Drugs Are Harmful Most people don’t become addicted to drugs when they first begin using. People rarely, if ever, set … Read More

How Does the State of American Healthcare Policy Affect Addiction Treatment?

There is no shortage of debate about America’s healthcare system and past and future reforms. How does this fluctuating healthcare environment affect addiction treatment options? The Affordable Care Act has not been repealed or replaced despite efforts to do so, and it remains part of the health care system. ACA plans are required to offer addiction treatment as part of … Read More

What Is Doctor Shopping and How Does It Impact the Opioid Epidemic?

Doctor shopping occurs in a small percentage of opioid users, and involves seeking out prescriptions from a number of different doctors (usually at least five or six) for the purpose of obtaining larger amounts of the drug in order to abuse it. Prescription opioid abuse increased in the 1990s when doctors began to prescribe painkillers more frequently and synthetic opioids … Read More

7 Reasons to Stop Drugging and Drinking Today

For whatever reason, you may be giving serious thought to stopping your pattern of drinking and taking drugs, even if you aren’t sure how to go about that right now. Good for you! There are many benefits to ending the use of drugs and alcohol, whether you can just stop or you need help with the process. And if you … Read More