Homeless in Colorado: The Addiction Connection

Addiction

Colorado is experiencing a surge in its homeless population. About twice as many homeless people are dependent on drugs or alcohol as the general population according to reports, and their dependence often leads them to criminal behavior and prevents them from taking steps to get off the streets. How Addiction Leads to Homelessness Addiction destabilizes addicts’ lives and makes it … Read More

Top 6 Risk Factors for Opioid Addiction in Colorado

Opioid addiction

There are always many factors that determine whether someone develops an opioid addiction. It is good to be aware of them as you evaluate your own behavior or that of loved ones since opioid addiction has become increasingly deadly in recent years. Here are the top risk factors for opioid addiction for Colorado residents to consider. 1. Daily use of … Read More

Am I an Alcoholic? 4 Self-Assessment Questions for Colorado Drinkers

Alcohol rehab in Colorado

A newly published study in JAMA Psychiatry found that alcohol use and abuse both increased significantly from 2001 to 2013, when more than 40,000 adults were studied. After completing the study, JAMA called alcohol abuse a “public health crisis” due to the dramatic increases; alcohol use disorder increased 49 percent and high-risk drinking by nearly 30 percent in the study. … Read More

Is Rapid Detox Recommended in Colorado Rehab?

Rapid detox

Rapid detox is a process of clearing the drugs from an addict’s system in days rather than weeks, using medications to both block the effects of the drug and to sedate patients so that they do not feel the powerful effects of the rapid withdrawal. While rapid detox is sometimes seen as an easier way to get drugs out of … Read More

Colorado Construction Industry Workers at Increased Risk for Addiction

Substance abuse

A recent study by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the construction industry has the second-highest level of substance abuse in the U.S. among workers ages 18 to 64. About 14.3 percent of construction workers had Substance Abuse Disorder and 16.5 percent drank heavily, according to study information. The insurance and risk management firm IMRI reported that … Read More

Colorado Pilot Program Expansion Provides Access to Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction treatment

The use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse has increased greatly during the 21st century. Medication-assisted therapy has been shown to reduce withdrawal symptoms, help opioid abusers function at work and with their families, reduce risks of often-deadly overdoses, and reduce criminal behavior and relapse. A bill recently passed by the Colorado state Senate and House and signed by the … Read More

Leveraging the Power of Art Therapy in Colorado Rehab

Rehabs in Colorado

Art therapy is offered by rehabs in Colorado as a way of expressing and articulating struggles, challenges, and feelings. Art therapy can supplement talk therapy and allow you to creatively express yourself in ways you could not do in talk therapy. How is Art Therapy Different Than Art Class? Art therapy takes place under the guidance of a trained, master’s … Read More

7 Myths about Addiction in Colorado

Addiction is an extremely challenging situation to overcome, and sometimes people make it even harder for those who are addicted by spreading or believing myths about addiction that simply are not true. Here are some common myths about addiction and the truth behind them. Myth #1: Enough willpower can overcome addiction. Unfortunately, many addicts believe this myth and remain trapped … Read More

How Serious Is Gambling Addiction in Colorado?

Gambling addiction in Colorado

Gambling addiction disorder constitutes a significant public health concern in America today. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 2.2 percent of American adults suffer from gambling addiction individually; this number does not represent others affected by the disorder, such as family members, co-workers, and loved ones. Recently, a study by WalletHub rated each of the 50 states according … Read More