Colorado Substance Abuse Treatment Audit Reveals Gaps in Data Security

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The Office of Behavioral Health in Colorado gathers pertinent information on thousands of substance abuse addicts receiving treatment every year. Unfortunately, a recent audit has discovered that policies put in place to uphold the security of such data have not been thoroughly followed by the office. Data May Be Vulnerable as a Result of Lapses in Data Security According to … Read More

Understanding Ambien Addiction in Colorado Drug Rehab

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Addiction to Ambien, a popular sleeping pill that contains zolpidem, can begin sometime after a person has trouble sleeping at night. Ambien is commonly prescribed by doctors because, if taken as directed, it is usually not addictive. Long-term use can lead to dependence, however, and some find that they cannot sleep without taking it after a period of weeks or … Read More

What Coloradoans Should Know about Alcohol Use Disorder and Dementia

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Medical professionals have long felt that heavy drinking and long-term alcohol abuse such as occurs with alcohol use disorder have an impact on the development of dementia. New research links alcohol use disorder and heavy drinking with an increased risk of early onset dementia, defined as dementia that begins before age 65. Alcohol Abuse May Contribute to Early Dementia In … Read More

Colorado Chronic Pain Sufferers Find Non-Opioid Treatments that Work

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The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 30 to 40 percent of the US population suffers some form of chronic pain, from recurring headaches to debilitating back pain and everything in between. While not all of these conditions are treated with opioid painkillers, some 259 million prescriptions for opioids are dispensed each year in the US. Although only about … Read More

5 Things Coloradoans Should Know about Cocaine Addiction

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Cocaine addiction is a problem for thousands of Colorado residents who may have started using cocaine to have a good time and ended up dependent on the powerful and sometimes deadly drug. Knowledge is power, so here are some things Coloradoans should know about cocaine addiction. Studies with rats have shown the presence of certain genes in rats that became … Read More

Exploring Equine Therapy for Addiction in Colorado

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There are many different treatment methods and modalities for addiction treatment. One of the lesser-explored, but still beneficial, types of treatment that can be used with other methods is equine therapy. It can be difficult to understand how learning to take care of a horse and practicing that care can be beneficial for those struggling with addiction, but this therapy … Read More

Can Your Employer Help You Get Addiction Treatment in Colorado?

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, about 70 percent of the estimated 23 million people who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol in the U.S. are employed. Substance abuse makes it difficult to do a job well. Addicts may be absent from work more often as they wake up hung over or sleep off a … Read More

Is Rapid Detox Recommended in Colorado Rehab?

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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 Pilot Program Expansion Provides Access to Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

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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

Re-Connecting with Your Core Values in Colorado Rehab

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Core values give meaning and direction to your life, expressing who you are and what you firmly believe to be true and good. When combatting addiction, those same core values are often compromised, ignored, and outright abandoned as the disease takes control. Identifying your core values and re-connecting with them during treatment is crucial to facilitating strong, long-term addiction recovery. … Read More