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Denver, Colorado is well-known for having legalized marijuana, but abuse of many other drugs is on the rise in the city, and many residents are in need of rehab.

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Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Denver, Colorado

Colorado, known for snow-capped mountains and hot springs, is also known for the legalization of marijuana. Although marijuana is frequently used, more and more Denver residents are increasingly abusing alcohol and drugs like heroin, benzodiazepines, and methamphetamines. Reports reveal Colorado suffers one of the United States’ worst drug problems, with Colorado having “the third-most serious drug problems of any state.”

In 2015, Colorado ranked 32nd in the nation for drug overdose rates in the U.S. Though young males consume the majority of drugs like opioids, 7 percent of women in Colorado with substance abuse disorders were pregnant. The drug of greatest concern in the Denver area has been heroin in recent years, due to the frequency of its use and the many dangers associated with the drug.

Denver Benzodiazepine use (drugs like Xanax and Valium) remain a cause of concern, as thousands of Denver residents have prescriptions. Death rates related to Benzo use have skyrocketed, doubling from 2000 to 2012.

Denver And Marijuana Addiction

Legal marijuana use in Denver is one of the most well-known facts about Denver. Despite marijuana’s legal status in the city, there are many negative consequences from its use. Marijuana was the fourth most common drug reported in 2012. 18.1 percent of admissions to rehab facilities for Denver residents in 2013 involved marijuana.

Marijuana is often mixed with alcohol and opioids, creating a unique addiction pattern in some Denver natives. Although most people who use marijuana are not addicted, an estimated 9 percent are. Denver residents who struggle with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are at risk of marijuana addiction and abuse. People who abuse marijuana also run the risk of it being laced with other drugs.

Rising Rates Of Opioid Use Denver

Opioids, like methadone and Codeine, are widely consumed in Denver, and rates of use are continuing to rise. Denver’s opioid use has increased by 933% over a 14-year timespan.In 2017, opioid-related deaths were at an all-time high with 269 deaths in Colorado, 52 of which occurred in the city of Denver; that same year, 6 Denver natives overdosed in a public library. Since 2005, drug overdose deaths have outnumbered deaths involving car accidents.

Common factors behind fatal opioid overdoses in Denver include:

  • The quality of opioids being taken
  • Other drugs mixed in with opioids, such as meth and fentanyl
  • Relapses after a lengthy period of sobriety (especially relapses after returning from jail)

Fortunately, some people suffering with substance abuse disorders are getting treated. However, there are still many people suffering with addiction who are not getting the treatment they need. In 2014, 1,696 people in Colorado received treatment for opioids, and in 2016, 2,092 received treatment.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Name Location Phone
Colorado Narcotics Anonymous P.O. Box 1437
Denver, CO 80201
Mile High Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous P. O. Box 140100
Edgewater, CO 80214-0100
Boulder Area of Narcotics Anonymous 3700 Baseline Rd.
Boulder, Co 80303

College Programs

The CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center

University of Colorado Denver

900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Harm Reduction Group-Student and Community Counseling Center

Metropolitan State University of Denver

900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Counseling and Personal Development

Regis University

3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80221-1099

Counseling Services

University of Denver

2240 E Buchtel Blvd
3N, Denver, CO 80210

Health & Counseling Services

Johnson & Wales University-Denver

1800 Pontiac Street Denver
CO 80220

Counseling Services

Adventist University of Health Sciences

950 E. Harvard Ave. Suite B80 Denver
CO 80210

Counseling Services

Platt College-Aurora

3100 S. Parker Rd. Aurora
CO 80014

Counseling Center

Colorado School of Mines

1770 Elm Street
Golden, CO 80401

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

University of Colorado Boulder

1900 Wardenburg Drive
Boulder, CO 80309

AA and NA Meetings in Denver

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Denver Area Central Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous 2926 Zuni St. #202, Denver 80211 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Westminster Rocky Mountain Presbyterian Church, 4097 Main St. Westminster, CO 80031 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
BRIGHTON Ambulance Building, 1750 Egbert St. Brighton, CO 80601 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boulder County AA 5401 Western Ave. Suite D. Boulder, Colorado 80301 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
WELCOME HOME GROUP 5375 Western Ave, Boulder, CO 80301 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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