Drug Rehab Colorado....The Different Chemical Addictions

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This page is dedicated to an overview of addiction. Below you will find a short description of each addiction that is thoroughly developed on the link page under these addiction headings.


Alcohol Addiction or Alcoholism in Colorado

Alcoholism and alcohol addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of alcohol despite adverse social, mental or physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on alcohol and the appearance of alcohol withdrawal symptoms when it is rapidly decreased or terminated. Learn More at this page: Alcohol.php

Cocaine Addiction in Colorado

Cocaine is a crystalline alkaloid that is leached from the leaves of the coca plant through an extraction process. Cocaine suppresses appetite, causes a sense of euphoric or wellbeing, causes stimulation and excitement, and increased energy. But after cocaine is withdrawn, the user soon feels the opposite of these positive feelings and soon learns that he has to have more cocaine to replicate these feelings. Read more at this page: Cocaine.php

Crack Addiction in Colorado

Crack is prevalent in Colorado, especially in the Denver Metro area. Addiction to crack is generally a stronger and more destructive addiction than cocaine addiction, even though crack is crystalized cocaine. The rapid transfer of cocaine through smoking of crack leads to a compulsive drive to continue smoking crack rocks every few minutes without regards to others, responsibilities, morals or any other normal restraints that we put on ourselves to limit pleasure. The abrupt ending of crack smoking is described as unbearable and causes crashing depression. Read more at this page: Crack.php

Crystal Meth Addiction in Colorado

Anyone in the drug rehab field will tell you that Crystal Meth addiction is one of the hardest and most protracted additions anyone can have. Methamphetamine, in its crystal form, is a very potent form of speed. Because it stimulates all of the hormones, many people feel that they are "super-human" and ignore all of the negative consequences that comes from meth use and addiction. To learn more, go to this page: CrystalMeth.php

Marijuana Addiction in Colorado

Many people will claim that marijuana isn't physically addictive, but in the 30+ years that we have been treating addiction, we have seen many people that have destroyed their lives with compulsive, repeated use of marijuana. There is definitely a physical and emotional addiction to marijuana. Marijuana addiction is an important issue in America, and with the new medical marijuana laws in Colorado, it is becoming more of an epidemic in our area than it was prior to this law. Colorado Drug Rehab has extensive informtion on this addiction on the Marijuana.php page.

Methadone Addiction in Colorado

Methadone is a long acting (slowly metabolized) opiate that deserves a heading of its own since many people are still under the belief that they can take mehtadone as a substitute for other opiates in an attempt to handle their addiction to heroin or other opiates. They soon find that their addiction to methadone is stronger and more severe than their previous opiate addiction. Learn more at this page: Methadone.php

Opiate Addiction in Colorado

Opiates are a class of drugs that are prescribed medically as painkillers under the product names of Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Hydrocodone, and many other chemical variations that are all categorized as opiate painkillers. Opiates also include opium and heroin as well as methadone, and buprenorphine. Colorado Drug Rehab has pages of information on each of these drugs in particular and you can learn more about opiates in general at this page: Opiate.php

Xanax Addiction in Colorado

Xanax is a relaxing drug in the same family of pharmaceuticals as Valium and Librium, but the addiction potential is much higher for Xanax that most of the other benzodiazapams. You can read more about the drug at Xanax.php and read about Colorado xanax rehab at: xanax_rehab.php


What is the Truth About Addiction?


Is Drug Addiction Truly a Brain Disease?

In short, the answer to weather addiction is truly a brain disease, is NO, however, it isn’t as simple as just saying NO.  One needs to examine the evidence that is presented to back the “brain disease” model of addiction.  One also has to stay cognizant of the monitary benefit to pharmaceutical companies in finding a a neurochemical basis for addiction.

There has been millions of dollars spent on scientific research to investigate the origins of addiction within the neurochemistry of the brain.  The research demonstrates that there are fundamental changes in the brain as a person goes from casual use to addictive use.  The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that: “using drugs repeatedly over time changes brain structure and function in fundamental and long-lasting ways that can persist long after the individual stops using them”.

Those persons who have a worldview that structure is senior to behavior or function can easily find evidence for the organic changes that are projected to be responsible for distortions of cognitive and emotional functioning, with some research showing that these changes are in an area of the brain that controls compulsive behaviors, which are the foundation of addictive alcohol and drug behavior. 

If a person is predisposed to believe in a worldview that the structure and metabolism is responsible for one’s behaviors, then there exist ample research to make that hypothesis.  However, it must be kept in mind that there are many learned researchers who believe that these changes are evident because of a change in one’s thinking and behavior and that these behavioral changes come first , and then you have the changes in the structure and operation of the brain, independent of alcohol and other drug use.

Since the 1960s, science had an almost religious zeal over the “truth” that comes from double-blind research studies.  However, since the beginning of recorded time and before this modern era of scientific thinking, all research was based on observation and anecdotal (based on personal accounts) studies.  Using information that is gathered from individual that are observing addictive behaviors or from addicts that are personally experiencing addiction has great merit and is important in answering this “brain disease” question.

It needs to be noted that many double-blind, scientifically rigorous studies have, in time, shown to be have been more of a point-of-view rather than absolute truth.  There are many examples, like the research that eating eggs raises ones cholesterol levels that was proven many time over in the 1970s and 80s, but has recently been shown that the opposite is actually true, than it wasn’t eggs that were the cause of higher cholesterol.  So the public followed the science messengers and lowered their egg consumption only to find that new studies show that the rise in cholesterol is independent of whether one is eating eggs or not and some reported that egg consumption lowers cholesterol. 

It is smart to not take research results as being gospel truth.  On our question of whether addiction is a brain disease, it is safe to say that there are changes that happen at the neurological level after prolonged and habitual use of drugs.  But in examining successful treatment approaches to addiction, you find that addicts who have these metabolic changes can end their addiction as well as those who have shorter and less intense exposure to alcohol and drugs and therefore do not exhibit the changes in the brain.

It is also been shown, with use of PET Scans, that the brain returns to normal chemical function after the addictive behaviors and consumption of alcohol and drug has ended.

The danger is assigning a diseased brain as the culprit in addiction lies in treatment research that is looking for other drugs to fix this problem.  We have enough history to show that this approach has not lead to health, happy and productive ex-addicts, whereas behavioral therapies have ample living evidence to attest to the fact that addiction is not a brain disease.

Can I find Effective Drug Rehab in Colorado?

The simple answer is YES, but "Buyer Beware". Living in Colorado has many advantages, one of which is the progressive nature with which many of the Colorado communities are confronting alcohol and drug addiction. Colorado has some of the original drug prevention programs developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as demonstration projects. Boulder, Summit, and Alamosa counties are still very involved in alcohol and drug prevention.

However, when it comes to addiction to alcohol or drugs, communities need effective drug rehab or alcohol treatment programs and not that Colorado is lagging behind many other states, but there are still very poor outcome stats for most of the addiction treatment centers in Colorado. However, there are some addiction treatment programs that routinely get 70%+ outcomes from their graduates. These rehab centers are so confident in their cllinical skills and total rehab regime, that they actually guarantee their results. This is pretty much unheard of in the addiction treatment industry, however, it should be the rule rather than the exception.

There are so many factors that can make addiction treatment fail, that it takes a very comprehensive rehab program to be successful and this is only seen in long term treatment, 90 days or more. Short term treatment, the convention 28 day programs have some benefit, but their outcomes for handling addiction are only in the range of 3-8%. Needless to say that if you have to go through having an alcohol intervention, drug intervention or hiring a professional interventionist to get someone into alcohol or drug treatment, it is essential that you get them into a program that is going to profoundly change their addictive behaviors.

Once you have found an effective interventionist, or have consulted with Colorado Drug Rehab (888.781.7060) to learn how to do a family intervention, you have to be immediately ready with an available bed at a addiction treatment facility that you can count on. This rehab must have effective detox methods or you will lose the addict or alcoholic before the rehabilitation process has begun.

There is a differentiation between withdrawal and detox. Withdrawals is the process that the body goes through after one stops taking their addictive drug or alcohol. This process can take about one to two weeks and may sometimes need medical support. Once the person is no longer going through the physiological abstinence syndrome of withdrawals, they still have a toxic body where the metobolites of the drugs and alcohol have been stored during their uncontrollable use. Effective programs will cleanse the fat tissue of these toxins in a thorough detox procedure.

Colorado has addction rehab services to meet many speical population needs, such as addiction rehab programs for the hearing impaired, addiction treatment for women only, alcohol and drug rehab for women with children, where the children will join them mothers in treatment, treatment programs for those with physical disabilities or challenges. There are also rehab programs that are termed: dual diagnosis treatment programs. Dual diagnosis referrs to the fact that a person my have a mental health diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, and also have a substance abuse addiction problem.


Colorado Drug Rehab gets calls daily from loved ones and those addicted to alcohol and drugs, stating that they need a dual diagnosis treatment program. When they are questioned about the mental health problem, about 90% of the time they don't have a true mental health problem, but have the symptoms of one. Alcohol and drug addiction causes a chemical imbalance by polluting one's body with any number of chemicals, and every addict or alcoholic has a life imbalance by trying to deal with their survival while not being able to get all of the data from life or remembering the rules. This leads to frustrated feelings that can express themselves as depression, anxiety, even manic depression characteristics. It is extremely important that these feeling do not get confused with having a chronic mental health condition. Dual Diagnosis programs emphasize the mental health problems more than the addiction issues and psychiatist invariably give psyciatric medications to patients in these dual diagnosis treatment centers.

A good alcohol and addiction treatment center will handle these emotional problems. Acutally, when an addict or alcoholic is freed from their compulsive addiction, most of these emotional issue will resolve as the person begins to be successful with life again. Failing will make anyone depressed and alcoholics and drug addicts have a long history of disppointments and doubts as to whether they will ever be able to handle life like "stright" people.

If you or a loved one is being told that you need a dual diagnosis treatment center, call Colorado Drug Rehab and let our licensed and certified counselors help you with a more indepth alcohol and drug assessment and evaluation. There are many treatment centers, drug rehab programs, and alcohol rehab programs that need to fill their beds and they may tell you that you are appropriate for their program, but chosing the wrong modality of treatment can be the main reason that alcohol and drug treatment fail.

Colorado has so many different types of alcohol and drug rehab facilities that the consumer can be very confused as to what treatment is right for them. There are some methods to discern which rehab center is best for you.

How does taking drugs or drinking lead to addiction?

Medical Definiation and Explanation of Addiction:

Medically speaking, addiction is a neurobiological based disorder, wth social and psychological influences, characterized by a patter nof maladaptive behaviors which include:

• Compulsive or escalating use

• Cravings and Preoccupation with the drug

• Continued use despite obvious harm

• Repeated loss of control over use

Medically speaking, tolerance and physical dependence are comonly confused with addiction. Physiological dependence is the result of regular drug taking behaviors, and is reflected in the development of an abstinence syndrome when abrupt cessation happens, or an antagonist is administered.

Tolerance is the loss of drug effect over time, coming from continued alcohol or drug taking, which causes a need to incrase the dose over time to maintain the initial effects of the drug or alcohol.

Addiction is chemcial dependence; a physiological, psychological and behavioral problem. Repeated loss of control over one's use means that at any time a chemically dependent person starts nigesting the substance of choice, the person cannot reliably predict where it will stop.

Continued use despite harm, means that the addicted person continues to use the substance in spite of persistent or recurrent harmful or negative consequences (physical or psychological) caused or exacerbated by the substance use.

Medical definations are good to restate the obvious, and since we needed a clear definition, here it is, but anyone needing help shouldn't worry as to where they fall in the continum of differentiation of terms.

If you are hurting from taking alcohol and drugs, call our professional counselors.

The Process

Everyone is familiar with warnings about drug use and addiction dangers, but in spite of all of the information on television and in the class rooms, the truth about the drug addiction is many times lost in the attempts to create fear around taking drugs. Colorado Drug Rehab has been providing alcohol and drug prevention and education since the 1980's and finds that adolescents and young adults respond best to the facts, or the total truth about alcohol and other drugs. It is important that anyone that is contemplating drug rehab needs to have a general understanding about addiction so that they can decide which drug rehab approach makes the most sense. If you find drug rehab centers in Colorado that share your understanding of addiction, you have found a program that will better meet your expectations.

When drugs are introduced into the body, the body responds to this danger as it would to any poison. Generally speaking, all drugs are alien to the body and create the same physiological effects as introducing a poison into the body.  Since they are not a food source, the body reacts to drugs by attacking the substances and doing all it can to remove it from the blood stream. 

Immediately after taking the drugs, adrenalin is pumped into the system to increase the activities of all of the organs that are meant to eliminate these substances; the lungs, liver and kidneys in particular.  In this attempt, the person will also begin to perspire in an attempt to remove the "poison" through the skin. If the ingestion of drugs continues and the blood levels of the drugs continues to increase, the body then reverses its actions and will slow down all of its functions in an attempt to keep these poisons from reaching the brain.  At this time, the cleansing organs are still working on getting the drugs out of the body and, since this process isn't as effective as needed, and since most drugs are fat soluble, the body pushes these substances into the dormant fat tissue where it will stay temporarily, or until the person does other actions that cause the metabolism of this fat. 

This process lowers the levels of drugs in the blood stream and gives the body ability to retrieve and metabolize the drugs at a latter time.  Persons that use drugs regularly or daily will become saturated with these substances in their fat tissue and if they try to stop using, the body continues to cleanse itself by retrieving these stored drugs which causes drug effected feeling long after a person has quit taking them.  This is the reason behind many addiction relapses.  Just when the recovering person is doing well and not taking drugs, he begins to start exercising in an attempt to restore his physical strength.  However, to his amazement and disappointment, he is defeated by minute amounts of the stored drugs re-entering the blood stream and causing him to experience the familiar drug affected behavior, causing him to relapse back to his drugs of choice.  It is this phenomenon that has been the basis behind the idea that drug addiction is a chronic and progressive disease.  

Besides drugs being poisonous to the body, the effects they have on the personality and character of the person change lives profoundly and could be considered even more dangerous than the physiological consequences.

First of all, one’s personal moral code is violated when they take something into their bodies that they know is dangerous. Continually sabotaging ones best interest by ongoing drug use, knowing that they are doing something dangerous also changes their ability to choose between right and wrong.  Continual violation of one’s morals will cause a lowering of self-esteem, which leads to a lowering of one’s self-expectations and goals and, if this process continues, it will lead one on a downward spiral, which will make the use of drugs a necessity to continue escaping their better wisdom and not confronting this wrong action. 

Soon the chronic user cannot face themselves and the things that they have done to themselves and other.  Everyone is familiar with the minor and major crimes caused by those on drugs, but it is hard for most of us to realize how difficult it is to reverse these inner personal changes once a person has been living a drug-using life style for a prolonged period of time.   All drugs are taken to relieve pain and discomfort, so when a person decides to change his life and live without drugs, he is continually craving a drug that will make this transition less painful, and, more often than not, the person fails in their attempt to stay drug free.

This cycle becomes even more difficult when the drug user is young or as been using since his youth and hasn't yet developed a comfortable and predictable decision making process.  Therefore, the real danger of drugs is their ability to hijack lives, at shockingly early ages, leaving a person to face a lifetime which is much more difficult than it would have ever been without these circumstances.  If left unchecked, drugs will destroy the potential of our youth and our society. 

Once a decision has been made to stop ones drug use, the user or his family are faced with finding an effective solution to this problem. With so many treatment programs marketing with false hopes and promises, the vulnerable public usually is faced with accepting that there may not be a cure to this problem.

Alcohol and drug treatment is a relatively new and developing rehabilitation field with many treatment programs that hold on to archaic and ineffective treatment measures merely because it was what the counselor was taught or has learned over the years. When faced with the inevitable facts that their treatment isn't effective, many practitioners change their ideas about the severity of addiction rather than explore other treatment methods that are more effective. Over the years, many programs profess to the idea that you can't expect someone to be relapse free since, (their words and justification): "addiction is a disease of relapse". "Once and addict always an addict." Many programs tell their graduates that they will see them back in treatment in the near future because they have come to believe that there isn't a treatment that is any better than what their programs deliver.

After-care and relapse prevention are important components of a continum of care for alcoholism or drug addiction, but effective programs should be confident that their graduates have enough wherewithal to handle their addiction and succeed in life's endeavors before they are graduated from the rehabiliatation center.

For this reason and others, the best programs do not but a time limitation on the course of alcohol addiction or drug addiction treatment. It takes as long as it takes. There are no two alcoholics or addicts that are the same in most characteristics, so you cannot expect everyone to have their bodies cleansed of alcohol and drugs at the same pace or the time that it takes to confront one's emotional issue will very as well. Look for addiction treatment centers that are open ended on their length of stay and look for alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers that guarantee their outcomes. If you only looked for these two criteria, you would, more than likely, find a good rehab program. Call our office and we will help you with that search.

It has become very difficult to convince the public that there is real help and that there is hope. The total reason for this web site is to help addicts and families raise their awareness about addiction and its treatment so that real help can be had and families can look forward to lives free of the turmoil and pain of addiction.

If you are looking for a treatment program for a loved one whose potentials are not being fulfilled, it is imperative to investigate the program’s ability to rid the body of the toxic effects of drug use and repair the character damage through a process of helping the person to confront their “crimes” and to find personal forgiveness.  Without these components, the chances of staying off of drugs are very slim and ones daily existence is so impaired that the use of drugs is a rational choice over the unhandled pain of past drug use. One can't live a fulfilling life if they are constanting thinking about or craving drugs. We have worked with many that have never had a day that they didn't think about their drug of choice and many times it involves more than just thinking about their drugs...unfortunately.

Colorado Drug Rehab is a free service that will help you find a drug rehab for any alcohol or drug addiction problem you or a loved one may be having. It is easy to confuse the different terms used in this field, describing the different types of drug rehab centers, drug rehabilitation centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. For the problem that you are addressing, should you be looking for an Outpatient, In-patient, Residential Treatment Center, Long term or Short term treatment and what modality of treatment is the most effective and what are the cost related to these forms of treatment or rehab.

Call Colorado Drug Rehab at 1-877-444-1137 and we will discuss your individual situation.


Contact Colorado Drug Rehab, helps you make decisions on a drug rehab treatment center as well as helping your get the best alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations. We are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors that have reviewed over 150 rehab centers, on site, and performed more than 500 alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations, and can share our experiences and help you find the best program or get a fair and honest alcohol or drug assessment to help you with legal issues or help you find what level of treatment or rehab is most appropriate!