Statistics indicate that many substances are widely available in Colorado, including club drugs and crack. They spread far and wide and authorities cannot always stem the flow.
They are also dealing with a rise in the use of pharmaceutical drugs such as Oxycontin. While these drugs have legitimate purposes, they are also abused and sold on the street. This problem is on the rise throughout the United States.
In response to the rise in abuse of opiates, doctors are being trained to administer low-dose synthetic opiates which mimic the effects of natural drugs, but to a lesser extent. They are blended with another substance to limit the ‘high’ one achieves.
Doctors do not necessarily have to enroll clients in rehab programs or residential care facilities for a period of detox when they require medically supported withdrawal. Buprenorphine is just one drug used to mitigate the effects of withdrawal and is often administered to patients going through detox. This slows down withdrawal but also makes it less painful, even less dangerous.
Forcing the body to detoxify can lead to dramatic and even fatal resultsA physician and his patient work out the dose that is required to start with. In the weeks to come, the client is weaned off of buprenorphine until she no longer requires any kind of pain killer.
This process of withdrawal is a necessary precursor to later rehab stages. In the immediate aftermath of detox, clients go through intensive counseling. During this phase a professional with experience treating addicted individuals seeks to help a client understand why he was vulnerable to alcoholism or drug addiction.
The answer is often that a trauma in childhood or even just a year earlier might have triggered a crisis response and a cycle of unhealthy behavior. There might also be concomitant mental health issues to resolve.
Colorado is home to a number of attractive, scenic facilities which resemble ranch-style residences. Some are small to promote an intimate approach. Others are large enough that several clients can share their experiences and grow together away from temptation.
Approaches to treating alcoholism and drug addiction include the classic 12-step program. During this process a person starts by acknowledging a higher power. He admits to his addiction and learns to take responsibility for it rather than blaming others.
It is commonly noted by behavioral health specialists that taking responsibility is hard, but an essential part or recovery. Following this stage, clients are then encouraged to right the wrongs they have committed and also to help other people overcome their addictive behaviors. Frequently, as a means of relapse prevention, rehab graduates get involved with AA or NA.
Relapse prevention is a major part of therapy. Clinicians know that many people will end up going back to the drugs or alcohol which had become a part of their lives. Their methods for prevention include teaching better thinking patterns, understanding the importance of a healthy support network, and mentoring healthy lifestyle choices.
Clients might not realize the harm they do to their bodies when they abuse drugs and alcohol. Professionals take time during rehab to teach clients and families in Colorado some hard truths.