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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs in Colorado

Colorado rates for dependence on or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol have been higher than the national average for many years. From 2005-2006 Colorado was among the 10 highest in the nation for all age groups. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has ranked Colorado among the 10 States with the highest rates for: Past Month Illicit Drug Use for age groups 12+ & 26+; Past Year Marijuana Use for ages 12-17; Past Month Use of an Illicit Drug Other than Marijuana for ages 18-25; Past Year Cocaine Use for age groups 12+, 18-25 & 26+; Past Year Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers for age group 26+; Past Month Alcohol Use for age groups 12+ & 26+.

Colorado Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

The 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services reported there were 443 drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Colorado. More than half of these facilities, 245, were private for profit, and 165 were private nonprofit. There has been an additional 45 private for profit treatment facilities since 2002. 94% of the total treatment facilities in Colorado offered outpatient treatment, with an additional 68 facilities offering residential care. There were a total of 11 facilities with an opioid treatment program in Colorado, with an additional 104 physicians as well as 18 treatment programs that offer buprenorphine treatment for opiate addiction in Colorado.

Methamphetamine Admissions to Colorado Rehab Programs

The annual on day census provided by the N-SSATS survey showed 33,263 clients participating in some form of an alcohol and drug rehab program in Colorado. On this day 31,591 of the clients were in an outpatient program, and 2,717 were under the age of 18. Upon admission the percentage of clients mentioning alcohol, cocaine and marijuana has not fluctuated much. On the contrary, methamphetamine admissions have increased a staggering 9% in recent years. Studies also show that alcohol only admissions are down 6%, while drug only admissions have increased by 9%.

Growing Need for Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

Colorado has many citizens who are in need of treatment, but sadly are not getting the help they need. For every age group, across all survey years since NSDUH has been conducting surveys, Colorado’s rate of unmet need for alcohol treatment has been above the national level. Also above the national level are the rates of unmet need for drug treatment in Colorado. In 2005-2006, approximately 110,000 people were in the need of but did not receive treatment for illicit drug use in Colorado.