Substance abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Illicit drug use costs $181 billion annually, and excessive alcohol use costs $235 billion annually. Although people abuse substances for different reasons, addiction progresses in a similar way. There is no cure for addiction but it can be successfully treated.

Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado treats all substance abuse disorders. Our Denver outpatient treatment program features cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, 12-step support groups and more.

Below we share more information about our substance abuse treatment services in Denver.

Substance Abuse Treatment in Denver CO

Substance abuse has a vast number of side effects, but the most concerning one is dependence. What might start off as occasional drug use can easily spiral into dependency and addiction. Addiction is progressive and requires ongoing treatment and support.

Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado offers highly individualized treatment for the following types of substance abuse disorders.

  • Alcohol use disorder. We have the facilities to treat individuals with moderate to severe drinking problems. The sooner you get help for an alcohol problem, the higher the chances for succeeding. There is no reason to wait for rock bottom.
  • Cannabis use disorder. Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the United States, following alcohol and tobacco. As the laws for recreational use of marijuana have softened, it gives people the idea that the drug is safe. Unfortunately, this is not true. Marijuana has effects on the brain and body, and it can serve as a gateway drug.
  • Stimulant use disorder. Cocaine and methamphetamines are examples of illicit stimulants. Prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are used to treat attention-deficit disorders. These prescription pills are sometimes abused because of the “high” they create. Stimulants, both illicit and non-illicit, are habit forming.
  • Opioid use disorder. Prescription drugs are abused more often than illicit drugs, which is why our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis. It’s common for opioid addictions to start in the medicine cabinet and lead to more dangerous substances like heroin. Opioids are highly addictive and can be fatal when combined with other drugs.
  • Hallucinogen use disorder. LSD is the best known hallucinogenic drug, though others include ketamine, DXM and mescaline. These substances affect the brain and body and can create suicidal or violent behaviors.

Risk Factors for Substance Abuse

There is no magic formula that leads to an addiction. Two people can experiment with marijuana and go down two different paths. Genetic, environmental and social factors all play a role in a person’s risk profile.

To better understand what puts a person at risk for dependency, here are some risk factors to be aware of.

  • Close family members with addiction
  • Lack of parental attachment or nurturing
  • Access to drugs or alcohol in the home
  • Poor social skills and coping skills
  • Co-occurring disorder such as PTSD
  • Starting drug use at a young age
  • Physical, sexual or emotional trauma
  • Personality traits like high impulsivity

It is possible to create a safe, supportive environment despite a person’s genetic background. Protective factors are the opposite of risk factors. They include parental monitoring, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use and frequent discussions about the dangers of substance abuse.

Protective factors hold just as much weight - if not more - than risk factors. Children of addicts do not have to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado has the tools and resources to work closely with individuals and families to stop the cycle of abuse. Forming safe, supportive and loving home environments is key.

Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

It is a common misconception that an addict has to hit rock bottom before they can get help. Some people do end up reaching this breaking point, but you do not have to. In fact, intervention is most successful when it is done earlier in the addiction. Like other progressive conditions, addiction is easier to treat and has more successful outcomes when addressed sooner.

Though each person is different, the signs of substance abuse often manifest in the same way. Here are the main signs and symptoms to be aware of.

  • Regular drug or alcohol use
  • Drug or alcohol cravings
  • Increasing tolerance
  • Secretiveness
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Financial troubles
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Isolation from friends and family

Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado offers comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment and substance abuse treatment services. During the day, clients receive structure and counseling that makes treatment more appealing and less intimidating. If you would like to learn more about our approach to treating substance abuse, call CRC today.