Recovery and Rehabilitation from Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Colorado

The magnificent mountains of the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado is America’s big test case for legalization of marijuana. While more than two dozen states permit the medical use of this drug and a much smaller handful have voted in recreational use, Colorado’s experiment is the most wide-open version of this test. Statewide, there are three times as many marijuana shops than Starbucks and McDonalds restaurants, combined. This means that the youth and adults alike are surrounded by drug sales and advertisements day and night.

But marijuana is not the only troublesome drug in the state. In fact, the top drug sending people to rehab is alcohol—nearly 70% of all admissions to treatment are for alcohol dependence.

Getting stably onto a sober path in Colorado is challenging but it can be done. Narconon Colorado in Fort Collins provides this rehabilitative service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The process starts with a well-supported withdrawal step. Each person receives specially formulated nutritional support that begins to fill in the vitamins and minerals that have been missing from the person’s diet. In addition to helping calm a body’s aches and pains, these nutrients assist the body in eliminating the drugs the person was taking before arrival.

Gentle physical and reorientation activities help a person begin to leave the traumatic past behind and start looking forward to recovery. As soon as a person is eating and sleeping normally and has fully withdrawn from intoxicants, he (or she) can begin the first phase of the rehab program.

Deep, Sauna-Based Detoxification

If you mention detoxification at most drug rehabs, they will think you are talking about withdrawal only. At Narconon centers around the world, it’s a very different activity. Here, it’s an action combining moderate exercise, a strict regimen of nutritional supplements and time in a low-heat sauna. This combination enables the body to wash away old, stored and toxic drug residues. As long as these residues remained lodged in the body, they could affect a person’s thinking, general outlook and cravings.

As these residues leave the body, it’s common for people to talk about their brighter outlook, better energy, improved attitude and reduced cravings. These improvements free a person up to start thinking about a much better future.

Regaining Brightness of Perceptions plus Self-Control

Young woman standing at a bright window.

If you’ve ever tried to communicate with a heavily addicted person, you may have noticed that their perception of real life seemed obscured. They may have thought that everyone was trying to harm them instead of help them, or they may have thought their lives were hopeless and they were worthless. They may have had no self-control at all, flying off the handle at the slightest provocation. The next service they do on the Narconon program will help provide clearer perceptions and greater control. This step is called the objectives, practical exercises that teach the ability to confront and communicate in life, and that then sharpen one’s perceptions of the real world around one. As perceptions improve, old trauma and pain fall away.

Recovering Life Skills

Years spent addicted are devastating to one’s abilities to make sober decisions. Time after time, the decision has been to choose drugs instead of life. Now a person has a chance to replace those bad decisions with healthy new choices. That’s change comes about on the life skills component of the Narconon drug rehab program. The skills taught in this section of the Narconon rehab—like resolving problems and choosing safe, healthy associates—are essential for continued sobriety.

The Majority of Coloradans Receive Little Actual Treatment

Out of 89,000 people admitted to Colorado’s publicly funded rehab facilities in 2014, only 40% actually received any significant treatment. The other 60% only received a 24-hour detox. If a person has been addicted to alcohol for years or decades, this detox might put them back on their feet for a moment but it offers no actual rehabilitation.

About an equal number of people were admitted for treatment of addiction to marijuana (6,831) or heroin (6,204), but the number admitted for methamphetamine addiction nearly doubled between 2009 and 2014 (9,314 in 2014). The profile of drug use in the states never stays the same for long. After several years of declining methamphetamine trafficking, drug cartels once again ramped up production and began sending more meth into the U.S. It would be quite possible for methamphetamine use numbers to climb even higher as a result.

Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation in Fort Collins

In Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver, those on the Narconon drug rehab program are getting their lives back. As their abilities to walk a sober path increase, so does their hope and brightness.

At the completion of the steps of the rehab program, each person takes what they have learned and works out a plan on how to re-establish themselves in a new, productive life once they get home. As they work through these steps, phone contact with Narconon Colorado staff helps each person overcome any unexpected hurdles.

With a fresh, bright outlook and restored life skills, those recovering from addiction at Narconon Colorado have a very good chance at lasting sobriety.


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