Drug use in Colorado has been steadily increasing over the past 10 years at a higher rate than the rest of the country. In Colorado, roughly 13% of young people admit to the regular use of illicit drugs, this is about 2% higher than the national average. There is a similar tendency among youths with regards to alcohol in Colorado. The rate of alcohol dependency among the same age group is between 2% and 3% higher than the national average.

Rates of drug use in Colorado tend to decrease as the ages of those surveyed increase. Total rate of dependence among Colorado residents age 12 and up is about 3%, which is still slightly higher than the national average.

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Alcohol is by far the most frequently cited substance abused by those in rehabilitation centers. Almost 90% of those enrolled in treatment mention their dependence on alcohol. Marijuana is mentioned by roughly 20% of enrollees, and methamphetamines and cocaine are mentioned just over 10% of the time. About 40% of patients enrolled in rehabilitation services in Colorado, struggle with both alcohol and drug use.

Those with alcohol abuse issues only receive treatment for their dependency about 6.5% of the time. This means that over 90% of the cases in which someone abuses or is dependent on alcohol result in insufficient or an absence of treatment for those patients. Similarly, only about 16% of Colorado residents who are dependent on illicit drug use receive proper treatment.

Recovery from drug or alcohol use is a long and difficult process for the user. It is highly recommended that anyone in need seek the help of a professional rehabilitation service specialist. Rehabilitation can come in many forms and is a very individualized process, it is important to consider all relevant factors when choosing a rehabilitation service.

Colorado has roughly 450 different drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation facilities to choose from. Most of the facilities in Colorado are privately owned and operated, some are for profit, and some are not. Almost all of Colorado’s facilities offer some type of outpatient care, and several also offer residential care in addition to the more traditional live-in facilities.

Colorado Behavioral Health Resource

Substance Abuse Agency
Colorado Department of Human Services
3824 West Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236-3111
Phone Number: (303)-866-7400
Fax Number: (303)-866-7481
Web Site: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-BehavioralHealth/CBON/1251578892077