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Alcohol Abuse and Related Issues in the Denver Area

Approximately 27% of adults in Denver are estimated to binge drink, according to Denver Public Health. This is compared to the national average of 25.8%, highlighting the Denver area’s ongoing alcohol abuse problems. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines “binge drinking” as having 5 or more drinks on one occasion for males; 4 or more for females. In 2018, roughly 30,000 people presented to the Denver Health emergency room for substance-related concerns, 36% of which were for alcohol abuse. In Denver, 38% of fatal automobile crashes involved alcohol, compared to 28% nationally. 

Furthermore, 41% of adults with substance use disorders are estimated to also experience acute mental illness, known as a co-occurring disorder. The addition of an untreated mental illness greatly increases the possibility of violent or other problematic behaviors, potentially landing an individual in jail or prison instead of a treatment center.

The good news is that there is help for those who seek it, including countless Colorado alcohol rehab resources in the Denver area alone. 

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What is Addiction Treatment?

Addiction treatment comprises many techniques—this can include psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medications to treat withdrawal symptoms or cravings (known as medication-assisted treatment), or a combination thereof. The purpose of addiction treatment is to teach clients how to reduce cravings, change thought patterns through coping mechanisms and positive thought, and maintain their long-term recovery. While individuals may seek different outcomes, the overarching goal of recovery is to provide the person with the skills and confidence necessary to lead productive, self-directed, and empowered lives.

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What Can Denver Addiction Treatment Entail?

For some, a residential setting may be ideal for their recovery; for others, outpatient treatment works well. For those needing a higher level of care in the early stages of their recovery, 30- to 45-day residential programs are not uncommon. This can include a period of detoxification, followed by a rehabilitation program. Detoxification is an important step in the recovery process and is one which should not be done at home. For many who are dealing with addiction to alcohol, opioids, or benzodiazepines, detox can be dangerous. This is why it is always recommended to detox under the direct supervision of trained medical staff. Once a person’s detox period has ended, rehab begins. In a residential facility, the client will live on-site for the duration of the program. They will receive a multitude of services such as one-on-one and group therapy, medication management, psychological testing, recreational activities, and vocational and life-skills training.

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Types of Treatment Programs and What to Expect at Each

Aside from residential treatment, several types of outpatient programs are available, such as:

  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Outpatient Programs (OP)
Partial Hospitalization Programs (php)

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

Contrary to what the name suggests, these programs typically are not at hospitals, but outpatient clinics and treatment centers instead. The program length can be anywhere from two to four weeks, or longer depending on the needs of the individual. Clients can expect to spend their day at the center, while getting to go home in the evenings and on weekends. They will likely attend group therapy for several hours, as well as having time for individual therapy for issues like addiction, trauma, and mental health.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

IOPs are usually seen as a step down from residential or PHP and are attended by individuals who need more flexibility and are able to live more independently. A day in an IOP will usually last three or four hours, with most of that time in group therapy. Clients will also receive one-on-one counseling and medication management, and other services as needed. Due to the short days, IOPs afford clients the ability to work while receiving treatment. Many IOPs also have a telehealth option for those with transportation difficulties or who live far from the treatment center.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (iop)
Outpatient Programs (op)

Outpatient Programs (OP)

Outpatient Programs (OP) are the least time-intensive treatment option. These programs are appropriate for individuals with substantial recovery time under their belts, and who aren’t needing the daily, in-person support and therapy that individuals in residential, PHP, or IOP programs do. Outpatient treatment typically consists of scheduled appointments with a therapist or psychologist, as well as medication management with a medical provider. Therapy sessions are generally once or twice a week, and consist of group therapy as well as individual therapy, if needed. Appointments for medication management focus on side effect identification and monitoring and are scheduled as often as deemed necessary by the medical provider.

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Encouraging a Loved One to Seek Help

Watching a close friend or relative struggle with addiction is a painful thing to witness. Bringing up the possibility of seeking treatment can be a tricky thing to do. Not everyone is ready to address their addiction—and that’s why continuing to provide support and encouragement is important. A key point to remember when discussing this is to not be confrontational or pushy—that can cause your loved one to push you away or shut down the conversation. Expressing your concern for their safety and health while not being judgemental will increase their chances of agreeing to treatment.

Making the First Step in a Alcohol Rehab Treatment

The decision to seek treatment, while an important and oftentimes difficult one to make, is only the first step. For many people, packing up to live somewhere else for a month or longer often requires immense planning. Here are some things to consider before entering a residential or partial hospitalization program:

  • Talk to your employer: Discussing this subject will no doubt be intimidating, but a good employer will want what’s best for their employees. Individuals are guaranteed up to 12 weeks of medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), so job security should not be an issue. Letting your employer know your plans as soon as possible will make planning for your absence easier, reducing stress for everyone involved.
  • Set up automatic billing: Unfortunately, our bills do not pause while we’re in treatment. While having streaming services disconnect during this time isn’t an issue, missing car and rent payments can be devastating. Ensuring you have autopay enabled on your bills or entrusting a friend or relative to handle payments in your absence will help ensure you don’t come home to a financial mess.
  • Pack your things: But only take what you absolutely need. While a month can seem like a long time, you can probably leave many of your belongings at home and not even realize they’re gone. Most residential centers have a list of approved items, so be sure to review it prior to packing. Clothing, toiletries, ID and insurance cards, and a list of contacts will be most important.

When you arrive at the center, remember the reason as to why you’re there: to focus on yourself and to get better. Try to leave distractions at the door, as they can compromise your recovery. Take this time to say farewells to family or friends who brought you or make a final phone call to let loved ones know you’ve arrived safely. Many facilities have “blackout periods” where individuals are not allowed access to phones, email, or other methods of communication. The purpose of this is to focus the individuals’ attention on the task at hand and to reduce outside stressors. During this blackout period, many individuals are in detox, but many others are adjusting to their new home for the near future. 

Aftercare And Relapse Prevention

Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Upon graduation from the program, you will join an alumni group designed to provide ongoing support as you move into the next stage of your recovery. A strong connection with others who have been through similar challenges greatly reduces the chances of relapse, as well as providing a community where you feel welcome and understood.

Many individuals will continue to a PHP or IOP, do individual therapy, or support groups. The skills you learn during these programs will be key to maintaining your sobriety by helping you manage stress, cope with urges, and resolve interpersonal issues.

What Can AspenRidge Do for You?

AspenRidge is proud to offer a premier addiction treatment facility to the Denver area, specializing in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Whether you need the full-time services of a PHP or the flexibility of a virtual IOP, we are certain to have the treatment options to support you or your loved one’s recovery goals.

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Alcohol Rehab Denver Programs

Get treatment for alcohol addiction with AspenRidge Recovery. In AspenRidge Recovery’s treatment centers, individuals can get the help they need during rehabilitation. Outpatient addiction rehab cost is also reasonable. 

Each recovery program includes trauma therapy, a family program, and optional recovery housing. Contact AspenRidge treatment center at 855-281-5588 to get help for addiction treatment.

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