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Find clarity and freedom from drug addiction among the rugged mountains, lush forests, canyon rivers, and vast plains of beautiful Colorado. The state, whose name is of Spanish origin, meaning “colored red,” has been home to Native Americans for more than 13,000 years and boasts the highest elevation of any US state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks being 10,000+ feet high. The quiet, calm setting here, even among the bustling cities of Denver and Colorado Springs, will offer just the setting needed to get focused on recovery.

Colorado is a prime tourist destination for skiing and other recreational activities that can take place in its many parks, among them Rocky Mountain National Park and the Great Sand Dunes. Its southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the only place in the US where the corners of four states meet, which makes it an ideal place for people who want to experience the healing powers of the great outdoors in other states out west.

Colorado offers a variety of alcohol and drug treatment programs for people from all walks of life. Among its diverse and unique natural setting are treatment centers that offer support as people in recovery embark upon a new beginning.

There are hundreds of Colorado drug rehabs to choose from, which could make it a challenge to narrow down the choice to just one. No need to fret. Call Drug Treatment Center Finder’s 24-7 helpline at (855) 619-8070 today, so call and a representative can offer you immediate assistance in helping you find the best drug or alcohol rehabilitation center today.

Commonly Abused Drugs in Colorado

There are all sorts of addictive drugs, both legal and illegal, that can lead to dependence and addiction. In Colorado, the most commonly abused drugs are:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine (meth, crystal meth, ice)
  • Prescription opioids/opiates other than heroin
  • Cocaine

There are long-established drug abuse issues in Colorado. According to a 2017 Denver Post report, Colorado once ranked among the nation’s leaders in prescription drug abuse. The state stands out as the only one that is a top consumer of nonmedical opioid painkillers, alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine, reports a 2016 Washington Post article. Heavy marijuana use in the state is predictable, the report says.

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to allow legal retail sales of marijuana for nonmedical purposes. But, according to the Colorado Health Institute, there are no data yet on whether use has increased since legalization.

However, research shows that 485,000 adult Coloradans, or 1 in 8 residents, use marijuana at least once a month. Of those users, 149,000 are heavy-hitters, using marijuana every day, and they consume 66.9% or two-thirds of all the marijuana in the state, according to the institute.

While overdose deaths from prescription opioids in Colorado appear to have shown a decline to their lowest levels in six years, according to preliminary figures, the state also saw an increase in overdose deaths related to heroin and cocaine use, said the state’s health department. “Heroin deaths in 2016 grew by 23 percent, from 160 to 197, according to preliminary figures. Deaths from cocaine overdose jumped by more than 50 percent, to 93,” the Denver Post report said.

Also in recent years, meth’s visibility has increased in the state as Mexican cartels started shipping the drug after a crackdown on local meth production. In 2014, border agents seized 15,000 pounds of meth, a record amount.


Deciding on which Colorado drug treatment center to enter is something that is left solely up to you. Other individuals can provide recommendations and help you with the decision-making process, but only you can decide which facility offers the best treatment among Colorado’s drug rehabs.

Ask yourself a few questions as you narrow down your choices, such as:

Your answers to these types of questions will narrow down the list of Colorado drug rehabs to those best suited to your unique addiction treatment needs.

Before you select one of the drug rehabs in the Colorado area, here are five questions the National Institute on Drug Abuse advises you ask before making that big decision:

You also may want to consider Colorado drug rehabs that offer:


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Colorado’s drug overdose death rates statewide climbed 68% between 2002 and 2014, from 9.7 per 100,000 residents to 16.3 per 100,000 residents.

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In 2014, 899 Coloradans died from either an intentional or unintentional drug overdose.

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12 Colorado counties have drug overdose death rates of more than 20 per 100,000 residents, meaning they are among the highest in the US.

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In 2015, 259 people died from overdose deaths from “natural” prescription opioids and outnumbering the 205 people who died from homicide that year.


Getting drug treatment at a rehab may raise the issue of whether you should complete treatment at home or travel to an out-of-state drug facility to start a program there. Before committing to a decision, consider the pros and the cons.

Out-of-state Colorado drug rehabs provide:

The decision of whether to stay at home or go away for drug treatment is up to each person to decide. Take time to assess personal preferences, what kind of treatment is needed and other concerns as you decide where to enter a program.