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Colorado Drug Rehab Center

Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment in Boulder, Greeley, Denver & Greater CO

Substance abuse is a pressing social problem that many programs have attempted to address over the years. At Colorado Clinic, we offer a comprehensive outpatient program that integrates physical and psychiatric medicine to help patients recover from substance abuse and addiction.

What is Substance Dependence?

Substance dependence is the continuous use of a substance in spite of pressing harm. Dependence goes far beyond “choosing” to consume a substance. Somewhere along the line, substance abusers developed a physical and psychological need to “use”. Breaking this dependence can seem like an impossible task when trapped in the cycle of addition, and trying to stop cold turkey without medicals supervision can even be dangerous. The DSM-5 has identified ten telltale signs of substance abuse.

Drug Withdrawal

After the discontinuation of the drug, withdrawal symptoms normally appear within 6 to 24 hours. The severity of these symptoms depends on the drug taken, how often it was taken, and the patient’s current tolerance. Symptoms of withdrawal from drug use include, but are not limited to:

  • akathisia (restlessness/uncomfortable feeling)
  • malaise (feeling unwell)
  • priapism (persistent erection)
  • involuntary muscular spasms
  • shivering and chills
  • cramps
  • gastrointestinal upset
  • blocked nose
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • arthralgia (joint pain), myalgia (muscle pain)
  • nausea, vomiting
  • sweating
  • tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • tremors
  • weakness

Psychological symptoms are also associated with withdrawal from drugs. These include, but are not limited to:

  • anxiety
  • inability to concentrate
  • depression
  • dysphoria
  • irritability and agitation
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • mood swings
  • paranoia
  • suicidal ideations

Withdrawal symptoms are highly variable: they can last for as little as two days, or even longer than a week. These are not a sign of weakness or disease, but are evidence of the body’s attempts to normalize functions in the absence of the substance. Nonetheless, withdrawal can be dangerous, and anyone going through it should be seen by a medical professional.

How Is Heroin Addiction/Dependence Treated?

Heroin addiction can be treated on an outpatient basis. These treatments include:

  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) – Methadone has been used as a form of opioid replacement therapy to reduce and eventually eliminate the dependence and use of illegal opiates such as heroin. Participants in this program often display improvement in personal health and social integration. MMT works primarily by relieving the craving for the drug, as well as blocking the euphoric effects associated with opiates.
  • Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine is another opioid medication which many physicians have found to be a safer alternative than MMT. Buprenorphine relieves drug cravings without providing the same high as opioid drives. It also reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  • Behavioral Modification counseling is also important when dealing with patients recovering from heroin addiction. This treatment addresses the circumstances that pushed the patient into drug use.

Heroin relapse is extremely common, so it is recommended that abstinence-oriented therapies be complemented by substance replacement therapies.

Colorado Clinic offers outpatient drug rehabilitation with Suboxone, which avoids the cost and time associated with inpatient rehab. The Board Certified doctors will implement a program to avoid withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings while patients are under treatment.

There are programs available for Suboxone in Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Morgan, Buena Vista and Fort Lupton. Call the closest location today to get started with your rehab!