Colorado Drug Rehab Center
Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment in Boulder, Greeley, Denver &
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.
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
- gastrointestinal upset
- blocked nose
- arthralgia (joint pain), myalgia (muscle pain)
- nausea, vomiting
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
Psychological symptoms are also associated with withdrawal from drugs.
These include, but are not limited to:
- inability to concentrate
- irritability and agitation
- cognitive dysfunction
- mood swings
- 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
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
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, Buena Vista and Fort Lupton. Call the closest
location today to get started with your rehab!