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Drug addiction treatment is a general phrase used throughout substance abuse treatment facilities and those seeking treatment. It indicates that the program treats drug abuse in general and can be the starting ground to finding the appropriate program for the particular drug addiction battle you or a loved one is fighting.

Peaks Recovery is pleased to provide in-depth and up to date addiction info about drug and alcohol recovery in Colorado. Whether you want to learn about the early signs of addiction, interventions, detox, rehab, or aftercare, we want to become Colorado’s leading source of information.


Stimulants have an alluring effect that creates a propensity for ongoing use that will sometimes lead to an addiction. In the case of addiction, the mind becomes reliant on the drugs to function. Undoing this reliance takes time and Peaks Recovery can help.

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Heroin is one of the most lethal drugs; especially for intravenous heroin users. 20% of all overdose deaths in prior years are associated with heroin alone. Given that the drug can abruptly end a person’s life, anyone reading this should treat the condition as a medical emergency and seek help right away. The heroin/ opioid epidemic is real and heroin addiction is a serious disorder.

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65% of all overdose deaths in the United States are directly attributable to opioid abuse. Peaks Recovery is witness to the devastating tole these drugs have taken on individuals and family systems alike. Abusing opioids should be treated as a medical emergency. Do not hesitate to get help!

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Prescriptions can have adverse interactions with other drugs or existing medical conditions, and can also be addictive if not regulated. Prescription drug overdoses represent roughly 15% of all overdose deaths in America.

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If your loved one is abusing sedatives, you will likely notice:

  • A sedated or drowsy look
  • Speaking slowly or slurred speech
  • Difficulty concentrating, impaired memory and coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Slow breath and heart rate



Inpatient rehab, more commonly referred to as residential rehab/ treatment, is a more elaborate type of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. In an inpatient addiction treatment program, participants typically live on-site at a licensed residential rehab center where they have access to 24/7 medical and clinical care.

Peaks Recovery Centers’ residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center offers dedicated, onsite medical and clinical professionals to balance both physiological and psychological needs.

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Intensive outpatient therapy is most commonly abbreviated as IOP treatment. Though it can be effective in furthering a persons already established sobriety, it is not typically the most recommend form of treatment for individuals looking to establish new sobriety in early recovery.

Generally, IOP consists or a certain amount of therapy sessions throughout a dedicated period of time. Sessions may be group or individual or both. The greatest difference between IOP and Inpatient Residential Treatment is the patient’s housing. In an IOP program, clients are allowed to live outside of the treatment facility where as in an inpatient residential program clients stay in a treatment home which provides more accountability and a high level of supervision throughout early recovery.


Finding the appropriate care for Drug Abuse & Addiction

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol is the first step toward recovery. However, the evidence is clear that the longer a person distances themselves from their last use of drugs and alcohol, the greater chance of recovery. At Peaks Recovery Centers, the next step in our recovery process is transitioning into our gender specific residential inpatient rehab.


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The potential mental health effects of drug abuse and addiction

Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis case is one in which two distinct psychiatric disorders are diagnosed in the same patient concurrently. Additionally, a dual diagnosis case will include a substance use disorder which is paired with some other type of psychiatric disorder. The same holds true for co-occurring disorders as well.

Because of these strong similarities, it can become difficult or confusing to discern between the two. However, there is one fundamental concept that makes distinguishing between the two a breeze—the concept of causality.

With dual diagnosis disorders, there is some degree of causality indicated between the two existing conditions—that is, one existed before the other and, in fact, spurred the other into existence to some degree.

Most Common Dual Diagnosis

Disorders The human brain’s reaction to substances of abuse is not haphazard. This is why we tend to observe patterns in the pairings of dual diagnosis substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders. Substances of abuse are desirable to those with psychiatric disorders for their ability to alleviate undesirable symptomology. Common Dual Diagnosis Pairings Would Include Heroin & Depression or Cocaine & Anxiety Disorders.

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While either the mental health disorder or the substance abuse may very well have developed prior to the other, there is no established causal relationship between the two conditions in what we call “Co-occurring Disorders”.

The two are deemed independent of each other. It is possible that the two conditions share a similar etiology—developing from the same root cause. But the fact that one did not play a causal role in the development of the other is the key takeaway.

Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

The most commonly paired co-occurring disorders are those that share similar symptomology, or similar abnormal behaviors. Some of the most common pairs are:

  • Anxiety disorder and Major Depressive Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder and ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety
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