Colorado substance misuse statistics

Substance use disorder is a serious medical condition affecting an estimated 20 millions Americans (SAMHSA, 2017). The effects of substance use disorders are wide-ranging and potentially fatal.

  • The Colorado Health Institute reported that in 2016, opioids, methamphetamines, cocaine, and other substances claimed the lives of 912 people. In 2017, that figure rose to 959.
  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Colorado providers wrote 45.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons in 2018. The same year, 564 people died from an opioid-related death.
  • SAMHSA reported that in 2015, 7.5 percent of Coloradians have alcohol use disorder, compared to 6.1 percent of the rest of the nation.
  • Alcohol-related deaths in Colorado rose 57 percent between 2005 and 2017.

Unfortunately, individuals with substance use disorders engaged in treatment have been declining since 2011.

Given the potential fatal nature of addiction, it is critical that individuals struggling get the professional help they need from a medical detox center.

What is a medical detox center?

A medical detox center, or detox facility, is the first step on the continuum of care for substance use disorders, or those struggling with substance misuse.

Medically-monitored detox facilities are a crucial aspect of the recovery process, ensuring patient safety and reducing the risk of complications that might arise from the detox process. Key features of some medical detox centers — although, each vary in the services and safety provided — should have medical supervision, medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, and care on demand. It is critical to find the right center for you and your health needs.

Who needs a medical detox center?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and most reputable medical and clinical professionals in the field of addiction, support the use of detox facilities for those who use substances (like alcohol and other drugs) problematically.

A detox facility can help…

  • Provide medication to ease the detox process
  • Manage withdrawal symptoms
  • Deal with any complications
  • Medically supervised detox, monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing
  • Conduct a thorough behavioral assessment (biopsychosocial assessment)
  • Provide recovery support and aftercare planning

It can be dangerous to stop drinking or taking substances suddenly, especially after taking them for a period of time. This can cause the body to experience uncomfortable, and potentially serious, detox symptoms, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Delirium tremens
  • Seizures
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hallucinations

Detox facilities in Colorado

Gallus Medical Detox is one of Colorado’s premier detox facilities.

As a destination for care, patients travel to Gallus Medical Detox Centers from across the country, as well as those looking for detox centers in Colorado. We are strategically placed near major airports — in greater Phoenix and greater Denver — and we provide ground transportation to and from our facilities.

Alcohol detox Colorado

If you are looking for an alcohol detox center near Denver Gallus can help. Our Littleton medical detox facility is easily accessible, while remaining in a discrete location.

We offer alcohol detox in Colorado and Arizona, however, our patients travel nationwide to our superior medical detox facilities for a range of detox services (see below).

Frequently asked questions about our Colorado detox center

Q: Are you an inpatient detox center in Colorado?
A: Yes. Gallus is an inpatient medical detox center located in Littleton, Colorado, and Scottsdale, Arizona. We offer a range of medical detox services, including:

Q: How long does detox treatment last?
A: This depends whether the detox is for alcohol, opiates, or other drugs. Typically, the range is 3 to 10 days.
Q: How often will I be able to see the doctor?
A: Our physicians assess patients daily, monitor their progress, and update orders.
Q: Will I be covered by my insurance?
A: Most insurance policies cover inpatient detox. We can check your benefits for you in less than one hour.

For our most frequently asked questions, visit our website’s FAQ page.

Call Gallus Medical Detox today and see how we can help! 888-306-3122.