If you are struggling with an opioid or opiate addiction, you will need professional treatment if your goal is a safe and effective recovery. But to be truly successful, it all comes down to choosing the right treatment center for you. At Landmark Recovery of Denver, our opioid treatment center offers medical detox, personalized treatment, and proven therapy approaches that will set you up for lifelong success.
Prescription opioids are used to treat chronic pain (in cancer patients, for example) and acute pain following surgery. When opioids are abused, or used without a medical purpose, an individual can feel a sense of euphoria. This occurs because all opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain.1 Generally, the term “opioid” means a class of drugs, including:
Opioids cause the brain to block pain signals and release large amounts of dopamine throughout the body.2 An individual who becomes tolerant to the opioid will experience cravings and further abuse the opioids to achieve the same “high,” but also to prevent opioid withdrawal symptoms. The result is a continuous cycle of abuse, and ultimately an opioid addiction, also known as an opioid use disorder (OUD).
An opioid use disorder is likely if an individual is using drugs compulsively, spending substantial amounts of time searching for more opioids in order to get high, and if the opioids are impairing their social and professional responsibilities and physical and mental health. However, to be diagnosed officially with an opioid use disorder, an individual must meet a certain set of criteria when screened by a doctor.3
In 2018, Colorado reported 564 opioid-related overdose deaths. This included prescription opioids, but also heroin and synthetic opioids.4 Shockingly, the opioid death rate rose to 1,062 in 2019, specifically because the number of fentanyl-related deaths doubled.5 As for residents in need of substance abuse treatment in 2019, the state of Colorado did not reach 68% of this population.
Over the last two decades, the annual overdose deaths in the U.S. involving heroin and other opioids grew exponentially. In 1999, the death toll was roughly 2,000 deaths, but that number grew to more than 14,000 deaths by 2019.6 And the impact of opioid use and abuse continues to be deadly. As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States in 2020, so did opioid overdoses; a heartbreaking record of 93,000 people overdosed, with more than 60% of those deaths involving fentanyl.7
Fentanyl is currently the most powerful painkiller and the most dangerous of opioids; the strength of fentanyl means the effects are felt at much lower doses, making it potentially lethal to use fentanyl outside a medical setting. Recently, much street-level heroin in the U.S. has been cut with fentanyl, leading to a spike in overdose rates. That’s one of the dangers of fentanyl – people don’t always know they are using it. Heroin is a more common opioid people are using; a recent study found that one-third of individuals struggling from opioid use disorder said that heroin was the first opioid they used to get high.8
The numbers speak for themselves: opioids are dangerous. To reduce the statistics, Landmark Recovery of Denver is dedicated to providing the highest quality of clinical care and evidence-based treatment so that our patients can not only survive, but live beyond their opioid addiction.
Our opioid addiction treatment center in Aurora, Colorado, proudly offers evidence-based therapies and detox services that are easily accessible for residents in the state of Colorado and surrounding areas. We offer a full continuum of opioid treatment programs, including residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization. We also offer personalized programs tailored for our patients to have the best chance of success, and our alumni system is one of the strongest around.
In short? We want to equip our patients to re-enter and navigate the world – without opioids. And we believe no one else will be more dedicated to helping you, or your loved one, accomplish that goal.
Admitting your dependence on opioids or other substances is the first step toward your recovery. At Landmark Recovery of Denver, we are ready to help you safely discontinue your opioid use and lay the groundwork for maintaining long-term sobriety. Call to speak with a recovery specialist today at (720) 702-9994. This is your next step to a brighter future – one of sobriety, hope, and health.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2021). Opioids.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids
2) DrugAbuse.gov (2021). What are prescription opioids?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids
3) Psychiatry.org (2021) Opioid Use Disorder.https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/opioid-use-disorder/opioid-use-disorder
4) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2020). Colorado: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/colorado-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
5) The Colorado Sun (2020). We’re dealing with a pandemic, but remember the opioid crisis? Coronavirus is likely to make it worse.https://coloradosun.com/2020/06/22/opioid-crisis-after-coronavirus/
6) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2021). Overdose death rates.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
7) ABC News (2021). US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year.https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/us-overdose-deaths-hit-record-93000-pandemic-year-78840376
8) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Multiple Cause of Death, 1999-2015.https://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd-icd10.html