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Outpatient Treatment in Colorado

Are you looking for a high-quality substance abuse rehabilitation program in Colorado for yourself or a loved one? offers valuable information to help you find a Colorado treatment center that’s right for you. We provide information on both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities so that you can find the program that will best help you or your loved one on the path toward recovery from any substance.

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Addiction Facts for Colorado

In Colorado, people most often abuse alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin, and marijuana, with alcohol being the most commonly used substance.1 Methamphetamine is common in northeast and south-central Colorado, opioids in the southeast, and cocaine in the north.1

Prescription opioids were involved in nearly one-third of all reported overdose deaths in 2016.1 Heroin overdoses increased as prescription painkillers decreased.1 In 2017, the state had a total of 1,015 overdose deaths.2 

Outpatient Treatment Definition

Outpatient treatment is effective and less disruptive to one’s daily routine than inpatient care. Flexible scheduling and reduced cost allow longer treatment periods while people integrate into society in sobriety. Outpatient counseling occurs in various forms, including individual and group sessions and, if desired, family sessions.3,4

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help manage cravings and underlying mental health disorders and is helpful when combined with behavioral therapy, which teaches people about triggers, effective relapse prevention skills, and healthy life skills.3, 4 Intensive outpatient treatment provides about 6 to 9 hours of treatment weekly and is more intense than standard outpatient treatment.4,5

Colorado Outpatient Treatment

A total of 1,404 facilities provide addiction treatment in Colorado, with 357 of these providing outpatient care.6,7 They are located in most large cities, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Arvada, Westminster, Pueblo, and Boulder.7

The majority of outpatient rehabs are located near Denver and Boulder, with scattered facilities in other parts of the state.6,7 Click here to find facilities near you.

Treatment in Colorado Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorders) is when addiction and mental illness occur together.8,9,10 Approximately half of people with addiction or mental illness are dually diagnosed.10 Effective treatment must address addiction and mental health simultaneously.9

Drug Stats Specific to Colorado

Of the 1,015 overdose deaths reported in Colorado during 2017, 578 involved opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers.2,11 Colorado survey results from 2017 showed that among people aged 12 to 17:12

  • 72,000 used marijuana in the last year.
  • 1,000 used methamphetamines in the last year.
  • 16,000 misused painkillers in the last year.
  • 42,000 drank alcohol in the last month.
  • 24,000 reported binge drinking in the past month (4 or more drinks within 2 hours for females, 5 or more for males).

The same survey showed that those who were 18 or over:12

  • Over 1 million used marijuana in the last year.
  • 13,000 used heroin in the last year.
  • 39,000 used methamphetamines in the last year.
  • 210,000 misused painkillers in the last year.
  • Over 2.7 million drank alcohol in the last month.
  • Over 1.2 million reported binge drinking in the past month.

For all those aged 12 or older in 2017:12

  • 293,000 had alcohol use disorder.
  • 407,000 had a substance use disorder (SUD).

Signs You Need Professional Rehab

When someone shows sudden changes in their behavior, mood, eating or sleeping habits, social circles, energy levels, or personal hygiene; starts getting in trouble at school or work; skips important commitments; or has issues with friends and family, you may be seeing signs of an addiction.13,14 If you have concerns, speak to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Withdrawal is an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous process without medical supervision.5,15 Medications help manage symptoms and ensure your safety during withdrawal through the detox process.3 The symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on which substances a person has been using but can include physical, mental, and emotional symptoms, and strong cravings.15 Withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids can have fatal complications.5,15

Treatment Facts for Colorado 

Colorado had 404 addiction treatment facilities in 2018, which can treat SUDs of any kind.6 Of these, 374 offered outpatient services, including 368 providing standard outpatient care and 178 providing intensive outpatient treatment.6 These facilities offer services including:6,16

  • Screening for substance use, mental health disorders, and communicable diseases.
  • Counseling.
  • MAT.
  • Case management.
  • Transitional services.
  • Smoking cessation.
  • Education.

Colorado is expanding programs to provide effective treatment in correctional facilities and rural and frontier communities, provide protections and supports for pregnant women with SUDs, and help people get into treatment faster.16 

Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Colorado? 

Treatment can be expensive, and it’s difficult to estimate the cost. Costs depend on the facility, number of sessions, length of treatment, and insurance coverage.

While there is a wide range of health insurance providers in Colorado, some major companies include Kaiser Foundation, Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Humana.17 Calling your insurance provider is the best way to get information about your coverage. 

Colorado Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities 

Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance program that provides coverage to certain groups including individuals with disabilities and, in many states, low-income adults.18,19 Health First Colorado, accepted at 213 rehab facilities in Colorado, offers coverage to low-income adults.20,21 To learn more about this program, click here.

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  1. State of Colorado. (2018). State of Colorado: Substance Abuse Trend And Response Task Force: Twelfth Annual Report.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). 2017 Drug Overdose Death Rates.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). TIP 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.
  6. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). 2018 State Profile—United States And Other Jurisdictions: National Survey Of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
  8. National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2017). Dual Diagnosis.
  9. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2005). TIP 42: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders.
  10. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders.
  11. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Colorado Opioid Summary: Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths.
  12. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). State data tables and reports from the 2016-2017 national survey on drug use and health.
  13. S. National Library of Medicine. (2019). MedlinePlus: Drug Use and Addiction.
  14. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.
  15. S. National Library of Medicine. (2019). MedlinePlus: Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.
  16. Legislative Council Staff. (2019). Substance Use Disorders.
  17. National Committee for Quality Assurance. (2019). NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017: Summary Report (Private).
  18. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicaid.
  19. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Eligibility.
  20. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicaid and CHIP in Colorado.
  21. Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. (2019). Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program).