Substance abuse can take a toll on families.  And, although the roots of substance abuse are complicated, the results seem to be the same. The tension between family and/or friends and the addict usually starts the string of bad decisions, lost jobs, destroyed family relationships, and unhappy lives. Mental health and addiction issues often go hand in hand with criminal defense cases. So, we wanted to provide a few Denver addiction resources for those seeking help.

At WeedenLaw, we make it a point to practice client-driven, compassionate criminal defense. We represent the person, as a whole. Our goal is not only providing the best defense, but also helping  the client get back on the right track for his or her life. 

We’re fierce advocates for our clients in all aspects.  Put simply, we want what’s best, and we believe in pursuing the best avenue for the individual

Are You or a Loved One Struggling With Addiction?

Oftentimes, a substance abuser often remains in denial that he or she is dependent on whatever their substance of preference is. Those with chemical dependencies will often refuse help from friends and family, which only further drives a wedge between themselves and their loved ones. 

Unfortunately, some, if not most, substance abusers only realize they have a problem when they get into trouble, legally. However, when a substance abuser recognizes the problem and consents to treatment, this begins the recovery process. 

How Can We Help?

There are a handful of avenues we can take if you or your loved one has run into some legal trouble and wants to get help. I am a Denver drug crimes defense attorney and represent those charged with DUIs in Denver, as well. Denver offers several alcohol and drug addiction resources. 

You are not alone in your quest to find help for yourself or your loved one. The sheer amount of resources we have right here, in Denver, should help those who struggle with this concept.

Addiction often distorts the abusers’ clarity, making them feel as if he or she is fighting an uphill battle, alone. If you’re trying to get clean, we want you to feel as if you’re supported in doing so! You’ll need the right tools and people by your side to help!

Denver Addiction Resources

Knowing where to look for the right resources can help you. Here’s a list of resources available in Denver for anyone who needs help. 

Denver Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Daily AA meetings include:

  • 7:00 am at 1311 York St.
  • 10:00 am at 2420 S. Federal Blvd.
  • 12:00 pm at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 3:00 pm at 1311 York St.
  • 5:40 pm at 1311 York St.
  • 7:00 pm at 700 S. Franklin St.
  • 7:00 pm a1280 Vine St.
  • 7:30 pm at 3133 Peoria St. #205
  • 7:30 pm at 2420 S. Federal Blvd.
  • 7:30 pm at 1679 47th Ave.
  • 7:30 pm at 2320 E. 49th Ave.
  • 10:00 pm at 1311 York St.

Meetings Scheduled Monday-Friday

  • 7:00 am at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 12:00 pm at 1311 York St.
  • 2:00 pm at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 5:30 pm at 1865 S. Pearl St.

Meetings Scheduled Saturday & Sunday

  • 8:00 am at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 12:30 pm at 1311 York St.
  • 1:30 pm at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 6:00 pm at 1865 S. Pearl St.

This is just a list of regular, AA meetings. For more information, or for information on AA meetings for specific groups, such as “women”, “artists”, etc., visit http://daccaa.org/meetings/?tsml-region=denver.

Denver Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Daily NA meetings include:

  • 8:00 pm at 8085 E. Hampden Ave.

Meetings Scheduled Monday-Friday

  • 11:00 am at 1193 South Bannock St.
  • 12:00 pm at 1660 N. Sherman St.
  • 5:00 pm at 3000 South Wadsworth Blvd.
  • 6:15 pm at 1693 Quentin St.
  • 7:00 pm at 2100 Wadsworth Blvd.
  • 7:30 pm at 191 E. Orchard Rd. #191-B
  • 9:30 pm at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive

Meetings Scheduled on Saturdays

  • 7:00 am at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 10:00 am at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 10:30 am at 1100 Filmore St.
  • 12:00 pm at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 5:00 pm at 3315 Gilpin St.
  • 5:00 pm at 3000 South Wadsworth Blvd.
  • 6:30 pm at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 7:00 pm at 915 E. 9th Ave.
  • 7:15 pm at 3315 Gilpin St.
  • 8:00 pm at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 8:00 pm at 3500 S. Logan St.
  • 10:30 pm at 1630 E. 14th Ave.

Meetings Scheduled on Sundays

  • 9:30 am at 121 Acoma St.
  • 9:30 am at 3315 Gilpin St.
  • 10:00 am at 1510 Glen Ayr Drive
  • 10:30 am at 2465 S. Downing St.

Denver Al-Anon Meetings for Families

Al-anon provides meetings that families of those addicted to alcohol or drugs can attend.

Meetings Scheduled on Sundays

  • 8:15 am at 1311 York St.
  • 10:00 am at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 6:00 pm at 121 Acoma St.

Meetings Scheduled on Mondays

  • 12:00 pm at 1820 Broadway
  • 8:00 pm at 2180 S. University Blvd.

Meetings Scheduled on Tuesdays

  • 12:00 pm at 1820 Broadway
  • 6:30 pm at 2644 W. 32nd Ave.
  • 7:30 pm at 1350 Washington St.

Meetings Scheduled on Wednesdays

  • 12:00 pm at 1820 Broadway
  • 7:00 pm at 1311 York St.
  • 8:00 pm at 2180 S. University Blvd.

Meetings Scheduled on Thursdays

  • 12:00 pm at 1820 Broadway
  • 2:00 pm at 2201 Dexter St.

Meetings Scheduled on Saturdays

  • 10:00 am at 1865 S. Pearl St.
  • 4:30 pm at 2465 S. Downing St.

Detox and Rehab Facilities

Sometimes, those who battle alcohol or drug addiction may need professional help. Those who struggle with a moderate to serious addiction may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. While others may need professional help because they’re not in a safe place to get clean. 

Typically, professional substance abuse treatment is a two-part process. First, the patient will go through a detox. Then, once the patient is physically able, they will move forward to the rehab portion of the treatment. Treatments include counseling, behavioral therapy, etc. Part two of the process will help the person determine what his or her triggers are and how to deal with them in the future. Finding the “root” of their addiction will help relapsing, down the road.

Detox Centers in Denver, Colorado 

Denver has over 15 detox centers for drug and alcohol addiction.

The detox program will last as long as the withdrawal symptoms do. For most people, the detox lasts anywhere from a week to two weeks. 

When choosing which center is best for you or your loved one, there are a few options to consider. Most centers operate usings either medical detox or holistic detox, and use outpatient or inpatient programs. 

Typically those who require professional assistance will stay in an inpatient program.

Medical Detox Centers

Medical detox services rely on medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms. These services can also help treat co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety.

When choosing a medical detox center, you also have options for specific medications used there, as well. There are two types of medications used for detox: FDA-approved and non-FDA approved. FDA approved typically means the use of methadone for treating opiate withdrawals and sometimes, alcohol withdrawals. Methadone is approved specifically by the FDA to help treat addiction. Centers who use non-FDA-approved drugs will include sleeping aids and over the counter pain relief medications to help ease the pain associated with withdrawal.

Here are a few of the medical detox centers in or around Denver:

Holistic Detox Centers

Holistic detox services are often used as a supplement to medical detox services. These do not rely on any medications or chemicals, but instead relies on strictly natural approaches to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 

Holistic detox services can include:

  • Exercise therapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Spiritual theories and concepts therapy

Denver Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers

Once patients have completed the detox program, they can move to a rehab program. Denver offers over 15 inpatient rehab facilities and over 15 outpatient rehab programs. When choosing the rehab program that works best for you, you’ll need to consider the following:

  • Will you or your loved one need inpatient or outpatient care?
  • The cost of the treatment program
  • Is your insurance accepted?
  • Types of treatments offered
  • Amenities offered

Pros and cons exist for both inpatient and outpatient care. While outpatient treatment is more affordable, inpatient treatment provides an intense level of care, one that is required for some. Outpatient care allows you to keep your current responsibilities, while inpatient care provides a new environment that’s free of negative influences. The choice of inpatient or outpatient depends totally on the person and what his or her individual needs are.

You Aren’t Alone

Studies show that Colorado has the third highest percentage of alcohol and drug addictions. Addiction can affect anyone–it isn’t biased. If you suspect you have an addiction, get help before legal trouble finds you. Denver offers an array of options for those who are struggling with addiction.

If you or your loved one waited until legal trouble came, please know that at WeedenLaw, you will be provided with judgement-free, understanding counsel that wants what’s best for you. Addiction has a way of making people do things they would never otherwise consider. Believe it or not, the state of Colorado does understand this. There are several options for those struggling with addiction to avoid jail time in exchange for rehabilitation.

Addiction and legal trouble can be defeated, with the right people in your corner. We will do our best to see that you have every opportunity to recover.

For more information, call 720-307-4330.