Substance abuse can take many forms—alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, illegal drugs and over-the-counter medications all present a risk for addiction and abuse. A psychological addiction is when a person believes they can’t get through the day without using. A physical addiction is when the body’s chemistry gets used to the presence of the substance and craves it when it’s not there. If you or someone you love has become psychologically or physically addicted to substances, Community Reach Center can help.
Substance addiction has the potential to ruin relationships, careers and finances. It can also cause legal problems and incarceration. At the extreme, loss of life can result from an overdose or accident. In Colorado, alcohol is the most frequently abused substance, followed by marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines. Oftentimes, when people have an undiagnosed mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, they turn to substances to mask the symptoms, and make the pain go away temporarily.
Community Reach Center takes an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to substance abuse treatment that combines medication, psychological, educational and community-based services to address the needs of clients and their families. Treatment is available at any of the Center's outpatient offices, located in Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.
We believe that recovery is possible. Our integrated treatment addresses mental health and substance use conditions simultaneously which allows for the potential to reduce substance use, improve psychiatric symptoms and functioning, decrease hospitalization, increase housing stability and improve quality of life.
A care team is assembled based on each client's individual needs and may include any or all of the following: team leader, case manager, substance abuse specialist, counselor, physician/psychiatrist, nurse, vocational counselor, housing specialist or criminal justice specialist.
Qualified counselors with knowledge of the interplay between mental health and substance abuse meet regularly with consumers and offer practical assistance with daily needs and living skills. They support consumers through the five stages of change necessary to establish the client's individual path to recovery and sobriety.
Stages of Change:
Individuals in the pre-contemplation stage of change are not thinking about changing their drinking behavior or drug use. They may not see it as a problem, or they think that others who point out the problem are exaggerating.
Individuals in this stage of change are willing to consider the possibility that they have a problem, and the possibility offers hope for change. People at this stage are often interested in learning about alcoholism and addiction treatment. With the help of a mental health therapist, individuals in the contemplation stage learn to do a risk/reward analysis that considers the pros and cons of their behavior, and the pros and cons of change.
When individuals reach the preparation stage, they recognize their problems with use and are beginning to take necessary steps to change their use. A therapist will help develop the motivation to reduce substance use and to participate in other recovery-oriented solutions.
At this stage, therapists help individuals acquire skills and supports for managing symptoms of mental illness and substance addiction. People will begin to anticipate problems and pitfalls and design concrete solutions that will become part of their ongoing treatment plan.
The last stage of recovery is maintenance. Here, therapists help individuals develop strategies and access community-based resources for maintaining abstinence and recovery.
Are you ready to take the next step? Community Reach Center provides counseling and therapy for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction in Adams County and the Denver area. Please contact (303) 853-3500 for more information.