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Colorado Drug Addiction and Treatment Information

It should be noted that these pages are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.

Alcohol Addiction in Colorado

According to the 2009 statistics, 50,198 individuals entered addiction treatment for alcohol as a primary substance of abuse with an additional 17,125 people who were admitted for alcohol abuse combined with a secondary drug.

80% of all those who entered addiction treatment for primary alcoholism were men and 85% were white. The largest age demographic for alcohol abuse was among the 46-50 year olds.

Colorado Addiction Treatment Statistics

In the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Colorado had 88,068 people admitted for addiction treatment in 2009. Of that number, 75.8 % were males and 24.2 % were females.

Colorado drug addiction statisticsAlcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Admission Statistics for Colorado in 2009

There were 443 drug and alcohol rehabs in Colorado during 2006. Unlike other states, since 2002 the number of addiction treatment facilities has increased. 68 facilities offered residential care while only 11 facilities offered opioid treatment programs.

Alcohol only admissions have decreased from 69% to 63% from 1992 to 2006, but drug-only admissions during that same time increased from 7% to 16%.

Unmet treatment needs have stayed above the national average for all ages; however, there is a greater need for treatment beds among those aged 26-30.


Commonly Abused Drugs in Colorado


Colorado generally is ranked among those states with rates of abuse of alcohol and drugs that are higher than the national average. In 2006, it ranked among the 10 highest in the country for all age categories.

Over the last twenty years, admissions for marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine have remained constant.

marijuana addiction withdrawal
Colorado ranked among those states with the highest rates of 12-17 year olds using marijuana in 2006. As of 2007, marijuana continued to be the drug most commonly cited as the primary drug for those who were entering treatment. There were 7,174 people who went to treatment  drug rehab for marijuana addiction in 2009.
Colorado prescription drug addiction
Stimulants were the second most common drug cited upon entrance to a drug and alcohol rehab facility in 2009. Amphetamine abuse accounted for 4,950 admissions in 2009. Methamphetamine treatment admissions have increased from 2% in 1992 to 11% in 2006.
cocaine addiction withdrawal
In 2009, 2,297 people who were addicted to smoking cocaine entered treatment. An additional 1,332 people entered addiction treatment for ingesting cocaine or crack through means other than smoking the drug.
heroin addiction withdrawal
Heroin addiction was prevalent among 21-25 year olds. In 2009, 1,955 people were addicted and went into rehab for heroin. More than half of those who went into treatment for heroin addiction were males.
opiate addiction withdrawal
Other Opiates
According to a Colorado state survey in 2010, 1,955 people entered drug addiction treatment programs for opiates other than heroin.
Colorado prescription drug addiction
Other Drugs
In 2010, Colorado treatment programs admitted 789 people for addiction to various drugs such as hallucinogens, tranquilizers, sedative, PCP, other stimulants and unknown drugs.


Colorado Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

Colorado Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources

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