Arvada, Colorado Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources and Treatment Options

“Somebody help me through this nightmare
I can't control myself
Somebody wake me from this nightmare
I can't escape this hell”

~ “Animal I Have Become,” Three Days Grace

Do you feel like your addiction is a nightmare, or something far outside of your control? Former Three Days grace frontman Adam Gontier felt the same way. The Canadian singer was addicted to OxyContin, and felt that this addiction was making him angry and abusive.

Gontier wrote “Animal I Have Become” while in rehab in 2006. What he found, like many others, is that he needed outside help to get his life back under control. Rehab was, for him, the way to escape the nightmare of his addiction.

Maybe rehab can help you too. Even if rehab is not the answer, it’s almost certain that outside help or accountability can help you if you struggle with addiction or alcoholism.

Do you live in Arvada, Colorado, and feel you need to get help for alcoholism or drug addiction?

Arvada, Colorado is a beautiful community in the Denver metro area full of history and recreation. Like many parts of the United States, however, it has fallen victim to the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Crippling addictions to alcohol and drugs, including meth, heroin, and cocaine affect the lives of many in the Arvada area. If you or someone you love needs help, there are a variety of addiction resources out there for you.



Alcohol Addiction Meetings in Arvada, CO

One of the most common addictions worldwide is alcoholism. If you struggle with abusing alcohol, you’re not alone. People all over the world have been through the same thing, and many of those people have also chosen to get sober and reclaim their lives.

One of the ways that people have done this is by taking part in regular meetings with others who also struggle with alcoholism. Whether you’re struggling with the addiction yourself or simply with an addicted loved one, there are support and accountability groups for alcoholism in and around Arvada, Colorado that can help you get and stay sober.

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a group that hosts regular meetings for those wishing to recovery from alcoholism. These free meetings are guided by the 12 Steps, which help free those from alcohol addiction. There are a variety of meetings in the Arvada and Denver area, including some for men-only, women-only and other special groups, including some that welcome children and families.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a longstanding group in which many people have found success in their journey to alcoholism recovery. Participants in this group make their way through the 12 steps with the help of a sponsor, and often eventually become a sponsor themselves upon completing the steps.

The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are:

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

There are many AA meetings in and near Arvada, CO each week. Because there are so many choices, there are plenty of opportunities to find a group that’s best for you. Weekly, these groups include:

Sunday

Old Town Group
8:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, recovering addicts only

A New Day
8:30 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Non-smoking, recovering addicts only

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair Accessible, non-smoking, open to outsiders

Sunday Solution
5:30 PM
8250 W. 80th St. #12
*Non-smoking

Spearheads
6:00 PM
8300 W. Pomona Dr.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Sunday Night Live
7:30 PM
10001 W 58th Ave
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Monday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, recovering addicts only

Degenerates
7:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Non-smoking, wheelchair accessible

Return to Sanity
12 noon
8300 Pomona Dr.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Recovery Hour
5:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Intervals Hilarious
6:00 PM
6774 W. 66th Ave.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

How It Works
8:00 PM
7195 Simms
*Non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Tuesday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Degenerates
7:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Recovery Hour
5:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair Accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Edgewater Beginners
7:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Eureka
7:30 PM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Love and Unity
7:30 PM
7400 W. 80th Ave.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Wednesday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair access, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Degenerates
7:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair access, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Recovery Hour
5:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair access, non-smoking

Livin Life
7:30 PM
6490 Carr St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Pomona
7:30 PM
8110 Vance Dr.
*wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Return to Sanity
7:30 PM
8300 Pomona Dr.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Wednesday Men’s
7:30 PM
6774 W. 66th Ave.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics, men only

Thursday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Degenerates
7:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Rocking Chair
10:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Recovery Hour
5:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Arvada Thurs Night
6:00 PM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Changing Women
7:30 PM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, Women only

Big Bookaholics
8:00 PM
7195 Simms St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Friday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Degenerates
7:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. #12
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

N.W. Arvada AM
7:30 AM
7203 Simms St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Return to Sanity
12 noon
8300 Pomona Dr.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Recovery Hour
5:30 PM
8250 W 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

Arvada #1
7:30 PM
5855 Wadsworth Bypass Bldg B
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Saturday

Bottoms Up
7:00 AM
5927 Miller St.
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking, open only to recovering alcoholics

The Pluggers
8:00 AM
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Bill’s Brownbaggers
12 noon
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

Sat Nite Speakers
7:00 PM
8250 W. 80th Ave. Unit 12
303-420-6560
*Wheelchair accessible, non-smoking

For many people, loving someone with an addiction can be just as difficult as battling an addiction yourself. Drug addictions and alcoholism can wear down relationships and willpower. It’s okay to love someone with an addiction, but it’s not okay for their addiction to rule your life.

Al-Anon is a mutual support group that allows everyone to share as an equal to discuss a family member or loved one with an alcohol addiction. Al-Anon offers family group meetings, and younger family members and friends attend a special meeting called Alateen.

Alateen can be incredibly beneficial for youth who are close to an alcoholic or addict. The sessions are specially designed to teach children and teens about addiction, assure them it is not their fault, and teach valuable coping strategies that they can use to break the generational cycles that often lead to alcohol abuse for them.

To find Al-Anon and Alateen meetings near you, check out the links below.

Al-Anon Meetings in Arvada, Alateen Meetings in Arvada

Drug Addiction Meetings in Arvada, CO

Alcohol isn’t the only substance that can ruin lives, relationships, and dreams. There are many, many other drugs that people abuse recreationally. These drugs can have just as much of an impact on your life and lives of your loved ones.

But, just like with alcohol, there are also other people seeking to break these habits and turn their lives around. If you’re looking to get and stay clean from drug abuse or a drug addiction, perhaps an accountability group could help you. In such groups, you’ll learn coping mechanisms and surround yourself with like-minded people.

Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. The only requirement is that attendees must have a desire to stop using whatever drug they are abusing.

Narcotics Anonymous is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous in that it is a 12-step program making use of sponsors and group accountability. Even the 12 steps themselves are the same, save that any drug name can be substituted in place of alcohol.

While the 12 steps for both Alcoholics Anonymous and narcotics Anonymous mention, “God as we understood him,” neither group is associated with a particular faith. Those of all religions are welcome.

There are 2 NA groups that meet regularly in Arvada, Colorado. Both are open to non-members (such as students) and are relatively interactive and feedback-led.

5 Dawgs
Sundays at 1:00 PM
Rising Church (through door in parking lot)
7500 W 57th Ave

Just Can’t Miss It
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
6750 Carr St (find room number on bulletin board)
*Wheelchair accessible
To find NA meetings in other cities near Arvada, CO check the link below.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Arvada

The members of Cocaine Anonymous, or CA, are all recovering addicts who maintain their individual sobriety by working with others. Anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs) is welcome.

Again, this program is very similar to other 12 step programs. Also like many other 12-step programs, there are also online versions of such meetings. These can be incredibly helpful for accountability between meetings or during times when a recovering addict is particularly tempted to use or drink again. However, these online groups are no substitute for true in-person meetings, and on’t be nearly as helpful on their own.

To find a Cocaine Anonymous meeting online or near you in the Arvada area, see the links below.

Cocaine Anonymous Meetings in Arvada Cocaine Anonymous Online Meetings

Crystal Meth Anonymous, or CMA, is a fellowship of people for whom all drugs, specifically crystal meth, have become a problem. CMA advocates for a Twelve Step program to put those on a path to recovery.

To find a CMA group near you in Arvada, CO, check the link below.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Meetings in Arvada

Addiction Community Services In and Around Arvada, CO

Due to its convenient location in the Denver metro area, there are many free and low-cost addiction resources and services in the Arvada area. Three are many groups targeted to specific demographics within Arvada or the Denver area, such as the homeless, teenagers, college students, or others. If you fall into one of these categories, you may qualify for extra or  free help in your recovery process.

The Mile High Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Mile High Council) is a non-profit that provides a variety of free services for adults and youth who are suffering from addiction and other mental health issues. Their free recovery programs in Denver target many individuals, including:

  • Those addicted to meth
  • Homeless and at-risk young adults with substance abuse, mental illness, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Women with addiction
  • Substance abuse prevention in youth
  • Crisis center and 24/7 hotline

Their outpatient treatment services include group meetings, yoga and acupuncture, and weekly support.

View more information on their addiction programs here:

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare

The Student and Community Counseling Center provides 10 counseling sessions per fiscal year at no charge to students attending the Denver Campus near Arvada. The staff is prepared to discuss any mental health topics, including substance abuse.

If you’re a student at the University of Arvada and you’re struggling with substance abuse, the counseling center can be a great place to start to get professional help.

Additionally, there are classes on mental health - which is of course very closely tied with substance abuse or addiction - offered at the university for those who wish to learn more.

To learn more about what the University of Arvada has to offer in regards to drug and alcohol addiction resources, check out their website below:

University of Arvada Support

Haven Friends is a non-profit near Arvada, Colorado that provides free help for mothers with infants or those who are pregnant and have substance addiction. This year-long program also includes childcare and allows the mothers to spend time with their child during treatment.

This can be critical in both a mother’s recovery and a child’s development, and is a fairly unique aspect of the haven Friends program.

Check out the Haven Friends website below:

Haven Friends

What To Do In Case of Drug Overdose or Alcohol Poisoning in Arvada, CO

If you think that you or someone around you is overdosing or has alcohol poisoning, you should call 911 as soon as possible. Don’t let fear of the law stop you from getting help for yourself or someone else.

In fact, there’s nothing to fear - Colorado has a Good Samaritan Law that prevents those who report overdoses or alcohol poisoning from being prosecuted for drug use. This means there is no excuse not to seek medical help as soon as possible if you or someone else may be experiencing an overdose. A life is always worth the awkward questions.

However, there are other resources in and around the Arvada, CO area that could help keep you or someone you know alive while you wait for professional help.

If you or someone you see is experiencing alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose, they need medical help as fast as possible. There are three different 24-hour emergency room locations within Arvada, and another in nearby Wheat Ridge.

UCHealth Emergency Room - Arvada
9505 Ralston Rd
Arvada, CO 80002
720-390-6200

UCHealth Emergency Room - Arvada West
15240 W 64th Ave
Arvada, CO 80007
303-463-7180

Centura Health Emergency & Urgent Care
16320 W 64th Ave
Arvada, CO 80007
303-925-4560

Lutheran Medical Center Emergency Room
8300 W 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
303-425-4500

In many cases, the state poison control center can shed light on issues and what to do next in case of an overdose or a bad or irregular reaction to a drug. When you call, be sure you are being completely honest so that they can help you in every detail. For example, the poison control center often has records of certain strains of drugs in the area causing adverse reactions, and knows the possible side effects of overdosing on prescription drugs.

What’s more, all calls to the Colorado Poison Center are completely confidential.

Colorado Poison Center
1-800-222-1222
Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (offices)
1391 Speer Blvd, Ste 600
Denver, CO 80204

Not sure if you or someone around you is overdosing? Check for any combination of the following symptoms. Remember, not all symptoms will always be present. Even just a few of these symptoms could indicate a very dangerous overdose.

  • Dilated pupils
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unsteady balance, especially when walking
  • Gurgling sounds or choking
  • Blue lips or fingers
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Aggression
  • Unusually high body temperature
  • Agitation, paranoia, disorientation, or confusion
  • Seizures, convulsions, tremors, or shakiness
  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness

Always call 911 if you think someone is overdosing on drugs or alcohol. Alcohol poisoning and stimulant overdoses must be dealt with by medical professionals.

If someone is overdosing on a depressant drug though, specifically an opioid, there are steps you can and must take while waiting for help. According to drugabuse.com, these are:

  1. Check responsiveness. If someone is unconscious and their breathing seems shallow or they aren’t breathing at all, rub your knuckles over their chest bone, hard. If they do not respond, call 911.
  2. Perform rescue breathing. Tilt the unconscious person’s head, lift their chin up, and hold their nose completely shut. Then breath quickly into their mouth twice, and then once more, more slowly, each five seconds after.
  3. Administer Naloxone.

Naloxone

Naloxone is an over-the-counter drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioids. For anyone who regularly abuses opioids, it is vital that someone who is often near them has and knows how to administer Naloxone. This can prevent death in case of an overdose.

Naloxone is available both as an injection and a nasal spray. The person most likely to administer the drug should choose the method that they are most comfortable with, and review instructions often. This way, they are less likely to panic in case of an actual overdose emergency.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services Near Arvada, CO

You aren’t alone in your addiction, and you certainly aren’t alone in seeking out help. The best way to kick your addiction is to get structured, professional help from a true treatment facility.

Inpatient recovery is what most people think of when they think of drug rehab. A treatment program is considered inpatient if the recovering addict goes to the facility to live there for some time as they learn to live and function without drugs or alcohol.

Inpatient treatment is cited as the most effective form of addiction recovery. This means that those who complete an inpatient addiction treatment program are least likely to relapse in the future.

Despite that, inpatient treatment isn’t for everyone. Before deciding whether or not inpatient treatment is the path for you, consider the pros and cons.

Some people choose not to proceed with inpatient addiction treatment because:

  • It is expensive. Because the patient lives within the facility, the cost of inpatient treatment can be relatively high. However, this price is all-inclusive.
  • It is time-consuming. For individuals who regularly work or are in school, inpatient treatment can be difficult. Most facilities do not allow patients to leave until they’ve completed the program. Because of this, many recovering addicts decide they cannot afford to cease their working or schooling to stay in a rehab facility.

Alternatively, there are many benefits of inpatient rehab. People choose inpatient rehab because:

  • It allows for more medical intervention. Detox, withdrawal, and recovery are rarely pleasant. Most inpatient facilities are equipped to make these processes as simple and painless as possible for patients, all under the supervision of doctors and under professionals.
  • It provides structure. Because a patient moves into the facility for a time, their schedule is entirely dependent on the rehab providers. Most inpatient addiction facilities provide a full schedule of activities and therapy to keep patients busy. Additionally, there is much closer supervision and a much lower possibility of finding drugs or alcohol within the facility.
  • It removes patients from their contexts. For many people, stresses and situations at home either cause them or encourage them to drink or use drugs. Often, being removed from such situations during recovery while learning healthy coping strategies is the only way to overcome the influence of these other people.

Outpatient treatment is significantly less structured than inpatient treatment. For outpatient addiction treatment, the patient continues to live at their own home, but attends regular therapy sessions and other treatment activities.

Like inpatient treatment, many people find success with this course of action. It’s important to remember that there are pros and cons to both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment. For example, many decide against an outpatient program because:

  • There is less structure. For those trying to break a particularly strong addiction, structure can be key. For many, the fact that outpatient treatment doesn’t provide that is a dealbreaker. These people instead opt in to inpatient care, where they are supervised and scheduled 24 hours a day.
  • It’s easy to miss out. When you don’t live within the same facility where you receive treatment, it’s all the more likely you won’t end up receiving the treatment for one reason or another. Whether it’s a flat tire or one too many times hitting the snooze button, the world is rife with excuses for not showing up. And the less you stick to your treatment schedule, the more likely you are to relapse.

However, for many people outpatient treatment is just the thing. This could be because:

  • It allows you to stay within your support system. With outpatient treatment, the patient returns home to their friends and family each day. For those with particularly supportive loved ones, this can be a great way to remind the recovering addict why they’re fighting for recovery and how many people are cheering them on.
  • It’s less time consuming. If you’re enrolled in an outpatient addiction recovery program, you can continue to attend school or work. This freedom is optimal for many who want to continue working towards a degree or their paycheck.
  • It costs less. Because outpatients don’t pay for all of their living fees, outpatient care is usually significantly cheaper. While insurance usually covers some form of treatment, cheaper recovery options may be ideal for those with certain plans or no insurance at all.

How AspenRidge Recovery Could Help You With Addiction or Alcoholism

AspenRidge Recovery is an inpatient addiction treatment center located right outside of Denver, Colorado. Just a short drive from Arvada, it’s in a prime location for those from Arvada looking for an addiction recovery center.

Those participating in AspenRidge Recovery’s treatment program come from all walks of lives and all addictions. As long as someone is at least 18 years old and interested in getting clean from an addiction to alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, meth, marijuana, spice, hallucinogens, or prescription drugs, they are a prime candidate for the program. AspenRidge also focuses on dealing with co-occuring disorders like other addictions or mental illnesses.

The program itself, like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, is strongly based on a 12-step program. Sessions based on the 12 steps are nestled between hiking trips, movie nights, and other activities and therapies. Best of all, AspenRidge Recovery offers an equine therapy program, where therapy horses are brought into the recovery process.

If you’ve decided that inpatient treatment is right for you or your loved one, consider AspenRidge Recovery to fulfill that need.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Colorado

Still not sure if you’re really addicted? Try taking our addiction quizzes or talking to our addiction specialists to find out. Then, if you find out that you are addicted, make sure you’re truly committed to getting help.

As Donovan Stole says on Facebook of AspenRidge Recovery, “Aspen Ridge Recovery is an excellent place to find long lasting recovery if you want it. But that's the catch. As with any solid recovery program, to stay on the straight and narrow, you have to really want it. You have to need it like oxygen. And Aspen Ridge has helped me find that need. I have my life to show for it.”

AspenRidge has helped many people, and it could help you, too. If you think AspenRidge may be a good fit for you, call 877-736-9729 and find out more. You deserve a rehab program that wants you sober as much as you want to be sober, and you’ll find that in AspenRidge.

AspenRidge offers people the tools to live successful and sober lives while utilizing the latest evidence-based therapeutic methods in a safe, accountable community setting.

“Aspen Ridge Recovery is an incredible place to garner the tools and experience to achieve and maintain sobriety. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and genuinely want to help you achieve in life. I can honestly say that Aspen Ridge helped me to regain my life, and I am forever indebted to them.” - Jake Hyde, via Facebook

We care. We know that you can take control of your life and your addiction. Getting help doesn’t make you weak; to the contrary, it’s one of the strongest things you can do. We want to provide the help you need to get your life back on track. Contact us today.

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