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Durango is the county seat and most populous city in La Plata County. The city has several archaeological sites including Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock national Monument, and Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site. Visitors can enjoy train trips, white water rafting on the Animas River, day trips to the San Juan National Forest.
Despite the natural beauty surrounding Durango, the residents have struggled with opioid related overdoses and deaths. In 2016, there were 13 suicides and over half of them were drug overdoses. Three of the suicides involved the potent fentanyl, a more lethal type of opioid that is used as anesthesia. Durango has had to deal with alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana addiction and use. Often the rates of addiction in these rural counties are the same as their more populated counterparts, but with fewer resources available to help its residents.
In Colorado, there were 564 opioid-involved deaths in 2018. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids continue to be problematic for drug users, as synthetic opioids are very strong and when mixed with heroin or other substances can be deadly. The opioid relation death rate is double the rate of deaths in car crashes.
For people who do not live near a residential treatment facility, it can be difficult to access high quality treatment. There are some specific things to look for as you start researching treatment centers.
The Right Program: A detailed interview and assessment process with a clinical professional. Look for an organization that assesses physical and mental health, as well as qualifications for your loved one’s specific needs. Make sure the organization you’re considering has skilled experience with the the drawbacks your loved on is facing. If the organization isn’t right for your substance abuse treatment, ask if they have referrals for a more appropriate fit.
Professional Team: Look for a licensed, experienced organization that focuses on a team-oriented approach, working together to support each client and their family. Find a team that includes individual and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, and dietitians. A highly credentialed team taking a holistic approach to care is critical to achieving successful outcomes from substance abuse and addiction treatments.
Safety: An organization that focuses on participant safety, both physical and emotional. Many people will discover through the treatment process that abstinence from all substances is the best choice for them. Through this journey, it is important to support participants in staying safe and reducing harm. Find a support system you trust to aid your substance abuse and addiction treatment.
Mental Health and Trauma Training: drug abuse and addiction generally co-occur with a mental health or trauma experience. It is important that a treatment program has the ability to treat not only substance abuse but also underlying mental health concerns and trauma. Ideally, a program would have a psychiatrist on staff, and staff trained in trauma-informed care. A good support system believes recovery and healing are two sides of the same coin, and both are necessary for long-lasting success.
An Individualized Program: an organization that tailors the experience to the individual and their unique needs. Find a team that sees you or your loved one as a person and creates a support program based on what is needed. True change from substance abuse and addiction treatment comes from authentic connection and genuine investment.
Strengths Based: An approach that focuses on what is working and nurtures those activities, patterns, and behaviors to encourage health and vibrancy.
Evidence-Based Care: an organization that draws on research and time-tested practices for the best possible outcome. Research or ask about the therapy methods they use in addition treatment.
Family Oriented: Any large life challenge always affects and is impacted by the surrounding system. Find an organization that supports and integrates the whole family. No one walks the road to recovery alone.
As you begin the process of searching for the best treatment program for yourself or a loved on, there are a lot of factors to consider. You don't need to travel out of state to get high quality treatment as there are great options locally in Colorado. Determining what level of care is necessary can be extremely overwhelming. Talking to a knowledgeable treatment and mental health professional can help assess your needs, and guide you to resources that would be best for you.
Due to the distance between Sandstone Care and Durango, we recommend our adult detox and teen residential programs where you can stay while getting treatment. With an onsite discharge planner, when you complete treatment, you will have a robust aftercare plan and referrals for local therapy.
Colorado Springs Detox Center offers a two-week program which includes vigilant medical supervision and treatment as clients complete a safe detox from drugs and alcohol. Clients are invited to participate in a comprehensive clinical programming that addresses triggers, coping skills, mental health conditions, and relapse prevention. Upon stabilization, you will transition to our inpatient program where you will receive 6 hours of addiction recovery treatment per day, plus individual therapy two times per week.
Cascade Canyon Teen Residential is a 30-60 day residential treatment program for teens ages 13-17. The program is designed specifically for teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Our Virtual IOP program lasts 8-12 weeks with 10 hours of live programming per week. Just like our in-person program, treatment takes place after work and after school, so there is less disruption from school and work. Clients and their family members are able to engage in secure and confidential telehealth sessions with our providers using a computer, tablet, or phone. We have age-specific programming for teens and young adults.
If you have questions about what would be best for you, or would like to verify your insurance, call (303) 501-5804 to speak with a Sandstone Care treatment professional.
Our Colorado Springs office, located five hours northwest of Durango, serves teens and young adults who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Our medical detox and inpatient center is located in city proper and our Teen Residential Center is a short drive up to the mountains in Cascade. Or if less intensive treatment is indicated, our online intensive outpatient program is available.
In addition to seeking out support from addiction professionals, having a network of people that will build you up as you continue your sobriety is very important. Organizations like 12 Step Programs and SMART Recovery provide meetings that build up sober individuals and help to create a supportive community.
Durango AA Meetings List
Durango Central Group AA
Animas Alano Club
Durango Narcotics Anonymous Meeting List
Buddhist Recovery Network
Colorado Refuge Recovery Meeting List
Refuge Recovery Online Meetings
SMART Recovery Online Meetings
Sandstone Care Parent Support Group