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Loveland, located near Fort Collins, is home of the Valentine Re-Mailing Program, which began in 1947 by Ted Thompson and Elmer Ivers, after receiving about 30 valentines from people requesting to have the cards postmarked from Loveland for a "romantic extra touch." This tradition continues to this day and the program rem-mails more than 160,000 cards from the US and other countries.
Despite the beauty surrounding and located in Loveland and it's proximity to Fort Collins, the city faces its own set of challenges when it comes to substance abuse including opioid abuse and recreational marijuana use.
Binge drinking can be defined as consuming 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women in two hours. Larimer County in 2016 reported that of 105 accidental deaths, 55 of those had alcohol/drugs in their systems. 49 people died of a drug overdose, with heroin and/or opiates contributing to over 90% of deaths.
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 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.
Here are the levels of care that Sandstone Care offers in the Loveland area:
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.
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 holistic day treatment program is a highly structured level of care that offers a robust 35 hours of weekly programming for young adults ages 18-30, and teens ages 13-17. Through the use of a variety of therapeutic methods, they are able to stabilize, begin to understand their addiction and mental health struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help teens and young adults become more like the person they want to be, without using substances to get there.
The goal of our comprehensive IOP program is to help young adults ages 18-30 address substance use and addiction along with any underlying co-occurring mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. This program also have a strong focus on developing good social, academic, and vocational habits, and incorporates family therapy into the program.
Our after school program for teens ensures that clients will not fall behind academically but still need intervention for mental health and substance use issues. Our program has 16 hours per week of programming that includes individual, group, and family therapy, along with psychiatric consultation and assessment.
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.
Sandstone Care's sober living homes are a place where young adults can find support, structure, and community early on in the recovery process. These homes are staffed 24/7 with trained addiction professionals who support the clients in the house by helping them to develop a sustainable, balanced, and independent lifestyle. Clients living in our sober living homes must be participating in one of our levels of care.
Many substance abuse and mental health treatment providers in Loveland and the surrounding areas accept insurance, and may be in network with your plan. 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.
The Boulder office, located an 45 minutes south of Loveland, serves teens and young adults who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse. This center is where our Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and After School Intensive Outpatient programs take place, as well as our clinical assessments and parent support groups.
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.
Loveland Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting List
Loveland Narcotics Anonymous Meeting List
Off the Wall Area of Narcotics Anonymous List
Buddhist Recovery Network
Colorado Refuge Recovery Meeting List
Refuge Recovery Online Meetings
SMART Recovery Meeting List
SMART Recovery Online Meetings
Sandstone Care Parent Support Group