Heroin Treatment in Colorado

Created On Tuesday, 28, February 2012
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Soon after someone stops using heroin, they will start going through the withdrawal phase. Going to a heroin detox facility in Colorado is a way to ensure the safety of the recovery during this stage. Even though heroin withdrawal is not deadly, it can still be very mentally and physically demanding for someone to get through. For example, heroin withdrawal symptoms include sweats, agitation, rapid heart rate, etc. The employees working at Colorado heroin detox centers have the training necessary to take care of a recovering addict during this trying time.

Additionally, if someone wants to be cared for by medical personnel, they can go to a heroin medical detoxification center in Colorado. For example, if someone has insomnia, they could be given appropriate medication so the recovering addict can get some rest before it creates other complications. For someone having trouble with their withdrawal, being in a heroin detox or medical detox could be vital. Besides the medical support, a big advantage is that being in a professional setting can keep the person from relapsing when the cravings come about. The next step after detox is to go through a Colorado heroin rehabilitation program.

The importance of completing a Colorado heroin rehab program cannot be overstated. This kind of program helps a person identify and handles the behaviors and issues related to their addiction. The primary step in heroin rehabilitation is counseling like individual therapy or group counseling. Colorado has many kinds of heroin rehabilitation centers. Before searching for a rehab center, it is helpful to figure out precisely what the recovering addict needs.

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Different Types of Heroin Treatments in Colorado

Here is an overview of the kind of heroin rehab centers available in Colorado.

  • Heroin treatments include residential and outpatient programs. Residential treatments offer a stable and drug-free environment where someone can focus solely on their recovery. Outpatient treatments, however, offer the person the opportunity to also attend to their responsibilities (work, family, etc.) while recovering.
  • Some heroin treatment programs will offer aftercare support and relapse prevention to help the person once they finish the program.
  • People looking for a more spiritual and religious approach to treatment can attend a faith-based heroin treatment.
  • If someone needs to attend a heroin treatment while pregnant, some centers will have specific services to help a pregnant woman.
  • If a teenager needs help with heroin addiction, some rehab centers provide specific treatments and services to help adolescents specifically.
  • Some heroin rehabilitation centers also have the necessary staff to support those affected by HIV/AIDS.

There are also many other options available. If you are having trouble figuring out which type of Colorado heroin rehabilitation would be best, our referral specialists are available 24/7.

Heroin Laws in Colorado

Below is information on the heroin laws in Colorado. It should not be taken as legal advice. If you or someone you know is facing heroin-related charges, contact an attorney to get help. Attending a Colorado heroin rehabilitation facility could help reduce the sentence associated with some charges. Legal problems are not the only problems related to heroin abuse, so completing a heroin treatment could also prevent further problems.

Heroin use in Colorado is a Level 2 Misdemeanor punishable by 3 months to 1 year with a fine between $250 and $1,000. If charged with heroin possession, it is a Level 4 Drug Felony punishable by 6 months to 1 year and a fine between $1,000 to $500,000.

Heroin sale, distribution, and manufacturing is Drug Felony that is classified based on the quantity of heroin involved.

Quantity Offense Incarceration Fine
Less than 14 grams of heroin Level 3 Drug Felony 2 to 4 years Up to $500,000 ($2,000 minimum)
14-225 grams of heroin Level 2 Drug Felony 4 to 8 years Up to $750,000 ($3,000 minimum)
Over 225 grams of heroin Level 1 Drug Felony 8 to 32 years Up to $1,000,000 ($5,000 minimum)

If heroin is transferred to a minor or within 1,000 feet of any school or public housing development, no matter the quantity of heroin involved, the charge is a Level 1 Drug Felony.

Colorado Heroin Abuse and Addiction Statistics

  • In 2018-2019, 17,000 people in Colorado used heroin in the past year. 82% of them were 26 years old or older, and only around 3,000 of them were aged 18 to 25 years old.
  • In 2017, 7,610 people attended a publicly funded drug rehab treatment in Colorado with heroin as their primary drug of choice. This represents around 45% of the number of people using heroin mentioned above.
  • In 2020, 226 people died from a heroin overdose in Colorado.

Below, you will find a list of medical detox for heroin addiction in Colorado. The list may be incomplete so if you have a hard time finding the proper service, call one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Medical Detoxification Centers in Colorado


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.