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The Redpoint Center’s Favorite Films about Addiction

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The Redpoint Center is an outpatient addiction treatment center in Boulder, Colorado. Addiction touches our staff and clients every day, and its impact can be maddening and heartbreaking.

There are many films that have portrayed addiction and alcoholism throughout the years. The value of film (and increasingly TV shows) is the ability to portray the impacts of addiction on the addict, their family, and friends. Films about addiction can bring an outsider into the world of an addict, helping them to understand in ways that they might not have ever known.

The staff at Redpoint was asked about their favorite films that portray addiction and it’s devastating and complex impact on individuals, relationships, and society. The following is a list of our favorites, and the quotes that follow are from the staff that suggested each film.

As with addiction, there is a full range of emotion presented in these films, from tragedy and hopelessness, to humor and healing.

  1. Trainspotting “Ewan McGregor’s process of change, and the language he uses, gives us one of the most lifelike portrayals of heroin addiction ever.”
  2. A Cat Named Bob “We love this film because it is a good representation of addiction and how someone got sober”
  3. Leaving Las Vegas – “The brutal truth behind the hopelessness of alcoholism.”
  4. Beautiful Boy “An amazing story from the perspective of the father of a methamphetamine addict”
  5. My Name is Bill W.  “This story about the founder of alcoholics anonymous feels like the best history of AA that you can get.”
  6. Flaked “A just portrayal of an alcoholic”
  7. Requiem for a Dream: “I think it evokes the feelings that one feels in the throes of addiction”.
  8. Spun: “A wild trip into the world of methamphetamine and an exploration of innocent intentions that warp into unspeakable consequences.”

What are the most meaningful depictions of addiction that you’ve seen portrayed in film/TV/literature?

Fly Fishing as a Component of Substance Abuse Recovery

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Despite the immense challenges of working in the addiction field, I feel so blessed to have a career which allows me to integrate my passions into the work I do. I love to expose the people I work with to fly fishing oriented activities, including actual fly fishing and fly tying as a set of self-care tools they can use in their daily lives and recovery. At The Redpoint Center, we provide outdoor-based skills to help our participants to take the leap to explore Colorado’s unmatched backyard as an element of their recovery process. From personal experience, I believe that spending time outside in one’s body is necessary in all aspects of recovery and well-being. My story below illustrates how fly fishing has been an integral part of recovery from my substance abuse and addiction, and could be a part of your recover, too.

Deep in the depths of a forested canyon, I stood on the bend of the Blue river, gazing out to where the flowing gradient flattened and the shores of the river widened. It is on this bank that I routinely feel grounded and connected to my recovered spirit. On this day, I could hear the power of the water and could see the calming riffles steady into a slow, spiraling eddy. Watching intently, my eyes caught flashes of rising cutbow trout, and slurping, emerging mayflies that were preparing to take flight from the water’s surface. It was early June and I had just walked two miles down a steep graded trail lined by red willow, pines, and bright orange algae-covered granite rocks. The birds sang a taunting song of laughter that only a true, humbled angler can really appreciate and rise to meet. The birds are the true fishermen of the canyon, but allow for the rarely skilled two legged to impress.

I opened my fly box and reached for a reliable dry fly pattern, a size 22 parachute adams. I gauged the distance to where the trout were feeding. I measured about ten feet of leader from what I was holding in my hand to the eyelet of the rod and pulled out an extra fifteen feet of fly line. I began taking cautious casts with my right hand, back and forth over my left shoulder, paying mind to the ponderosa pines to my rear and the red willows to my right. I allowed the line to release organically, dropping the fly approximately in the riffle between where the fast moving oxygenated hydrogen flowed into the eddy. There was a slow rise five feet to the right, a few moments passed and then another two feet to the left. I re-casted. I watched nervously for a moment and then I felt the line go taught in my index finger.

In an instant, I am connected to the natural world in a way I can never quite predict. The fish jumps powerfully out of the water. I see the brown, yellow, and red mosaic tattooed on the fish’s left side. It is a German brown trout. I allow the fish to make a run and as soon as I feel him begin to slow, I begin putting opposing pressure on him and reeling lended line in. He makes one more tremendous run, but I patiently pressure the brown back toward the slow water I am standing below. I approach cautiously, holding my rod high, and as gracefully as I can, slip my net under him. I gently remove the adams fly from the fish’s upper lip which is considerably worn but intact after its three minutes of submerged exposure and immediately notice the fish’s radiant beauty. I hold him up for a moment and take a mental snap shot of the browns and reds painted perfectly across the body, matching the rocks and willows on the shoreline. I gently move my thumb over a glossy blue spot just tucked behind the eye of fish as I lower him back into his aquatic abode. The fish and I share one last moment as I rock it back and forth, moving water back into its gills. The fish builds strength and returns into the run where his comrades continue to feed.

I sit down on the side of the river, feel a wave of sun on my face, and let go of a breath that I have been holding in for what feels like month. My attitude shifts to one of gratitude. I appreciate that just yesterday I was a crustacean on a barstool drinking mercilessly in spite of the world. By the river I feel at home, full of pure, un-adulterated joy. These moments on the river are what I spent tireless hours chasing while staying up late into the night pounding whisky, doing cocaine, and funneling pills into my gut.

Fly fishing has been a saving grace for my recovery in a number of ways. In my thirty years on this planet, it feels like I have participated in almost every sport or outdoor activity under the sun. However nothing has inspired and focused my mind like the visceral pursuit of connecting to the natural world via rod and reel. Fly-fishing disconnects one from technology, disrupts the monotony of a daily routine, and stimulates physical, mental, and emotional health.

In 2008, Herbert Benson MD, a professor of medicine and director of the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that one of the most critical ways to reduce stress is “breaking the train of everyday thinking.” Benson’s theory studied cortisol levels before and after activities that provoke a relaxation response. He defined the relaxation response as “a purposeful initiation of a physical state of deep rest that changes a persons physical and emotional response to stress.” Benson, an avid fly fisherman, qualified fly-fishing as a “beautiful way” of evoking the relaxation response in the parasympathetic nervous system. Over the course of eight weeks, his research study monitored cortisol levels in people engaging in fly-fishing as a relaxation response. At the end of the eight weeks, he found that over half of the sample group actually had decreased cortisol levels. Much of this study seemed obvious to me, but the implications are paramount in how we, as addicted people, continue to improve our lives and the lives of newcomers who walk in our doors at the Redpoint Center.

As a person in “long term” recovery since 2011 (I still VERY MUCH feel like a beginner), I have been fortunate enough to study addiction and recovery personally and academically. In 2017, I received my masters degree in Contemplative psychotherapy, a program that studies the disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism and western psychology. Naturally, I was exposed to a lot of meditation and have spent the last seven years of my life practicing a vippasana style of meditation. What I have learned outside of the classroom is that, although sports and hobbies are not meditation, fly fishing is still a deeply meditative experience for me and evokes Benson’s “relaxation response”. The back and forth casting motion, the attentiveness required for learning river ecology, and the deep in and out breaths required for patience and persistence can help the fisherman to access the present moment if they are willing to humble themselves to the outdoors.

There have been a number of incredible fly-fishing inspired organizations which have caught on and are using the healing methods of fly fishing, including Casting for Recovery for women with breast cancer, and Project Healing Waters who work with disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans. However the door is still wide open for an addiction and recovery sponsored fly-fishing initiative. With overdoses rising nationally each year (70,237 in 2017 according to drugabuse.gov) any and all positive efforts are needed now more than ever. For that reason, we are beginning to incorporate fly fishing at The Redpoint Center.

There is incredible symbolism in fly fishing, and I use some of these lessons with adult and adolescent clients I work with therapeutically. Many who walk into the The Redpoint Center have experienced immense tragedy and feel a sense of failure. But in fishing, as in recovery, our failures teach us just as much as our successes. We try to help our clients see that if they accept some simple instructions and remain teachable they can hook into a new life pretty quickly.

The Redpoint Center not only does a remarkable job of supporting its clients to regularly get outside, but invites both staff and participants to bring all of themselves, the good, the bad, and the awkward. Please come work with our team and call our admissions line for questions regarding the services we offer.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, Mental Health problems, The Redpoint Center is here to help. The Redpoint Center treats both adults and youth struggling with addiction and alcohol. To learn more about our Longmont Drug Rehab, call 888-509-3153.

Do I have a Drinking Problem?

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At The Redpoint Center, one of the most common addictions we treat is Alcohol Use Disorder. The main reason for this is the high prevalence and societal acceptance of alcohol use in our country.

In 2016, the United States National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that of Americans over the age of 12:

  • 7 million reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • 3 million reported binge drinking (defined as drinking 4 or more drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days for women, and 5 or more for men).
  • 3 million reported heavy drinking (defined as binge drinking on five or more days in the past 30 days).

These statistics illustrate the societal acceptance and prevalence of alcohol use in our country, but what they don’t tell us is how many of these individuals have a problem with drinking. Most of us are familiar with the term alcoholism as a description of an addiction to alcohol. The term alcoholism is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine as follows:

Alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.

The term alcoholism, however, has recently been replaced by the term Alcohol Use Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V). In the DSM-V, Alcohol Use Disorder can be further separated into mild, moderate or severe categories depending on the number of listed criteria that a person endorses.

The list that follows includes the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder in the DSM-V. These are the symptoms that doctor look for when determining whether someone has a drinking problem, or Alcohol Use Disorder.

Read through the following explanations and count the number of statements that apply to your (or your loved ones) drinking habits over the past 12 months. This list applies to both adolescents and adults. The endorsement of two or more of the following criteria indicates a problematic pattern of alcohol use.

  • Often drinking larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended.
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol use.
  • Spending a great deal of time in activities necessary to obtain, use, or recover from the effects of alcohol.
  • Craving alcohol or a strong desire or urge to drink alcohol.
  • Recurrent use of alcohol results in a failure to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home.
  • Continuing to use alcohol despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol.
  • Giving up or reducing important social, occupational or recreational activities because of alcohol use.
  • Recurrent use of alcohol in situations where it is physically hazardous to do so.
  • Continuing to use alcohol despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by alcohol use.
  • Tolerance to alcohol, which is the phenomenon of needing to use increasing amounts of alcohol to get the desired effect.
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms that occur when alcohol consumption is stopped.

If you endorsed, or can relate to, 2 or more of the above statements, you might have an Alcohol Use Disorder. Severity of Alcohol Use Disorder is measured in terms of the number of items endorsed.

Yes to 2 or 3 items: Mild Alcohol Use Disorder

Yes to 4 or 5 items: Moderate Alcohol Use Disorder

Yes to 6 or more items: Severe Alcohol Use Disorder

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, Mental Health problems, The Redpoint Center is here to help. The Redpoint Center treats both adults and youth struggling with addiction and alcohol. To learn more about our Longmont Drug Rehab, call 888-509-3153.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

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Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

At the Redpoint Center, Alcohol Use Disorder is the most common type of substance abuse disorder that we treat. For this reason, our staff is familiar with the signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and know when to refer clients to see our medical director or to a higher level of care.

Many people with Alcohol Use Disorder do not manifest symptoms of alcohol withdrawal when they stop drinking. In fact, it is estimated that only around half of people with alcohol use disorder experience withdrawal when they stop consuming alcohol.

Some predictors of alcohol withdrawal are as follows:

  • How often a person drinks
  • How frequently a person drinks
  • The presence of alcohol related medical problems
  • The severity of the dependence on alcohol
  • A history of alcohol withdrawal in the past
  • A history of alcohol withdrawal seizures or delirium tremens

Like most medical conditions, the severity of alcohol withdrawal varies between individuals and depending on the above variables. In most cases, alcohol withdrawal is mild, but 20% of individuals undergoing alcohol withdrawal experience severe symptoms such as seizures, hallucinations or delirium tremens.

In most cases, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal begin within 6 to 24 hours of the cessation of drinking or a sudden reduction in the amount of alcohol consumption.

Mild alcohol withdrawal is the most frequently seen type of alcohol withdrawal. Common symptoms include the following:

  • Anxiety, agitation and/or restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Tremor (the shakes)
  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Craving more alcohol

Alcohol hallucinosis is a more severe type of alcohol withdrawal that typically occurs between 12 and 24 hours after the cessation of alcohol consumption or a sudden decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed. The risk for alcohol hallucinosis may be partly determined by genetics and /or a decrease in thiamine absorption.

Alcohol hallucinosis typically involves visual hallucinations, often involving insects or animals, but auditory or tactile hallucinations (feeling something crawling on your skin) can occur as well. These hallucinations typically resolve within 24 to 48 hours.

Alcohol withdrawal seizures are a worrisome type of alcohol withdrawal, and occur in 10-30% of individuals in alcohol withdrawal. The seizures are typically tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal) and occur in clusters of 2 or 3.

Alcohol withdrawal seizures can occur between 6 and 48 hours of the cessation of alcohol consumption or a sudden decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed. Personal history of an alcohol withdrawal seizure greatly increases the likelihood of recurrence in subsequent episodes of alcohol withdrawal.

Delirium Tremens, or DT’s, is the most severe type of alcohol withdrawal and can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner. Delirium Tremens typically doesn’t occur until 72 to 96 hours after the cessation of drinking or a significant decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed. Signs and symptoms of Delirium Tremens are as follows:

  • The rapid onset of fluctuating cognition and attention in the face of alcohol withdrawal
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drenching sweats
  • Increased blood pressure

As noted above, Delirium Tremens can be fatal. In fact, the fatality rate has historically been as high as 20%, but with appropriate medical treatment can be as low as 1-4%.

Any sign of alcohol withdrawal is very concerning and requires immediate medical attention. Proper evaluation by a medical professional can determine the appropriate type of care needed, which may range from home management to formal alcohol detox or hospitalization.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, Mental Health problems, The Redpoint Center is here to help. The Redpoint Center treats both adults and youth struggling with addiction and alcohol. To learn more about our Longmont Drug Rehab, call 888-509-3153.

Thinking About Rehab

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If you have started thinking about going to addiction treatment or alcohol treatment, you have begun a journey that is often very difficult, and you will likely waver back and forth. We know that taking this step is the start of a wonderful new life and only those who are brave and committed will see it through. Below are some tips from those who have considered this step in their life.

When thinking about drug rehab or alcohol rehab it is important to first understand what the options are that exist. Below is the basic continuum of care provided for substance abuse treatment, if you or someone you know is thinking about rehab, the first step is to speak to someone who can assess you for which level of care is the best fit (note, there does exist other types of treatment, but below are the ASAM levels of care):

  • Detoxification, otherwise known as detox:
    • Detox is usually a 3-7 day medical process that can be done in a hospital setting or in a house setting.
    • Detox is always overseen by a licensed medical doctor and registered nurses.
    • Detox is designed to help someone become physically free and clear of the drugs and/or alcohol.
    • Detox generally will have some type of group therapy and case management designed to help figure out next steps and aftercare.
  • RTC or Primary Residential Treatment:
    • RTC is the general type of rehab we think of when we think of treatment.
    • RTC usually lasts between 30 and 90 days.
    • Generally RTC has a medical provider onsite and includes group and individual therapy.
    • RTC is designed to continue stabilizing, educating and preparing the person for aftercare.
    • RTC can include many holistic therapies such as equine, yoga, nutrition, etc.
    • Although the majority of Americans believe that RTC is the main type of treatment, there is no evidence anywhere that 30 days of treatment can fix or solve what for most people is a multi-year, sometimes multi-decade condition.
  • PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) or Day Treatment:
    • PHP Is generally the next stepdown level from RTC and it includes a person living at home and attending 5 days per week, 5 hours per day or outpatient treatment.
    • PHP includes medical services, case management, group therapy and individual addiction therapy.
    • This can be done for those that cannot leave their job or home for 30-90 days.
    • This also can be done as a stepdown for those coming from RTC and re-integrating.
    • PHP Generally last 2-4 weeks.
  • IOP (Intensive Outpatient):
    • IOP consists of 3 days per week for 3 hours per day.
    • This level of care can be completed for most without having to sacrifice their jobs or families.
    • IOP generally can be found both mornings and evenings.
    • IOP can be completed at a rate of 5 days per week in certain situations.
    • IOP generally includes individual therapy, group therapy, case management and urine drug testing.
    • IOP generally lasts a minimum of 90 days.
    • IOP generally does not include medical or nursing services.
  • OP (Outpatient):
    • Outpatient care can be anything that is less than 9 hours (IOP) level of care.
    • OP generally consists of 1-2 group therapy sessions, ongoing urine drug testing, case management and individual therapy.

At The Redpoint Center, located in Longmont Colorado, we believe that people come to us needing specific treatment planning and services for their lives. Although we offer “PHP” and “IOP” levels of care, we believe that we are much more than an IOP. During treatment with us each participant will receive the above outlined PHP/IOP services as well as individualized nutrition, fitness, recovery coaching, family and medical services. We believe that as each person comes with unique needs, creating a compelling vision for each person’s future begins with individualized, high quality, recovery-oriented services.
If you or someone you know is thinking about rehab in Colorado or drug rehab near me, or anywhere in the country, call us at (888) 509-3153 to speak with a highly trained admissions coordinator. If our services don’t fit, we will personally help you find resources that do.

Jen’s Addiction
and Recovery Story

By | addiction

I was a sophomore in college when I started to question whether or not I was an addict and alcoholic. Sure, I partied like any college kid but my grades, passion for life, and time in-between drinks seemed to decrease each week. I had been using substances excessively since I found them in high school, but I always feared that I might be enjoying them too much. I wondered if my peers longed for oblivion and blackouts the way I did; I wondered if my relationship to these drugs was “normal” or if it was something else, something darker. It wasn’t till years later when I sobered up, that I realized my relationship to drugs and alcohol was anything but normal.

 

Drinking to Black Out

I remember freshman year in high school I was at a party with my lacrosse team. I loved lacrosse, it was my life back then. Being the team captain, I was proud of both my performance on the field and my ability to lead my team. I felt worthy, almost important even if just for a fleeting second. Despite several responsibilities (including an important youth group event for which I was in charge of) I couldn’t help getting blackout drunk. I smoked weed in front of my teammates and then made out with a random guy from the party. When the cops arrived to bust up the party my teammates had to come find me upstairs hooking up with a stranger. The next morning, I had to get up early for the youth group event, my grandmother picked me up to drive me and she kept asking if I was okay. I was still drunk, and I proceeded to lie on the floor on my back throughout most of the youth group event. I could tell everyone was concerned and disappointed, but it never occurred to me that maybe I had a problem.

 

When Kids Don’t Grow Out of It

Fast forward to college. I had decided to stop playing D3 lacrosse after I tore my ACL for the second time. I went back home to study at my local university. I said I would join the club lacrosse team at the new school but when I found out that their training schedule was just as rigorous as the D3 team, I bailed for a five-mountain pass and a two-day class week. By junior year life began to blur. I was drinking till puking at least three times a week and smoking weed every day. I had a raging eating disorder and puked up anything I was forced to eat by those watching. Bulimia, cocaine, weed, and booze were my closest friends. I mostly kept to myself and only hung out with the neighbors next door who partied like I did.

As I was walking back from smoking all day with my neighbors who also happen to be my dealer, I passed an open window. I overheard them talking about me. They were talking about how concerned they were for me and how scary skinny I had gotten. You know it’s bad when even your dealer thinks you look bad.

 

Spiritually Broken

That summer my boyfriend (a guy I barely knew) found me on the bathroom floor and took me to the ER. I woke up the next day, clipped the hospital bracelet off and smoked a bowl. Then I called my aunt and told her I needed help. She quickly came up to Boulder, where I was living and offered help. We even did that cheesy scene of flushing all my drugs down the toilet.

Here’s the thing. I had what some people call, a “high bottom”. My best friend who I got sober with will tell you that. I still had my car, my family, fairly good grades at school, food to eat (on not eat) and a home to live in. I’d never been evicted, I only drove drunk once and I’d never sold my stuff for drugs. That’s not to say I didn’t abuse financial privileges. I asked for help not because I didn’t have anywhere to go, I asked for help because everything hurt, because I was so spiritually broken I didn’t want to go on. At 22 years old, I was exhausted. I was tired of running from myself. Tired of hiding and lying. Tired of being the shadow of the person I once was. I asked for help because I knew I was done.

 

Treatment in Colorado and Recovery

I consider myself lucky to have gotten sober in Boulder County, Colorado; there is an amazing community of people here.  People that walked with me and eventually became lifelong friends.  Don’t get me wrong, getting clean and sober was no cake walk. I messed up a lot and I cried what felt like an endless supply of tears. I was angry and scared all the time, but I did what I was told. I followed direction and I listened. For the first time in a long time, I closed my mouth and opened my heart. The amazing thing was there were so many people who surrounded and supported me. I wasn’t alone anymore. As painful as it was, I didn’t have to walk this walk alone and that made all the difference.

 

Do YOU have a problem?

I can’t answer the question for you because I don’t know. Only you can answer if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Only you can decide if you have a problem. There are a ton of surveys on the internet, each suggesting their own algorithm of questions to supposedly help out. Most likely if you willing to take a survey on whether or not you have a problem then you might want to seek out a professional to help you answer that question.

 

It Takes Courage to Seek Help

If anything I’ve said resonates with you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by our office. Our commitment to you is to offer help in any way that is appropriate; whether that is exploring your options here, elsewhere or to just be a confidential, listening ear. Located in Longmont, CO we offer out-patient and day treatment services for both youth and adults. Many of us have travelled this road ourselves and together we can break the silence and shame of addiction.

There is always hope,

-Jen

About the Author

Jen Gardner has over 10+ years of experience in the behavioral health field and extensive experience with substance abuse disorder and other co-occurring mental health disorders. She has served as a case manager, family advocate and admissions director as well as marketing director for several local Colorado treatment programs. She believes compassion, patience and transparency is key when helping families and patients find the right treatment program. She understands the difficulties of attaining recovery at a young age and is an advocate for treatment options for young adult populations. When not working, Jen enjoys family hikes and adventure travel with her husband and two little girls.

Longmont Drug Rehab

By | addiction, Therapy, Treatment

If you are seeking help for a loved one in Longmont, CO we know how challenging it can be to find the right drug rehab for yourself or your loved one. At The Redpoint Center, we compassionately employ holistic drug treatment methods and an entirely comprehensive approach in treating each individual in our program.

We know that the decision can be difficult and that searching the internet for the right program can sometimes make it more confusing. In light of this, allow us to clarify some things as this is no longer an issue that we can ignore.

The research tells us that only 1 in 10 Americans with a drug addiction will receive treatment.[1] Furthermore, we know that addiction to all drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, prescription medications, marijuana, benzodiazepines, and many others are on the rise in Longmont Colorado. [2]

In response to these growing numbers, Boulder County has created the Boulder County Opioid Advisory Committee to specifically address these issues in our county. [3] Included in the Opioid Advisory Committee is public education, drug abuse prevention, opening access to addiction treatment and mobilizing the county’s resources. Noted in the Opioid Advisory Committee, Longmont, CO has the highest rate of Prescription Opioid related deaths. [4]

In response to this issue that is plaguing our community, The Redpoint Center was founded.  Our founder, Cody Gardner was born in Longmont and is raising his family in Boulder County, and felt it necessary to give this community a valuable resource for those struggling.

At the Redpoint Center we believe that early detection, intervention and comprehensive addiction treatment are all part of solving the problem of addiction in Colorado. At our Drug Rehab, we will use a client-centered, evidence-based approach where each participant will be comprehensively assessed to determine the proper level of care. Following assessment each participant will create an individualized treatment plan specific to their needs. This treatment plan will identify trauma, therapeutic goals, medication management, practical recovery skills and many other therapeutic tools to help each person to find lasting recovery.

If someone you know is abusing drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications and are seeking drug rehab in Longmont or Boulder County, we encourage you to call our admissions line today to speak with someone who can help. If you are unsure of what the signs of addiction are, we have placed a list below. We are here to help.

The signs of drug use and addiction can vary depending on the person and the drug, but some common signs are:

  • impaired speech and motor coordination
  • bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual
  • changes in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • changes in mood or disinterest in engaging in relationships or activities

If a person is compulsively seeking and using a drug(s) despite negative consequences, such as loss of job, debt, family problems, or physical problems brought on by drug use, then he or she is probably addicted. And while people who are addicted may believe they can stop any time, most often they cannot and need professional help to quit. Support from friends and family can be critical in getting people into treatment and helping them to stay drug-free following treatment. [5]

 

 

 


 

[1] https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/executive-summary

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/organization/workgroups-interest-groups-consortia/community-epidemiology-work-group-cewg/meeting-reports/highlights-summaries-january-2014-4

[3] https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/addiction/opioid-advisory-group/

[4] https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/opioid-advisory-background.pdf

[5] https://www.drugabuse.gov/faqs

Our Team for Drug Addiction Recovery

By | addiction, Mental Health, Therapy, Treatment

Our team at The Redpoint Center is diverse in practice and unified in purpose.

Because each of our clients is unique and will respond to their treatment as such, the team at The Redpoint Center offers multidisciplinary therapeutic interventions, each designed to meet and to heal individuals in a way that yields lasting change.

If you have questions about The Redpoint Center’s program or would like to speak with an Admissions Coordinator, please don’t hesitate to call (888) 509-3153.

 

MEET THE TEAM