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Speaking at an Opioid and Drug Summit

By Treatment

This month I had the privilege of speaking at the Mississippi Opioid and Drug Summit in Madison, MS.  I had never been to Mississippi nor had I ever gotten the opportunity to speak in such a format, so I really didn’t know what to expect.  What kind of crowd does a “Opioid and Drug Summit” draw in Mississippi, who shows up to this kind of thing and what brings them in the door?  Upon arriving to the Baptist church that the summit was being held in, I discovered that there was indeed a vast array of attendees; from government officials, to the medical community, treatment providers and a slew of weary parents and loved ones looking for some direction.

What struck me most by the diversity in the summit’s attendees, was that it actually served as an accurate sample of whom this epidemic is touching, nation-wide.  I cannot think of a single faction that remains unaffected, nor can I successfully imagine a branch of government that has not been directly impacted by this epidemic.

There has been much talk about the CDC statistics, and the mortality rate associated with the opioid epidemic, methods of treatment and the de-stigmatization of the problem itself.  These are all incredibly valuable conversations to have and we should continue to expound on each of them; yet as I reflect on my time in Mississippi I am compelled to spend a little time talking about the reach of this issue.

When I was growing up, the picture I held in my mind of a “drug addict”, was a homeless man panhandling for change to finance his next fix, or the celebrity that was making headlines in their sensationalized fall from grace.  And it wasn’t until I myself, descended into active addiction that these stereotypes were so ironically dismantled.  It is hard to say if this was an actual shift in our culture, or if it was a cruel joke as I became the thing that I swore I would never become.

I sustained a serious injury in 2008, that subsequently swept me up in the flood of Oxycontin that our country was drowning under at the time.  This was like kerosene on an already steady flame for me, considering my genetic and personality predispositions to drug abuse and dependency; and I spent the next several years grappling with a force I was not prepared to face.

It was not until I found recovery for myself that I began to understand that I was part of a problem much larger than my own.  Over the years my viewpoint has shifted from micro to macro as it relates to this issue, and naturally, I have shifted from focusing on personal experiences to asking myself how I can show up for those that were still sick.

In my personal and professional life, I have had the opportunity to reach hundreds of addicts that were either new to or have not yet found recovery.  And as a result of this, I am no stranger to the scope of impact that this issue has had on our country.  But while I was at the Mississippi Opioid and Drug Summit, I guess I was put on my heels a little bit; mostly in seeing the parents and loved ones taking notes in the seminars and hanging on to every word, desperately seeking answers on behalf of their loved one that brought them to a gathering such as this.

It’s easy as a treatment professional, to get caught up in treatment methodology, staff relations, billing and business development.  It’s easy to just show up for another day of “work” and to insulate yourself from the gravity of what it is we are actually doing.  I am grateful for these moments of clarity, and to have been given the opportunity to speak at the Opioid and Drug Summit; to again, reach out and touch the painful reality of what we are facing as a country has afforded me a renewed invigoration as we band together and show up another day, for one person at a time.

One life at a time, one day at a time.

As always, if you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or mental health related issues, please don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 509-3153. We are here, ‘round the clock, and happy to take your call.

I wish you peace and clarity,


Boulder and Larimer County Mental Health and Drug Rehab Speaking at an Opioid and Drug Summit Photo

About the Author

Taylor Gibler brings a diverse skill set to Redpoint Center’s team, hailing from a background in the non-profit sector, marketing/brand development, and in behavioral health intervention. Taylor’s professional pursuits were born out of a sincere desire to help marginalized groups and at-risk populations. In his early 20s, Taylor joined a Honolulu based non-profit, that used surfing as a way bring a positive force into difficult situations. Taylor has been apprenticing under one of the most highly sought-after interventionists in the country and has been formally trained and certified in multiple modalities of intervention; maintaining and growing in his ability to help guide people to a path to recovery.

Longmont Drug Rehab Addiction Recovery Help

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]










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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.

The Redpoint Center was created with a vision. A vision to help those struggling with substance use disorder to find long term recovery. I believe that each person caught in this epidemic deserves access to high quality, trauma informed, recovery oriented care. The days of being stigmatized need to come to an end and this country can stand up and proclaim that each person is valuable and should be given the opportunity to recover.

We are a handpicked team of dedicated individuals who have never hesitated to pick up the phone in the middle of the night for someone who is struggling. A group of people who have demonstrated the highest level of ethical compass and endeavor each day to help each person who walks through our doors.

The Redpoint Center is an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility that seeks to empower its clients to live meaningful lives of Community, Purpose, Recovery. Our team of licensed professionals understands the complex challenges associated with starting anew, and collectively provide a diverse set of tools to safely navigate those challenges.

Our goal is to foster healing through the cultivation of practical recovery skills, the addressing and healing of past-trauma, and by building a strong community around each of our clients.

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.


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About Longmont’s New Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Center

By Treatment

The Redpoint Center is a drug rehabilitation center located in Longmont, Colorado. During the center’s inception phase, it was universally agreed upon that our therapeutic services should be accessible to anyone that was willing to show up and engage in the work. Many treatment centers that offer high-caliber clinical programming are far removed from the reaches of society, requiring their clients jeopardize their personal and professional lives in order to receive help. We do not believe that this has to be the case. Centrally located, our treatment space offers a discrete, safe and comfortable environment for our clients to begin their recovery process without having to completely abandon their lives at home and in the workplace.

Redpoint is a climbing term that means an ascent completed by a climber, without falling or resting on the rope, after a failed attempt. It’s an accomplishment after the climber spends time learning and practicing the route, asking for help.

We invite you to call, to set up a time to tour our facilities and meet our staff.

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.