a woman asks a therapist what is dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

What is dual diagnosis treatment? It is a form of treatment in which a therapist identifies and treats a co-occurring addiction and mental disorder. Individuals with multiple disorders require an integrated form of care that addresses both conditions at the same time. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 40 percent of…

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What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

What is the medication-assisted treatment? The answer is fairly simple. This term refers to the use of medication to treat drug or alcohol addiction. When combined with a treatment program that includes detox, rehab, and aftercare, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is effective in sustaining long-term recovery from substance abuse.  An addiction treatment center in Colorado offers a wide…

The End of Cookie Cutters: Truly Individualized Opioid Recovery

At CMAR, Colorado’s first recovery-oriented and clinically driven opioid recovery program, we work with our patients to identify the most appropriate course for them, while still ensuring that they receive all of the clinical care and social support necessary for recovery. Medication-assisted treatment, pure harm-reduction, and abstinence-based care are the three primary “umbrellas” of treatment…

The Importance of On-Site and Remote Opioid Treatment

Recovery from opioid dependence is a difficult, but life-saving endeavor. The process can involve many ups and downs and demands a lifelong commitment to change in order to avoid relapse.  But the good news is that it can be done, through integrated-care including medications, clinical treatment, accountability, and peer-support. The only problem is that with…

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The Current Opioid Crisis: What You Need to Know

The opioid crisis has reached new heights in the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 128 people die per day as a result of overdosing on opioids. Opioid addiction treatment centers in Colorado continue to see more patients as addiction rates soar.  Opioid use disorder (OUD) includes addictions to prescription pain medication, fentanyl, heroin,…

Stigma in Outpatient Rehab: Why Opioid-Dependent People Need Their Own Program

Opiate addiction is a unique disorder, that requires specialized care. Among other things, this means that opioid-dependent individuals need an outpatient treatment program just for them, tailored to their needs alone. This may sound ridiculous because chemical-addiction is chemical-addiction, but there’s more to it than that.  Just because nearly every treatment program treats all addictions,…

Structured & Accountable Care at CMAR

One of the biggest challenges we face in combating the opioid epidemic…is the fractured state of opioid treatment services.   Getting clean from opioid addiction can be complicated.   To fully recover, one must see a doctor for assessments, a pharmacy for treatment medications, a therapist for counseling, and (hopefully) find friends/mentors for guidance and…

Integrated Opioid Addiction Treatment

  “Integrated care” is the combination of multiple services to treat a single condition.   It closes gaps in treatment that would (and do) lead to incomplete and unsuccessful treatment.   Integrated and collaborative treatment leads to better outcomes in all sectors of healthcare.   Yet with opioid dependence, despite being a leading cause of…

Systematic Approach to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid recovery has evolved, with medications like Suboxone empowering people to stop recreational opioid use while avoiding significant withdrawal…Saving countless lives.   Yet for the majority of people, these medications are provided without additional support…   Unfortunately, that’s just not enough…nearly everyone with opioid dependence also suffers from trauma and/or other mental health conditions, family…

Medication-Assisted Recovery

 Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is a method used to treat opioid dependence.   MAT boasts unparalleled survival rates.   But survival doesn’t mean recovery, and it certainly doesn’t guarantee lasting change…   Unfortunately, Medication-Assisted Treatment is frequently just…medication.   This means no individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, or social support.   When…