GETTING HELP

Opioid addiction feeds on the hopelessness of isolation. Don’t let it tear your connection to someone you love. Know the signs, and how to help someone who might need treatment.

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HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE
SIGNS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
  • Strong desire for opioids
  • Inability to control or reduce use
  • Continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning
  • Use of larger amounts over time
  • Secretive behavior/disappearing for hours without explanation
  • Nodding off
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slurred speech and drowsiness
  • Impaired memory and attention
  • Development of tolerance
  • Spending a great deal of time to obtain and use opioids
  • High levels of spending or constant need for money
  • Withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing use, such as:
    • Negative mood/mood swings
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Muscle aches
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Insomnia
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RESOURCES
FOR ADDICTION
You’re not alone in the face of addiction. Many have experienced it firsthand, either themselves or through a loved one. You can always reach out to treatment professionals or trained peers who have dedicated themselves to helping others who are in distress or caught beneath the veil of addiction.

Colorado Crisis Services

Connects anyone affected by mental health, substance abuse or anything they define as a crisis to trained counselors or peer specialists.

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Opioid Treatment Programs

For opioid replacement therapies, including methadone, buprenorphine (suboxone), and naltrexone, along with group and individual therapy, please contact one of Colorado’s 22 Opioid Treatment Programs.

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OpiRescue

A comprehensive and free resource for opioid prevention, treatment, recovery and support, as well as how to respond and rescue someone who may have overdosed.

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Office of Behavioral Health’s LADDERS Treatment Directory

Find a mental health or substance use provider through searching by type of treatment, location or provider name.

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Office of Behavioral Health Opioid Crisis Webpage

Learn more about national and state resources, how to find treatment, and research and reports on opioid addiction.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Get the facts on the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, and the illegal opioid, heroin.

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