Addiction Rehab
in Colorado

At Avenues, we believe that community-based treatment is the key to staying sober. If you’re looking for rehabs in Colorado to treat a drug or alcohol addiction, our beautiful Colorado rehab may be the start to your recovery journey. Avenues' addiction treatment center in Colorado is housed in a hotel-like facility, and sits on a serene, sprawling campus set against the beautiful Rockies.

About Us

Avenues Recovery Center is a nationwide drug and alcohol rehab network, and we have recently expanded our services to the state of Colorado. Our brand-new inpatient rehab in Aurora, Colorado is now open and ready to serve you!

With expert staff, targeted clinical treatment, and warm, compassionate care, Avenues has served as the gateway to recovery for countless people just like you. 

But Avenues is so much more than a mere alcohol and drug rehab center in Colorado. We’re a thriving recovery community, made of brave people who support and cheer each other on as we choose sobriety each day anew. The Avenues family is ready and waiting for you to join!


of our active alumni are sober after one year!

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The Avenues Journey

A band-aid rehab will only lead to relapse. At Avenues, we’ve created a tried and true treatment method that yields real results every time.

Admissions & Evaluation

We learn about who you are - and create a customized treatment plan targeted to your strengths and weaknesses.

Detox Treatment

For individuals with dangerous levels of drugs or alcohol in their blood, medically-monitored detox treatment is crucial. 

Residential Treatment

In inpatient residential treatment, you’ll gain the recovery skills you need through individual and group therapy, classes, recreation, and more. 

Outpatient Treatment

In outpatient treatment, continued therapy plus guided independence teaches you to lead your own life again - only this time with joy, stability, and poise. 

Post-Treatment Care

Upon graduation, you’ll enjoy the benefits of our incredible alumni program: friendship, fun, and unflagging support. You’ll leave with a new family who’s always got your back.

Secrets to Our Success

Something real is happening at Avenues; that much is clear. What makes us different from every other rehab facility?


One of the most important ingredients of sustained sobriety is your support circle and belief in yourself. At Avenues, we believe in you - and never, ever give up. 

Evidence-based treatment

We employ treatments that are proven to contribute to lasting sobriety, like dual diagnosis, relationship counseling, trauma-informed care, and more. 

Outstanding alumni program

When in recovery, community is crucial - and at Avenues, you’ll leave with a network of close friends who will cheer you on through the journey of life, come what may.

Our Treatment Modalities

No two recovery journeys will ever look the same. That’s why we have an array of evidence-based treatment techniques at our disposal, and create highly customized treatment plans for every single client. 

  • Alcohol Detox
  • Drug Detox
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Individual Therapy Sessions 
  • Group Therapy Sessions
  • Family and Couple Counseling Sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Immersive 12-Step Programming
  • Community Meetings (AA, NA, HA, CA…)
  • Yoga and Outdoor Activities
  • 24/7 Medical Care
  • Quality Psychiatric Care
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Vivitrol Onsite
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement
  • Didactic/Psychoeducational Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Addictions Treatment (TIAT)

Avenues Locations

Avenues offers premier addiction treatment in Colorado at our Denver facility:

Avenues Recovery Center at Denver

Drug and Alcohol Detox and Treatment Center in Colorado

1820 S Potomac St | Aurora, Colorado 80012

Give us a call! 720-704-0844

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Cities & Regions We Serve

Looking for excellent drug and alcohol detox and rehab centers in Colorado? We've got you covered! Avenues Recovery’s substance abuse treatment center in Colorado serves all of the following locations:

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Denver Aurora El Paso County Colorado Springs Centennial Fort Collins Wheat Ridge Englewood Greeley Westminster Littleton Longmont Broomfield Arvada Boulder Pueblo Greenwood Village Lakewood Thornton Northglenn Grand Junction Commerce City Golden

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Frequently asked questions

How much does rehab in Colorado cost?

The cost of rehab in Colorado depends on many different factors, such as the program type, length of stay, whether or not you have insurance, and other details. In general, though, a 28 - 30 day inpatient program can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000, while a 60 - 90 day inpatient program may range from $12,000 to $60,000 or more. 

Outpatient programs are more cost-effective, with a general 30-day program costing between $1,400 to $10,00. 

Please note that Avenues Recovery Center is in network with all major insurances, and will work closely with each client to make rehab affordable and attainable. We accept commercial and government insurance as well as private pay. 

Does Colorado Medicaid cover addiction treatment in Colorado?

Yes, Colorado Medicaid does cover addiction treatment in Colorado. You just need to find the right addiction treatment center in Colorado that accepts your insurance!

Avenues Recovery Center at Denver is in contract with the following Medicaid insurance plans:

* Colorado Access

* Health Colorado

* Northeast Health Partners

* Colorado Community Health Alliance

What is it like to stay at Avenues Recovery drug rehab in Colorado?

Avenues' new drug rehab in Colorado, Avenues Recovery Center at Denver, is modern, clean, spacious, and comfortable. Menus are carefully picked to ensure filling and nutritious meals without compromising on taste.

Avenues' substance abuse treatment center in Colorado expends great effort in establishing a warm, welcoming recovery community. Our designers aim to create spaces that provide the calming atmosphere and peace of mind needed by our clients during their stay here. We understand that building aesthetics, living quarters, therapy and meeting rooms, and lounge areas all play a large role in creating ideal environments for clients to pursue addiction recovery.

Are there smoking regulations at Avenues' rehab in Colorado?

Although smoking indoors at Avenues' rehab in Colorado is not allowed, there are outdoor areas designated for clients who need to smoke. During breaks, such as in between therapy sessions or meetings, clients can easily access these areas to use the tobacco products they are accustomed to.

When choosing a drug and alcohol rehab in Colorado, remember that not all facilities allow smoking and/or vaping. Rehab facilities housed in hospitals will often have different rules regarding smoking. If smoking is important for you or the loved one entering treatment, be sure to choose a facility that can meet your needs.

Is there anything I need to bring to Avenues Recovery rehab centers in Colorado?

We recommend bringing the basics for your stay at Avenues Recovery rehab centers in Colorado. Things like sufficient and comfortable clothing and shoes, toiletries, books, journals, ID, and insurance cards, should all be in your bag. A good baseline for deciding what to take along would be to think of how you would pack for an extended stay away from home.

Are there any items I cannot bring when entering Avenues' rehab facilities in Colorado?

Yes, there are things that should not be brought to Avenues' rehab facilities in Colorado. A foundation of the Avenues Recovery program is maintaining an atmosphere of dignity, sensitivity, and mutual respect.  Therefore, any items or clothing depicting gang culture, profanity, and/or vulgarity are not permitted under any circumstance. Reasonably modest attire is also strongly encouraged. Short shorts, strapless or spaghetti strap tops, and similar types of clothing should be avoided. Obviously, anything promoting drug use or violence falls into that category as well.

Other things that must be left off the Avenues Colorado campus include electronics not authorized by the treatment team, perfumes and toiletries that contain alcohol, and weapons or drug paraphernalia. It is also a good idea to leave any valuable items at home, like designer goods, large amounts of cash, and costly jewelry.

Are visitors allowed at Avenues' substance abuse treatment center in Colorado?

Yes, visitors are allowed at Avenues' substance abuse treatment center in Colorado. However, each client’s recovery journey is different, and some benefit greatly from visitors while others will not. Each client's primary counselor will decide whether or not allowing visitors will be beneficial. Avenues' staff make these decisions based solely on the clients' best interests, and their guidance is followed in making these determinations.

Should I choose a local drug and alcohol treatment center in Colorado, or should I travel to a rehab that is further away?

Yes, you can choose a local drug and alcohol treatment center in Colorado. There is a common fallacy that you must travel far in order to receive effective treatment. Most often, this is a mistake. Foreign surroundings can add to the confusion a person struggling with addiction is feeling. Staying local can ease you or your loved one into treatment while maintaining as much stability as possible. Staying close to home while still being protected by the treatment center is usually a wise choice. Besides the comfort of familiar surroundings, many times there is also family close by who can support and strengthen their loved one  in treatment.

What drugs or drug addictions does Avenues inpatient rehab in Colorado treat?

Avenues' inpatient rehab in Colorado treats all substance addictions, including alcohol, fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, as well as all other forms of substances.

Process addictions like sex and gaming addictions are also treated at Avenues' rehab in Colorado. It is also worthwhile to note that many addictions come with mental illnesses, known as dual diagnoses or co-occurring disorders. During the drug and alcohol treatment process at Avenues, our professionals detect all underlying conditions and include these diagnoses in the custom treatment plan created for each client.

How long must I stay in drug or alcohol rehab in Colorado?

In truth, there is no set answer. Every person’s recovery journey is unique, and has a different pace. In general,  longer  treatment stays translate into increased chances of lasting sobriety. Avenues' rehab in Colorado is a strong proponent of extended care, and will help clients maximize their treatment opportunity without it creating an undue financial burden. Drug or alcohol treatment at Avenues' Colorado rehab is for everyone, and we work closely with insurance companies to ensure that each client receives the care that he or she needs.

Can Colorado probation be moved to another state for rehab?

Yes, Colorado probation can be moved to another state in order to attend rehab. Colorado participates in the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, as well as the Interstate Compact for Juveniles. These laws govern the movement of individuals on probation in between states, and permit offenders to transfer their probation to another state for the purpose of attending a drug or alcohol treatment program. Please consult with your probation officer for the next steps you must take in order to have  your probation transferred.  

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Colorado

Statistics and Laws

Substance abuse is a widespread problem across the United States, with addiction and overdose rates only rising to new levels since the outbreak of Covid-19. Specifically, large cities often serve as discreet nerve centers of drug and alcohol use, as their centrality and huge populations make transporting and distributing drugs simple for those who know the trade. Additionally, such cities often feature spirited nightlife and entertainment scenes, where alcohol flows like water and drinking is considered the absolute norm.

Denver, Colorado is unfortunately no exception. This bustling metropolis is the most populous city in the state of Colorado, with a recorded population of 715,500 in the 2020 U.S. Census. Denver is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant cultural scene – comprised of thousands of businesses, shops, eateries, museums, parks, gardens, and more, it’s an exciting and dynamic place to live, work, and play. But against the backdrop of frenetic urban life, an unfolding substance abuse problem continues to rob Denver residents of their productivity, fulfillment, and happiness.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Colorado

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)1 conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

· In the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA), an annual average of 416,000 people above the age of 12 use illicit drugs in Colorado in one year.

· More than one in every 10 Colorado residents experienced a drug use disorder in 2021. This is the seventh-highest rate among the United States and D.C.

The general rate of substance abuse in Colorado, including Denver, has been consistently above average.

* The most commonly abused substances in Colorado are alcohol, marijuana, and prescription opioids, since these are all legal drugs in Colorado. Other popular drugs in Colorado include cocaine, methamphetamines, and hallucinogens (like LSD, PCP, and MDMA). 

* Studies show that rates of substance abuse are typically higher in urban areas such as Denver and Boulder. As a result, these are among the worst drug cities in Colorado.

Alcohol Consumption:

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in 2022, Denver displayed an above-average rate of drinking, with approximately 19.3% of adults engaging in binge drinking – compared to the national average of 16.7%.


Like many other cities, Denver has not been immune to the opioid epidemic currently gripping our nation. The Colorado Health Institute reported a concerning rise in opioid-related deaths in Denver, which accounted for a substantial portion of the overall opioid crisis in Colorado.

· In 2021 alone, there were 1,289 opioid overdose deaths in Colorado, which collectively accounted for 68% of all drug overdose deaths in the state.3

· From 2011 to 2021, the age-adjusted death rate due to opioid overdose increased from 8.0 per 100,000 to 21.7 per 100,000 in Colorado.4 That increase is unprecedented.

· Overdose deaths due to fentanyl rose by 16% in 2023, as compared to previous years.5


Due to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use, Denver has seen an increase in overall marijuana use. Fewer than one in five Colorado residents see any real risk in smoking marijuana once a month. The Colorado Department of Public Safety has reported a notable rise in cannabis-related emergency room visits, since marijuana is now one of the legal drugs in Colorado.

· Rates of marijuana use in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA (metropolitan statistical area) are at 16.5%, which is similar to the general rate in Colorado but higher than the national average.7

Contributing Factors to Substance Abuse in Colorado

There are several factors that contribute to the rates of drug and alcohol abuse in Denver:

1. Accessibility:

Denver’s proximity to major highways allows the easy transportation of illegal drugs, contributing to the ready availability of substances within the city.

2. Economic Disparities:

Economic factors play a big role in substance abuse trends. Denver’s growing economic (and therefore social) disparities can add to stressors that drive poeple towards substance abuse as a coping mechanism.

3. Mental Health Challenges:

Co-occurring mental health challenges always amplify the risk of substance abuse. Colorado has a serious shortage of mental health resources, possibly leaving many people without the necessary support and treatment for their mental health needs. A recent study released by “Mental Health America”, which reports on mental health care across the United States, discovered that Colorado ranks quite low in terms of mental health care resources and access to treatment - especially for children.

4. Social and Cultural Dynamics

Denver’s vibrant social scene, while a cultural asset, can also contribute to significant substance abuse trends. Social acceptance and normalization of substance use can influence individuals to engage in risky behaviors.

Colorado Alcohol and Drug Laws

Colorado Alcohol Laws

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substance in America, since it is both legal and widespread in every state. But alcohol affects coordination, reaction time, judgement, and focus, severely impairing your ability to drive safely. 

Below is a synopsis of DUI and DWAI laws in Colorado. 

First Offense

A "DUI per se", or first-offense DUI, is classified as a misdemeanor and is punishable by:

* Anywhere between 5 days and 12 months of jail time

* Suspension of driver's license for nine months

* Up to $1,000 in fines

* Up to 96 hours of community service

Second Offense

A second-offense DUI is also classified as a misdemeanor, but carries more severe penalties and can be punished by:

* Between 10 days and  12 months of jail time

* Suspension of driver's license for one year

* Up to $1,5000 in fines

* Up to 120 hours of community service

Third Offense

A third-offense DUI is the last misdemeanor charge and carries the heaviest penalties in this category:

* Between 60 days and  one year of jail time

* Two-year suspension of driver's license

* Up to $1,500 in fines

* Up to 120 hours of community service

* Installation of an ignition interlock device for up to 2 years

Fourth Offense

A fourth-offense DUI is no longer classed as a misdemeanor but as a Class 4 felony. It is punishable by:

* Up to 6 years in state prison

* Fines of up to $500,000

* Two-year suspension of driver's license

Colorado Drug Laws

Colorado is a relatively liberal state in terms of its drug penalties. What drugs are legal in Colorado? Colorado legalized/ decriminalized drugs include alcohol, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and prescription opioids.

The penalties for drug crimes in Colorado will depend on factors like the schedule of the drug, amount, location, age of offender, and more. Most drug charges in Colorado fall under the categories of either petty offense, misdemeanor, or felony crime. 

Petty Offenses - Small drug crimes, like public marijuana use, are classified as petty offenses. These crimes are not serious enough to warrant jail time but can call for a fine.

Misdemeanors - There are two categories of misdemeanors: DM1 and DM2. 

* DM1 - These crimes are more serious, and  include manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute. Penalties can include up to 18 months of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines.

* DM2 - DM2 crimes include possession of synthetic cannabinoids and abusing toxic vapors. Penalties include up to one year of jail time and up to $750 in fines. 

Felony Offenses - This category includes the most severe types of drug offenses. There are four levels of felony drug offenses, described below:

* DF1 - This includes distribution of specific amounts of Schedule I or II substances combined, or giving Schedule I/ II drugs to a minor. Penalties include up to 32 years of jail time and up to $1 million in fines.  

* DF2 - Penalties for a DF2 crime include up to 8 y ears of jail time and up to $750,000. 

* DF3 - DF3 crimes include distribution of up to 14 grams of Schedule I or II drugs in Colorado. Maximum penalty is up to 4 years of jail time and up to $500,000 in fines. 

* DF4 - The lowest-level felony. Penalties for a DF4 include up to one year of jail time and up to $100,000 in fines. 

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