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July 2017
Substance Use
How Do I Know When I Need Help?

Using substances that alter our mood, behavior, and thinking is widespread in most societies, and has been going on for centuries. Many of us start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. Our reaction can be anything from feeling more alert and energetic to feeling jittery and irritable. However, in moderate quantities, most research shows few adverse effects, and even positive health benefits.  But when people become addicted to a substance, that's a far different story. 

Just the Facts:  What is Addiction?
Addiction affects about 1/8 of our population. That means 40 million people.  It seems to be an equal opportunity disease with people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and socio-economic categories affected. 

In common terms, addiction goes beyond simple use and is the seeming inability to live without certain substances, and the buildup of dependency on them. It can be both physical and psychological and can even be seen in certain behaviors.

Jefferson Center Opens Withdrawal Management Services
 On July 1, 2017, Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Jefferson Center) began operating the one adult withdrawal management (detox) services in Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County. The program will operate 24/7/365 and is designed to serve individuals who are intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs and/or who are experiencing moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms and in need of 24-hour supervision, observation, and support as they progress through their withdrawal.

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Where To Go For Help, When You're Just Not Sure
Maybe it's your high school-aged daughter who hasn't been "herself" lately and has lost all interest in activities she used to love.  Or you're under increasing stress from a family situation and aren't coping well.  Possibly the pressure from work is getting you down and you're not handling it like you should.
If you've ever faced one of these situations or something similar, just trying to locate the best place to turn, or how to find their phone number can be numbing.  That's when Colorado Crisis Services can help.
Jefferson Center is proud to be a partner in the statewide crisis network called Colorado Crisis Services.  There are multiple services available 24/7 for any mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis, no matter where you are in Colorado.
These services are not just for a "crisis," but also provide assistance when you're not sure where to go for help.  The Crisis Line gets calls every day for topics like:
  • How to manage stress
  • Problems with family or friends relationships
  • Recovery support
  • Concerns about someone you care about
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Bullying
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Concerns about parenting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Resources you might need
There is just one number to remember:  1-844-493-8255.  Here's another bonus: If you're in the area, Jefferson Center's Union Square is a walk-in crisis facility open 24/7, providing support, information, and referrals to anyone in need.  Six more centers are in the Denver Metro Area, and five more around the state.
One more tip:  Jefferson Center's main phone number is available 24/7 as well.  It's 303-425-0300.
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