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NEWS OF SUBSTANCE: Check out our Colorado substance abuse and mental health quarterly newsletter connecting the community with our nonprofit.


The need for treatment is overwhelming. Three in 10 Coloradans need help for a substance use or mental health disorder and an accidental overdose occurs in our state every nine hours and 24 minutes. The abuse of opioids (heroin and prescription painkillers) has reached epidemic levels.


We want to break the cycle of addiction in more families and help more individuals improve their lives.


How will we meet this need? By investing in treatment programs that provide the deepest therapeutic impact - residential treatment, outpatient services and medication assisted treatment. In this issue of News of Substance you'll learn where Arapahoe House is heading - but we can't get there without you.



Residential Programs are Meeting Needs in Fresh Ways

Edwardo* is a 16 year old who received treatment and attended school at StepWise - our residential program for adolescents - this winter. Edwardo came to StepWise because his use of heroin led to run-ins with the law, little interest in attending school, and quickly deteriorating physical and mental health.

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Opening Doors to Outpatient Services

Arapahoe House's patient access center receives about 175 phone calls each day. The caller - a distressed parent, a concerned doctor, or an individual in crisis - dials 303-657-3700 and is greeted by a caring and skilled patient access specialist. Arapahoe House's access specialists take pride in meeting callers where they are and connecting them to the right resources.

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Medication Assisted Treatment Increases Effectiveness of Therapy

Therapists report that patients are often so distracted by substance cravings that they struggle to be fully present in therapy. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a widely recommended, evidence-based practice that can help.

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Join us for CoBiz Financial Biz Bash with Country Superstar Entertainers Big & Rich on April 20

We recently sat down with Lyne Andrich, EVP and CFO, CoBiz for an exclusive on the event.

Q: Selecting the Biz Bash beneficiaries is a competitive process. What stood out about Arapahoe House?

A: You had a plan. More than that, it was clear Biz Bash dollars could truly make a difference to meet a specific need and make a real impact for the children and families served through the New Directions for Families program. We could also see that Arapahoe House serves such a critical need in our community. Many of us - whether we realize it or not - have a connection to someone who is or has suffered from substance abuse.

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Paving the Way to Sobriety from Prescription Drug Addiction

Heroin and Prescription Drug Crisis: What You Need to Know About Opioids

Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champion Rod Smith Scores Big for Arapahoe House

VIDEO: Colorado's Opioid Crisis

A New Location for Arapahoe House North Metro Clinic

A Strong Start in School

Top Five Fun Facts about Our Children’s Learning Center

A New Vision for Arapahoe House

Check out the Latest Arapahoe House Events

Vivitrol Reviews: The Silver Bullet for My Addiction

Vivitrol Providers - Medication Assisted Treatment




Family Storytellers Edition

The History of Arapahoe House

Remembering Peg's Legacy

Q & A with President and CEO, Art Schut About the Future of Treatment

The Hortons' Journey

Sold Out Arapahoe House Luncheon with David Feherty Raises Most Money in Event’s History

How Can I Explain My Passion for Arapahoe House to Others?

What You Need to Know About Current Drug Trends




Five Ways the Affordable Care Act will Affect Arapahoe House

Parity: Our New Favorite Word

Alcohol Addiction Stories: When Health Insurance Pays for Treatment

More on Colorado's Medicaid Expansion

A Closer Look at Detox

A Day in the Life of a Detox Staffer

DUI Success Stories: From Thinking to Doing to Living

Aurora Triage Project Saving Community Thousands of Dollars

DUI Admissions to Arapahoe House Detox Facilities Involving Marijuana Nearly Double Since Legalization

Arapahoe House’s Sold-Out Golf Tournament Increases Revenue by 24 Percent

A Glimpse into Relapse

Alcoholism Recovery Stories: In These Rooms

How the Bad Things That Happen to Us May Increase Our Chances for Addiction

Back by Popular Demand, Dr. Drew Champions the Mission of Arapahoe House and Helps Raise More than $230,000

Meet Our New Board Members

Addiction Stories: Filling the Hole in My Soul




4th Annual Arapahoe House Luncheon with Emmy Award‑Winning Actress Meredith Baxter

Arapahoe House Honors Jefferson Center for Mental Health at 12th Annual Community Partner Luncheon

How to Talk to Your Kids About Colorado Marijuana Legalization

Alcoholism Stories: A Smartphone and Sobriety

Q&A: Huffing

Arapahoe House Raises More Than $58,000 at Sold-Out Annual Golf Tournament

Prescription Drug Abuse Stories: My Prescription Drug Nightmare

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alcohol for July 4

Q & A: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

With Support from the Alcohol Industry, Arapahoe House Holds its Highest Grossing Luncheon Yet

A Guide to Colorado Treatment Services for Your Loved One

Wellness Integrates Into Residential Treatment




Five-Time Emmy, Tony Award-Winning Actor John Larroquette to Headline Arapahoe House Fall Fundraiser

How Do I Know if I Have a Problem with Alcohol?

Arapahoe House Sells Out 12th Annual Golf Tournament, Raises $63,000

Sobriety Stories: Serious About Sobriety

Arapahoe House Kicks off Public Phase of Capital Campaign with Grants from The Anschutz Foundation and Daniels Fund

The New Designer Drug: Bath Salts

A Closer Look at Driving Under the Influence

Art Reaching Kids

John Larroquette Helps Raise $200,000 for Community Addiction Treatment Services

Arapahoe House Heroin Admissions More Than Triple in Past Five Years

True Philanthropy: 2012 Ruston Award Given to James and Kathy Crapo

Drug Addiction Recovery Stories: Empowering Others as a Peer Mentor

Arapahoe House Welcomes New CEO




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