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Addiction is a Family Disease

In this issue of News of Substance, we explore the role family plays in addiction. We’ll hear from a family therapist, a daughter who is giving back in response to her mother’s addiction, and from experts about the genetics of addiction.

In his book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” David Sheff shares that “caring about an addict is as complex and fraught and debilitating as addiction itself.”


Fueling Connection Through Coffee

Jessica used to be scared to share her story- she noticed how people looked at her when she said her mom died of alcoholism in her 40s. But she’s not scared anymore. “I know that even if people don’t understand now, they will one day. Substance use and abuse is not an anomaly, it’s not a rare thing. I’ve found the more I share, the more power I have,” she remarked.

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Family Therapy Breakthroughs

Sarah Balkany describes the “special connection” she has with teens, and it is easy to see why. She effortlessly blends genuine empathy with a no-nonsense approach- a strong pull for teens craving connection and boundaries. Sarah is an adolescent and family therapist who has been with Arapahoe House since 2014. Certified in adolescent and family psychotherapy, Sarah firmly believes that you cannot work with an adolescent without working with their family.

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Is Addiction Genetic?

Addiction is often described as a “family disease.” That is a reflection of two phenomena-the disease’s genetic profile and its emotional impact on family systems. Between 40 and 70 percent of a person’s risk for developing a substance use disorder is genetic, and environmental factors interact with a person’s genes to modify that risk..

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Renowned Addiction Authors David and Nic Sheff to Deliver Keynote at Arapahoe House Luncheon in September

“David and Nic are two of the most prominent voices on addiction in the U.S.,” said Mike Butler, Arapahoe House CEO. “Their voices are now more important than ever in the context of the drug epidemic we face today. We are honored that they will not only speak on our behalf, but galvanize the community around this important cause.”

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Residential Programs are Meeting Needs in Fresh Ways

Opening Doors to Outpatient Services

Medication Assisted Treatment Increases Effectiveness of Therapy

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

An exclusive with Lyne Andrich, EVP and CFO, CoBiz on Biz Bash




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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