Aurora Drug Rehab Center

If you look at a map of the Denver area, Aurora looks like an eastern suburb of Denver. And while this was perhaps once true, it has grown into a city in its own right. In the last 25 years, the population has doubled, hitting 325,000 by 2010. Aurora boasts about its low crime rate and high quality of life, but this does not, unfortunately, make it exempt from drug problems or the gang activity that is so often associated with drug dealing and distribution. Actually, in informal blogs by residents, there are reports that older parts of Aurora are heavily populated by gangs.

More and more across the country, street gangs and prison gangs have created alliances with Mexican drug trafficking cartels. The cartels move drugs into an area and then the gangs take over for the street-level distribution. In Aurora and Denver in late 2010, thirty five people were rounded up and arrested for their role in transporting and distributing cocaine into Denver and Aurora. The ring was responsible for bringing 20 kilos of cocaine a week into the Denver-Aurora area. Most of those arrested were associated with organized gangs. The line of arrests stretched from El Paso near the Mexican border to Denver, Las Vegas and Chicago. The sad fact is that as soon as these people go to jail, it simply opens up an opportunity for others to take over their territory.


By and large, the drug supply in the area comes from both the north and the south. Mexican drug cartels bring cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana up from South America and Mexico itself. Asian drug rings bring high-potency marijuana down from Canada and also supply MDMA (ecstasy) from labs they have established in that country.

Domestic manufacture of drugs in the Denver area has dropped since there is such an ample supply of drugs from other areas. There is one exception to this trend. The medical marijuana laws have resulted in marijuana grows being found all over Aurora. As of August, 2010, more than 60 houses in Aurora had been found to be home to marijuana grows. The police chief stated that 40% of his narcotic unit’s time was being devoted to finding them, verifying that they were legally authorized to grow marijuana and eliminating the ones that were not. One resident who had a marijuana grow being run in the house next to her stated that certain businesspeople were buying empty houses in low-income neighborhoods and setting up grow operations. Which is exactly what is being done in city after city, across the country, often by Vietnamese immigrants and often not with any legal basis as many be the case in Aurora.


The Denver Metropolitan area as a whole totals 2.4 million in population. Of this number, 47,000 went to drug treatment centers in 2009. But that number amounted to about ten percent of the number of people who needed addiction treatment. Of course, if all these people wanted treatment, there would not be enough beds for them by far. But lack of beds is not the reason they did not get treatment. It was because they did not see the need for treatment. Ask the family of a person abusing prescription drugs, drinking too much or using cocaine or heroin if the drug user needs to go to rehab and you will get a different answer. It is a tragic part of addiction that drug use lowers awareness – including the awareness that there is a problem that one is losing his or her health, that relationships are being destroyed.

For an addicted person, getting the next dose of heroin, snort of cocaine, drink of whiskey or other drug is as important as getting the next lungful of air. Some people use drugs to get high, some take drugs to escape stress and problems and others abuse drugs simply so they can function and feel normal. They are so dependent on drugs or alcohol that they can’t feel normal unless they have used their drug of choice. If you try to take the drugs away from them, they are very likely to resist.

But even this obstacle can be overcome. At Narconon Arrowhead, the intake counselors know how stressful it is when you are trying to help someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. That is why they very often work with parents and family, explaining the pattern of addiction, showing what has to be addressed for addiction recovery to be long-lasting, and helping the family by sending out an interventionist. This is a person who is experienced and knowledgeable in getting an addicted person to change his or her mind and reach out for recovery. This can be hard for families to manage and can be much easier for a person who has been through it dozens of times.

When you love someone who is needs a drug rehabilitation program, contact the intake counselors at Narconon Arrowhead for a confidential and compassionate interview. Call 800-468-6933 today.