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Colorado’s soaring mountain peaks, beautiful cities, and breathtaking national parks attract tourists and transplants from every corner of the globe. But for all there is to celebrate about the state of Colorado, there are also challenges. Alcohol dependency is a persistent and pervasive concern in Colorado, with rates of alcohol consumption and binge drinking substantially higher than the national average. But there is hope. AA meetings in Colorado provide recovery education and support for youth and adults seeking to regain their health and sobriety. Their proven 12 Step model of recovery promotes members’ holistic recovery, supporting wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

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In 2019, more than 10% of adult arrests in Colorado were for driving under the influence (DUI) violations. Drinking and driving incidents pose a serious threat to Coloradoans of all ages, attesting to the stark reality that alcohol misuse puts everyone at risk. These alarming drinking and driving statistics speak to the critical need for impaired driving education and prevention programs in schools, workplaces, and communities state-wide. 

Alcoholism Statistics in Colorado

Alcohol use disorders (AUD) know no boundaries. They can strike anyone, anywhere, and at any age. And while Colorado may be one of the most beautiful states in the union, it is also one of the states most adversely affected by alcohol addiction.

  • An estimated 20.7% of adults in Colorado report drinking excessively within the previous 30 days, substantially higher than the national average of 18.4%;
  • In Colorado, 23.3% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 reported binge drinking within the previous 30 days, compared with the national average of 18.8%;
  • According to CDC estimates, 71,300 years of potential life are lost in Colorado due to alcohol-related deaths;
  • Nearly 24% of youth in Colorado between the ages of 12 and 20 reportedly consumed alcohol within the previous 30 days;
  • Approximately 15.1% of young adults in Colorado between the ages of 18 and 25 have AUD, compared with the national average of 10%.

Popular Types of AA Meetings in Colorado

AA’s 12 Step model of recovery is about far more than stopping drinking. It’s about whole-person healing, about achieving physical, psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual wellness. And this comprehensive approach to life-long sobriety means that AA members require more than a one-size-fits-all type of recovery meeting. AA meetings come in myriad forms to address members’ evolving recovery needs and goals. Below are some of the many popular AA meeting types in Colorado:

  • Open/Closed meetings: All AA meetings share a number of specific characteristics. Namely, all meetings are free, anonymous, community-based, and peer-directed. However, only “open” meetings are accessible to the general public, including persons without a drinking issue and/or an interest in recovery. “Closed” meetings, on the other hand, are restricted only to individuals with an alcohol dependency and an interest in pursuing sobriety.
  • Speaker meetings: In speaker meetings, invited guests share stories of their recovery or address topics of interest related to addiction and healing. Question and answer sessions or open discussions generally follow speaker presentations, allowing attendees to give and receive support, encouragement, and actionable advice from the guest speaker and from one another.
  • Big Book: Big Book meetings center on the study and group discussion of the AA Big Book, which encapsulates the AA recovery curriculum, including the 12 Steps and Traditions which inform AA’s stages-of-change model of healing. Big Book meetings help members apply AA principles and practices in their daily lives, including defining actionable strategies for “working” the 12 steps. 

Online AA Meetings in Colorado

While face-to-face peer support is critical for persons in recovery, attending a live meeting may not always be practical or ideal. Online AA meetings in Colorado offer an attractive option for those who may be unable or unwilling to travel to an in-person meeting. Virtual platforms provide on-demand access to education and support whenever and wherever it’s needed. 

In addition to accessing videos and literature, members may also receive recovery coaching tools and daily affirmations by text or link to special interest meetings online, including dedicated groups for men, women, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, speakers of languages other than English, and more. 

Resources for Alcohol Addiction in Colorado

211 Colorado

This state-sponsored agency links persons in Colorado to the local resources they need, including mental health support, crisis intervention program, and addiction recovery services. Specialized services are available for youth, seniors, low-income individuals and families, pregnant and postpartum women, veterans, and other vulnerable populations.

Colorado Behavioral Health Administration–Community Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention

This program provides resources to help cities, towns, municipalities to develop and implement community-based addiction prevention and intervention programs across the state. This includes increasing access to education and treatment in schools, workplaces, homes, and community centers.

Colorado Addiction Hotline

The state division of the National Rehab Hotline, this resource provides persons in Colorado with online and/or telephone-based referrals to addiction prevention and recovery services, including crisis intervention support and dedicated programs for special populations, such as those with co-occurring addiction and mental illness.


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