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Addiction changes the brain
The disease of addiction rewires your brain to think you can’t survive without substance use. Behavior shifts. Choice turns to need.
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Treatment works
There is hope. Addiction care works just like treatment for any other disease — with medication, counseling and ongoing support.
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Living proof
Gina is one of the many faces of addiction in our community.

Starting in junior high, Gina’s substance use turned to physical dependence and ultimately landed her in Drug Court. There she had access to effective and ongoing treatment that helped her regain control of her life. Her disease now in remission, Gina volunteers her time to help educate young people about the reality of addiction — living proof that long-term recovery pays big dividends.

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Living proof
Gina is one of the many faces of addiction in our community.

Starting in junior high, Gina’s substance use turned to physical dependence and ultimately landed her in Drug Court. There she had access to effective and ongoing treatment that helped her regain control of her life. Her disease now in remission, Gina volunteers her time to help educate young people about the reality of addiction — living proof that long-term recovery pays big dividends.

Read Gina’s Story
Share your story
A community conversation about the public health crisis of addiction is not just the best medicine — it’s our best investment.
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Mental Health and Substance Use Alliance
Rethinking addiction treatment in Larimer County by changing minds and saving lives.
How we’ll get there
  • Present the science on how addiction is a disease that changes the brain
  • Give voice to those who have changed minds about addiction, those in recovery and those who love them
  • Articulate the real community cost of untreated addiction
  • Evidence-based approaches to treatment and recovery that works