According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the United States and is responsible for approximately 88,000 American deaths each year.

If left untreated, alcohol abuse can quickly spiral out of control. Recognizing the warning signs of alcohol abuse and getting proper treatment can make a significant difference in the recovery process.

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal
  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking
  • Changing appearance and group of acquaintances

Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) Benefits
The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing recently expanded substance use disorder coverage for Health First Colorado members. This expansion gives members access to a full range of treatment options, including:

  • Alcohol and drug screening counseling, group counseling by a provider, targeted case management
  • Behavioral health assessment
  • Emergency crisis services
  • Inpatient and residential treatment
  • Outpatient day treatment, non-residential
  • Social ambulatory detoxification

Get Help Now
No matter how minor a drinking problem may seem, alcohol abuse symptoms should not be ignored. If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) care coordinators can help you connect with a provider, assess your needs and gain access to helpful resources.

Call CCHA Member Support Services
303-256-1717 | 719-598-1540 | 1-855-627-4685 (TTY 711)
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

24-hour Colorado Crisis Support Line
If you have a mental health or substance use crisis, or you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, and you cannot reach your provider, call the Colorado Crisis Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255.

If you need the information on this page in another format, please contact CCHA Member Support Services.

The information will be provided in paper form free of charge within 5 business days.

We can connect you to language services or help you find a provider with ADA accommodations.

If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital-based ER.

If you are having a mental health or substance use crisis, call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.