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All Points North Lodge 

Life can be beautiful, inspiring, and rewarding at times. Life can also be a painful, dark, and hopeless. Especially for those who are suffering from substance abuse disorder, mental illness, or recovering from trauma. Combine those three things into one human being’s body and it can be overwhelming. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) “The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 139.7 million Americans aged 12 or older were past month alcohol users, 65.8 million people were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16 million were heavy drinkers in the past month.” Millions of people struggle with addiction to various substances. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that ends in jails, institutions, or death when untreated. It rarely ends in sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. According to SAMHSA “In 2019, NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) data show that approximately 2 million people used methamphetamine in the past year. Approximately 1 million people had a methamphetamine use disorder.” Furthermore, “In 2019, NSDUH data show an estimated 5.5 million people (about twice the population of Arkansas) aged 12 or older were past users of cocaine, including about 778,000 users (about half the population of Idaho) of crack.” Substance abuse disorder is an uncomfortable topic and a “skeleton in the closet” pandemic in the United States. The statistics that support this are endless and I could fill an encyclopedia with cases and examples. When a person is afflicted with such a disorder, it is not pretty, it angrs and hurts their loved ones, and it is detrimental to their well-being as a human.


Mental health is another taboo topic. Often stigmatized, individuals who have mental health disorders, often go through life untreated. Having a mental health disorder can leave a person full of shame, fear, and confusion. They may be slow to reach out for assistance. Not only that, but the system is also broken, over capacity, and difficult to access. An individual may have to wait months for an appointment with a psychiatrist, and if they do not have health insurance, their options are limited. SAMHSA reports that “For example, counseling and more specialized psychotherapies seek to change behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and how people see and understand situations. Medications for mental and substance use disorders provide significant relief for many people and help manage symptoms to the point where people can use other strategies to pursue recovery.” Frequently individuals suffer from all three ailments, substance abuse disorder, trauma, and mental health. The integration and coordination of treatment across all pathways is especially important. The good news is...recovery is possible! Finding a good, creditable, effective treatment provider is part of the challenge. The purpose of this blog is to give hope to those suffering, to find a better life and recovery by featuring All Points North Lodge, a treatment provider located in gorgeous Edwards Colorado. Surrounded by mountains, a team of certified and qualified experts, and other people also fighting to recover from their ailments is a recipe for success!

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All Points North Lodge is a treatment provider like none other. They treat all three issues, mental health, trauma, and substance abuse disorder concurrently so that the treatment is more effective than if you had to see separate providers for each issue. They examine the root cause of the issue to properly provide treatment. Their recovery plans are individualized for each client, and it is not a typical cookie-cutter rehab center. They also offer telehealth options for those unable to physically attend the program. Using evidence-based treatment, they offer suites with serene mountain views, they offer gourmet chef and nutritional coaching, and they offer a range of outdoor activities for their clients. Treatment is about more than comfort and a beautiful view, however. When your loved one’s life is at stake you want something that is effective. All Points North Lodge treats the patients like human beings rather than a chart with numbers on it. Their professionals get to know your story, and they have a four-star rating on Google. If you read the reviews directly from the former patients and their loved ones you can see for yourself that this is an exceptional treatment center. One review wrote, “This place changed my friend's life in a very meaningful way. Truly a world-class facility coupled with staff that genuinely care about each patient individually. Hard to do it justice via written review, but I cannot recommend APN highly enough!” One of the wonderful things about this facility is that if you are staying long-term, they allow your family to participate in your treatment and sessions as well.

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They use evidence-based treatment and employ the ECHO Model and Medical Home Model. The ECHO Model was founded by Dr. Sanjeev Arora. "Every year, millions of people around the world die of diseases that are preventable, treatable and even curable because the healthcare providers in their communities don’t have the knowledge and expertise needed to address their conditions” writes Dr. Sanjeev Arora. The program is a partnership between the ECHO Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Western Sky Community Care, and Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc. The goal of the program is to “help increase primary care providers’ confidence in identifying and treating these concerns in their patients.” You can learn more about this model by clicking here. It begins with the screening process and employing medical best practices and referrals where appropriate to give patients the greatest outcome possible. The Medical Home Model “s best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety” according to the Primary Care Collaborative.

In summary, if you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, substance abuse disorder, or trauma, the All Points North Lodge has resources to assist that are available in Colorado. These issues can be life-threatening, certainly impact the quality of life, and are extremely detrimental to the families of those who suffer. Everyone in the

family is impacted by addiction, mental health, and trauma. It is too much to overcome alone. You need support, treatment of some sort, and a recovery program. You can find more information about All Points North Lodge by visiting their website here.

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West 360 Digital took photographs of this gorgeous facility. The photos you see in this blog were taken by Brendan West, owner of West 360 Digital. He is an aerial photographer who creates dynamic content for companies to use on their marketing materials, websites, videos, and more. Brendan also can create virtual tours for your business. His work is unmatched in the photography community and his photography will capture the spirit of your business visually. If you need photographs, virtual tours, 3D Matterpoint Tours, Google virtual tours, drone services, HDR renderings, 3D renderings, and virtual staging, you will want to contact West 360 Digital. His phone number is 732-546-1567 and his email address is