Substance Use Disorders

Many times people don’t recognize the power of alcohol or drugs in their lives until they are confronted by a concerned friend or family member, or until they get into trouble with school, work, or the law because of their use. Recovery means to return to health and is a process of going from using to sobriety and a healthier lifestyle.

Southwest Counseling Service provides comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments to all individuals seeking substance use disorder treatment in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Assessments are based on a comprehensive biopsychosocial tool utilizing the Addictions Severity Index (ASI) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria. Treatment recommendations can include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Intensive group therapy
  • Residential treatment (short and long term)

Residential treatment programs are one of the most effective methods of achieving long-term recovery from addiction. Southwest Counseling Service provides three residential treatment programs.

Therapeutic Community
The Therapeutic Community is four to six months residential treatment program for individuals with severe substance use disorders and criminal behavior. It is highly structured, and an effective alternative to jail or prison.

Women’s Addiction Program
Southwest Counseling Service’s Women’s Addiction Program was the first program in the state of Wyoming that allowed pregnant women and mothers with substance abuse addiction to receive intensive residential treatment while maintaining their responsibilities to their children. The children are in the program with their mothers, allowing the women the opportunity to enhance parenting and life skills.

Our residential treatment programs offer a number of benefits:

  • Offer a variety of services providing integrated care to the individual.
  • Provide a safe environment for individuals to leave their harmful environment and focus on helping themselves and their recovery.
  • The therapeutic community allows individuals to live and learn with the support of other recovering addicts. Treatment provides daily structure and support while individuals deal with addiction. This also helps recovering addicts rebuild their lives after treatment.

Jail Based Treatment is a gender specific substance abuse treatment program provided by Southwest Counseling Service for the Sweetwater County Detention Center.

Criteria Individuals can express interest while incarcerated or can be court ordered to attend. They must have a drug and alcohol evaluation. The program lasts approximately four months.

For more information, contact our Foothill Location at (307) 352-6677.

The Continuing Care group is provided to reinforce the treatment an individual has recently completed. It is an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level I treatment. The group helps individuals begin living out their recovery plans using tools they have gained.

An individual must have successfully completed treatment. It can either be an outpatient or residential treatment program. If you received treatment from an agency besides Southwest Counseling Service, you must have corresponding paperwork stating your completion.

To Get Started
Please call (307) 352-6677 to arrange an initial intake, or to transition from our intensive outpatient program.

This program lasts 25 weeks.

Relapse Prevention is for individuals who have completed treatment but relapsed and need a refresher in preventing relapse. This group is an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Level I course, has open-enrollment and lasts about 24 weeks.

An individual must have an evaluation and be recommended to this group. They must have completed a treatment program, had a period of sobriety and relapsed or returned to use.

To Get Started
Call (307) 352-6677 to arrange an orientation time.

This program lasts 24 weeks.

Relapse Prevention Group Meetings
5:00 – 6:30 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd.

Southwest Counseling Service’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for adolescents 12 to 17 years old who are abusing or are dependent on alcohol or drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, and prescription medications.

Adolescent treatment include American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level 2.1 (AIOP) and Level 1 (AOP and AOP/CT) groups.

In the first meeting of the week, the group focuses on learning about early recovery, addiction, relapse prevention, and refusal skills. The second group focuses on the cognitive behavioral therapy program on Corrective Thinking, with adolescents learning about ways that they think and behave that result in breaking rules and causing interpersonal problems. Correctives are learned and encouraged to be used. The last group of the week combines process and psychoeducational groups.

Screening & Admission
Eligible participants will have the following criteria:

  • The adolescent is less than 18 years old.
  • An adolescent drug and alcohol assessment is required before treatment.
  • The adolescent must be diagnosed with substance dependence.

This program lasts at least 9 weeks.

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Meetings
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays
3:30-5:30 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Adolescent Aftercare is the last phase of treatment for adolescents after completing requirements in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. The group focuses on relapse prevention and can include:

  • Weekly journaling
  • Awareness of triggers
  • Warning signs of life changes in home/school
  • Learning to communicate signs of relapse thinking
  • Group support and presentations
  • Assignments
  • Group will focus on any issues and experiences that may cause them to deviate from their sobriety to help keep adolescents on track in their recovery.

This program lasts 2-3 months.

Adolescent Aftercare Meetings
3:30 – 4:30 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd.

For more information, please call (307) 352-6677.

Recovery Skills is the first phase of treatment before addiction or abuse becomes an issue. It is an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level I treatment. Recovery Skills focuses on communication and social skills while working on a recovery plan. Treatment can include:

  • Coping skills
  • Corrective thinking/right living
  • Knowledge about addiction and abuse
  • Understanding the ripple effect
  • Learning to take control of their lives

To Get Started
Please call (307) 352-6677 to arrange for an orientation.

This program lasts 14 weeks.

Recovery Skills Group Meetings
5:00-6:30 pm
2300 Foothill Blvd.

The education class is based on the Prime for Life which is an evidenced-based prevention and intervention program who maybe make high-risk choices, such as impaired driving offenders. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout their lives.

A current evaluation with an addiction severity index is required as well as legal documents.

To Get Started
Individuals need to make arrangements by calling (307) 352-6677 to attend the DUI course and make a payment of $140.

The group is held the last Thursday every other month from:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

This program is an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Level II.1 group is gender specific and meets a minimum of 9 hours per week. It provides individuals the knowledge, structure, and support needed to establish and maintain a long-term program of recovery. Individuals move at their own pace through the intensive program in four phases, which generally take 4-6 months. The program is open enrollment with two parts: Level II.1 IOP groups meet 3 times per week, followed by Level I Continuing Care meeting once per week.

An individual must have a drug and alcohol evaluation and be recommended to this group. The individual will generally be diagnosed as having substance dependence.

To Get Started
An individual must attend individual session(s) with an IOP facilitator prior to beginning group. Call (307) 352-6677 to arrange for orientation.

This program lasts 4-6 months.

“Todd is amazing. I owe my recovery to him. He is the first therapist that has been able to truly help me. I appreciate him so much.”