Central Wyoming Counseling Center (CWCC) is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility offering inpatient services for adults and adolescents struggling with drugs, alcohol and co-occurring disorders. Located in Casper just north of the Laramie Mountain range, CWCC provides low cost services to Wyoming residents. Starting out as a small mental health clinic then later expanding to a residential and outpatient treatment center, CWCC has been helping addicts and alcoholics since 1959.
Accommodations and Food
The CWCC campus has five newly-built structures situated on a half-acre of land and accommodates a total of 80 residents—40 men, 16 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and 24 women, all in separate buildings. CWCC also accommodates women with children under the age of 10 with a maximum of three children per client.
There are two to four clients per room and restrooms are dorm-style; the men’s building has three and the adolescent and female units have two. Accommodations are comfortable and each client has a twin bed, nightstand and shared closet space. Each building has its own TV room and counseling offices.
The cafeteria is located in the main building along with administrative offices. Meals are served three times per day and prepared by a licensed dietician. The food is healthy and contains all four food groups at every serving. Vegetarian meals are available upon request and there is a salad bar option at dinner. As treatment is gender and age specific, meal times are staggered.
Treatment and Staff
As CWCC is a non-smoking facility, clients who smoke are provided with nicotine patches. Cell phones, lap tops and all other electronic devices are prohibited. There are no phone calls or visits permitted for the first two weeks of treatment, after which time phone calls can be made at counselor’s discretion. Visiting hours are Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. Visitation is limited to immediate family and guests must be approved by the treatment team. The average length of stay at CWCC is 60 days, but it depends on the individual.
Residents begin their day with a 7 am wake up and breakfast from 7:30 to 9:15 am with each unit eating separately. Gender and age specific groups begin at 10 am and continue until 4 pm with breaks for lunch. Groups empty a CBT approach and topics include relapse prevention, identifying triggers, family dynamics, coping with stress, peer pressure, self-esteem and parenting classes and anger management where appropriate. For dual-diagnosis clients, there is also a co-occurring disorder group.
A primary therapist is assigned during the admission process and clients have individual therapy once per week. CWCC offers a social detox program, if necessary. Clients detox in the regular treatment program alongside their peers with the support of medical staff to ensure their safety. Individuals on medication are seen by a psychiatrist at the mental health center bi-monthly for medication management. Weeknights CWCC hosts on-site AA/NA meetings and clients are encouraged to attend.
After successful completion of residential treatment, clients can step down into the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or the traditional outpatient track. IOP meets three evenings a week for three hour groups and outpatient clients attend one group a week. Groups are separated according to age and gender. The length of outpatient treatment depends not he individual.
The treatment team consists of Master’s-level therapists, LCSWs, CADCs, treatment technicians and psychiatrists. Client-to-staff ratio is five-to-one. Counseling staff is available Mondays through Fridays from 8 am until 6 pm and treatment techs are on site 24 hours per day.
CWCC has a twice-monthly aftercare program for clients seeking post-residential treatment support. Staff facilitate groups for each program where alumni can share their struggles and offer support to one another.
CWCC offers affordable treatment programs for individuals seeking a gender-specific environment. With tracks designed specifically for adolescents and women with children as well as outpatient services, this comprehensive facility focuses on individual client needs and provides solid outpatient and post-treatment support.
Central Wyoming Counseling Center
1430 Wilkins Circle
Casper, Wyoming 82601
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