Sheridan VA Medical Center opened its doors in 1922 to provide medical and mental health care to US veterans. The large facility is located in Sheridan, a city in Northcentral Wyoming and serves veterans throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Its residential substance abuse treatment program has been in its current incarnation for the last decade and features a dedicated track for those with co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Residents occupy a unit in the large brick facility situated on several green acres. Clients have roommates and may bring personal computers and cell phones to treatment. Residents are given ample autonomy on the facility campus, and can take advantage of a library, chaplain services and gym with weight room. The facility cafeteria serves standard American fare and snacks.
Treatment and Staff
The standard substance abuse treatment track lasts 35 days and the co-occurring disorders track lasts 56 days. In both programs, residents have full days of group therapy, psychoeducation classes and individual therapy. Class subjects include both required “core” classes—such as the disease of addiction—and optional subjects on such topics as finding meaning and religion in recovery.
Clients are encouraged to attend 12-step or other peer support meetings while in treatment. The facility hosts one AA/NA and one Celebrate Recovery group each week. Residents are also welcome to attend nearby 12-step meetings in the community throughout the week.
The multidisciplinary treatment team includes psychiatrists, LPCs, psychologists and mental health nurse practitioners. Substance abuse treatment is grounded in the Matrix Model and CBT, and all clinicians are experienced in treating co-occurring disorders. Many specialize in trauma treatment and the VA has dedicated treatment programming for PTSD survivors.
For aftercare, local residents are invited to attend treatment groups and counseling sessions. The treatment team works with non-local clients to locate outpatient programs and therapists in their area for on-going treatment and support.
The Sheridan VA Medical Center has been providing residential substance abuse for over 10 years with a dedicated track for dual diagnosis support. With dedicated groups for PTSD treatment and finding meaning in adversity, the program tailors treatment to explore the particular traumas and challenges that impact the substance abuse of US veterans.
Sheridan VA Medical Center
1898 Fort Rd
Sheridan, WY 82801
Sheridan VA Medical Center Outpatient Cost: Treatment is usually free of charge for veterans. Reach Sheridan VA Medical Center by phone at (307) 672-3473. Find Sheridan VA Medical Center on Facebook and Twitter
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