Southwest Counseling Service, a collection of six mental health facilities located in southwestern Wyoming’s Sweetwater County, offers psychiatric and psychological services. There are three levels of treatment for adults in recovery from substance abuse: inpatient care, an Intensive Outpatient program (IOP) and regular outpatient treatment. Southwest Counseling’s Rosen Recovery program in Rock Springs offers inpatient treatment for substance abuse, but only to adults; the most intensive level of care offered to adolescents is IOP.
Accommodations and Food
Southwest Counseling has three residential programs. The short-term program program for men and women is Rosen Recovery, where clients live for three to six months. A longer-term program, only offered to men, is the Therapeutic Community program, where clients live for between six months and one year. Therapeutic Community is viewed as an alternative to jail or prison and is reserved for clients with the most severe behavioral and substance abuse issues. The other residential program is the Women’s Addiction Program, open to pregnant women or mothers.
Clients should expect to have a roommate at Southwest Counseling and to tidy their own living spaces. Mothers in the Women’s Addiction Program can live with their children. There is 24-hour staff supervision to ensure client safety and security.
A smoking cessation program is offered, and so are opportunities to exercise (twice a week).
Treatment and Staff
Clients must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation to be considered for any type of substance abuse treatment—outpatient, IOP or residential. Evaluations cost $240 at intake. Clients work with clinical staff to determine at which level of treatment they should begin.
Women’s Addiction Program and Therapeutic Community clients attend groups and individual sessions at Southwest Counseling’s main facility (transportation is provided). Rosen Recovery clients receive treatment in-house at the residential facility. Group therapy and individual sessions are offered to clients. Groups cost an additional $5 an hour and there are typically 35 hours of group per week. Children of Women’s Addiction Program clients are provided daycare while clients are in therapy.
Southwest Counseling offers IOP to adults and adolescents ages 12 to 17. The adolescent IOP consists mostly of group therapy that focuses on three main components. The first component requires clients to discover their internal motivations; the second requires them to use new ways of thinking to correct old patterns of thought that lead to destructive behaviors; and the third, known as Keep It Direct and Simple (KIDS), requires clients to develop new coping skills. Individual and family counseling are also incorporated into the third component of the IOP.
Adult IOP includes gender-specific groups three days a week for three hours a session. Clients meet with an IOP facilitator for an individual session before attending groups and work with clinical staff at intake to determine which groups are appropriate for them to attend.
Southwest Counseling also offers groups with specific curricula. The Pre-Treatment Group is available for those who are referred for substance abuse assessments and is held once a week for one hour. Guided Recovery is for outpatient clients and requires written assignments. For the Corrective Thinking group, clients must attend one-on-one sessions before being admitted. This group addresses errors in thinking and helps clients to become more socialized, connecting their thinking to their behaviors. A Seeking Safety group is available to women 18 and older who have substance abuse issues and have experienced trauma.
Staff include therapists, nurse practitioners and substance abuse counselors. Medication management is available for clients—nurse practitioners work with clients to administer medication at appropriate times.
Southwest Counseling provides aftercare and education services. Continuing Care is for clients who have completed an outpatient program or residential treatment and is available three days a week for 30 minutes each session. A Recovery Skills group meets once a week for 90 minutes, covering coping skills, corrective thinking and education about addiction and abuse. A Therapeutic Community aftercare group meets three hours a week and is for clients in early recovery who have completed residential treatment. This group reinforces tools to stay sober, including ways to identify triggers for substance use and relapse prevention techniques, and meets twice a week. Alcohol, traffic safety and DUI education classes are available for clients who are court-ordered. There is also a monthly early education group for clients who show signs of alcohol or drug abuse.
Southwest Counseling Service offers an all-encompassing range of substance abuse treatment including aftercare programming. Potential clients have the luxury of beginning with residential treatment and scaling down to less intensive outpatient groups, all under the care of the same facility. The affordability of Southwest Counseling Service may be a major bonus for those with limited financial flexibility.
Southwest Counseling Service Location
2300 Foothill Blvd
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Southwest Counseling Service Cost: $300-$400 (30 days). Reach Southwest Counseling Service by phone at (307) 352-6677 and (307) 875-5515. Find Southwest Counseling Service on Facebook
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