Located in Sheridan, Wyoming, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is a regional healthcare and community outreach organization owned and operated by the nationwide Volunteers of America. Founded in 1985, the Northern Rockies branch offers a number of programs to men and women struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders and behavioral health issues. One of these programs is its residential treatment track for men at The Life House.
Accommodations and Food
The Life House rests on 40 acres of land just south of Sheridan. The home has 48 beds altogether in mostly double occupancy rooms (though some singles may be available depending on how full the program is). Each comes with twin beds, dressers, a wardrobe and a small desk. In addition to the bedrooms, the house is divided into four pods connected by a main common area with cable TV, each used for different purposes including therapy and recreation. Clients can take advantage of an on-site game room with a ping-pong table as well as a weight room for exercise. The home also comes with a fully-equipped kitchen where residents are fed three healthy meals a day.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through an initial intake and assessment process to help the staff members determine their needs. Although medical detox services are not offered, those with less severe withdrawal symptoms can go through a short-term social detox as the organization’s nearby Center of Hope facility. Once stabilized, residents continue on to daily group and weekly individual therapy rooted in evidence-based methods including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT). While the specifics of each program may differ, clients can expect a variety—the curriculum includes lessons from Seeking Safety, 12-step meetings, family therapy and trauma-informed care. Group sessions cover parenting skills, GED preparation, family dynamics, healthy relationships and grief processing. As mentioned, support for basic dual diagnosis issues is provided as well.
The Life House is on the same campus as The Gathering Place, an analogous track for women. Christian-focused treatment plans are available as are programs catering to Native Americans which include traditional healing methods like the Medicine Wheel and smudging. Once they complete primary care, clients can also attend one of the organization’s transitional living facilities as a form of aftercare.
Overall, The Life House is a well-rounded program available through Volunteers of America Northern Rockies. Treatment is evidence-based and includes teachings from a number of diverse disciplines including Seeking Safety and the 12 steps. Because its parent organization Volunteers of America has a contract with the state, all programs are also very affordable. For those in the area, The Life House is a solid program worth considering.
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies: The Life House
1876 S Sheridan Ave
Sheridan, WY 82801
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies: The Life House Cost: State-funded. Reach Volunteers of America Northern Rockies: The Life House by phone at (307) 672-0475. Find Volunteers of America Northern Rockies on Facebook and YouTube
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