Located in Prescott, Arizona, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) has been helping residents in Yavapai County and surrounding areas struggling with substance abuse for the past 25 years. Nestled in the forests of the majestic Bradshaw Mountains, surrounded by lakes and hiking trails, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic provides affordable residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment to people in need.
Accommodations and Food
The 23-bed co-ed residential facility is located in the heart of Prescott. The building is nothing fancy; a pale green, flat roofed structure amidst single-family homes and apartment complexes. While WYGC treats adolescents in its outpatient program, residential treatment is for adults 18 and over. Two to three clients share a room, depending on the census, with dormitory bathrooms at the end of the hall. Each room is furnished with twin beds, a small closet and a shared dresser. There are two rooms for therapy, a kitchen and a recreation room. While the facility does not have cable, they do have a VCR for movie night, which is once per week. Residents are assigned weekly chores and are responsible for laundry, kitchen chores and keeping the facility clean. Smoking is allowed at WYGC, but no cell phones or laptops.
WYGC kitchen staff prepares all meals and special dietary requests can be granted. With an eye to healthful eating, menus are based around vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. Caffeine is offered until noon and the kitchen is always stocked with fruit and cereal for snacks.
Treatment and Staff
While there is a nurse on staff during the week, WYGC is not a medical facility; there is no detox and potential clients must be abstinent for at least one week prior to admission. Co-occurring disorders are addressed but there are no psychiatrists on staff to diagnose or prescribe medication.
Each client is assigned a primary counselor who then provides a schedule. Residents attend group therapy and educational sessions throughout the day, and individual therapy once per week. The primary mode of treatment at WYGC is CBT. Group topics include peer pressure, relapse prevention, addictions studies and stress management. Residents attend outside 12-step meetings four nights per week with Saturday night reserved for movie night. Visiting hours are on Sundays from 2 to 4 pm.
Residents are kept busy from 6 am until almost 10 pm nightly for an average stay of 28 days, though this can vary from 14 to 45 days. Breakfast is at 7 am, lunch is at noon and dinner is at 5:30. Free time is from 3 to 5 pm.
The residential treatment team at WYGC consists of CSACs, Master’s-level therapists, treatment team assistants and two nurses, for a client-to-staff ratio of nine-to-one.
Therapy for families of adult clients is optional but encouraged. Significant others who wish to be involved in the treatment process or who would like support are advised to make an appointment with the client’s primary counselor. In the adolescent program, parents and legal guardians are required to attend family group therapy on Thursday evenings, where families meet individually without the client present.
Graduates of WYGC programs are eligible to become a part of the alumni group, which meets with clients currently in treatment in order to share their stories.
WYGC also offers a DUI program for those who have been court ordered. These clients will either complete 16 or 36 hours of alcohol awareness and addiction education classes.
While the accommodations at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic exemplify the no frills approach to recovery, the treatment team appears to be friendly, open and dedicated to helping clients. Medicaid and sliding scale options are also available to those who don’t qualify for state funding. This is affordable and accessible recovery, with the option to continue treatment for up to eight months.
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
642 Dameron Dr
Prescott, AZ 86301
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