Worthmore Addiction Services provides substance abuse treatment services at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, a member of the Avera network of providers serving communities throughout the mid-west. WAS has been offering medical detox, residential, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) since 1978 in Aberdeen, South Dakota—a small city northeast of Pierre, South Dakota, and home to Northern State University.
Accommodations and Food
The WAS residential treatment program accommodates 18 men and women at the Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. Clients are transported to a nearby treatment facility each day for program activities. Each resident has a roommate and each room has its own bathroom. The unit has a common area where residents can watch television and laundry facilities are available, as well as exercise equipment.
Like a typical hospital, residents order meals—both in the hospital and at the treatment facility—“room service” style, from a large menu with a varying daily menu. Sugar and caffeine are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is typically four weeks long during which time residents do not have access to cell phones or the internet. Clients attend scheduled treatment activities from six to eight hours each day, which include group and individual therapy, education classes and lectures, 12-step meetings and family therapy. Residents also have occupational therapy three times each week.
Therapy groups—which usually include 15 to 18 participants—use a combination of techniques including Reality Therapy and CBT and the program is designed to encourage peer-to-peer interaction. Groups are led by addiction counselors including LADCs. WAS is well-equipped to help residents with co-occurring disorders, who can receive therapy and medication management from psychiatrists and psychologists in its Behavioral Health department.
WAS uses The Sober Living Workbook which includes exercises that address many aspects of recovery. Residents are assigned homework from the workbook each night which is then addressed in processing groups the following day. While this can make for long days, clinicians believe completing the workbook gives residents a tangible recovery road map to take with them after treatment is completed. Following treatment, clients may choose to step down to the PHP or IOP to continue their recovery.
WAS has developed a family program to help residents create a reliable support system post-treatment. After the initial two weeks of treatment they can apply for an overnight pass to visit family and loved ones can come to visit residents on weekend afternoons. WAS also offers once-a-week group therapy for aftercare.
As a department of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Worthmore Addiction Services is well-equipped to support residents with co-occurring disorders and provide first-rate medical attention as well. By implementing a strong curriculum in its treatment groups through the use of The Sober Living Workbook and evidence based therapeutic practices, it ensures that the ideas and practices that take hold in treatment will continue to flourish once residents return to their communities.
Worthmore Addiction Services at Avera St. Luke’s Location
305 S. State St
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Worthmore Addiction Services at Avera St. Luke’s Residential Cost
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