In 2010, Forbes named Casper, Wyoming one of the best small cities to raise a family. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by national forests, Casper is also the home of Wyoming Recovery, where adults over the age of 18 can find treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. With the goal of restoring people and families, Wyoming Recovery offers a holistic approach to outpatient and residential care founded in the 12 steps.
Accommodations and Food
The Wyoming Recovery facility encompasses four converted residential homes on an open campus one block east of Wyoming Medical Center, an acute care comprehensive hospital. The houses are gender segregated, but roommates share bedrooms and bathrooms and chores. There can be as many as 15 people total in residence at once and each house has its own living room and laundry facilities and Netflix for free time. There is no on-site gym, but residents have access to the Casper Recreation Center for exercise three days a week.
No cooking is done on-site but meals are provided through cooperation with the Wyoming Medical Center. Residents walk over to the hospital for meals, which are served cafeteria style; certain dietary needs can even be accommodated. Occasionally clients are taken to a local restaurant and oftentimes lunch is served at 12/24, the local 12-step meeting clubhouse.
Treatment and Staff
Clients beginning treatment in detox have two options—a full medical detox at Wyoming Medical Center across the street, or a “light” version in residence under the care of a licensed nurse. There are staff members available to the residents around-the-clock. Most counselors are themselves in recovery and the staff-to-client ratio is a respectable one-to-five.
Wyoming Recovery’s holistic approach to treatment uses the 12 steps in combination with a variety of therapies. The program consists of psychotherapy group, step and group processing, didactic and specialized educational groups such as spirituality, anger management and CBT. The Stages of Change Model is implemented and pain and medication management. Treatment takes place at the main house, adjacent to the main office.
Spirituality is an important component of recovery here. The Spiritual Care Facilitator meets with clients weekly, alternating between grief recovery and spiritual work. This combines elements of spiritual counseling with chemical dependency counseling and grief counseling. Various Parish ministries use the 12 steps to help clients distinguish their own differences between spirituality and religion; AA/NA meetings are held at the local 12/24 Clubhouse on a daily basis.
Residents meet each morning for goals group and end each day with a wrap-up, allowing them to process what they accomplished that day. Clients are seen at least once a week by their primary therapists for an individual therapy session and once weekly by medical staff to review any medical issues. The average day starts with a 6 am wake up, where residents shower and prepare for breakfast. At 7 am they walk to the hospital for breakfast and then return to the main house for the first group (Goals Group) at 8:30 am. Group therapy resumes again after lunch. The schedule’s specific content is different every day, but the last group ends at 4 pm with free time until dinner.
Family day is scheduled each Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm. Each family counselor is required to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and experience working with families of addicts. In family sessions, loved ones learn about the disease concept of addiction and are introduced to new communication skills and techniques. Every week a licensed clinician lectures on substance abuse and family dynamics, brain chemistry and relapse prevention.
Wyoming Recovery’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an eight-week program that focuses on the disease concept of addiction, barriers to recovery, 12-step lectures and group discussions. Group sessions are led by a therapist with an option of one-on-one therapy. In conjunction with attending a minimum of two AA/NA meetings per week, clients meet three nights a week for three hours each evening. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings are balanced between group therapy and step work as needs are identified. Family group is on Wednesday evenings and facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Lastly, the Continuing Care group meets once a week for six months, though participation is encouraged for a year. This program consists of weekly group therapy sessions that are offered both during the day and at night. The groups are generally topic-oriented, with an emphasis on relapse prevention and ongoing social support, facilitated by a therapist. The philosophy at Wyoming Recovery adheres to the principle that alumni who stay engaged with the staff, each other and current residents exhibit a much higher rate of success in terms of long-term recovery.
EMDR, acupuncture and meditation are some of the extras included in the cost of treatment.
Wyoming Recovery offers a broad spectrum of treatment, broad in scope and level of care, combining the 12 steps and spirituality with evidence-based treatments and holistic therapies, like acupuncture, in a structured continuum of care. Structure means safety for many addicts and also appears to lead to sustained sobriety. Hospital food and close quarters aside, this kind of treatment is worth looking into.
231 S. Wilson St
Casper, WY 82601
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