High Country Behavioral Health

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High Country Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse services including treatment, emergencies, preventions, consultation, and educational services. High Country Behavioral Health is located in Afton, Wyoming.

High Country Behavioral Health Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does High Country Behavioral Health offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

In family counseling, commonly referred to as family therapy, you and some or all of your family members will work with a therapist to examine your family’s dynamics, communication, and ability to solve problems. Your therapist will help you identify issues that contribute to conflict, which may include family rules, roles, parenting disagreements and behavioral patterns.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. This group utilizes a manual and focuses on the development and use of practical daily skills through twenty-five (25) structured lessons. You will have weekly assignments to practice the skills and return and report to the group. Participants will be expected to do their homework assignments, but the nature of the assignments are such that they fit into your daily routine as they are skills that generalize to life. This is a research based program proven to be effective with most individuals who engage in the treatment.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Life can be a challenge and their Groups can give you the skills to learn to balance all of life’s demands. Groups are offered at different days and times throughout the year.

Couples Treatment

Couples therapy focuses on the problems existing in the relationship between two people. But, these relationship problems usually involve individual issues as well as relationship conflicts. All changes, involve both individual symptoms and changes in interpersonal relationships.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy (aka pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy) can be very healing, as it allows patients to bond with animals, who give unconditional love. This is particularly useful for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people, who may be able to trust and form closer attachments to animals than humans at certain stages of rehabilitation.

High Country Behavioral Health Highlights:

Consultations and assessments are available. Each therapist is professionally licensed and educated at the Masters level. Therapists are very collaborative with each client and work in an inviting and comfortable setting. Collaboration with community agencies and resources provides a comprehensive treatment for clients.
Their approach to drug and alcohol problems are comprehensive. The level of treatment is based on the criteria of the American Society of Addictions Medicine. Treatment goals are developed with the treatment provider and client as a team. A whole life skills approach is encouraged, rather than a focus solely on the drinking or drug use. Group, individual, couples, case management and family work is utilized as indicated for the benefit of the client. As with all services, they are available for a cost free consultation if desired.
Wellness and Long-term Change (WLC) is a research-supported, evidenced-based compilation group of 13 weeks including the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, which lasts 5 weeks and the Mindful Way Relapse Prevention curriculum, an eight (8) week treatment program that helps clients focus on the utilization of mindfulness skills to overcome maladaptive behaviors and emotional distress, replacing ineffective behaviors with effective behaviors for long-term wellness. The treatment manual is in development and will be provided.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a program that works toward the development of higher reasoning and better decision making. Through the activities related to several steps, participants learn the advantages of practicing higher levels of honesty, loyalty and acceptance of things as they really are. Skills relative to managing worries and letting go of what is beyond one’s control, prioritization, relationships, values and practical goal setting, the benefits of selfless giving, and other principles will be taught.
Spiritual Self-Schema Group (3S) purpose is to teach clients a set of skills for living a spiritual life that will be useful to them in their journey to maintain a life worth living. 3-S therapy is intended specifically for clients of all faiths who are motivated to learn new ways of integrating spirituality into their lives. The primary goal of the therapy is to help clients elaborate, strengthen, and habitually activate a cognitive schema — the Spiritual self-schema — that is compatible with their personal values. 3S is an advanced group therapy for clients who have completed their other group programs and are recommended by their primary therapists as candidates for the 3S Group.
Child-Parent Relational Therapy Group (CPRT) is a 10-week commitment where parents learn the art of play therapy through a collaborative, supportive, and encouraging group environment. The initial three weeks are learning-intensive followed by homework application of providing recorded play sessions with a child-of-focus weeks 4-10. Parents will be provided the specifics as to what is needed for their home-based play therapy bag and the skills required to effectively be with and connect with the child-of-focus in a manner that is therapeutic and healing for both the parent and the child.
Residential Area


  • CARF


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Cash payments accepted

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