Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program

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Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program is a comprehensive community mental health and substance abuse treatment center that has been providing services to Sweetwater County for more than 40 years. Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program is located in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program 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.

Alcoholism

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.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.

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 Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

This program is an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Level II.1 group is gender specific and meets a minimum of 9 hours per week. It provides individuals the knowledge, structure, and support needed to establish and maintain a long-term program of recovery. Individuals move at their own pace through the intensive program in four phases, which generally take 4-6 months. The program is open enrollment with two parts: Level II.1 IOP groups meet 3 times per week, followed by Level I Continuing Care meeting once per week.

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

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Therapeutic Community Aftercare is an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Level I group for individuals who have completed treatment. The group meets three hours a week and is designed to offer support for the challenges faced in early recovery and focuses on using recovery tools acquired in treatment. The group also offers relapse prevention skills, identifying life stressors, development of healthy social networking, promotes self-help meeting and sponsorship. The Continuing Care group is provided to reinforce the treatment an individual has recently completed. It is an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level I treatment. The group helps individuals begin living out their recovery plans using tools they have gained.

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

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.

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

The Bridges Program provides group therapy that is designed to help individuals optimize their personal and social abilities in order to function successfully in the community. Groups focus on different behavior, emotional, cognitive and recovery skills. Individuals choose to attend the groups that best fit their needs.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

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.

Southwest Counseling Service - Bridges Program Highlights:

Southwest Counseling Service provides psychiatric services to adults and children that may benefit from therapy and medication. Their staff works with you to determine the effectiveness of treatment and to monitor possible side effects from medication. The psychiatric team provides services in person and through our telepsychiatry (web-camera) system.
Their psychiatric services provide medication management to offer you the best possible treatment. Medication management is a collaborative effort between the provider and individual. Their psychiatrists and advanced practitioning registered nurse will monitor your medication, therapy, and feedback to provide you with the best treatment. All of their services focus on your needs and require your feedback. There are many different solutions and treatments and their staff works to meet your needs.
Southwest Counseling Service provides comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments to all individuals seeking substance abuse treatment in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Assessments are based on a comprehensive biopsychosocial tool utilizing the Addictions Severity Index (ASI) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria.
The basic alcohol education and traffic safety/DUI education class is an eight-hour educational intervention. It is considered an early intervention American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level 0.5 course. The class is held once a month on a designated day.
The Corrective Thinking group is designed to address thinking errors that are barriers to sober and responsible pro-social living. It is an open-ended, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level I group.
Private
The Supported Independent Living Program offers a semi-independent living facility for individuals 18 years old and older in need of minimal assistance with daily activities. This program allows individuals to establish confidence in living independently, while receiving the support that is needed to live in the community.

Accreditation:

  • CARF

Payment:

  • Daily Fee: $10.00
  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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Intake:

  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Southwest Counseling Service’s Women’s Addiction Program was the first program in the state of Wyoming that allowed pregnant women and mothers with substance abuse addiction to receive intensive residential treatment while maintaining their responsibilities to their children. The children are in the program with their mothers, allowing the women the opportunity to enhance parenting and life skills.
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