Myth: Substance abuse and addiction are actually the same thing.
Fact: Though the terms “abuse” and “addiction” are often considered synonymous, they are not the same thing.
Substance abuse generally refers to the use of drugs or alcohol in unhealthy or even dangerous ways. Substance use disorder (SUD) is the diagnosis given to people who continually struggle with substance use, or who have developed a dependence on the substance. An individual who has a drug addiction has developed a physical, chemical and/or a psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol.
People who engage in substance abuse without an active addiction are more likely to still experience the novel euphoric or depressive effects of the substance. Once addiction sets in, the individual develops a tolerance to the drug and will require more and more of the substance to achieve that original high, if it can be recreated at all.
Myth: People who can’t stop using drugs are weak or immoral.
Fact: People who become dependent or drugs or alcohol are victims of a real illness.
Most people who have become addicted to a drug or alcohol would quit if they could. Many people who misuse substances also suffer from a mental health condition, and may first seek substances as a way to self-medicate. Further, science has proven that addiction disorders do have a genetic link that may run in families.
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Myth: People can quit using drugs any time they want.
Fact: When substance abuse turns into drug addiction, it takes a powerful hold over both mind and body. This is because chronic substance use alters brain response.
While initial substance use is usually voluntary, most substances actually rewire the brain, flooding dopamine receptors, leading to feelings of short-lived pleasure that later give way to anxious cravings. Even the strongest-willed individuals have difficulty quitting drugs on their own. A quality drug rehab program and addiction counselors can help break this cycle.
A person who is mentally healthy can generally manage stress, respond appropriately to problems in life, and express emotions in a healthy, productive way. If a person runs into trouble with these sorts of tasks, or has a problem that just can’t be solved, therapy may be a good option to improve mental health.
Plan on spending about two hours at your first appointment. You will be asked to fill out some forms for our agency, including your consent to have treatment at Southwest Counseling Service.
You will meet with a mental health clinician who will complete an assessment with you on the computer. This person will ask you questions about your history and your reasons for coming in for counseling. At the end of the session, you and your clinician will talk about options for treatment and your treatment plan.
You can make an appointment by calling any of our offices directly.
Southwest Counseling Service takes your privacy very seriously, and we work hard to protect your confidentiality. Your information is kept in secure files, and is not shared with anyone without your consent.
There are some exceptions to that, which are legal reasons that your clinician would have to share information about you without your consent. Those include, but are not limited to, a serious medical emergency or threat to life, legally reportable information about child or adult neglect, or if there is a valid court order requiring information.
Sometimes people come to Southwest Counseling Service as a result of a court order or because of legal problems. If that is the case, we will usually have you sign a release of information form allowing us to contact your referral source about your therapy. This is often necessary to let the referral source know that you are attending therapy and how you are progressing.
For more information about all of the limits to confidentiality, as well as information about the employee code of ethics, please view the client information guide.
This is a subsidized fee scale based on gross household income and the number of people in the household. This is offered because we are partially funded by the state.
The total cost for this evaluation is $175. You may make payment arrangements with the clerical staff if you will not be able to pay in full. Also, please be aware that we will notify referral resources, such as probation, courts, etc., of payment and non-payment.
Finally, if you have had an evaluation or addiction severity index (ASI) assessment completed in the past three months, SCS will require a copy and there will be no additional charge for this portion of the assessment. The cost with a previous ASI included is based on our sliding fee scale.
Therapeutic Community, and Women’s Addiction Program are all residential treatment programs where individuals reside in Southwest Counseling Service housing during the substance abuse treatment program. Each program has various lengths of stay ranging from four months to more than one year.
The application for admissions into residential treatment is a drug and alcohol evaluations completed within the last six months including the ASI and ASAM indicating the level of care recommended. The evaluation is reviewed to determine if the applicant is appropriate for placement with the residential program. Applications can be mailed or faxed to our Foothill office, attention to program operations supervisor. Once approved the applicant will be contacted and either given a bed date or put on a waiting list. Once approved an admission packet will be mailed out with a list of belongings that they are allowed to have in treatment, the packet also includes the rules of the program and the level system for the TC/WAP programs.
Bring enough clothing for seven (7) days, clothing must be modest and without offensive designs or logos (i.e. advertising tobacco, alcohol, bars, or counterculture lifestyles). Bring athletic wear such as tennis shoes, gym-type shorts, and appropriate tank tops, or sweats for use during exercise. No leggings unless they are under clothing. All clothing must fit without being overly loose or tight. Bring modest sleepwear and a robe. Bring seasonal clothing, i.e. hats, gloves, coats, etc. Please be reminded that there is limited space to keep your personal belongings so keep to a minimum what you bring. It is advised that you leave all valuables at home such as expensive jewelry. Also, no more than 3 pairs of shoes are permitted; they must be closed toed and heels may not have a heel higher than 1 ½ inches. Absolutely no flip/flops will be allowed (with the exception of shower shoes). We have laundry facilities and provide laundry products.
Bring personal toiletries and hygiene supplies. For example, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, hair brush/comb, hair accessories, lotion, and shaving accessories. Ladies are allowed only eight make-up items, this does not include brushes; please do not bring more than the allotted amount. If you bring more it will be stored until arrangements can be made to send them to your home at your expense. Bedding and towels are provided.
Bring prescription medication to last at least up to thirty (30) days until you can be seen by our physician. These medications must be in their original prescription bottles or a written prescription. Over-the-counter medications are provided and your own will not be accepted so please do not bring them. You will be responsible for the cost of any prescription medications. Should you be eligible for quality of life funding you would then be responsible for only half of the cost of your prescription medications.
Tobacco products are prohibited in the program. There will be no smoking or chewing tobacco used while in treatment.
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. Treatment recommendations can include:
Residential treatment programs are one of the most effective methods of achieving long-term recovery from addiction. Southwest Counseling Service provides three residential treatment programs for adult men and women suffering from substance abuse/dependency depending on each individual’s needs.
The Therapeutic Community is a long-term, six- to 12-month residential treatment program for individuals with severe substance abuse disorders and criminal behavior. It is highly structured, confrontational, and an effective alternative to jail or prison.
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.
Our residential treatment programs offer a number of other benefits:
For more information on these programs, please call (307) 352-6680.