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National Recovery Month
September, 2021

Recovery IS FOR EVERYONE: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community National Recovery Month increases awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and encourages individual in need to treatment and recovery to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates people who are living in recovery. Recovery Month spreads the message of:

  • Behavioral Health is essential for overall health
  • Treatment is Effective
  • Prevention Works
Southwest Counseling Service has a team that works diligently works to assist individuals and families to change their lives, to join others in recovery and to work towards solution. Substance disorders and mental illness are treatable! Linda Acker, Southwest Counseling Service CEO, reported, “Southwest Counseling Service provided a total of 61,547 hours of treatment in 2020, for mental health there was a total of 2,600 persons served and for substance disorder 913 persons served. The employees of SCS providing services make a difference everyday in our community! I am proud of he services provided by SCS and the treatment that we provide.


Teens and the Importance of Social Distancing
April 16, 2020

As we all know, teens thrive from social interactions.

So how does COVID-19 affect this? Your teen may be asking you if they can have some friends over, or if they can go to a friend’s house.

According to the CDC director, an individual can have COVID-19 and be asymptomatic. This increases the chances of COVID-19 being spread to others, including high-risk individuals. This is why it is so important to practice social distancing, and to tell your teens NO to hanging out with friends at this time.



Southwest Counseling offers tips for staying well during social distancing
April 15, 2020

Taking care of yourself will be important during this period of time of social isolation.

We tend to be social and wanting to have contact with family, friends, neighbors and others. With social distancing and normal routines being interrupted, it will be important to keep a balance in your new normal.

Watch for signs of increased mental distress:

  • Increase worry, irritability and/or anger
  • Changes in sleep patterns and eating habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or being able to focus
  • Increase use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs



Southwest Counseling and Sweetwater County Prevention Offer Resources to Keep You Healthy & Happy
March 24, 2020

Everyone is unique and reacts in different ways. Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally at this time is crucial.
Focusing on our self-care during this time can promote long-term healing.

Here are some tips from the CDC on how to cope with a traumatic event:

  • Take care of your body by eating healthy well-balanced meals, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep. Avoid using alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
  • Connect with others whether it be through video calls, phone calls, or online. Express your concerns and how you are feeling with your support system.
  • Stay informed on information from credible sources.
  • Be mindful of your screen time usage. Unplug from social media and other media outlets to go on a walk or to do other self-care strategies.
  • Seek help when needed.





Teens and the Importance of Social Distancing and Southwest Counseling offers tips for staying well during social distancing and Southwest Counseling and Sweetwater
County Prevention Offer Resources to
Keep You Healthy & Happy

What is mental health?

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.
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What can I expect at my first appointment?

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.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling any of our offices directly.

Southwest Counseling Services - Mental Health
1124 College Dr. Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6680
What about confidentiality?

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.

What is a sliding fee scale?

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.
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How much does a drug and alcohol evaluation cost?

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.

What is residential treatment?

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.

Application process

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.

What can I bring into residential treatment?

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 Services - Mental Health
1124 College Dr. Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6680
Fax: (307) 352-6676

Monday and Wednesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm

Southwest Counseling Services - Recovery & Billing
2300 Foothill Blvd. Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6677
Fax:(307) 352-6614

Monday and Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Southwest Counseling Services - Medical & Psychosocial
2706 Ankeny Way, Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6689
Fax: 307-352-6692

Monday –Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm