ABOUT SOUTHWEST COUNSELING SERVICE: RECOVERY SERVICES
Located in Rock Springs, Wyo., Southwest Counseling Service provides a full continuum of Recovery Services for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. The treatment provider offers long-term and short-term residential programs, a gender-specific program for pregnant women and mothers, gender-specific intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), outpatient-based services, and sober living facilities. In addition, the facility offers IOPs for adolescents and a specialized program for DUI offenders. The facility does not provide detoxification services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To determine an appropriate level of care and individualized treatment plan, clients undergo an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment. According to the facility’s website, residential care is designed to treat individuals struggling with severe substance abuse concerns and/or criminal behavior due to chemical dependency. To treat its residential clients, Southwest Counseling Services implement evidence-based treatment methods in a therapeutic community model of recovery.
The long-term residential treatment program lasts between six and 12 months, while the short-term program typically lasts between three and six months. During this time, clients adhere to a structured schedule of programming, which may include counseling sessions and educational classes. These classes may address the consequences of chemical dependency, relapse prevention techniques, coping skills, pro-social thinking, and developing peer-support networks. Residents may also participate in regular therapeutic recreational activities.
According to the facility’s website, Southwest Counseling Services is one of the only Wyoming facilities that offers a residential program designated for pregnant women and mothers, allowing children to reside with the mother during treatment. Along with counseling and educational classes, residents may also participate in parenting classes.
Once a resident completes residential treatment, the individual may be referred to Southwest Counseling Services’ intensive outpatient programs. IOP consists of at least nine hours of weekly programming for four to six months. As gender-specific programs, the outpatient-based sessions may address issues common among men and women struggling with chemical dependency, as well as relapse prevention strategies.
The facility also offers an IOP for adolescents (ages 12 to 17), which includes process groups, monthly individual counseling, and. In addition to its traditional programs, Southwest Counseling Services also offers a program for DUI offenders. which is an eight-hour educational intervention. The DUI program may satisfy court requirements for first-time offenders.
Once an individual completes a treatment program, the facility provides an aftercare program to offer ongoing support. The continuing care program consists of one three-hour session per week. If an individual requires additional, they may have the option to transition into one of Southwest Counseling Services’ transitional living homes. Offering a supportive, recovery-oriented environment, the home help clients to transition back into the community successfully during early recovery.
Southwest Counseling Services’ Recovery Services are facilitated by a team of licensed substance abuse counselors, peer specialists, a support team, and case managers. Psychiatrists may also be available to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for dually diagnosed individuals, while childcare specialists may assist mothers while they attend treatment sessions.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alum polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing was overall critical of the facility. Out of five stars, alum E.M. gave two-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options, its ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and discharge planning. Although the felt the facility was overall ineffective, E.M. conceded that the staff was caring. “I was never successful there but I know that’s my own doing the people there care,” they wrote.
The one available alum review sourced through a secondary review site was also critical. On Yelp, giving the facility a one out of five-star rating, alum Dennis R.`wrote: “A majority of the clients either have to deal with this incompetent enterprise, or face legal consequences.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Secondary sources revealed that staff members had a more positive opinion of the facility. On Indeed, six reviewers gave the facility an average four-star rating, citing coworkers and managerial communication as strengths.  “Supportive and encouraging team environment,” one representative reviewer wrote.
Southwest Counseling Service accepts private insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. In some cases, the facility offers a sliding scale fee for services, based on the individuals ability to pay.