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Cheyenne is the state capital of Wyoming and most populous city. Located in Laramie County, the city is considered the nation's rodeo and railroad capital and embodies the spirit of the "Old West." Home to numerous museums, steam engines, historic hotels, and western themed attractions, the city is a wonderful place to visit or raise a family.
Wyoming is the least populous state in the US with a population of 579,315 in 2017. Wyoming, due to its size and low population, creates challenges in providing quality healthcare to its residents, especially in rural areas. Communities that are not located near the two major interstate highways tend to be more isolated. Drug deaths have increased by 167% in the last decade. The state ranks 32nd in health care and 48th in public health policy. Wyoming ranks 3rd in the nation in suicides, with a rate nearly double the national rate.
Wyoming is not immune to the issues around drug addiction. There were a total of 154 overdose deaths in 2016-2017. In 2018 the state experienced 40 drug overdose deaths due to opioids (rate of 6.8%) compared to the national average of 14.6%. In 2018, Wyoming providers wrote 57.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons compared to the average US rate of 51.4 prescriptions.
In 2020, Cheyenne drug arrests have been made for possession and distribution of cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin, and prescription drugs.
Due to Wyoming's low population and size, resources can be difficult to find and access. A few initiatives offered to the state's residents include prescriptions for naxalone, trainings on how to administer this life saving drug, and educational materials.
The Wyoming Medication Donation Program accepts donations of certain medications and will redistribute them to others who may need them. This program also accepts controlled substances for disposal.
Wyoming offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) which uses medication, combined with counseling and other therapies to help treat substance abuse disorders.
There are prevention initiatives geared towards young people to educate them on the dangers of opioid prescription medicines as well as the health implications that occur.
The Right Program: a detailed interview and assessment process with a clinical professional. Look for an organization that assesses physical and mental health, as well as qualifications for your loved one’s specific issues. If they are struggling with a specific substance, make sure the organization you’re considering has skilled experience with that substance. If the organization isn’t right for your substance abuse treatment, ask if they have referrals for a more appropriate fit.
Professional Team: a group of licensed, experienced individuals who have spent years serving individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Look for an organization that focuses on a team-oriented approach, working together to support each client. Find a team that includes individual and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, and dietitians. A highly credentialed team taking a holistic approach to care is critical to achieving successful outcomes from substance abuse and addiction treatments.
Safety: an organization that focuses on participant safety, both physical and emotional. Many people will discover through the treatment process that abstinence from all substances is the best choice for them. Through this journey, it is important to support participants in staying safe and reducing harm. Find a support system you trust to aid your substance abuse and addiction treatment.
Mental Health and Trauma Training: drug abuse and addiction generally co-occur with mental health or trauma experience. It is important that a treatment program has the ability to treat not only substance abuse but also underlying mental health concerns and trauma. Ideally, a program would have a psychiatrist on staff, and staff trained in trauma-informed care. A good support system believes recovery and healing are two sides of the same coin, and both are necessary for long-lasting success.
An Individualized Program: an organization that tailors the experience to the individual and their unique needs. Find a team that sees you or your loved one as a person and creates a support program based on what is needed. True change from substance abuse and addiction treatment comes from authentic connection and genuine investment.
Strengths Based: An approach that focuses on what is working and nurtures those activities, patterns, and behaviors to encourage health and vibrancy.
Evidence-Based Care: an organization that draws on research and time-tested practices for the best possible outcome. Research or ask about the therapy methods they use in addition treatment.
Family Oriented: Any large life challenge always affects and is impacted by the surrounding system. Find an organization that supports and integrates the whole family. No one walks the road to recovery alone.
Once you’ve found an organization that encompasses a majority of the above program elements, there are a few commonly asked follow-up questions that can help you narrow your search for just the right fit.
As you begin the process of searching for the best treatment program for yourself or a loved on, there are a lot of factors to consider. Colorado has excellent treatment options for Wyoming teens and young adults. Talking to a knowledgeable treatment and mental health professional can help assess your needs, and guide you to resources that would be best for you.
Laramie is a three hour drive to Colorado Springs, home to our adult detox and teen residential program where you can stay while getting treatment. With an onsite discharge planner, when you complete treatment, you will have a robust aftercare plan and referrals for local therapy back in Cheyenne.
Here are the levels of care that Sandstone Care offers:
Colorado Springs Detox Center offers a two-week program which includes vigilant medical supervision and treatment as clients complete a safe detox from drugs and alcohol. Clients are invited to participate in a comprehensive clinical programming that addresses triggers, coping skills, mental health conditions, and relapse prevention. Upon stabilization, you will transition to our inpatient program where you will receive 6 hours of addiction recovery treatment per day, plus individual therapy two times per week.
Cascade Canyon Teen Residential is a 30-60 day residential treatment program for teens ages 13-17. The program is designed specifically for teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Our Virtual IOP program lasts 8-12 weeks with 10 hours of live programming per week. Just like our in-person program, treatment takes place after work and after school, so there is less disruption from school and work. Clients and their family members are able to engage in secure and confidential telehealth sessions with our providers using a computer, tablet, or phone. We have age-specific programming for teens and young adults.
Many substance abuse and mental health treatment providers in Cheyenne and the surrounding areas accept insurance, and may be in network with your plan. If you have questions about what would be best for you, or would like to verify your insurance, call (303) 501-5804 to speak with a Sandstone Care treatment professional.
Our Colorado Springs office serves teens and young adults who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Our medical detox and inpatient center is located in city proper and our Teen Residential Center is a short drive up to the mountains in Cascade. Or if less intensive treatment is indicated, our online intensive outpatient program is available.
In addition to seeking out support from addiction professionals, having a network of people that will build you up as you continue your sobriety is very important. Organizations like 12 Step Programs and SMART Recovery provide meetings that build up sober individuals and help to create a supportive community.
Cheyenne Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting List
Wyoming AA Meetings
Cheyenne Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Buddhist Recovery Network
Refuge Recovery Online Meetings
SMART Recovery Meeting List
SMART Recovery Online Meetings
Sandstone Care Parent Support Group