Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Resources in Laramie
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Laramie Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources
Laramie, Wyoming may be the most iconic western city in the United States. Laramie was named after French-Canadian trapper, Jacques LaRamie. Mr. LaRamie went on a hunting expedition in the nearby mountains and disappeared around 1810.
Flash forward a few decades to the 1860’s and Laramie is ruled by thieving brutes. Big Steve Long and his compatriots: Con and Ace Moyer controlled the town from their saloon, ‘The Bucket of Blood.’ Con Moyer entitled himself Justice of the Peace and Ace Moyer became marshal. In no time, Big Steve Long was a deputy marshal too. These three ‘lawmen’ bullied ranchers to give their land to them and if they refused they were murdered. When the lynch mob came for the trio, Long had killed 13 men and another seven murders were suspected to be completed by his hands. Fed up, the community was rallied together by N.K. Broswell and the town hung these three men for their crimes.
The stark beauty of Wyoming is awe inspiring. In 2011, Money Magazine stated Laramie, Wyoming as one of the top places to spend retirement because of the low taxes and natural beauty. Yet, Laramie isn’t all mountain vistas and the memory of cowboys and Native Americans galloping on horseback across the plains.
An illness has infiltrated the heart of Laramie, Wyoming: the misuse of narcotics and alcohol. Cities as expansive as New York City and as small as the little town of Horse Creek are experiencing surges in alcohol and drug use and accidental overdose fatalities.
Substance misuse can sneak up on anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. The disease of a substance use disorder doesn’t care who you are as long as you continue its’ destructive cycle. This guide will act as an introduction to available treatment programs and what to expect while recuperating at a facility.
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The Recovery Village Palmer Lake does not operate in the state of Wyoming. Our closest facility is in Palmer Lake, CO and can be seen in the map above.
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Finding Help in Laramie
Laramie Alcohol Rehab Centers and Drug Centers
There are a few primary types of treatment program and most clinics can be divided among three categories: residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. These three types of program share many therapeutic approaches for helping patients manage their use disorders.
Residential Treatment Programs
Residential treatment programs are also known by the names inpatient and retreat-based facilities. Inpatient clinics are live-in programs where patients are monitored through the detoxification process by medical staff while participating in individual and group cognitive behavioral therapies and completing use disorder education and building skills courses to productively cope with this chronic condition.
Partial Hospitalization Programs
Partial hospitalization programs are facilities where participants stay at the clinic while they’re going through the detoxification process. Once the toxins are removed from the patient’s system, the patient will return to their home and commute to the clinic for treatments. Partial hospitalization programs provide the extra security of remaining on-site during detoxification, so a medical team can monitor your progress and prescribe MATs if necessary.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient treatment programs are very flexible and can accommodate any schedule. Outpatient facilities do not have a residential aspect to their treatment. Patient’s must be able to restrict their access to their substance of choice and avoid people who contribute to their condition. While flexible, outpatient treatment programs can fall short of helping a participant sustain their sobriety. The approach to treatment is similar to retreat-based programs without the protective barrier of a residential clinic.
Retreat-based therapy can be a sanctuary where a participant’s body, mind and spirit can rejuvenate and cleanse the toxins from their bodies while gaining a wider knowledge of their condition and how to maintain sobriety.
Many people think all there is to recovery is the detox phase. Those people are wrong. Recovery is different for everyone, but it does involve multiple steps and continual monitoring and abstinence from misusing substances. The chronic condition of a use disorder is a very complex and subjective illness that manifests itself in a myriad of ways through chemical dependencies. Safe to say, addiction and alcoholism aren’t just drinking alcohol or misusing narcotics, those are just the symptoms. Causes can often be found below the surface. Psychiatrists and psychologists are the only trained people who can help patients discover the roots of their use disorder.
Detox is important, but without therapy and aftercare it may be difficult to sustain sobriety or manage the condition. Quality treatment programs will have a minimum of three approaches to recovery: detoxification, individual cognitive behavioral counseling and preparation for aftercare.
Recovery Meetings Near You
Even though many think detoxification is rehabilitation, it is aftercare, mutual-aid fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery meetings where the bulk of your healing will be completed. These fellowships can be the cornerstone to effectively managing your use disorder. Once you’ve complete triage care and are released from residential, partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment, that’s when aftercare comes into focus for sustaining your new sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) MeetingsAlcoholics Anonymous was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in 1935 in Akron, Ohio. These men established the 12 steps in response to their own misuse of alcohol. In less than a century after Wilson and Smith introduced AA, it has become the most popular form of aftercare fellowship in the world with over 60,000 meetings held in 139 countries. The only requirement for attendance is a desire to stop drinking alcohol. AA does employ a spiritual foundation to help members progress throughout the 12 steps, but Alcoholics Anonymous doesn’t affiliate with any particular faith, dogma or political institution. The 12 traditions were brought first introduced in 1946 as a way to keep members united despite outside influences.
- Downtown Group Where: Laramie Civic Center 710 E. Garfield St. Laramie, WY 82070
- Fellowship Group Where: St. Matthew’s Cathedral 104 S. 4th St. Laramie, WY 82070
- As Bill Sees it Group Where: Trinity Lutheran Church 107 S. 7th St. Laramie, WY 82070
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) MeetingsNarcotics Anonymous is a later addition to the Alcoholics Anonymous institution. The same 12 steps and traditions are practiced by members of Narcotics Anonymous. Participants are encouraged to have and become a sponsor to other members in the group. The sponsorship provides another defense against misusing narcotics. These mutual-aid fellowships are rich and diverse resources to support those beginning or maintaining their recovery. The spiritual foundation of Narcotics Anonymous isn’t connected to any specific religion or dogma and welcomes people from all walks of life to join a meeting.
- NA Meeting Where: United Methodist Church 1215 E. Gibbon St. Laramie, WY 82072
- On Life’s Terms Where: Unitarian Universalist Church 300 S. Thomes Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001
- Clean and Free Where: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, East Campus 2600 E. 18th St. Cheyenne, WY 82001
SMART Recovery MeetingsSMART Recovery meetings are more recent developments in aftercare fellowship options. While Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous have a spiritual foundation, SMART Recovery operates from a bed rock of scientific discovery and rational thought. SMART is an acronym for self-management and recovery training. SMART Recovery doesn’t utilize the sponsorship tools in their meetings. Members engage in frank discussions, instead of addressing the group through personal testimonials. The program authority for SMART Recovery is rational thought and scientific knowledge. The mission of SMART Recovery meetings is for members to sustain motivation to remain sober, deal with impulses, constructively cope with behaviors, thoughts and feelings while balancing long-term health and momentary urges. If you’re interested in attending a SMART Recovery meeting get in touch with the facilitator to insure the group is appropriate for your needs.
- Laramie Soup Kitchen Where: 104 S. 4th St. Laramie, WY 82070
- Albany County Public Library Where: 310 S. 8th St. Laramie, WY 82070 Greeley Recreation Center 651 10th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon MeetingsAl-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings were created from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings to provide a mutual-aid fellowship for the friends and family of alcoholics and narcotic misusers. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon both have the same 12 steps and spiritual groundwork like AA and NA, but also employ the 12 traditions to keep the fellowships united against outside influences like political or religious affiliations. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are supportive resources for friends and family to rely on for accurate information regarding substance misuse and provide a safe place to confidentially process the emotional experience of witnessing the misuse of alcohol or narcotics.
- Al-Anon Where: Search Out Serenity Laramie County Public Library 2200 Pioneer Ave. Laramie, WY 82070
- Al-Anon Where: Regional VA Medical Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd. Cheyenne, WY 80525
- Nar-Anon Where: Trinity Lutheran Church 301 E. Stuart St. Fort Collins, CO 80525
Removing the distractions and enabling individuals from your immediate environment can help you in your path to sobriety. Pack your bags, get away from home and find a sanctuary where you can concentrate on helping yourself manage this chronic condition. If you need help or further advice about seeking treatment, please call us. We can guide you through this courageous process to recovery and health. Remember feelings aren’t facts. Having a Use disorder isn’t a moral failing, it is a disease. Get the help you need, get the help you deserve for a healthier tomorrow.
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