Rock Springs Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Facilities

There are few places in the world like Rock Springs, Wyoming. The town is often referred to as ‘The Home of 56 Nationalities.’ Rock Springs earned the name due to the influx of immigrants who relocated to toil away in the local coal mines that kept the Union Pacific Railroad running. The town remembers and celebrates their eclectic history during the summer months on International Day at Burning Park in downtown Rock Springs.

Rock Springs wasn’t always a rural paradise. In 1885, one of the worst incidents of violence against immigrants took place. The Rock Springs Riot consisted of white and Chinese miners fighting over the pay discrepancies held by the Union Pacific Railroad. 28 Chinese miners were murdered, 78 Chinese homes were burnt down and the city suffered from $4 million dollars (today’s amount) in damage.

Rock Springs, Wyoming is struggling again with a different type of social problem: the rampant misuse of alcohol and narcotics. The Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy, at George Washington University, approximates more than 16 percent of the people in Wyoming misuse drugs and alcohol.

The national average according to The Center for Disease Control is that 14 percent of U.S. citizens have a substance use disorder. However, Wyoming has the smallest population in the country and treatment can be difficult to find. A sparse population means fewer mental health professionals.

Our Closest Facility:
a building with a parking lot in front of it.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake Drug & Alcohol Rehab
443 S. Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133
(719) 602-0914
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.

Finding Help in Rock Springs

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming

A substance use disorder is a disease with similar relapse rates to the chronic conditions of hypertension and diabetes. A substance use illness will require continual maintenance and awareness. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers often share similar approaches to treatment and care of use disorders. There are three central types of recovery clinic: residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment programs. Every treatment type will include a detoxification, individual and group therapy and aftercare components to help patients cope with their illness.

Residential Treatment Programs

Residential treatment programs are the most successful form of recovery facility. This success can be attributed to removing the participant’s access to the misused substance while providing uninterrupted therapies which concentrate on helping the patient learn how to cope with their misuse of alcohol and narcotics. Residential treatment programs are also referred to as inpatient and retreat-based care. Participants live at the facility throughout their treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs are treatment facilities that require patients to remain at the clinic during a portion of their treatment. Generally, this portion of treatment is the vulnerable stage of detoxification. Partial hospitalization facilities monitor the detox phase and may medicate their patients to help them through the discomfort of withdrawal.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient treatment is an excellent option for participants who cannot step away from their responsibilities to their families, education or careers. Outpatient programs do not have a residential component to their treatment facility and require participants to commute to the clinic for every therapy.

Regardless of whether the ill individual enrolls in a retreat-based, partial hospitalized or an outpatient program, their treatment should involve individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, detoxification and aftercare. Retreat-based therapies typically offer other skill-building courses to fortify their patients resolve to live sober lives. Activities like meditation and yoga can help fend off urges.

Detox Centers

Depending on which substances the patients are reliant upon will dictate the physical aspects of their detoxification phase of recovery. Alcohol, prescription opioids, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack, and other physically addictive substances will involve a more strenuous, bodily cleanse. There is no way around this stage of rehabilitation. The poison has to be removed from the system before treatment can truly begin.

Detoxification is certainly important to recuperation, but it isn’t useful unless it is accompanied by therapy and aftercare. Addiction and alcoholism are insidious diseases caused by a mix of factors from heredity to personal circumstances. Detoxification is just the physical act of removing the substance. The source of the illness must be addressed for the patient to have the best chance at a successful recovery.

It’s best to steer clear of any treatment program which has a singular approach to care. Seek out a national network of rehabilitation centers who share progressive ways of helping patients heal.

Recovery Meetings Near You

A substance use disorder is a chronic condition which means the illness will need regular attention. Relapse and errors can be a common experience for many recovering misusers. Success in battling a use disorder is defined by a commitment to recovery, despite the relapse. Keep trying to abstain, that’s success! Aftercare programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery are effective communities where patients can find understanding, support and strength.

AA Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for almost a century. The iconic “My name is Ted, and I’m an alcoholic” phrase is an ingrained component of American culture. Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson began the mutual aid fellowship in Akron, Ohio. It wasn’t long before the program began to diversify. The first woman joined in 1937, and the first protestant began attending in 1939. In 1945, the first African American Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship began holding meetings in Washington, D.C. It’s not surprising that AA meetings are still rich in diversity today. People from all walks of life come together in AA meetings to help one another control their illnesses.

First Things First Group
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Rock Springs Group
402 S. Main St.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Tomahawk Group
86 N. 1st. E.
Green River, WY 82935

NA Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is a sister group to the mutual aid, aftercare fellowship: Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous meetings share many similar characteristics like the 12 steps and the 12 traditions. Members take turns offering testimonials concerning their recovery from narcotic misuse. NA encourages people to find a sponsor to help them throughout the rehabilitation process and urges members to sponsor new members. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous both have a spiritual foundation that rejects any affiliations with polarizing institutions or specific religions or dogmas. Narcotics Anonymous meetings welcome anyone wanting to gain control over their disease. AA and NA are free and confidential.

Rock Springs Narcotics Anonymous Group
Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Narcotics Anonymous Rock Springs
1869 Sunset Dr.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Green River Surrender to Win Group
Union Congregational Church
350 Mansface St.
Green River, WY 82935

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings are a little different from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous fellowships, but they do have the same goal of supporting recovering use disorder patients in maintaining their sobriety. SMART is an acronym for self-management and recovery training. SMART Recovery’s approach to self-management and recovery training is based on scientific knowledge and rational practices for controlling the illness. Instead of a spiritual foundation like NA and AA, SMART Recovery depends on logical behavior training. There aren’t any sponsorships found in SMART Recovery meetings and members engage in conversation instead of presenting testimonials to the group. If you’re interested in attending a SMART Recovery meeting contact the facilitator to insure the group is appropriate for your needs.

Hope Agency
426 Big Horn St.
Thermopolis, WY 82443

SMART Recovery
375 Rainbow Ln.
Midway, UT 84049

Davis Behavioral Health
129 S. State St.
Clearfield, UT 84015

Al-Anon and Nar Anon Meetings

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings are groups held to support the families coping patients recovering from a use disorder. Family and friends struggle with the day to day realities of this disease and may need support to help them decipher the facts from the cultural myths that surround alcoholism and addiction. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are safe spaces where loved ones can process events and experiences related to this disease. Many members are the friends and family of people who lost their lives to an accidental overdose. These groups help them deal with these tragedies and aid others in preventing further losses through education, communal support and rehabilitative resources.

Rock Springs Library
400 C. St.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Tomahawk Al-Anon
86 N. 1st. E.
Green River, WY 82935

Ogden Regional Hospital
5475 Adams Ave. Pkwy.
Ogden, UT 84405

There aren’t any treatment facilities in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In fact, Wyoming has the lowest ratio of mental health care institutions and mental health professionals in the country. Don’t let the lack of nearby facilities dissuade you. Retreat-based clinics, like The Recovery Village are the most efficient type of treatment program for a use disorder. Removing the temptations and access to the misused substances in combination with group and individual counselling and aftercare provides the best chances for recovery. Aftercare is essential to the success of sustaining control over substance misuse.