Pain Pills or Heroin Affecting You or Your Loved Ones?

Pain Pills or Heroin Affecting You or Your Loved Ones?

Southwest Counseling Service is pleased to announce it now offers FREE medication assisted treatment to individuals struggling with opioid dependency.

Call 307-352-6677 for more information.

Wyoming’s growing problems with heroin and other opioids are severe enough that they have caught the attention of federal officials.

  • Heroin treatment admissions increased by 128 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
  • Opioids and other synthetic drug admissions increased by 32 percent during the same period.
  • Wyoming has the second-highest death rate per capita due to heroin use in the country (behind Washington, D.C.).

This significant rise caused the Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Division to seek a federal grant to pay for medication-assisted treatment programs. Wyoming was one of 11 states to be awarded the three-year, $3 million SAMHSA grant. The money from this grant allows Southwest Counseling Service to provide FREE or reduced-cost medication assisted treatment to help individuals struggling with opioid dependency.


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How the Process Works

Many people become addicted to painkillers following an injury or surgery. Some move on to heroin as a cheaper and more readily available alternative. Others, especially young adults, may begin by using heroin.

The medications Southwest Counseling uses in our new program help to rebalance brain chemistry for people whose brain function has been disrupted by years of opioid use. We offer a variety of treatments to match a person’s situation. The medicines lower opiate cravings and may prevent the patient from getting high and from suffering withdrawal.


When addiction takes over someone’s brain, the effects of the drug decrease and their use increases until they are no longer using to get “high,” they are using to feel normal. These medications can be life changing in that they replace the substance abuse with a safe, maintenance medication that helps reduce use, cravings and criminal activities.”

– Laura Schmid-Pizzato, LCSW, ACSW


The medications will be prescribed along with behavioral therapy to teach patients coping skills to use in their daily lives.

This combination of treatment helps individuals become functional in society again and helps them achieve the goals they want to achieve, like getting out of the criminal justice system and having a healthy family life.

Anyone can become addicted to opiates, and anyone addicted to opiates may participate in the program.


Southwest Counseling Service on Foothill Blvd in Rock Springs

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

Southwest Counseling Service utilizes Suboxone, Naltrexone and Vivitrol to treat opioid addictions. These medications can offer greater quality of life in the form of reduced cravings and fewer relapses while allowing patients to work or attend school and have a healthy family life.

Many myths exist around the use of medication assisted treatment. One being that an individual utilizing medication assisted treatment is still using substances and is not “clean.” This is not accurate because the medication is not used to get high, but simply to reduce cravings for the illicit drug.

Taking medication for opioid addiction is like taking medication to control heart disease or diabetes. It is NOT the same as substituting one addictive drug for another. Used properly, the medication does NOT create a new addiction. It helps people manage their addiction so that the benefits of recovery can be maintained.


No one wants to be a drug addict. People start abusing drugs never believing that one day their entire life will revolve around getting and using the drug. It’s not as simple as “just say no” to a brain that’s already addicted. Medication Assisted Treatment can change how the brain functions so that with counseling, recovery is entirely possible.”

– Laura Schmid-Pizzato, LCSW, ACSW


Additionally, the amount of suffering individuals go through to become clean and sober can be significantly reduced. The sooner a person gets to a stable relationship with his or her addiction, the less it costs the individual, the individual’s family, and the community.

Southwest Counseling is glad we can make this treatment available to people in our area as another option to help them start their journey to recovery.


Help Available Near You

Rock Springs – Foothill
2300 Foothill Blvd.

Green River
115 East Flaming Gorge Way (new location)

120 S. Cole Ave.


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