It’s been a few weeks since Wyomingites started listing their New Year’s resolutions. So how are they sticking? One study shows less than 40 percent stick to their goals, and if an addiction is on the list – the success rate is usually even lower. Ed Wigg is with the Curran-Seeley Foundation treatment center in Jackson. He says beating addiction is a team effort, and he sees success rates upwards of 70 to 90 percent for alcohol and drugs when there is high-quality care and patient dedication.
Wigg says treatment for addictions starts out intense, and it can last for years and maybe even a lifetime, with Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or other group support.
He says treatment is tailored to each patient. It might mean therapy, daily or weekly meetings, a residential program and, sometimes, medications for support. Substance abuse treatment clinics have been established in every Wyoming county. They charge on a sliding-fee scale and most insurance and Medicaid are accepted, so services are affordable for everyone. A listing of centers is at www.WyomingWellness.com