New Vision helps spread the message of National Recovery Month


Since 1989, September has been designated as National Recovery Month, to encourage and promote evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities. that make recovery possible, in all its forms. .

New Vision at Summit Medical Center is proud to join other Casper-area organizations in helping spread the Recovery Month message that recovery is for everyone: “Everyone. Each family. Every community.

Recovery Month is a good time to remind our community that substance use disorders are a health issue and not a personal choice. It may be easy to think that it doesn’t affect you, but even if you think you don’t know anyone who is in recovery or who might currently be dealing with a substance use disorder, it is. They just haven’t discussed it specifically with you.

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According to the 2020 National Drug Use and Health Survey, an annual survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a federal agency, Wyoming’s substance use statistics include: (source in down)

  • Fifty-eight percent of Wyomingites age 18 and older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and nearly half of that number — 27% of the total — said they had consumed alcohol in the past month. of last month.
  • Heavy drinking is defined as drinking five or more drinks (for men) or four or more drinks (for women) on the same occasion (i.e. at the same time or within hours apart) at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • Ten percent of Wyomingites 18 and older reported using illicit drugs in the past month.
  • It is estimated that nearly 18% of Wyoming residents age 18 and older had a substance use disorder in the year prior to the survey, but only about 1% received treatment in a facility. specialized for it.

New Vision at Summit Medical Center is here to help change these trends in our community. We provide medical detox services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addiction. The New Vision service treats adults with a hospital stay under medical supervision, which usually lasts three to five days. Patients can detox from a substance in a safe, medically supervised environment.

The service offers treatment for substances such as opioids (including heroin and fentanyl); alcohol; benzodiazepines (such as Valium or Xanax); methamphetamine; cocaine; and prescription drugs and combination substances.

New Vision at Summit Medical Center treats the physical signs and symptoms associated with withdrawal. This is a medical service, so there is no behavioral component, counseling or therapy. The goal of the service is to medically manage the patient during the acute withdrawal phase so that they are more successful when starting a drug treatment program. We provide patient-centered discharge planning, so that once patients have completed their stay, they have a referral for further recovery services with another of our community’s excellent treatment providers. Recovery is a continuum of care, and New Vision provides some of it, but we wouldn’t be able to help someone break the cycle of addiction without Casper’s additional resources.

Patients seeking treatment with New Vision at Summit Medical Center do not need a doctor’s referral to be admitted. Each patient is assessed to ensure that they meet the medical criteria required for inpatient detoxification. Once the patient has been admitted to Summit Medical Center, we all work collaboratively – New Vision staff, nursing, case management and other support staff – to address the patient’s physical symptoms. , and as a team we are working to alleviate these symptoms with the use of medication. Medications are individualized based on a person’s withdrawal type and medical history.

For more information about New Vision at Summit Medical Center, please call us Monday through Friday at 307-223-4400 or visit us online at

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New Vision provides medical detox services to people throughout Wyoming.


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