“Thank you so much for helping me see what has always been right in front of me and that’s a glimmer of hope. I feel like my life has turned for the better and couldn’t have done it without you.”

Don G.


Ready to Feel Something New?

Using substances or turning to other activities like alcohol consumption, gambling, or binging and purging as a coping mechanism can quickly lead to substance abuse and dependence. People use substances to cope with a variety of things, including stress, social anxiety, death of a loved one, a breakup, or PTSD. Though these substances or activities may temporarily provide you with a real or perceived benefit, continual use of these substances as a method of coping with life’s hardships over time can lead to addiction for some. While many people are able to stop at any time, for others, it can be difficult or nearly impossible without help.

As we become addicted to these substances and activities, it’s easy to become blind to the reality of our condition. Others begin to see us struggle, but often times we fail to see it ourselves. This struggle develops into a co-dependent relationship with our addiction, and when we choose to obtain our rewards and pleasure from chemicals, games, or food, we become victims to our addiction.

Choosing to give up an addiction can be lonely, especially if your addiction has negatively impacted your relationships with family or friends, but deciding to ask for help is just the beginning of a difficult but rewarding journey. By choosing to become completely involved in your treatment process, and entirely committed to personal change, we at Rimrock will teach you about your addiction and introduce you to healthy coping skills and a 12 Step Recovery Program. We will help you make an informed decision about how to change your life and move forward after treatment. Our programs are designed to help you choose freedom over addiction, and to also find a balance in your life and to achieve a lasting recovery. If you are ready to make the change and pursue who you want to become this year, your journey has already begun.

If you are interested in how Rimrock can help you or a loved one start the journey to recovery in 2020, we are excited to talk to you. Our Admissions Department can be reached at (406) 248-3175 or (800) 227-3953. Normal admission hours are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. However, we do have staff available anytime to take your call. Contact us today to begin your journey to recovery.

The 12 Days of Christmas in Recovery – By Rimrock Staff

Everyone can need a little help making it through the holidays, especially those in recovery from Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Mental Illness. Our team at Rimrock is here for you! Sharing our staff’s real-life tips for navigating the holidays in recovery is our gift to the community for a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope you enjoy these tips from our treatment professionals and find this a helpful guide to getting you through this holiday season in recovery. #RimrockIsRecovery

 

Recovery Gift #1 – “Honesty” by Dawn – Peer Support

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” – James E. Faust

 Honesty is the foundation of a healthy recovery.

 Recovery Gift #2 – “Hope” by Andy P – Peer Support

“Hope is a good thing. Maybe even the best of things.” – Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption)

When I arrived at treatment, I was broken and hopeless. Hope was the first thing I was given after walking through the doors.

Recovery Gift #3 – “Faith” by Annette Peer Support 

Faith in a higher power is what allows us to experience stability in the middle of instability. When life feels out of control, we take comfort in knowing that God is in control.

Recovery Gift #4 – “Courage” by Morgan – Peer Support

“Be Afraid and Do It Anyway”

My biggest leap of courage was returning to my small hometown with all the preconceived notions I had. I worried about who they thought I was, running into the people who doubted me, finding a lack of support and resources in the community, and facing the people that I had wronged. I had courage in facing those challenges with the help from my Rimrock team and the confidence they helped instill in me. Being courageous gave me the opportunity to prove to my small community that addicts are capable and worthy of changes. I am now welcomed into my community as a valued member and help other addicts learn to become COURAGEOUS!

Recovery Gift #5 – “Integrity” by Mandy – Peer Support

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” – Nelson Mandela

Integrity is a principle that took me a long time to understand and even longer to develop. Integrity is when my actions match and support my values. In order to develop integrity, I had to figure out what my values were. I also had come to a place within myself where my value of self was more important than what other people thought about me. Integrity is not only doing the right thing when no one is looking, it is also doing the right thing and supporting the truth when it is unpopular. Living a life with integrity allows me to look at myself in the mirror and be happy with the person that I am today.

Recovery Gift #6 – “Willingness” by Janee – Safety & Training

“Being willing makes you able.” – Rhonda Britten

When I came into recovery, I didn’t know what willingness meant. Oh sure, I knew the definition. I had no idea about the practice or what it felt like, though. I knew that there were things that I wanted to do, and I did them. I knew there were things I didn’t want to do and I didn’t. I had a difficult time practicing willingness. The idea of doing things I didn’t want to do just because they were mine to do, or because there was a longer term benefit made sense when I heard my sponsor talk about it. It also felt physically and emotionally uncomfortable to practice. I was desperate though. My life was bleak. My heart was empty. Great desperation led to great willingness to practice being willing.

Today I am willing to take suggestions from others and try new things even if I think my way is better. I am willing to take care of myself even if I would rather go to bed without brushing my teeth because I am tired. I am willing to take action and speak up, even when my voice shakes. I am willing to be patient even when I feel like it has to happen right now! I am willing to challenge my perception — even when it feels so good to be right.

Discovering the practice of being willing has pushed the edges of what I thought I could do with my life. It has gifted me skills, opportunities and a life that I couldn’t fathom. I am so grateful this holiday season to be willing, even when it feels uncomfortable.

Recovery Gift #7 – “Humility” by Dave – Inpatient Counselor

“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what it right.” – Ezra Taft Benson

Pride and Ego consumed me and were at the center of everything I did. Humility, to me, is that I have no need to be better than anyone but my former self.

Recovery Gift #8 – “Self Discipline” by Joe – Peer Support

“Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Anonymous

Self-discipline is something I have always struggled with. Let’s back up a bit. I’m a dreamer, and have been since I was just a young kid. I’ve always had plenty of inspiration, and no shortage of creative thoughts and ideas, but I’ve always struggled with motivation since I can remember.  How do I turn all of my thoughts and ideas into action, progress, and achievement? Through the guidance of some incredible mentors, I’ve discovered the idea of SMART goals, or goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. I think a lot of people, many who struggle with distraction and focus issues, like myself (which I admittedly do), find themselves overwhelmed with excitement at the prospect of how incredibly awesome and different things could be if they are able to achieve their goal, if they can manifest their ideas and realize a dream for something remarkable. They might have the most brilliant idea or plan in the world, but not have a clue where to start. This can be absolutely paralyzing and detrimental when feelings of uncertainty and doubt can quickly turn into feelings of paralysis, and then eventually, a dead end and feelings of failure. SMART goals have helped me to stay on track, and have helped me learn to be disciplined. I can keep track of my progress, and I’ve found even achieving two or three small SMART goals in a day gives me a feeling of fulfillment, completion, organization, and purpose. It’s a process. But, for me, the trick is in keeping track of small goals that have been made and attained, and to never, ever, quit.

Recovery Gift #9 – “Love” by Bill– Peer Support

“Be completely humble and gentle, bearing with one another in love.”  Ephesians 4:2

Recovery Gift #10 – “Perseverance/Patience” by Joshua– Peer Support

“Patience, persistent and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

Recovery Gift #11 – “Awareness” by Andy M – Peer Support

 “A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware.”  —Dalai Lama

I’ve found that staying focused on the present and living life on life’s terms, one day at a time, are essential for my recovery. I can’t afford to spend very much time either in the past or the future. Being actively aware of what my mind, body, and emotions are trying to teach me helps me stay present — to appreciate what I’m walking through, even when it’s unpleasant. I’ve learned that it’s much more productive to face life on life’s terms when I’m fully aware and accepting of reality, rather than wishing reality were something else.

Recovery Gift #12 – “Service” by Lesli Admissions

“He who lives only unto himself withers and dies, while he who forgets himself in the service of others grows and blossoms in this life and in the next.”  – Dallin H. Oaks

I love this quote by a man I greatly admire and respect: I have found being of service makes maintaining sobriety much easier. When I am actively serving someone, I have no inclination to participate in selfish desires or be active in my addiction. Serving others is one of the greatest gift I can give to another person. It allows me to let someone know they matter and I care. I am grateful every day for the power of service.

 

Tips for Enjoying the Holidays in Recovery

Happy Holidays from the Peer Support Team at Rimrock! Our peer support specialists are an integral part of our treatment team. They share lived experience and recovery-based lifestyles, offering non-clinical assistance to help others achieve long-term recovery from mental health, physical health, substance use and addiction issues. Peer support specialists are specifically trained to assist others in initiating recovery, maintaining recovery and enhancing the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.

Our peer support team has years of real life experience in navigating the holidays in recovery and are glad to share their tips for enjoying the holidays in recovery.

Andy M – Peer Support Specialist

“Make sure to take time for self-care and enjoy some alone time, but guard against isolating. Stay connected to others in recovery and be courageous about reaching out – if not just for yourself, but to lift up others in recovery too.”

Annette R – Peer Support Specialist

“Stay connected with people who support your recovery!!! Do things that fill your cup and make you happy!”

Mandy N – Peer Support Specialist

“Give yourself permission to be a priority. Many times our desire to be present for our family / friends overshadows our own needs. The spirit of giving does not mean that we have to give more than we have the capacity to and endanger ourselves.”

  1. It is absolutely acceptable to say no, gracefully, to invitations for get-together and events that make you uncomfortable. If you know that there will be alcohol / drugs available at the event or if toxic people will be there, you can say, “Thank you so much for the invitation and for thinking of me, but I won’t be able to attend.” You can elaborate more if you would like to, but you aren’t required to. No is a complete answer.
  2. Don’t go it alone! If you are planning to attend an event or get-together and you are unsure or uneasy about it, take someone with strong recovery with you. Having a like-minded individual with you for support and accountability can make a world of difference.
  3. Have a plan and leave yourself an out. If you do go it alone, make a plan in advance. Talk to a friend in recovery or sponsor about the signs that signal it’s a good time to leave. Make a plan to call that person if you get triggered or feel uncomfortable and follow through with it.
  4. Do safe and sober things that you enjoy with people that you enjoy! Don’t get so caught up in the stress of the holidays that you forget to enjoy them. It’s okay to say no to things and people that don’t bring you safety, comfort, and joy and to say yes to the things and people that do (even if those things and people are outside of your family and traditions).
  5. There are lots of fun and sober holiday parties and get-togethers within the 12 step communities (AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, PAR, etc.) that will be safe and welcoming  if you are feeling alone or don’t have family or supportive friends. You don’t have to be alone on the holidays!

If you need support this holiday season, we are here to help! Our Peer Support Specialists and entire Rimrock team are available if you need support for yourself, or a friend or loved one.

Join Rimrock for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2019!

Rimrock is proud to be partnering with local law enforcement, and the DEA for this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 26th. This year, there will be two locations in Billings for people to dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medications — The Billings Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Avenue, and a second location in Billings Heights at First Interstate Bank, 730 Main Street. Staff from Rimrock will be at the Heights location assisting with the event.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Too often, these unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. This year, Montana’s drug take-back events in April yielded more than 4,100 pounds of prescription drugs.

Help us make Billings a little safer by cleaning out your medicine cabinets this October. Join us on Saturday, October 26th, any time between 10:00am and 2:00pm at the First Interstate Bank in the Heights at 730 Main Street to safely and anonymously dispose of your unused or expired prescription medications.

“First Interstate champions healthy communities and supports efforts to provide a safe, regulated place to dispose of outdated and unused prescription drugs,” said Brian Brown, First Interstate’s Billings Market President. “We applaud Rimrock’s efforts in recognizing the need to preemptively collect these materials, significantly minimizing the odds that they fall into the wrong hands.”

Other sites around the state and country can be found online at https://takebackday.dea.gov/#collection-locator. Unwanted prescriptions can also be disposed of throughout the year at 50 permanent drop box locations across the state.

Help us make Billings a little safer by cleaning out your medicine cabinets this October. Join us on Saturday, October 26th any time between 10:00am and 2:00pm at the First Interstate Bank in the Heights at 730 Main Street or The Billings Elks Lodge at 934 Lewis Avenue to safely and anonymously dispose of your unused or expired prescription medications.

This is Rimrock’s first year sponsoring a drop off location for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and we couldn’t be more excited or proud to be helping our community in such an impactful way. We hope to see you there!

Treatment, Education & Prevention

Like the Rimrocks that hug our community in a circle of protective, welcoming strength, Rimrock has proudly encircled our community with a commitment to be the leading provider addiction treatment in our area for over 40 years. We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our patients and our community. By providing addiction treatment, education, and prevention, we work every day to live up to our devotion that #RimrockIsRecovery. We’d like to share with you some of the many ways we support treatment and recovery in our community.

TREATMENT

Rimrock’s unique, therapeutic learning environment promotes whole person and whole community healing. We provide all levels of care to assure our patients receive the appropriate care necessary to meet their needs and address their addiction issues. Our staff of over one hundred fifty professionals have one mission – helping our patients choose freedom and health over addiction.

Our admissions department is here to help determine the most appropriate level of care for prospective patients. Licensed Addiction Counselors and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, provide adult screening and placement services and adolescent screening and placement services to anyone wishing to undergo a chemical dependency assessment.

For adults struggling with addiction, Rimrock provides detoxification, inpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, and outpatient services. Rimrock also provides adolescent residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient services, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Rimrock’s Adult and Adolescent Aftercare programs provide ongoing support for patients early in recovery who have recently completed a more intensive treatment program.

Rimrock supports family members and friends addressing addiction issues with a loved one by facilitating interventions led by our Certified Intervention Practitioner. Rimrock has the only Nationally Certified Intervention Professional in the state and can provide intervention services anywhere in the country. Rimrock can also support families facing addiction as they learn how to support their loved one in treatment and address issues of co-dependency.

If you are concerned about yourself, or a friend or family member who may have an addiction, Licensed Addiction Counselors are available to answer your questions and address concerns. You can call 800-227-3953 any time or request more information through our confidential, secure online form.

EDUCATION

Rimrock offers several educational opportunities tailored to meet the needs of licensed professionals or those seeking licensure. We provide an opportunity to train with experienced professionals in a hands-on environment working with addicted individuals in a full continuum of care. Rimrock also provides a comprehensive clinically based internship or practicum program based on the learning objectives set by each participant’s educational institution.

For those seeking licensure, Rimrock offers a training program to provide the supervision hours required for state or national licensure in addiction and mental health counseling. Rimrock is also a NAADAC Certified Educator and provides the best opportunities for clinicians who need continuing education.

For organizations in our community, Rimrock provides in-house lunch and learn trainings for professionals seeking state approved CEU credit hours as well as free presentations.  We have experts available to present on a wide range of subjects including addictions, mental health, healthy communication skills, adolescent issues, and more. Give us a call at 406-248-3175. We’d love to come to your organization!

In September, Rimrock also hosts an annual Symposium open to the public to provide learning opportunities regarding addiction and co-occurring disorders to members of our community. This year’s Symposium, “The Future of Addiction Medicine: Advances in Mental Health & Addiction Treatment,” provided from a day of learning how substance abuse disorder and mental illness are traumatizing our communities and how we can respond. Rimrock’s Symposium is CEUs approved for LAC, LMFT, LCSW, LCPC and includes a hosted lunch and vendor exhibit area.

Rimrock also emphasizes educating our community through our interviews with local media outlets, our blog posts and social media posts, as well as events like our annual Pump-N-Run for Recovery where we provide a healthy, fun way for the community to come out and support our family, friends and neighbors in their recovery.

PREVENTION

To help prevent re-offenses of DUIs, Rimrock facilitates the ACT (Assessment, Course, and Treatment) program, a State of Montana requirement for individuals who have been convicted of a DUI or similar offense.

Through Silverleaf, Rimrock provides a full continuum of care through this 12-24 month program of treatment services accessible by six local treatment courts. Treatment Courts serve offenders aged eighteen or older who reside in Billings or Yellowstone County and who have been charged with an offense that is related to their addiction to mood-altering substances. Rimrock is the only treatment provider for these courts, and through this service we strive to prevent future offenses by addressing underlying addiction issues.

Rimrock offers drug testing services to help identify individuals of all ages struggling with addiction. Rimrock is also proud to offer Department of Transportation qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) services. Our SAP program allows for assessment, referral, treatment, education and testing in one comprehensive setting, saving employers and employees time and money. Rimrock keeps the safety of our community as our first priority and can also provide recommended treatment and education for those in need.

In an effort to meet the growing mental health needs of students, Rimrock has partnered with School District 2 to develop the Integrated School Based Program. Rimrock provides a clinician who is dually credentialed within the three high schools as well as the Career Center to provide services for students experiencing difficulties related to a mental health issues, substance use issue, or both. Clinicians can provide assessments for both chemical dependency and mental health issues, referrals for appropriate services outside of school, individual counseling, group counseling, and early screening/intervention for students found to be utilizing mood altering chemicals.

We are committed to supporting our community as we work to make improvements in all areas of life affected by addiction. If you need help assisting a loved one seek help, need help yourself, or want to learn more about treatment and recovery, please call 800-227-3953 or email us today.