Oklahoma has long been known for many things, surprising to some, things like football, country music and meth labs. Home to Wiley Post and a few other famous people Oklahoma has a rich history that tells quite a story. From the dust bowl era back in the Great Depression and Oklahoma Land Run. Outlaws and moonshine ran through the backcountry hills and across the sweeping plains. Moonshine stills now being replaced by meth labs.
There are more than 3.5 million people in Oklahoma, and according a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 225,000 Oklahoma citizens over the age of 12 reported past-month use of an illicit drug, and more than 60,000 were classified as being addicted or drug dependent in the past year.
Even with having resources in two of the major cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa only about 185 total drug rehab and treatment facilities reside in the state. Only 27 percent of these treatment facilities offer residential programs, making up just 13 percent of the total people served each year, while 86 percent of the addicted population attends outpatient programs and the remaining 1 percent is in hospital inpatient drug rehabs.
Financing for these drug programs come through different means, from private-pay and private insurance to public funding through the state or federal governments. The substance abuse treatment block grants allow the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to operate a few of their own facilities as well as contract out with other treatment centers in the state to provide services. However, most addicts being admitted into drug treatment programs have to pay certain amounts out of pocket.
About 17,000 people in Oklahoma receive some type of alcohol or drug treatment each year, which means another 75,000 or more need but do not receive any type of rehabilitation help. This leaves quite a large gap and only counts those we know about.
As for treatment methods available, there aren't too many variables for Oklahoma drug rehabs. The majority of drug rehab programs employ the traditional twelve-step model, and there may only be one or two long-term non-12 step rehabs in the state. Regardless of what method is chosen, rehabilitation experts to recommend long-term drug treatment programs whenever possible to achieve the best results.
If one is looking for effective addiction treatment in a drug rehab program, many look and think outside the box and want more in a rehab program. Truthfully they should get it. With the mental and physical damage done during the addiction and abuse, all of these have to be considered and repaired. No short cuts.
Handling the physical addiction associated with drug and alcohol abuse, restoring self esteem with cognitive therapy take time and effort. Please consider long term Oklahoma drug rehabs and end your addiction for good.
Lee Otis is an addiction treatment professional and contributing editor to Addiction Treatment Watch, which provides information to individuals and families throughout the country on addiction treatment and drug rehabilitation.