OklahomaJust like other states across the nation, the state of Oklahoma is being weighed down by the problem of drug addiction, substance abuse and alcoholism. It is no wonder that there is a clear cooperation among federal, state and law enforcement authorities to address the issue. The fruits of such cooperation can best be seen from the existence of a substance abuse center, facility or program in every key area of the Oklahoma society, particularly in the urban centers.

While there are currently over 150 drug addiction and alcoholism establishments statewide, the number continues to grow. Still, there can never be enough of these facilities as the drug and alcoholism menace continues to escalate. The last decade alone has seen the alarming rise of methamphetamine trafficking in Oklahoma.

To-date, methamphetamine has eclipsed by a fairly large margin, the use of marijuana, heroin and cocaine as the drug of choice for substance abuse. No wonder the state policy has become very visible lately in apprehending suspected pushers or operators of makeshift meth labs. Whether law enforcement is winning the war against a new kind of substance abuse, it remains to be seen. For now, it seems the war is only beginning.

Meanwhile, every addiction center, facility or program is bearing the brunt for the relatively new kind of menace. It also seems that this new kid on the block is far more lethal than its cousins. The statewide addiction centers have got their work cut out for them.

What goes on in these types of facilities is basically a cocktail of treatment options for the recovering addict. In most cases, drug addiction and alcoholism are dealt with under the same roof for a good reason. A drug addict is usually an alcoholic as well, with some exceptions.

mental healthA mental health facility may also be part of the equation; after all, drug addiction, among others, often comes from a deep seated trauma which must be fully overcome for a patient to fully recover. To achieve the tenet of a sound mind in a sound body, drug and alcoholism rehabilitation carries a crucial component known as detoxification. Detox is a procedure meant to cleanse the body of toxins ingested from long-term substance abuse or alcoholism.

Yet detox is just one small aspect of a comprehensive recovery process. There is also something called a 12-Step Program which is popular as it is very helpful for many suffering from drug addiction.

Holistic therapies are also part of the process and when laced with things like transcendental meditation and other spiritual approaches to overcoming drug addiction, the whole conundrum does start to resemble a cocktail treatment therapy for an HIV or AIDS patient.

However, the concept that time heals all wounds apparently does not sit well with alcoholism or drug addiction therapy. Relapses seem to be the order of the day; but this is not to say that any attempt at rehabilitation is hopeless. On the contrary, the journey of a recovering addict is kind of like the one step forward, two steps backwards of a struggling Christian.

The bottom line is recovery in a center, facility or program will take time. How much time the process takes is a case-to-case basis, no two individuals are alike. This is why a facility like The Salvation Army in Oklahoma will host a candidate typically for six months or longer; while Oxford Houses will usually have patients for a year. There is the option of an outpatient facility, and there is also such a thing as an inpatient program for drug addiction, where residents stay overnight for an period of time. And do not forget the halfway house, which is a center meant to help the drug addict or alcoholic to start to reintegrate with society.

When it comes to treating drug addiction or substance abuse, Oklahoma has many available options for those seeking assistance. Of course, other states might not want to be in this state’s shoes right now. For showing a brave and united front to tackle the issue, however, every treatment center, facility and program is an example for the rest of the world.