Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Services offers outpatient substance abuse treatment in its consortium of health facilities in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where the Cherokee Nation is headquartered. The outpatient program was instituted two years ago, and serves both adults and adolescents. The nation also has an adolescent inpatient facility—The Jack Brown Center—also in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation has 317,000 members and is the largest tribal nation in the United States. CNBHS is committed to preserving Cherokee culture and the quality of life for the next generation. The Tahlequah headquarters in Northeastern Oklahoma house numerous educational and health services as well as the tribe’s government offices.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is offered at the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and standard outpatient levels of care. IOP clients attend group therapy three to five days each week, while clients enrolled in the standard track attend groups once or twice a week. Clients in both tracks attend individual therapy as-needed. The duration of treatment is progress-based, depending on the needs and goals of each client. An average stay in the program is 16 weeks, and many clients step down from IOP to standard outpatient as they progress.
The treatment team is primarily made up of LPCs and LADCs. Clients also have access to psychiatrists in the Nation’s Behavioral Health Department for dual diagnosis support and medical doctors in its clinics for integrated primary care.
Groups usually number 10 to 12 participants and use CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to explore relapse prevention, the disease of addiction and coping skills. Cherokee Nation BHS offers gender-specific groups for men and women and is creating a group tailored for LGBTQ clients.
Cherokee Nation does not currently incorporate Wellbriety/White Bison activities, but it recommends that clients attend peer support meetings such as AA/NA or SMART Recovery if they think it would be beneficial.
Clients are encouraged to invite loved ones to individual sessions for family counseling. Cherokee Nation also offers a family and parenting support group. Aftercare planning may include on-going individual therapy and/or relapse prevention groups. Clients in need of a higher level of care are referred to non-tribal inpatient programs contracted by the facility.
Cherokee Nation has recently created a two-track outpatient program that serves both adolescent and adult tribe members. Treatment is rich in evidence-based therapy and provides integrated dual-diagnosis support and medical care. Cherokee Nation is a solid choice for those who know their physical and mental health has suffered from their substance use.
Behavioral Health Services
1325 E. Boone St
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Cherokee Nation Outpatient Program Cost: Free for members of federally-recognized tribes. Reach Cherokee Nation Outpatient Program by phone at (918) 453-5000. Find Cherokee Nation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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