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Clay Crossing


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Clay Crossing is 60 miles Southeast of Oklahoma City in a private natural landscape that ranges from thick forest to native grass plains. It offers a serene residential refuge for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Clay Crossing was formed in the spring of 2000 by Dick Liddell, a businessman from Norman; Lloyd Trenary, an Oklahoma City certified public accountant; Fred Gipson, former counsel for the University of Oklahoma; and Jim Riley, OU football star and holder of a Super Bowl ring. It began as a non-denominational Christian-based 12-step program, and was further developed by certified chemical dependency counselors.

Accommodations and Food

The facility’s teal-and-white buildings consist of only a 100-year-old farmhouse, a dining hall, a chapel and a ranch style bunkhouse with tree-trunk pillars, all surrounded by 400 expansive acres—so far from any city lights that the night sky offers residents a breathtaking view of the stars. With its fireplace, large exposed beams and comfortable armchairs and sofas throughout the common areas, Clay Crossing’s ranch-style home houses 15-17 men.

In an effort to avoid the modern tendency to use the bedroom for too many activities, Clay Crossing seeks to reestablish it as a place solely for rest. To this end, rooms are sparsely furnished with two twin beds, two dressers and little else. Each room has an air conditioner, heater and bathroom large enough for two residents to share. The facility provides bed linens, but residents must bring their own towels, pillows, laundry detergent and alarm clock. There are also several rooms with wheelchair access.

Clay Crossing does not allow cell phones, laptops, iPads or any device with Internet capabilities, but an exception may be made if a client requires Internet for business purposes. There are two cordless landline phones near the dining room and residents are welcome to use them on weekends and during free time, which takes place after lunch. There are two gathering areas with large TVs—one for sports and the other for TV shows and DVDs.

Clay Crossing provides well-balanced meals to restore health to the bodies of recovering addicts. With a sustainable farm that raises cattle and grows fresh produce using chickens and guineas as pest-control, the food here is fresh, organic and healthy.

The culinary style is best described as cowboy cuisine. The resident cook creates hearty, home-cooked meals every day, such as pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad for lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs (cooked on the outdoor grill) for dinner. Every meal features a generous salad bar, and special dietary needs are easily accommodated. Healthy snacks are available throughout the day, and the staff eats with residents at every meal. Clients can enjoy coffee, but sugar is not allowed.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment takes place on site, and lasts 30, 60 or 90 days. There is no medical staff on-site, and therefore no detox available. The staff at Clay Crossing is trained in several different schools of psychological thought, including gestalt, mindfulness, and existentialism, and work together to determine the best direction of treatment for each individual.

Exercise and physical health are featured prominently in the program here, and easy access to the surrounding natural landscape offers many opportunities to engage in this aspect of recovery.

Each morning starts at 7:30 am with breakfast and meditation, followed by chores and homework prep. From 9 am to 12 pm, residents participate in small group therapy and individual therapy, which can focus on both substance issues and mental health issues, although counselors also cover sex addiction and gambling. From 12 to 1 pm, residents have lunch and personal time, followed by group education, group therapy, or 12-step work. At 4 pm, all residents participate in a group session, and break for dinner at 5 pm. Evenings feature either Bible study, or an AA/NA group hosted by community members followed by lights out at 11pm.

On weekends, residents can have visitors from 10 am to 5 pm (as long as they are family or on a counselor-approved list). Family sessions take place (at no extra cost) from 10 am to noon, and family members are welcome to stay for lunch. The goal of family sessions is to educate loved ones about the disease of chemical dependency, provide emotional support and help residents and their families set expectations for one another.

After 90 days, residents may apply for Phase II, which allows them to continue treatment on a less demanding schedule. During this time, clients work on growing produce, caring for animals, in the kitchen or in whatever capacity they choose and receive a small paycheck. Throughout this phase, residents live in a separate building than other residents, and develop the skills needed to be successful in future work environments.

When a resident reaches the end of his treatment, a special transition ceremony is held and after one year of sobriety, he or she is invited back for a special celebration..

Seven core staff members (four licensed therapists, an activities director, a facility manager and case manager) serve the clients of Clay Crossing, with two staff members residing full-time on site and the rest arriving in the morning and staying until evening. Residents rave about the staff and the impact they’ve made; several have credited staff members here with saving their lives.


Clay Crossing doesn’t skimp on leisure activities. Indoor amenities include a pool table, ping-pong table, games, two TV gathering rooms, a selection of movies and a full weight/exercise room. Outdoor activities include fishing, softball, basketball, horseback riding, mountain bikes, a grill, fire pit and campsites for clients to use.

Each week, residents have the opportunity to leave the campus as a group in facility vehicles for outings such as shopping, bowling, and catching a movie, as well as occasional trips to annual AA conventions. There is a strong emphasis on learning to enjoy recreation and building relationships without the use of substances.

In Summary

For men who value a spiritual life and appreciate the serenity of natural surroundings, Clay Crossing might be the perfect place to begin recovery. With its vast natural surroundings and organic sustainable farm, it has the features and high satisfaction rate one might expect from a luxury facility. And at $5500 for 30 days, it comes at a surprisingly economical price.

Clay Crossing Location

32018 Highway 59
Maud, OK 74854

Clay Crossing Cost

Clay Crossing Cost: $5500 (30 days). Reach Clay Crossing by phone at (405) 374-1225 or (866) 374-1220, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Find Clay Crossing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

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  1. The office is corrupt. First they don’t have a license, or they let it lapse, but they won’t tell you that, they will just watch you flounder around 9 months trying to get your claim submitted into insurance with excuse after excuse. They even submitted wrong birthdate twice. Then when claim was denied, we needed progress notes and a letter from the counselor to prove he qualified for the 90 day. They put me off and refused, would’ve return my husbands calls. They did ZERO follow up.. ZERO, as promised, didn’t call to see if going to AA or counselor ect… nothing. I did bug them at the end for the buckle but they never would have come forth. My husband mowed the lawn fixed things that were very broken down and unkempt. My husband had a picture he thought was left for him from a previous roommate and apparantly this cheap picture that looked like it belonged in a second hand store that he put by his bathroom to look at as a reminder to stay sober was ClayCrossings. They would only send his buckle if we mailed back the picture. So the owner cared more about some stupid ugly picture than my husbands sobriety. He IS sober. The food was great there, but the circus I had to go through and the dishonestly and the fact that the office does NOT care is HUGE!

  2. Tired and frustrated on

    If you need a place that takes insurance and would liked to be reimbursed at all then this is not the place. After months of being lied to by office staff that that had submitted claim ect… then months later when claim was submitted, it was submitted 2 times with the wrong birthdate. The 3rd Party billing Valley Hope informed me they had tried getting the information they needed from Clay Crossings with no reply. Come to find out 8 months out that they do not have a valid or current license so our claim was denied by insurance. Then when I asked for a letter from a counselor stating he met criteria to be there and progress notes supporting this they were denied.. I repeatedly asked over 2 months time, so the appeal may also be denied. He was supposed to be followed up on after he left…. NOTHING!!! No one helped him set up counseling or called a week out to make sure he set it up or was attending AA. The owner GD just wants your money. Family counseling was not offered until I asked for it. The basketball goal was broken… my husband fixed it, everything over grown… my husband mowed. They talk about a cross they make but do not do that or offer it. We were not invited back at a year. I did call and ask for the belt buckle because I felt we paid for it. My husband did meet great men there, and did find peace in fishing and horse back riding. He seemed to connect with his counselor but so many days he didn’t get to meet with her and then she left this job. My husband IS sober, so there were positives, I thought the food was great. My kids had a blast playing ping pong and riding horse on visits and we were fed well. My complaint is the office staff being dishonest. The woman in admissions is very caring and sincere, but something very shady and corrupt on the insurance/business side.

  3. When I went to Clay Crossing I felt worthless. I didnt care if I lived or died. I didnt think anybody else cared either. My first 2 weeks I didnt do the program. I did nothing but feel sorry for myself. I guess something finally clicked because after that first 2 weeks I started doing my program and following my counselors advice. I got involved with the animals and started making friends for life. I went in wanting to die and came out wanting to live. I’m now one month away from getting my belt buckle! Thank God for Clay Crossing!

  4. I chose Clay Crossing for my husband and it was a great choice. We were close to divorcing if he didn’t get help. He didn’t want to go but after the first week he was glad he did. The counselors are great and the family counseling they offer helped us so much. The staff was always so nice and helpful whenever I called or came for a visit. My husband now understands better why he became an addict and how to cope with it. I’d recommend Clay Crossing to anyone who really wants to change their life.

  5. Haven’t used for 11 months now and I owe it to Clay Crossing. The first time I went I didn’t care if I did good or not. I was only there to make my parents and wife happy. So naturally when I left I failed. 2nd time around was the eye opener for me. I followed the program, did the homework and applied what the counselors lectured about. It was hard and it made me face things I didn’t want to but in the end I came out better than I have ever been. Clay Crossing saved my life. I wouldn’t be here now without them and that’s the truth.

  6. Clay Crossing was recommended to us by an Alumni that went there last fall and he has done so well. We took our son 5 months ago and he loved it and the staff worked miracles on him, he came back as his old self. We can’t thank everyone there enough for what they did for him. They treated him like he was family. He gained weight and looks so much better. God Bless the staff at Clay Crossing!!

  7. I recently completed a 90 day treatment program at Clay Crossing. The treatment I received was exceptional. This is the second time I’ve attended Clay Crossing for treatment of my alcoholism. The facility is a faith based recovery facility that embraces God, the 12 steps and en education of what addiction and treatment looks like. There was an ample amount of time for both learning, group therapy, one on one treatment and time to relax and enjoy the ranch, horseback riding, and fellowship of men in the facility. The best thing about their program is if you complete the 90 day treatment, they provide 30 days of treatment at no cost in event of a relapse. The allowed me to return and get back on track with my recovery. By the grace of God I now have nearly 6 months of sobriety and am working in AA with a sponsor and taking the actions to follow the road of recovery for the rest of my life.

  8. My husband was at Clay Crossing and we got our family back! He was treated well and the structure and staff were amazing. We were so impressed with the family involvement and have referred others there as well. We feel truly blessed that he was able to receive treatment there.

  9. Clay Crossing was great for me. I got my life back from meth. My counselor was great and I really connected with him. I was only going to stay for the 30 day program and ended up staying the whole 90 days. best decision I ever made. Thank you Clay Crossing for helping me get my life back!

  10. I was recently at Clay crossing and I can’t say enough good about how I was treated. It was my second time there, I’ve been sober since I left the first time but I had some serious and stressful stuff going on in my life and I became worried that I might relapse. I went back for their Relapse prevention program and I was treated great, the whole staff made me feel special for making the right decision to seek help. Both times the counselors were great and really knew how to help me to understand what I needed to do. If guys are willing to listen and work at what the are taught it will work. They really care and want you to succeed. I can’t thank everyone there enough for all they have done for me and my family!

  11. We knew within days that this program wasn’t a right fit for our son. He suffers from severe mental illness as well as addiction. There is no nurse on staff to hand out their meds. We were told a CNA did this (I’ll point out, a CNA is not a nurse!) but our son said upper level clients actually handed out his meds most of the time. He had full access to them at medication time and was able to easily abuse them! Drugs were easy to obtain on many of the outings and snuck in.

    When he asked to transfer elsewhere because he needed more accountability, the request was largely ignored. Lies were told, calls ignored. Thankfully the treatment center we ended up taking our son to bent their own rules and accepted him without doing a “door to door” because the staff at Clay Crossing all but refused to allow one to happen. We observed one heck of a power trip and certainly no compassion for someone who obviously needed a higher level of care and accountability.

    I’m happy to say my son is now in good hands elsewhere. With a FT nursing staff and Doctors on staff, within 24 hours he has already visited with the Psychiatrist and had his lithium levels checked. Neither of which were even addressed in the 2 weeks he was at Clay Crossing.

    In my opinion, this is not a rehab. It’s DEFINITELY NOT A DUAL DIAGNOSIS FACILITY. If you or your son has a mental illness, please know it wont be treated at Clay Crossing. My son said it was more like summer camp. I’d say it seemed more of a transitional/sober living type of place.

  12. Went to CC a year ago and it was horrible – didn’t deliver on services outlined on their website. For example; all food bought at WalMart/ not organic, only spiritual learning choice was Maud Baptist Church, moved to three different rooms because of sewer gas odor (never fixed), director referred to women as Ho’s repeatedly , only 1 overworked counselor that had to rely on putting in movies for us to watch at group sessions so she could go about other duties, offered no art therapy/ animal therapy, hydroponic farm had tank full of dead tilapia, pond infested with cotton mouth snakes, and when I expressed my dissatisfaction , they refused to offer any type of partial refund. Upon leaving I wanted to drink more than when I arrived. Immediately went into a VA inpatient program and have been sober one year. I would not and have not recommened CC to anyone. This was the biggest waste of time & money that I have ever experienced in my life .

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