The George Hawkins Memorial Treatment Center is a residential substance abuse treatment facility run by the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Native American tribes of Oklahoma. It is located on lush acreage in the city of Clinton, just a few miles east of the Washita River. GHM was founded in the 1970s and moved to its current location almost 13 years ago. Its services are exclusive to Native Americans who are over 18 years old and possess a valid Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB). Additionally, prospective clients must already be sober at least seven days prior to admission.
Accommodations and Food
Located along historic Route 66, GHM is a coed facility that offers 16 beds. While it is rare for all 16 beds to be occupied at the same time, there is a five- to six-week waiting period to be admitted. This is mostly because clients may not have been incarcerated, in a halfway house or hospitalized for any issues—mental or physical —for a minimum of 30 days prior to beginning their stay. Men and women are separated into different halls.
Meals are served family-style in the dining room. Clients are put on cooking detail for all residents’ meals on a weekly rotation. They are also allowed to have their own personal snacks that they keep in the kitchen and prepare for themselves.
Treatment and Staff
The 12-step format is used in conjunction with CBT at GHM. However, the steps are adjusted to conform to Native American beliefs and traditions. For example, GHM clients address themselves to a “Great Spirit” instead of God. As part of treatment, clients have group therapy every day and may also have individual sessions with their assigned personal counselor, upon request or as needed. A psychiatrist visits the facility once a week to evaluate the clients’ mental state and provide dual diagnosis support. A standard stay at GHM is 60 days.
Six certified substance abuse counselors make up the GHM staff and are present to work with the clients during the day, while one to two attendants are on location at any given time to monitor the clients.
At GHM, clients are taken out to enjoy bowling and to movies once a week.
GHM provides a much-needed service to the local Native American population. It combines current treatment approaches with traditional Native American spirituality. As an added incentive, treatment is completely free, so for those needing help in Oklahoma who have proof of Native blood, there really is no reason not to try GHM’s services.
George Hawkins Memorial Treatment Center
10320 North Airport Rd
Clinton, OK 73601
George Hawkins Memorial Treatment Center Cost: Free for Native Americans (with proof of Indian blood). Reach George Hawkins Memorial Treatment Center by phone at (580) 331-2370.
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