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Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism


Kiamichi Council on AlcoholismThe Basics

Located in Hugo, Oklahoma, Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism offers outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents. While the small city is named for French novelist Victor Hugo, the treatment center is named for the Kiamichi River, which runs through town. This facility caters to the local Native American population, who are members of the Choctaw Tribe. Its mission is to provide culturally competent recovery assistance to those who suffer from substance abuse, gambling and co-occurring disorders. Preference in admission is given to pregnant women, intravenous drug users, women with dependent children and persons with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C. The cost of the programs is kept low to ensure treatment is accessible to those who need it the most.

Treatment and Staff

Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism offers a variety of services including individual counseling and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). They also have family counseling, problem gambling education, HIV education and an assortment of substance abuse courses. Detox is not available on site, but clients requiring detox or Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) are referred to a nearby clinic and can still attend groups at Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism.

Evidence-based treatment modalities such as CBT and DBT are used in both group and individual settings. Individual counseling sessions are usually one hour in length, costing $60 each. Weekly group therapy is also available, providing the space to practice interpersonal skills in a structured environment. The group sizes range from 15 to 20 and treatment length depends on the individual. Groups usually run for two hours at a time and cost $50 per session.  Topics include relapse prevention, anger management, employment, introduction to the 12 steps, and life skills.

There are both six- and 12-week regular outpatient programs available. These both entail one group session and one individual session per week. The IOP program meets three times a week, for two hours of group therapy at a time, and also involves one hour of individual therapy per week. The length of treatment is determined on an individual basis. The adolescent IOP program is the same as the adult program, but attendance is limited to those ages 14 to 18.

The staff includes seven licensed addiction counselors, including two who specialize in adolescents.


Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism offers tobacco cessation counseling, problem gambling education, HIV education, DUI assessment and urinalysis. A state-approved 10-hour DUI school meets for three sessions, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, and a 24-hour DUI school meets for 12 sessions, Monday and Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm. For the convenience of clients, the DUI school is located at the main office in Hugo and a satellite office 50 miles west in the town of Idabel, Oklahoma.

In Summary

Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism offers free treatment for those of Native American heritage. With a variety of services available, clients can choose a program that suits their needs. For those who wish to receive treatment, but are not a member of the local tribes, affordable prices are offered. Through hard work and a supportive community, sobriety and cultural practices find a place to meet.

Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism
308 E Jefferson St
Hugo, OK 74743

Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism Cost: Free for local tribes, sliding scale for others. Reach Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism by phone at (580) 326-7862. Find Kiamichi Council on Alcoholism on Facebook

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