Since 1975, Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism has been providing residential and outpatient services to chemically dependent individuals and their families. The primary treatment goals are to make gender specific treatment available to anyone in need, but specifically to IV drug users, pregnant women and those with co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Well off the beaten path, this facility is located 30 miles from Joplin, Missouri and two hours from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Men and women are housed at separate locations and each location services a maximum of 20 clients. There are two clients in each room and communal showers and restroom facilities at the end of the hall.
Home-style cooking is the watchword here and the kitchen staff prepares meals three times per day. Coffee is allowed but served at breakfast only. There are snacks in the dining area after the evening meal and food from the outside is not allowed.
No cell phones or computers are allowed at any time during treatment. Because Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism services the court system, there is no gym on the property and free weights of any kind are not allowed. This is to discourage any type of jailhouse or prison mentality. However, there is a full-scale basketball court on the premises. The women’s facility has a basketball court and a small jogging track.
Treatment and Staff
Although there is a nurse on staff during the week, a full service detox is not available at Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism. Any resident in need of medical attention must be cleared prior to admission. This is a six-month residential treatment program and the first 30 days are very structured and consist of group therapy sessions run by certified drug and alcohol counselors. Addiction studies classes, relapse prevention groups and on-site AA and NA meetings are part of the daily regimen. Twice weekly, residents have individual sessions with an assigned counselor. Once a month, a guest speaker from Alcoholics Anonymous comes to the facility to share their experience, strength and hope (the speaker must have at least five years of continuous sobriety). Clients are given specific chores on a daily basis during this period. Any tasks not completed will result in disciplinary actions, including no TV or basketball. Visits are permitted after 10 days of treatment and are held on Sunday.
Once the initial 30 days is complete, residents are moved into the next phase of treatment. At this juncture, clients have two weeks to get a job and start paying rent on a weekly basis. Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism aids in job search and transportation to and from interviews. Meals are still provided by the facility. At the discretion of the staff, residents at the 90-day mark are allowed an eight-hour day pass and eventually a 24-hour pass. This slow progression is to encourage responsibility and trust while phasing back into society.
In addition to outpatient services, anger management classes and a DUI program are available to qualifying individuals in the community as well as within the program.
Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism offers a serious, no frills approach to maintaining and sustaining sobriety—their primary goal is to make treatment accessible to anyone who needs it. By providing a structured residential start followed by a step-down process and assistance in job search strategies, Northeastern Council on Alcoholism teaches residents how to transition back into society drug and alcohol free.
Northeastern Council on Alcoholism Location
304 N. Mickey Mantle Blvd.
Commerce, OK 74339
Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism Cost
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