For over 100 years, Northwest Center for Behavioral Health in Oklahoma has been serving the small community of Woodward, located about 140 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. NCBH has been accredited by The Joint Commission for treating substance abuse since the 1970s and today provides acute detox, outpatient and residential treatment through Lighthouse—a facility that accommodates up to twenty-six adult men and women.
Using evidence-based individual and group therapy methods, education and peer-to-peer support with the 12-step method of recovery, Lighthouse clients are treated for substance abuse, addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Lighthouse accommodates clients in gender-specific wings of a facility in rural Oklahoma. Residents are housed in dorm-like rooms—up to six women at a time on one side of the facility in three double-occupancy rooms, each with an adjoining bathroom. Twenty men are housed on the other side in partitioned quarters sleeping two men in each section. The men’s wing has one large YMCA-style shared bathroom with private stalls. Television is available during set hours on weekdays and weekends, though viewing times are limited and vary from day-to-day. Standard American cafeteria fare is prepared by staff three times a day.
Treatment and Staff
On a typical day residents rise at 6:30 am, exercise at the facility’s gym and then have breakfast. Days are spent in group and individual therapy. Group topics include life skills, personal responsibilities and motivational lectures. Lights are out at 9:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Residents are not permitted to bring their cell phones or personal computers. Lighthouse hosts one family day and one visitor’s day each month.
Attendance at on-site 12-step meetings and groups (open to the public) is required and groups seldom exceed ten participants. Each resident is assigned a primary counselor and the staff-to-client ratio is no more than one-to-13. Lighthouse residents are required to complete a minimum of 37 hours of one-on-one counseling, group therapy and occupational or recreational therapy. While Lighthouse does not provide medical services or medication management (residents must come supplied with a 30-day supply of any prescribed medication) clinicians are trained to provide mental and emotional support for co-occurring disorders.
While there is no formal aftercare program at Lighthouse, residents often make follow-up appointments with their counselor to check in and receive referrals to other resources, such as skills training and sober living facilities.
During treatment, clients participate in social and cultural activities such as pool tournaments, basketball games, attend cardio classes and enjoy a monthly trip to the local museum.
Residents must get on the state-wide waiting list for a spot at Lighthouse. Wait-time is determined by individual need as assessed during their intake session.
While Lighthouse may not be a state-of-the-art or luxury facility, but its commitment to individualized care and each client’s mental health makes it a reliable and effective option for Oklahoma residents to begin their journey towards long-term recovery.
Northwest Center for Behavioral Health: Lighthouse Substance Abuse Services
5050 Williams Ave
Woodward, OK 73801
Northwest Center for Behavioral Health: Lighthouse Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Northwest Center for Behavioral Health: Lighthouse by phone at (580) 256-9700.
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