Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Oklahoma
Approximately 504,000 Oklahomans – 12.78% of the state population – use illegal drugs and another 189,000 – 4.79% of the state population – abuse alcohol in a given year. As a consequence, 14.21% of all deaths in Oklahoma between 2008 and 2017 were caused by drugs and alcohol, over a full percentage point above the national average for drug- and alcohol-induced deaths of 12.71%. Among the three most populous cities in Oklahoma, Lawton had the highest rate of drug- and alcohol-related deaths during that time period at 16.16%, while Tulsa-Broken Arrow had the lowest rate at 12.49%.
This guide was created to help the many residents of Oklahoma who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction to find affordable treatment that will put them on the path to recovery. It is also intended to inform the general public about the dangers of substance abuse in Oklahoma.
If you need help finding a rehabilitation center in Oklahoma, you can use our directory to locate low-cost, quality treatment right away. Read on to find instructions for using the directory and to learn which rehabilitation centers qualify as the highest-rated, low-cost facilities in the state.
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I. Getting Help
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Oklahoma
If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 177 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Oklahoma. Of those 177 centers, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma in Tulsa received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.
Located in Tulsa, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma received an overall score of 7.8 points out of 10 possible points, earning it first place in our rankings. The center provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to residents of Northeast Oklahoma. It received a perfect score in the category of Rehabilitation Services Provided, due primarily to its medication-assisted treatment services and its acceptance of patients on opioid medication. The center also received maximum points in the category of Treatment Approaches, offering comprehensive options such as motivational interviewing/incentives, anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and several more. Its weakest score was in the category of Special Programs for Unique Demographics as a result of its limited number of programs that cater to specific populations; however, the center does offer programs for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, clients referred from the court system, and transitional age young adults.
Catalyst Behavioral Services Community House, located in Oklahoma City, also received an overall score of 7.8 points out of 10 points for its residential substance abuse rehabilitation services to adults and young adults in Central Oklahoma. It offers medication-assisted treatment and detoxification services, in addition to accepting patients on opioid medication. The center’s highest performances were in the categories of Treatment Approaches and Ancillary Services, receiving a perfect score for both metrics. It provides a wealth of treatment approaches, such as dialectical behavioral therapy, brief intervention, both 12-step facilitation and Matrix Model approaches, trauma-related counseling, and several more. The center also offers a multitude of ancillary services intended to complement clients’ long-term recovery, ranging from employment counseling and training to tobacco cessation counseling to housing and transportation assistance, among many others. The center’s lowest performance was in the category of Cost; however, it does accept Medicare, Medicaid and state-financed health insurance, private health insurance, and self-payment as payment options. Furthermore, payment assistance and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors are also available.
With an overall score of 6.9 out of 10 points, NorthCare of Oklahoma City earned the third spot in our rankings. The center provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to adults and young adults in Central Oklahoma, including the acceptance of patients on opioid medication. The center’s strongest feature is its wealth of treatment approaches available to patients, offering such options as community reinforcement plus vouchers, dialectical behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and many more. It also scored relatively high in the category of Cost for its multitude of payment options, accepting Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, government funding for substance abuse programs, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment, in addition to providing payment assistance and a sliding fee scale based on income and other factors. By contrast, the center’s biggest weakness was its shortage of special programs designed for unique populations. However, it does offer programs for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders, individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma, clients referred from the court system, and veterans.
Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5.01
Treatment Approaches: 10
Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 4.97
Ancillary Services: 6.17
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Oklahoma
5319 South Lewis Avenue, Suite 219 Tulsa, OK 74105 Main Tel: 918-832-7763
Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oklahoma
Start by contacting your referral center
In Oklahoma, the first step is to contact the Oklahoma Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in your region serviced by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). To find the contact information for the CCBHC in your region, visit the ODMHSAS website.
The purpose of a referral center is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The referral center is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Oklahoma Medicaid information page.
Use our database to find a treatment center near you
The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Oklahoma recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.
Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.
Oklahoma ranks among the bottom 10 states for veterans engaging in binge drinking
According to the CDC, Oklahoma ranked among the bottom 10 states in 2017 for veterans who engaged in binge drinking, with a reported 10.8% of veterans in the state taking part in the dangerous behavior that is often linked to PTSD. This percentage is among the lowest for all 50 states; Hawaii reported the greatest percentage of veterans engaging in binge drinking at 21.5%, while Utah was at the bottom of the rankings at 9.1%.
Bottom 10 States by Percentage of Veterans Who Binge Drink, 2017
Veterans in Oklahoma can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Additionally, they can locate information regarding substance abuse treatment services at Help for Heroes and Oklahoma Veterans Families United.
Treatment is available for veterans in Oklahoma who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 50 substance abuse treatment facilities in Oklahoma – representing 26.2% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.
Adolescents in Oklahoma use alcohol at a rate slightly higher than the national average
of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017
of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017
Between 2014 and 2017, 4.9% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Oklahoma reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, nearly two percentage points below the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 10.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Oklahoma had taken part in the behavior in the past month, just slightly more than the national average of 10.1%. Additionally, 3.1% of individuals admitted to a substance abuse treatment program in Oklahoma in 2017 were aged 12-17. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.
Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) funds
Oklahoma Systems of Care Communities across the state. Each resource center works with youth and adults in a particular region to prevent substance abuse, and each has unique resources for families in the region. To find the Oklahoma Systems of Care Community near you, take a look at the ODMHSAS SOC Community directory. You can also learn about substance abuse treatment and recovery services for youth on the ODMHSAS website, including information on additional substance abuse resources for families.
Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.
Mental Health Resources & Treatment
If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.
Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:
Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.
Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.
Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: The ODMHSAS website has a section dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns and a special section devoted to mental health programs for children and youth.
Oklahoma National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): The Oklahoma branch of NAMI provides information on mental health resources across the state and offers specific sections for adolescents and veterans.
Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.
12-Step Addiction Meetings in Oklahoma
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.
Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you
The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.
Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.
Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.
Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.
The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Oklahoma between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Oklahoma population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.
Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Oklahoma, 2016-2017
* ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.
* ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.
of Oklahoma deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Oklahoma between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Oklahoma compared to the national average.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Oklahoma, 2008-2017
When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Oklahoma, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.
Over 575,000 Oklahomans suffer from mental illness every year
As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.
of Oklahoma adults had a serious mental illness
of Oklahoma adolescents had a major depressive episode
Between 2013 and 2017, 4.4% of Oklahoma adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Oklahoma adolescents, 12.5% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.
The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Oklahoma.
Mental Health Issues in Oklahoma by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
Suicide rates in Oklahoma are much higher than the national average
The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.
Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Oklahoma witnessed a 37.6% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Oklahoma ranked 13th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.
Suicides and Suicide Rates in Oklahoma and the United States, 2017
Oklahoma has a significantly higher opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate
Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.
opioid prescriptions per 100 Oklahoma residents, 2017
opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017
After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Oklahoma was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 123.3 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 88.1 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017, revealing a higher decrease of 28.55%.
Oklahoma and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017
The rate of homelessness in Oklahoma is just over half the national average
A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.
The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.
of every 10,000 Oklahoma residents were homeless, 2018
of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018
By comparison, Oklahoma had approximately 3,871 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 10 of every 10,000 Oklahoma residents and just over half the national average. This number reveals a 7.64% decrease since 2014 when 4,191 homeless persons lived in Oklahoma.
V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs
The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Oklahoma by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in the three most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Oklahoma City-Norman are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Oklahoma City-Norman
Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are lower in Oklahoma City-Norman than the rate across Oklahoma
of Oklahoma City-Norman deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Oklahoma deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Between 2008 and 2017, there were 13,025 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties, in which Oklahoma City and Norman are located, respectively. This number represented 13.13% of the total number of deaths among all ages in the county and was over a full percentage point lower than the state average of 14.21% during the same time period. Of the three most populous cities in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City-Norman’s death rate fell in the middle.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties, 2008-2017
The rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Tulsa-Broken Arrow falls well below the state average
of Tulsa-Broken Arrow deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Oklahoma deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
Both Tulsa and Broken Arrow are located in Tulsa County, which had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 12.49% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage was over one-and-a-half percentage points below the state average of 14.21% during the same time period. Among the top three most populous cities in Oklahoma, Tulsa-Broken Arrow had the lowest death rate.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Tulsa County, 2008-2017
The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Lawton and the neighboring cities of Chickasha and Anadarko are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.
The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Lawton Area
Lawton’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is significantly higher than the state average
of Lawton deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
of Oklahoma deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol
The percentage of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Comanche County, of which Lawton is the largest city, was 16.16% between 2008 and 2017, nearly two full percentage points above the state average of 14.21% during the same time frame. Of the three most populous cities in Oklahoma, Lawton’s death rate ranked the highest, just over three full percentage points higher than the second-ranked city, Oklahoma City-Norman.
Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Comanche County, 2008-2017
Substance abuse treatment is available in Oklahoma for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.