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State Rehab Information - Oklahoma

suffering teenInhalants Abuse
There are so many different side effects associated with all types of drug abuse. From drinking alcohol to inhaling household chemicals...from the sublime to the extreme.  Teens and pre-teens in greater numbers are testing the drug invested waters with inebriation, stealing their parent's prescription medications or by inhaling dangerous chemicals. Inhaling in any way shape or form is inhalant abuse. It needs to stop immediately.
Once you have decided to seek help either for yourself or for a loved one or colleague, educating yourself on the treatment options should be your first step. The following information is an overview of alcohol and drug (including inhalants) treatment rehab options.

Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) posted a news article as recently as May, 2008 out of Muskogee, Oklahoma:
From The Muskogee Phoenix

The Muskogee Phoenix printed an article called "Parents Might Not Notice Kids 'Huffing'" last week, and featured several residents of the small town in Oklahoma giving their opinions on inhalant abuse.
One teenager, Madison Hayes, says that fun activities would decrease the experimentation with alcohol and drugs:
"Muskogee is a small town; there’s not a lot kids can do. Some of them just drink and smoke pot. They get to do the bragging, and they get to talk about their weekend. I think that more activities would be a positive thing to do.”
She also described someone she knew that had used inhalants, saying that "he tried it because he thought he would just get high, but it turned out to be one of the scariest things he’s ever done,” she said. “He said it was crazy and dumb, and the aftermath was so awful that he would never do it again. I don’t think he knew about the danger at the time, or he would not have done it.”
Valerie Grober, a pharmacist at Wagoner Community Hospital, claims that abusing inhalants is as common as smoking marijuana.
"Abuse of inhalants by middle school children has increased up to 44 percent over a two-year period,” she said. “The products used in huffing are readily available and for sale legally.”
She also advised parents to "remain involved. Many children think huffing is fun and are totally unaware of the very real dangers involved. ... Set a pattern of talking with and listening to your child from the time they are young.”   (source)
Bar chart showing survey respondents for the years 1996 through 2000 reporting use of inhalants, broken down by grade.Source: National Drug Intelligence Center


Man in handcuffs under arrestDamage to Society
In the State of Oklahoma, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse goes way past the the damage done to the addicts themselves. In terms of time lost on the job, to the health system inundated by illness and overdoses to communities harmed by the crime rate caused by addicts looking to steal anything in order to get their next fix, to families living a nightmare as they watch helplessly as their loved one goes further down the chutes. The rollercoaster of emotions, concern and anger seems like a never ending ride the abuser puts his friends and family through. Failures in the past with drug rehab centers further numb the addict to any hope of a future without drugs. It truly can appear hopeless. Parents in particular looking to help their children can succumb themselves to desperate measures and with multiple failed attempts to get their kids the proper help can become apathetic themselves.

Should the Treatment Center be Close to Home?
Drug and alcohol addiction typically involves habitual routines in the environmental scope of the individual, i.e. the locations of their drug or alcohol use, the people they associated with in the activities of drug or alcohol use, etc. Drug or alcohol addiction is not just drug and alcohol use, it revolves around people and things in their immediate environment which help to trigger the addictive behavior. The abusers location & routines of drug and alcohol use further trigger drug and alcohol use. It is the constant and seemingly unstoppable drug or alcohol use and the hopelessness of day to day existence which perpetuates the problem and inhibits the native desire to stop ruining their life through the use of drugs and alcohol.

The above factor should not be over looked when considering a treatment center location. The first 2 weeks of treatment are always the most difficult & There many factors at work to make this so. In addition to what has been covered above, a more basic factor is this; people are creatures of habit. Even overwhelmingly positive & beneficial changes in life, such as the birth of a child or a new job does not guarantee the individual will have no thoughts of missing past negative activities such as, drug or alcohol use, drug or drinking acquaintances and other associated activities. Factually this is the normal reactive auto response of most human beings; to do what they are familiar with; good or bad. It is not really that they yearn for these things, it is just all that they have known for some time. If the abuser is close to home when overwhelming feelings manifest themselves, there is a good chance he or she will leave and get back to what they know, drug addiction, as it is not very far away . Due to these factors, attending a drug rehab close to home is seldom the correct treatment option for chronic drug or alcohol abusers. It is extremely therapeutic to be distanced from their former association with drug dealers, bars, the cabinet where the alcohol was kept, the cigar box where the cocaine was stored, etc. All these triggers make the task of sobriety seem insurmountable to the chronic drug or alcohol abuser as these triggers continuously stimulate a reminder of their past addictive behaviors.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem in the state of Oklahoma, choosing a long term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome.

By providing a new, safe trigger free environment, distanced from past negative associations and surroundings for an extended period of time, the chance for success increases dramatically.

Our program provides people with positive circumstances to increase their chances for a successful recovery. The vast majority of students entering our program, around (80%), are from out of state or from other countries.

Treatment Center Changes Needed
Just in the state of Oklahoma, there are many different types of drug rehab and treatment facilities. In the United States, there are thousands of drug rehab and treatment centers. Of course the common goal of all addiction treatment programs is to help end addiction for the individual. In Oklahoma and across the United States, a variety of techniques and methods are being used. Some of the well known treatment methods in Oklahoma include the twelve step method, relapse prevention, one-on-one counseling, drug rehabilitation, behavioral modification, cognitive therapy, support groups, sober living, therapeutic communities, AA , NA, inpatient, and outpatient drug rehab programs. There are many types of treatment centers available in Oklahoma, so making a decision can be difficult. Unfortunately, many uninformed people in Oklahoma go from rehab to rehab looking for the one that is right for them.
In Oklahoma, there are many attempts being made to meet the needs of alcoholics, but statistics show success rates to be dismally low. What is needed and wanted is a drug and alcohol treatment which not only handles physical addiction, but finds the underlying reasons why a person turns to drugs and alcohol in order to free the person forever. What Oklahoma addicts, alcoholics and their family, friends and loved ones need is a real and effective drug rehab treatment center. One where they are not on a time schedule or use other drugs to get the addict off the original drugs or alcohol. The addict needs a reliable proven program where when they are done, their drug addiction is a thing of the past and they are now able to live full productive lives free of the stronghold of drugs or alcohol.

Narconon Riverbend produces graduates who are DRUG FREE and ALCOHOL FREE AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.
Narconon Riverbend RetreatNarconon Riverbend has a success rate in excess of 70%, as compared to 15-20% for more traditional treatments. Narconon Riverbend is a long-term treatment facility.
The Narconon program steps are entirely drug-free; that is, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab treatment program does not use drugs or medications to solve the problems caused by drugs and/or alcohol, but does use nutrition and nutritional supplements as an important component of its delivery. Thus the program is neither a psychiatric nor medical, but a social education model of rehabilitation.

A Narconon Program Graduate is someone:
Who has completed the Narconon drug rehab program; Who knows he is, in fact, capable of living a drug-free life thereafter; Who has improved his or her ability to learn and thus can accept new ideas on how to change life for the better; Who has personally absorbed the fundamentals of ethics and morality well enough that he or she can be productive and contributive to society and will have no further troubles with the justice system; Who knows how to solve the problems of life in a rational manner to the best of his ability, without the use of mind-altering drugs and alcohol.



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