Community Mental Health Centers
There are 5 state-operated and 10 private non-profit CMHCs that provide outpatient counseling and, in some cases, short-term hospitalization and substance abuse treatment.
Substance Abuse Services
Imagine a nation in which a deadly but treatable disease is taking its toll on more than 5 percent of the population. One that is wreaking havoc with the lives of millions of men, women and children, yet only 10 percent of the people who need treatment receive it. That’s the situation that prevails in the United States today. The disease is alcohol and drug addiction. In Oklahoma, nearly 130,000 adults need treatment for alcoholism and another 21,000 need treatment for other types of drug use. While many are in need of services, many also are receiving the assistance they need thanks to programs provided by the department. Access to treatment services – through community-based substance abuse treatment programs, drug courts, support groups, and the encouragement of family and friends – help thousands of Oklahomans each year find the road to recovery. Treatment for addiction is as successful as treatment for other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Most importantly, treatment helps return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace and community. The benefits of treatment accrue not only to individuals and their friends and families, but to society as well. Research shows that, a year after treatment, drug use was reduced by 50 percent, criminal activity dropped by 80 percent, employment increased, and homelessness and dependence on public assistance decreased. For every dollar spent on treatment, nearly $7 is saved in reduced crime-related costs, a figure that rises to $12 when health-care costs are included. The department operates or contracts with 97 substance abuse treatment programs offering a range of outpatient, residential and aftercare services. In addition, substance abuse treatment is available at community mental health centers. ODMHSAS also funds a network of 20 Area Prevention Resource Centers offering substance abuse prevention education and community prevention project development. Alcohol is still, by far, Oklahoma’s number one drug of choice. The top listed drugs of choice for clients during 2005 are as follows:
Alcohol - 37%
Marijuana - 21%
Methampetamine - 20%
Cocaine - 11%