Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Edmond OK

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

A Chance to Change Foundation
5228 Classen Circle,
Oklahoma City, OK73118
(405) 840-9000
www.achancetochange.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men

A Chance to Change Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit agency that offers education classes, workshops and prevention programs to those suffering from addictions, behavioral disorders and those whose families have been affected.

ACTC is funded by fees, insurance reimbursement, donations from individuals and corporations, private foundation grants, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Central Oklahoma United Way, and other sources.

ACTC is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of community volunteers. Each member brings unique attributes to the board while all possessing a common passion for the mission of A Chance to Change.

We are proud to be accredited by CARF for Integrated Treatment Services. As part of our accreditation, we have a corporate compliance program.
Turning Point South
1607 SW 15th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK73108
(405) 634-0508
www.caaofokc.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: Bengali, Hindi

Established in 1965 and headed by Stanton L. Young, the Agency operated as a Community Action Development Committee. The Agency became Incorporated in 1966 under the name of Community Action Program of Oklahoma City and County, Inc. The work of the Agency is financed by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, launching the Nation’s “War on Poverty” under the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). President Ford signed the “Head Start, Economic Opportunity and Community Partnership Act of 1974” (HR14449, now Public law 93-644) on January 4, 1974. In 1973, OEO was succeeded by the Community Services Administration (CSA), later replaced by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, which consolidated CSA funds into the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). President Gerald Ford signs into law Compromise Legislation which will create a successor agency to OEO and continue at a reduced level the Federal financial commitment to Community Action Agencies (CAA’s).
In 1983 the Agency assumed responsibility for community action efforts in Canadian County and was re-designated the Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/ Canadian Counties, Inc. Special housing efforts were initiated in January with CSBG Housing “Set Aside” funds. Activities include training in specialty areas such as pre-rental, rental delinquency, mortgage default, and landlord-tenant agreements. Currently, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) represents the State of Oklahoma. ODOC, on behalf of the State, issues CSBG funds, State Appropriated Funds, and weatherization monies to CAA’s across the state.
Community Services / Homeless Assistance
1965 – Present
The Community Services division was implemented nearly from the beginning serving low-income residents of Oklahoma County. Implementation of the “Food Stamp Program” began November 1, 1972. The “Nutrition Program for the Elderly” serving hot meals at five (5) meal centers began January 8, 1974. In February 1988 a Demonstration Homeless project to reintegrate shelter families and individuals into the economic mainstream begins. Today the division has expanded to offer transportation to the Congregate Meals Program sites daily, doctor appointments, and nursing home or home-bound resident visits; Senior Nutrition Program sites; Christmas assistance; Summer Youth program; GED classes; Rental and mortgage assistance; and a Fan Program.
Head Start
1965 – Present
The First Head Start Center, Children’s House, opened its doors to thirty-nine (39) families in 1965. Within two years, nine (9) new centers and a multitude of 575 children entered Head Start. Today there are thirty-two (32) Head Start Centers providing services to 1,999 children in Oklahoma County. Extended services include medical, dental, three (3) nutritious meals and a snack daily, disabled children public school readiness, and speech & hearing services.
Economic Development
1970 – Present
A trust program in the 70's encourages entrepreneur activities and is ready to receive proposals for small business ventures within the poverty program. In 1991, the Self- Employment Entrepreneurial Development Systems (SEEDS) Program is initiated. This program assisted low-income individuals desiring to start or expand their own business. Since July 1996, the Division has administered the Enterprise Community Small Business Assistance Revolving Loan Program. This financing and technical assistance program is designed to aid in the expansion or creation of small businesses, thus increasing employment opportunities within the Enterprise Community. As of January 2005, this Program has been expanded to include the Empowerment Zone, the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area and a Conditional Expansion Area. There are currently three (3) Individual Development Account (IDA) Programs administered by this Di+D444vision. IDA's help working families with low-to-moderate income rapidly increase their savings for a first home purchase, higher education or business start-up or expansion by matching each $1 (up to $2,000) deposited with $2 ( up to $4,000).
Turning Point "An Outpatient Treatment Program"
1971 – Present
The Community Action Agency Alcohol and Drug Program begin operation on October 25, 1971. Turning Point provided Prevention Education and Outpatient Treatment Services to individuals and families in need of counseling for alcohol and other drug problems. Today there are two (2) Turning Point sites that provide Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services to better meet the needs of our participants. Our Street Outreach program contacts individuals and groups who are high risk for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases to provide Risk Reduction Education and assistance to obtain treatment services. Turning Point Sober Living is a program which provides a drug free environment for recovering individuals and families in a gated apartment complex with forty-eight (48) units. All residents receive full Case Management Services. Turning Point Also provides a Job Readiness and Placement Program to support clients in obtaining employment and strengthening self-sufficiency. Turning Point's mission is to improve the Quality of Life for all of our participants.
Home Repair & Weatherization
1974 – Present

On December 9, 1974 “Project Winterization” begins. Rehabilitation crews begin work of repairing door and window frames, caulking and weather-stripping, patching roof holes, and applying plastic storm windows. Today the program has expanded to eliminate specific health, safety and sanitary hazards for residents by improving the electrical and/or plumbing, installing central heat/air, roof repair, and providing self-help materials. Emphasis on the possibilities of Lead Base Paint removal is a new concern. The use of Home Exterior Maintenance Program (HEMP) to perform exterior maintenance and the National Energy Audit Technology (NEAT) for computer assessment of cost saving measures help to analyze and improve energy efficiency.

Special Projects
1992 - Present

This program was implemented in the early 90’s to administer a broad range of housing program in targeted areas. By 1994, the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program (OORP) expands rehabilitation to the outer limits of Oklahoma and Canadian County for the first time. The Homebuyers program continues to assist potential buyers with home/mortgage purchases. Today, these programs continue with a positive outlook in our targeted areas.
Four Winds Ranch Recovery Center for
Adolescent Females LLC
501 North Santa Fe Street,
Guthrie, OK73044
(405) 260-0212
www.fourwindsranchrtc.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(405) 848-9393

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Specializing in Adolescents, Residential beds for clients' children

Four Winds Ranch Recovery Center is a creative, affordable, residential care option developed specifically for adolescent females.

One of our main goals is to support the individual through the beginning stages of recovery while also assisting with the development of initial educational and vocational choices and decisions. The chemically dependent young person will usually have academic problems and often a poor work ethic. For this reason, many young recovering people need the support of a structured, long-term care program.

Four Winds Ranch Recovery Center's mission is to provide the highest level of professional care in the area of alcohol and other drug dependence including co-occurring disorders to adolescent females ages 14 to 18. Our primary goal and objective is to provide a comprehensive, holistic, and individualized treatment program designed to maximize the recovery potential for each young woman who suffers from the disease of addiction and the life damaging behaviors that accompany the disease. Our hope for each young woman is to achieve recovery as evidenced by abstinence from mood altering substances, increased self-awareness, serenity, spirituality, and a sense of self-worth.
Eagle Ridge Family Treatment Center
1916 East Perkins Street,
Guthrie, OK73044
(405) 282-8232
www.eagleridgeinstitute.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(405) 282-5283

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children

The story of Eagle Ridge Institute (ERI) is one of struggle, passion, love for community and commitment to children and families. With a united team of strong-winged staff, friends and supporters sound strategic planning and a firm belief in the agency's mission, Eagle Ridge Institute continues to help people make significant changes in their lives and in their communities.
ERI's birth, in 1985, came from a deep desire to address many unmet social problems in order to dramatically improve the conditions and opportunities for children, families and communities. It grew out of a desire to increase our understanding that substance use and behavioral health issues are overriding and primary conditions related to many of the social problems we now face.
Referral Center for Alcohol and
Drug Services of Central Oklahoma Inc
1215 NW 25th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK73106
(405) 525-2525
www.trcok.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
405-525-2525 ext 116

Hotline Phone Numbers: 405-525-2525 ext 107, 405-525-2525 ext 105

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

TRC is the only private, not-for-profit program in central Oklahoma available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to assess (and admit when appropriate) consumers—persons identified as needing substance abuse services that meet state eligibility criteria.
FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE CALL 405.525.2525
Due to the progressive nature of chemical dependency, The Referral Center strives to meet consumers at the moment they reach out for help. Appropriately trained personnel complete assessments (and admissions when appropriate) at all hours of the day and night.
Now accepting HealthChoice for Oklahoma.
Our continuing mission is to provide exceptional patient-centered chemical dependency services to persons seeking drug-free lives in the state of Oklahoma.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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