A life changing and family restoring residential program for chemically dependant women with their children (infants-12 years of age).
~Over 100 children have been reunited with their mothers from DHS custody in the last three years~
Eagle Ridge Family Treatment Center provides long-term residential treatment for chemically dependent women and their dependent children. There is a special focus on pregnant and postpartum women. The Center is located in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma. Since the Center's opening in 1990, over 900 women and children have been served. Each family resides together as a unit. Treatment approaches at the Center include (1) providing the client, her children, and other significant relationships with information and education about the disease of addiction and family dynamics, (2) therapeutic experiences (3) coping, parenting, and other life skills (4)mutual respect, and (5) spiritual principles.
No woman will be refused service due to inability to pay. Preference will be given to pregnant women.
The staff is committed to a healing approach based on the disease concept, the biopsychosocial model, and the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Women in the residential treatment program are involved in therapeutic activities from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Children not attending public school are cared for in the Center's daycare. School age children attend Guthrie Public Schools and receive six therapeutic hours. Each child (3 years & older) receives twelve hours of therapy per week when not in school.
Developmental assessments and early intervention are unique services provided at the Center for children under six years of age.
Eagle Ridge Family Treatment Center is certified and partially funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. It is also a CARF-accredited program.
Referrals may be made by physicians, social workers, counselors, ministers, law-enforcement, the judiciary, family, self, etc. A comprehensive telephone interview with the prospective client is the beginning of the admission process. Criteria for admission includes chemical dependency, preference of prior treatment, and motivation for treatment. Priority is given to pregnant women.
Substance Abuse is a major, preventable public health problem that affects millions of people in the United States - both directly and indirectly. It places enormous financial and social burdens on society. When left unchecked, alcohol and drug abuse can destroy families, wast taxpayer's money, create unnecessary health care costs, make neighborhoods unsafe and overwhelm the criminal justice and social service systems.
The nation now pays $100 million per day or more to incarcerate people with serious alcohol and drug problems. *However, one year after treatment, client's use of their primary drugs declined from 73% to 38%. Drug use declined by more than 40% among women in treatment for as long as a year after completion.
**Treatment reduced illegal activity by 49% among respondents who reported supporting themselves by committing crimes. Clients receiving welfare declined from 40% to 35% following treatment.
* Behind Bars, Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population, National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, '98
** Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's '97 National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study.
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