An individual’s and family’s response to alcohol and drug dependence in the Sooner State often involves a search for treatment centers within the state. When short-term options fail to provide lasting solutions, the search can shift to finding long term residential treatment in Oklahoma. Yet when evaluating long-term programs, the duration of the stay and a close proximity to home are not the most critical aspects to consider when making a selection.

Tulsa drug treatment & alcohol abuse

In the state’s second largest city, treatment exists for a variety of types of substance abuse, including cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines and prescription drugs. That final category was especially noteworthy in 2007-2008 when Oklahoma topped all U.S. states for number for people aged 12 and older using prescription drugs for recreational purposes. In 2009, more than 1,500 residents of Tulsa and other Oklahoma cities entered drug treatment for opiates other than heroin, but not all of them sought treatment locally.

Many individuals and families found lasting treatment solutions in neighboring Texas at a long term residential treatment center called Burning Tree. The program at Burning Tree is designed to provide solutions for alcohol and drug dependence, primarily for people who have attempted to achieve sobriety elsewhere but been unable to do so. One factor drawing them to Texas is the center’s success rate, set at 73% based on a four-year study.

Our approach to dual diagnosis

One aspect of Burning Tree’s approach to long-term treatment that sets it apart from other resources is the way addiction specialists employ the practice of a dual diagnosis. Rather than focusing strictly on addiction, the clinical staff can determine if a client has co-occurring dependence and mental health disorders. Recognizing that comorbidity affects a client differently allows addiction specialists to set a course for treatment that is customized for the individual.

A co-occurring mental health disorder may have preceded the initial drug or alcohol dependence or may have followed it. While the two may not be directly connected, the existence of an underlying mental illness may be the reason previous attempts at sobriety did not succeed. This knowledge, combined with a stay lasting long enough to take new skills and put them into daily practice, can help lead to the best possible outcome for a client at Burning Tree.

Chronic Relapse Specialty

Burning Tree established a mission of responding to residents of Oklahoma, and all 48 contiguous states, who have completed a treatment program, remained sober for a period of time, then returned to patterns of addiction. This cycle of relapse often sends those living with drug and alcohol dependence back to short-term treatment of 30 days (and up to 90 days) without success. Burning Tree’s specialty of treatment chronic relapse involves teaching strategies of relapse prevention while these clients are residing at the facility, while engaging clients in a structured program of responsibility, accountability and consistency.