We understand the value of treatment and recovery. It has the potential to return and addicted person into a productive citizen and valued member of his or her community. Addiction detracts from the community; it has a cost in dollars and human suffering. Families and friends suffer along with the addict by the loss of potential. Drugs can waste lives, and criminal systems waste money when used to punish drug addiction. In Oklahoma, the Drug Courts use diversion to send non-violent offenders into treatment and rehabilitation. It saves money and more important can return a resident as a positive resource for to his or her community.
Oklahoma uses an ongoing process of review and management improvement to refine and increase the effectiveness of treatment programs. The STARS program of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, provides ongoing assessments and management improvement. Like any state program, the best results come when it applies the maximum resources to the problem it was intended to solve. We use assessments to develop the best recommendations for treatment. This is an ongoing process of maintaining information about programs and resources and facilities. We help families by applying expertise and experience. We understand the importance of getting a loved one into treatment and providing the best chance for success.
In the news in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Courts have a procedure for protecting minors in drug-related child abuse and neglect cases. It has a potential to provide treatment and then to reunite families broken apart by drug addiction. We understand the many ways in which drug abuse can tear families apart. We help rebuild family bonds by getting the best possible chance for successful treatment. We are standing by to help Oklahoma families.