Tulsa Sobering Center opens with plans to help Tulsans

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — A center aimed at helping people better themselves opened its doors Tuesday morning.

After years in the making, the Tulsa Sobering Center had its grand opening this afternoon.

It is a safe place and an alternative to jail.

“People are picked up specifically for public intoxication and that alone, no other charges,” Mayor GT Bynum said.

Those picked up will have to stay for ten hours to “sleep it off.”

But, they get a shower, laundry, blankets, a cot and food.

“Instead of throwing those people in jail with hardened criminals we are going to bring them here and get them the help they need,” Bynum said.

The city partnered with 12&12, an addiction recovery center.

The city will pay the center $250,000 a year to operate the facility.

Money well spent if you ask Madison and Jordan Bilby.

“I was addicted to meth and opiates for eight or night years,” Jordan said.

Both have seen their darkest days because of addiction.

“My dad found me convulsing on the floor because I’d been huffing air duster,” Jordan said.

“I was living on the streets and I lost everything,” Madison said.

Through 12&12, Madison and Jordan not only met each other, but they also got sober.

They are thankful to see the city helping people just like them.

“They can come here and sleep it off and if they are wanting to change they have the opportunity to instead of dealing with all of the legal mess,” Jordan said.

Anyone brought to the sobering center won’t have an arrest record or face any fines.

The organization, 12&12 will also have information available on counseling services and addiction treatment for anyone who is willing to listen.

After your ten hour stay, the center will drop you off within a five mile radius, or a friend or family member can pick you up from the center.

The Tulsa Sobering Center will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and will run 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

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