5 Questions with Bryan Day of 12 & 12

1. You are in the midst of a $8.7 million capital campaign. What sort of renovations and upgrades will this provide?

Our Transforming Recovery campaign funding supports needed facility renovations and “build out” expansion funding for new programs including the Tulsa Sobering Center, an OSU Outpatient Addiction Medicine Clinic, and our new 50-bed commercial insurance/private pay wing on our main campus. Also, it includes overall facility renovations such as replacing our roof, boiler and fire alarm system; remodeling our outdoor courtyard space; and replacing existing flooring, furniture, painting. The success we’re experiencing in this campaign truly inspires us.

2. How big is the need for additional beds and services for those batting addiction in the Tulsa area and what kind of an impact will the capital campaign have on that?

Inadequate funding as well as many other factors place our agency, community and state in a position whereby those in need of life-saving addiction treatment beds and other addiction treatment services are simply not receiving them due to providers running at maximum service capacity.

Our Transforming Recovery campaign increases our number of detoxification and residential treatment beds available daily — for uninsured and insured clients — from 100 to 150.

3. The work you do is more than just helping people with addictions. How does your work impact issues such as homelessness in the area?

I believe every soul matters. I believe every homeless person suffering from addiction deserves a meaningful opportunity to get well. These are indeed complex health and human services issues, however, with sufficient housing as well as effective, evidence-based addiction treatment services being available, we effectively provide solutions.

4. The Sobering Center opens soon. Can you talk about your partnership with the city of Tulsa to provide this service and the need it will address?

Our partnership with the city of Tulsa to operate the Tulsa Sobering Center brings the Einstein quote to my mind: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This partnership clearly states, let’s not keep doing the same thing we’ve been doing.

The Sobering Center is an additional “tool and resource” for police officers to do their job more effectively. Public intoxication arrests happen in every community, and Tulsa is no exception. Each arrest is very time consuming for an officer. With the opening of the Sobering Center, at an officer’s discretion, they can drive an intoxicated male or female and drop them off at the Sobering Center and within 10 minutes be back responding to other priority needs in the community.

5. What is the most common misconception you hear from people about addiction and those that you serve?

The most common misconceptions I hear from people are “Drug addiction is a choice” and “Only people with no willpower struggle with drug addiction.” Through brain research and brain mapping technology, we’ve learned addiction is a treatable, yet chronic brain disease affecting roughly one in 10 individuals. We’ve used this knowledge to create our service model that integrates medical oversight, psychiatry, nursing, counseling and case management to offer our clients life-saving recovery tools to support their ability to achieve individualized recoveries.

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