Stillwater News Press

September 30, 2013

Organization helps people struggling with addictions

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A state funded, nonprofit organization that helps those struggling with drugs or other addictions, is celebrating its second anniversary Tuesday.

Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, 801 S. Main, offers assessments and classes dealing in driver’s license re-instatement, alcohol, drug and substance abuse and gambling addictions. Other classes revolve around life skills and anger resolution.

“It’s outpatient,” said Erika Driver, office manager. “People come to groups. It really depends on the person and what they need. We do it as a walk-in basis.”

According to a release, the organization never refuses service, is confidential and welcomes those seeking assistance to call and inquire about their options.

“A lot of people can’t afford treatment,” she said. “It can be expensive. Since we’re state funded, we’re able to reach the people who just don’t have the money.”

Driver said the five employees, including staff and counselors, see five to 10 clients on a given day. Driver said she hopes to improve on community awareness as they celebrate their second year.

“We’re here to help,” she said.

For more information, call 405-372-0198.