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Valley Hope moves Oklahoma City treatment facility

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Oklahoma City — Scott Brown's life came undone in January 2015.

He was struggling with addiction to alcohol and facing multiple felony charges for embezzlement from the city of Bethany, which he said sprang from his addiction.

More than three years later, Brown, a Moore resident, is in recovery and works with other people dealing with addiction through Catalyst Behavioral Services. He credits his recovery to the intensive outpatient treatment he participated in through Valley Hope.

“That was one of the best decisions that was made” during his treatment, he said. “Not to knock inpatient, but it was more intense than my inpatient” treatment.

Brown was one of several people who spoke Wednesday afternoon at the ribbon cutting for Valley Hope's new intensive outpatient treatment facility at 10707 Broadway Extension. Valley Hope previously had a facility in northwest Oklahoma City.

Patrick Hall, a clinical psychologist and executive vice president of Valley Hope, said the new facility will be more convenient for patients and will be able to offer extended hours to give them more flexibility.

Valley Hope also has an inpatient treatment center in Cushing and several facilities in Kansas.

Angela Ogunbase, program director at the Oklahoma City location, said people in the intensive outpatient treatment complete three-hour sessions three times a week. The sessions include group therapy, individual time to discuss each person's progress and education about addiction and other aspects of wellness, she said.

Intensive outpatient is appropriate for patients who already have gone through detox, Ogunbase said, or who have used a substance that doesn't require medical supervision as it leaves the person's system. It's designed to provide a significant amount of treatment, while still allowing a person to take care of work and family responsibilities, she said. After patients have completed it, they can continue to meet with their group for support.

“When someone is in active addiction, every area of their life suffers,” she said. “We need to re-educate and re-empower them.”

Tom Bates, interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said facilities like Valley Hope have a role to play in addressing the state's social problems, particularly its high rate of child abuse and neglect.

“If we're going to address those big picture issues, whether it's children in foster care or criminal justice, we've got to address substance abuse,” he said.

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