It's Dec. 12, or 12/12, and Tulsa's comprehensive addiction recovery center 12&12 is taking advantage of the date to remind people there is help.
Chief Operating Officer Tricia Mason said addiction is still prevalent in Tulsa.
"In fact, we’ve seen a slight decrease in opiate use disorders but a real increase in methamphetamine disorders, and alcohol remains consistent," Mason said.
Also home to the City of Tulsa Sobering Center, 12&12 offers services from supervised detox and residential treatment to outpatient, medication-assisted addiction treatment. Programs for people without insurance used to have a 200-day wait to get into, but the state recently kicked in more funding.
"We were able to get rid of the wait list. So, somebody can call and get an assessment, and if they meet criteria, they can be admitted within just a few days," Mason said.
Their crisis hotline is available at 866-771-7088.
While 12&12 is here to help, they also need your help. Marketing and Development Coordinator Yvonne Rainwater said they need the community to donate items like gently used or new clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, and new underwear or socks for adults entering their residential program.
"Many people come to us with absolutely nothing, just the clothes on their back or maybe a small bag. When somebody becomes sober-minded, they also start caring about their hygiene and what they’re wearing and they want to be comfortable," Rainwater said.
Rainwater said 12&12 can also use books and toys for kids of all ages. Donation information is available on 12&12's website.