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Oklahoma City Council approves plans for drug and alcohol treatment center

Plans to build a drug and alcohol treatment center west of downtown Oklahoma City was approved Tuesday by the city council.
by William Crum Modified: April 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved plans for a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in a commercial and industrial district west of downtown.

The Referral Center, a private, nonprofit program geared to help addicts, wants to build a 27,000-square-foot, two-story center at 1401 NW 1.

Plans call for 44 beds, with some private rooms and others with space for up to four people. The building is to have a common dining area. The center would provide medical detoxification for drugs and alcohol, and inpatient and outpatient services.

Patient stays would range from seven to 10 days for detox and from four to six weeks for transitional inpatient treatment and outpatient care. Patients, while supervised around the clock, would only be admitted with their own consent. A staff of about 25, including a doctor, nurses, therapists and counselors, would oversee the center.

The Referral Center's plans call for parking on a second, nearby lot, with the option of building two residences of no more than four bedrooms each at a later date.

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by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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