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Eagle Ridge Institute

Tim Henley, Staff Writer Published: July 27, 2008

GUTHRIE — Addiction to drugs caused Stacy Dunn to lose her most precious belongings — her four children.

The state Department of Human Services took custody of Dunn’s four children because Dunn was a chronic methamphetimane user; she faced 10 years in prison for various drug crimes, she said.

To get her children back and to avoid prison, Dunn needed to kick her decade-long drug habit. When she was court-ordered to enroll in a substance abuse treatment facility, she checked herself into the Logan County branch of the Eagle Ridge Institute in Guthrie.

The 18 months of treatment she received there helped her recover, stay sober and get custody of her children, she said.

“This place saved me,” she said. “I was able to get my life back together as a result of coming here.”

The Eagle Ridge Institute, founded in 1998, is headquartered in Oklahoma City. The institute offers live-in treatment for women trying to escape drug or domestic abuse, said Tammy Vaughn, director of treatment.

The institute takes about 15 women and their children at a time.

During her stay at Eagle Ridge, Dunn received counseling and attended parenting, anger management, coping skills, job training and drug abuse classes.

Although she completed a year-and-a-half at the institute, Dunn can still be seen at the facility every weekday. She is the community outreach fundraising coordinator. She helps secure grants and volunteers to help keep the institute functioning. She also is a shoulder to lean on for the other women.

“I try to encourage them because I know what they’ve been through,” she said.

For more information about the treatment offered at Eagle Ridge Institute, go to www.eagleridgeinstitute.comor call 840-1359.or 282-8232.


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