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OKC sober school reforms drug-addicted teens

Kristen M. Daum, Staff Writer Modified: February 17, 2009 at 11:47 am •  Published: July 27, 2008

“We’re talking meth addictions, alcohol — everything from hard drugs down to drinking Freon — just incredible things to end their life,” Barker said.

Though the average student is 17 years old, Barker said she’s worked with some as young as 14 and others that started their drug addictions as early as third grade.“It’s that void in their life that they’re trying to fill for whatever reason,” she said. “We want to get them through this hurdle and get them in that new environment, where they don’t have to turn to drugs and alcohol.”

During her three months with the program, Kayla said, her transition back to a drug-free life has been made easier by the supportive and stable environment at the outreach school.

“I get my schoolwork done easier and with less stress, without having to worry about people under-the-influence around me,” Kayla said. “I definitely think this is going to give me a good foundation to go off of, once I get out of school.”

For more information

Oklahoma Outreach Sober School
7101 N Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Oklahoma Outreach Foundation
1700 W Britton Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Association of Recovery Schools
(215) 628-8600

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