11. September 2017
Melissa Windsor - Outpatient Clinical Director of Valley Hope Association in Cushing, Oklahoma shares on Business Authority Radio the ins and outs of Drug rehab and alcohol addiction treatment from her 17+ years of experience in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry.

Melissa discusses drug and alcohol addiction and treatment with Neil Howe on Business Authority Radio.

Here is a sample of the show:

Neil:                      Hello and welcome to the show, this is your host, Neil Howe, and today my special guest is Melissa Windsor. She is the Outpatient Clinical Director at Valley Hope. She has been in the drug and alcohol workplace for 17 years. She is a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Welcome to the show Melissa.

Melissa:               Thank you.

Neil:                      Well, let's get right into. I want to talk about a major problem in our country and there's definitely some areas around our country that it's a bigger problem than others. That is drug and alcohol addiction. Tell me a little bit about why drug and alcohol addiction is such a big problem, specifically in the Oklahoma City area.

Melissa:               We have some interesting statistics from the state of Oklahoma. We have some the highest rates of mental illness and substance use disorders. According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for mental illness and second for the substance use disorders. Statewide, close to one million adults need addiction treatment services. It's a very prevalent issue in Oklahoma. We obviously need all the resources that we have available to help us with this problem.

Neil:                      Yeah, it definitely seems like a major issue that is all across the country. To hear those statistics about Oklahoma specifically is quite shocking. A million people needing help. That's a lot of people. A large percentage of the population. Tell me about the kinds of people that you help there in Oklahoma City, where are the major problems?

Melissa:               We serve individuals who are 18 years of age or older seeking treatment either at residential or outpatient for substance use disorders.

Neil:                      I'm trying to get to the kind of person, really that needs help. Who is it that you help? Is there a specific kind of person? You mentioned there's a lot of mentally ill people, is that the core of the people that you see?

Melissa:               Well, our primary diagnoses that we treat are centered in the substance use area that could be any addiction to any type of substance, from alcohol to opiates, to methamphetamine. We can treat anything that they are struggling with in that arena. In relation to that, there are many of our patients that do have what we call co-occurring, which is mental illness along with the addiction. That we do have the ability to work with them and ensure that they have safe treatment as well.

Neil:                      That's definitely a major problem there, and having two together, the mental illness as well as an addiction, just obviously makes things worse.

Melissa:               Oh absolutely.

Neil:                      What are the reasons that people are addicted to drugs in the Oklahoma City area?


Melissa:               Oh there are a number of reasons that an individual could begin using substances and develop an addiction. Really, we believe in the American Medical Association's definition of a disease, of addiction being a disease. Most times, when people begin using a substance, they don't realize until it's way too late into their problem, that they have addiction. I think that the majority of the time, they develop an addiction, unintentionally over just casual use. Then, that just snowballs and becomes more problematic, but there's certainly factors that weigh into a person's decisions to use a substance. It could be economy. Believe it or not, when people don't have the resources available to them, the idea of wanting to escape from that, for substances becoming a pretty significant issue. Eventually, they basically choose to use something unintentionally. Overtime it becomes a problem and then they get in to some major life circumstances where they're just not functioning well. That's where we can step in and help.