WOW! What a great program but you have to WANT it. Every single staff member has been through the program at least once so they get what we struggle with but don’t waste their time if you aren’t ready for a change.
35 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
The H.O.W. Foundation was created some 35 years ago by a group of Tulsa business men and women dedicated to helping addicted men find the road to recovery. During a normal year approximately 280 men will reside here, work hard and learn to cope with their disease. Of these men approximately 30% will successfully complete our 6 month program.
The H.O.W. Foundation is a six month minimum, self-supporting, residential, in-house recovery program dedicated solely to providing adult men in the throes of addiction, the opportunity to learn and live a life free of addiction. The program is based on the “12 Steps” of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous. Our program is physically demanding, offering the resident the opportunity to work hard and learn the life skill necessary for lasting recovery. Further, this program places emphasis on learning to become accountable for your actions and attitudes, and stop blaming others for your failures.
The H.O.W Foundation is not a certified or licensed treatment facility. We do not provide licensed or certified substance abuse counseling. We offer a residential recovery program based on: (i) the precepts of the Twelve Steps, (ii) the beneficial effects of a structured, sober living environment run by other recovering alcoholics/addicts, and (iii) the discipline that comes from performing physical work in a structured environment with other recovering addicts, through which we hope to awaken in our residents their sense of personal accountability, moral values, and self-confidence that many of us lost to our addiction.
For a brief summary of our program with a personal story from our Executive Director, followed by a story from a program resident, check out the videos below.
Today a big H.O.W. truck showed up at 7:35 AM. Four guys worked for four hours in freezing rain. They were incredibly professional and polite. I have a ton of respect for them.
The H.O.W. Foundation is a self-supporting, not for profit organization dedicated solely to providing to adult men in the throes of addiction, the opportunity to learn and live a life free of addiction, based on the “12 Steps” of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous.
Our goal is recovery from substance abuse and the maintenance of the remission of our disease…ADDICTION.
ROBERT ALVES, Executive Director
Oftentimes in the disease process of addiction, employment is one of the last things to be lost by the addict. This is by necessity, considering that employment provides the income necessary to support an ever increasing dependence upon the substance of abuse. As tardiness and absenteeism become chronic, the work performance slips until jobs are lost and the addict becomes unemployable. Or perhaps, in the younger addict, no work ethic ever existed. The Foundation program instills a strong work ethic through its firmly held belief in the traditional value of old-fashioned manual labor. This labor comes in the form of services provided to the community for fair market value. These monies earned, in turn, go back into the Foundation, allowing the Foundation program to operate without any outside financial assistance.
The Foundation program asks that a man be teachable and open minded to learning concepts of living that may initially be new and foreign. This is necessary in order that the basis of the program, the 12-Steps as put forth in Alcoholics / Narcotics Anonymous, be learned and put into practice. Out of this learning grows a sense of community, of doing for others, of belonging. This sense of community is further reinforced once it is realized that the work performed by each and every resident, past, present, and to come, has built and maintained the H.O.W. Foundation for the past 35 years. Most importantly, through prayer, meditation, 12-Step meeting attendance and 12-Step work, one learns that the isolation of addiction turns to the fellowship of recovery.
Given a new outlook on life, a graduate of the program can now make a new start. Work ethic is restored. A set of proven principles by which to live has been learned through exposure to the 12 Steps. A new beginning is promised, provided these principles have been internalized and are practiced in all affairs. The recovering addict is potentially a responsible member of society, and by attending 12-step meetings in his community, he continues to share his Experience, Strength and Hope with those who may still be suffering. But this is only the beginning. Regardless of choices made after completion of the H.O.W. program however, one fact, repeated frequently by graduates, remains: A life has been changed, in some way, forever.
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY PER WEEK
APPROX. LIVES CHANGED PER YEAR
PROGRAM COMPLETION RATE
35 YEARS OF WORKING WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
H.O.W. VS JAIL
Law enforcement officials have told us time and time again they need solid, dependable alternatives to jail which they recognize does not cure an alcoholic and is a costly burden to their citizens.
Jail time has never cured one single alcoholic! They go in, they come out, they go in again! At the H.O.W we may not provide relief for every man who enters our program but during 2015 we served over 350 men and 30% made it through the 6 month program. Such a better outcome than jail time.
How we can help:
By providing a REAL opportunity to rehabilitate.
By helping improve the community you serve daily.
By offering a positive alternative to jail.
By alleviating addicts of their ego and teaching them to serve others.
OKLAHOMA INCARCERATION COSTS FOR 6 MONTHS
H.O.W. FOUNDATION COSTS FOR 6 MONTHS
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
TESTIMONIALS FROM GRADUATES AND FAMILIES OF
GRADUATES WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH OUR
"Growing up, my dad was my best friend, my first love, my everything. Drugs and alcohol stole him away from me. He tried many times...nothing worked until he found the H.O.W. Foundation. I have my daddy back and I have the Foundation to thank for that. There's nothing else I ever wanted for more in my life. The H.O.W. program works."
"The H.O.W. gave my son a foundation to rebuild his life at no cost to the family. He has developed life skills there to strengthen and grow with his wife & children. He is a positive member of society."
"I thank the H.O.W. Foundation for helping my husband get sober. The H.O.W. program gave my husband a chance to restructure his life and gave our marriage a second chance."
"All of us know somebody struggling with addiction. We like the fact that thru H.O.W. Foundation we can help people who are trying to better their lives!"
18 Years Sober - H.O.W. Alumni
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