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.
Helping Others Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they worked with you. Offer him friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help. - Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 95 ...
Thought for the Day Let us continue with Steps Two, Three and Eleven. We must turn to a Higher Power for help, because we are helpless ourselves. When we put our drink problem in God’s hands and leave it there, we have made the most important decision of our lives. From then on, we trust God for the strength to keep sober. This takes us off the center of the universe and allows us to transfer our problems to a Power outside of ourselves. By prayer and meditation, we seek to improve our conscious contact with God. We try to live each day the way we believe God wants us to live. Am I trusting God for the strength to stay sober? -Hazelden 24 Hours a Day, September 19 ...
Thought for the Day Step Two is: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Step Three is: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Step Eleven is: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” The fundamental basis of A.A. is a belief in some Power greater than ourselves. Let us not water this down. We cannot fully get the programme without this venture of belief. Have I made the venture of belief in a Power greater than my own? -Hazelden 24 Hours a Day, September 18 ...
Ugly Facts "For God’s sake, how did I ever get started again?"’ Only to have that thought supplanted by "Well, I’ll stop with the sixth drink." Or "What’s the use anyhow?" When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and unless locked up, may die or go permanently insane. These stark and ugly facts have been confirmed by legions of alcoholics throughout history. - Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 24 - 25 ...
Thought for the Day Step One is “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” This step states the membership requirement of A.A. We must admit that our lives are disturbed. We must accept the fact that we are helpless before the power of alcohol. We must admit that we are licked as far as drinking is concerned and that we need help. We must be willing to accept the bitter fact, that we cannot drink like normal people. And we must make, as gracefully as possible, a surrender to the inevitable fact that we must stop drinking. Is it difficult for me to admit that I am different from normal drinkers? -Hazelden, 24 Hours a Day, September 17 ...
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
"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
"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."
"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."
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