With VizOwn, one of the most successful alcohol and substance abuse treatment centers for men and women in Oklahoma, change is possible. We offer an individualized and evidence-based program that focuses on the twelve-step program, as well as addiction, co-occurring issues, and possible trauma.
VizOwn provides a fully integrated program for men and women suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. We use numerous therapy techniques, tools, and strategies to help promote a holistic and successful recovery.
Our individualized approach helps identify the root cause of your addiction. At your time of admission, we assess your addiction, as well as the trauma and psychiatric issues that come with it. Because our program is evidence-based, it's easy to follow.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Residential, Partial Hospitalization & Outpatient
Certified by the state for all levels of care.
Meet the Staff
Karen Walker, LPC, LMFT, LADC
Karen Walker is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is the Executive Director of VizOwn, a residential and outpatient treatment center for women with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, and is a behavioral health surveyor for the Council of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. With over thirty years in the behavioral health field, Ms. Walker has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Walker is an approved supervisor for LPC, LMFT, and LADC and has published several articles on the field of addiction. Ms. Walker has been an advocate for the treatment of substance abuse at the state and national level and served as the President of the Oklahoma Substance Abuse Services Alliance, an advocacy organization, for two terms. Ms. Walker’s work has focused on the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders and health and wellness; her passion is working to break the cycle of addiction in families. Ms. Walker received her master’s degree in psychology at East Central University and completed post masters work at the University of Oklahoma.
Julio I. Rojas, PhD
Pyschology, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciencies, OU College of Medicine
ulio I. Rojas is a licensed health service psychologist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Oklahoma. He is a program consultant, provides psychological testing services and participates in treatment team meetings at Vizown. Dr. Rojas’ research and writings focus on the integrated treatment of addictive disorders, psychiatric comorbidity and trauma. Vizown utilizes his Venn diagram heuristic to guide the intentional application of education, evidenced based treatment interventions and therapeutic experiences for Vizown clients. Dr. Rojas is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, OU College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he is the director of ExecuCare an outpatient based program designed to evaluate and treat impaired health care professionals and executives. Through a behavioral health workforce development grant awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Dr. Rojas has provided training on integrated treatment for addictions, psychiatric comorbidity and trauma across our state to the state funded and supported women’s treatment programs. Dr. Rojas earned his doctoral degree at the University of Georgia and completed his internship training at Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. He completed his postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency at the OUHSC.
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Located in the Oklahoma countryside east of Norman, VizOwn is a substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorder residential treatment center. In operation as a women’s rehab since 2014, VizOwn began offering treatment for men in 2017, according to the HIPAASpace provider database.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients undergo a Venn diagram assessment which identifies how dually diagnosed mental illness and substance use disorders interact with each other. They then work with staff to develop an integrated treatment plan.
Treatment consists of education and a combination of trauma-informed evidence-based and experiential therapeutic practices. Acceptance and commitment therapy, which utilizes mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, is among the most commonly applied treatment modalities. Dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing are also practiced.
In addition, many clients participate in equine therapy onsite, which assists in the development and expression of emotions. Other holistic offerings include art therapy and a ropes course. While VizOwn treatment incorporates some 12-step principles, they are not central to the program.
A typical residential stay is 60 to 90 days, followed by aftercare that helps clients to make healthy community connections which may include referrals for spiritual, sober housing, employment, and family resources.
VizOwn also offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, meeting at least four days a week, according to the facility’s official Facebook page. Less frequent outpatient treatment may also be available.
The treatment staff includes a consulting psychologist and nurse, both of whom also teach at a local medical college. VizOwn’s director is a leader in national and regional substance abuse rehab organizations and a master’s level, licensed therapist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photographs of the Tecumseh facility on its website and Facebook feature wide open outdoor spaces, a swimming pool, exercise rooms, plush community gathering areas, country-style community dining, and simple bedrooms.
Clients are encouraged to participate in an array of physical fitness and social activities such as yoga, volleyball, community walks, gardening, board games, and outings to nearby Lake Thunderbird and museums. Healthy meal preparation classes are offered onsite by a professional chef.
There are a Facebook alumni group and in-person alumni gatherings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com had received one positive review from a former client at the time of this writing. The alum described the facility as “beautiful,” the treatment as effective, and the staff as empathetic because they also were in recovery. “The [...] Therapeutic Assistances are the reason I am still sober and the reason I stayed and completed the program,” the reviewer, wrote.
It is not clear whether at least one other review published on Rehabs.com was written by a former resident or employee. Four very critical reviews, two of which were also posted on Google, complained of overly strict policies, high staff turnover rates, the director’s manner, and billing issues. In response, a facility representative acknowledged that “we do make mistakes and make every effort to resolve them.” They also noted that some clients may enter rehab “not ready to accept treatment.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The spouse of an alum reported in a Rehabs.com review that the facility and program were not as they had been represented to him and his wife.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com received survey responses from four staff members, all of whom agreed that the staff were experienced, knowledgeable, committed to their clients’ well-being, and caring. Two described the program as small and family-like, while two also identified the facility’s distance from the closest town as a weakness. One noted that clients were not given much free time and that policies regarding outside communication were strict.
By contrast, three Glassdoor reviews represent training for therapists as lacking, the program’s marketing as inaccurate, and the director as motivated by finances. One did also praise the assessment staff and the three reviews were split on the quality of the overall organization.
Private insurance and self-pay are accepted for services.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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