Rehab Referrals is an intervention service for drug addicts. Daniel, who works with the rehabilitation service, gets calls from all over the country. He listens. He helps. He cares.

“About two years ago my little sister, Holly, got arrested with a large amount of methamphetamine,” said Daniel. “I was terrified for her. But what could I do? I was caretaker for my elderly parents at the time and they asked me to help.”

Daniel’s family raised money for bail, hired an attorney, and searched the Internet. They asked friends about treatment programs. Things they had never done before.

“Most programs we located were enormously expensive and very short term,” said Daniel. “And many had very low success rates.”

Most people aren't aware of the statistics, but according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2004, one out of every four 8th graders had used illicit drugs. The trend worsens as teens get older. By 10th grade, drug use doubled.

“There is a drug and alcohol problem seething through the country,” said Daniel. “It’s here in Edmond and it’s the root cause of many other societal problems. Many people don’t know where to go for help. Some have gone through rehab after rehab and spent lots of money.”

Daniel says people may take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. Drugs can be a temporary mask. Holly’s addiction started that way.

“The drugs began when her soon-to-be husband was killed on a motorcycle right before her eyes. The bull rider was doing a wheelie and hit a mailbox. That [incident] threw Holly into depression,” said Daniel.