Oklahoma group helps people fight addiction throughout pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — A group supporting people recovering from addiction is working to go the extra mile during this pandemic.

The Reckless Saints of Nowhere Inc., a small group in Pryor, says they have seen a recent surge in calls of people reaching out to get help and treatment. The founder of the group, Jordan Blake Parker, says it may be their busiest month yet.

Parker says they’ve run into challenges when it comes to available resources. They often work to connect people with a variety of resources including rehab facilities and homeless shelters across the country. Parker says they’ve noticed some facilities close, others meet capacity, and some with limited space to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He says despite the circumstances, they have not had to turn down one person yet. He says travel abilities have been limited, but by working with a network of groups and people, they were able to help a man get a plane ticket to travel to Oklahoma where he has been undergoing treatment to end an addiction. He said, “It’s almost like a small-town feel across the nation, that’s what’s cool. It’s that small town here, but we see it across the nation so it’s been really fun to watch.”

The group says they believe fear has helped people reach out to get help. Parker said, “It’s sad in a way because we usually see that with death in someone’s family or some tragedy that an individual has experienced and then they reach out for help. Well, this is a tragedy that has united us all.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, you can reach out to the Reckless Saints of Nowhere by visiting their website www.recklesssaintsofnowhere.com or calling 918- 864-2719.