Through OCARTA’s work, local communities in Oklahoma will demonstrate awareness, compassion, and support for individuals affected by mental illness, substance use disorders, or other addictions.  We also encourage family involvement and growing a person’s support network. 

Our vision is that local communities demonstrate awareness, compassion, and support for individuals affected by mental illness and addiction.

Our Mission


OCARTA’s mission is to empower recovering people and their families through physical, emotional, and spiritual growth to make significant contributions to society. Through effective communication, public education, and promotion of healthy public policy. OCARTA will reduce the stigma associated with addiction issues and support effective treatment.


 “We aren’t bad people trying to get good, we are sick people who have the RIGHT to the get well!’  ~ Donna Woods, Founder

Our Purpose

To become a public education movement creating the expansion of Recovery resources in communities across the state of Oklahoma. 


Change the cultural perception and stigma that underlie unproductive policies and practices directed toward people in recovery from any addictions or living with mental illness.

2. Educate

Educate the public about the need for equality in our policies and laws.  To give people in recovery the tools needed to have a voice and face, to advocate for the changes they want from Oklahoma lawmakers. 

3. Advocate

Introduce alternative perceptions and beliefs to change ineffective and harmful policies and practices.  Giving a voice to those who have none.

4. Promote

Promote public education and turn personal stories into social justice for people in recovery and to stop inequality. 

5. Encourage

Encourage individuals to speak out about their recovery and what they need to continue their journey.

6. Empower

Empower citizens through self-efficacy,  creating advocates to change the views cast down on people in recovery.  To have internal courage to make an external change in our great state.

Saving Lives & Building Families Since 2002


Participants served Yearly

On-Site Classes per month

in nation to be CAPRsS accredited


We envision a world where the response to substance use disorders is treatment rather than being criminalized or morally judged.


We envision a world where all voices of the Recovery community are included in shaping the social agenda concerning substance use disorders, addictions, mental illness, and Recovery.


We envision a world where universal access to comprehensive Recovery is available without regard to any disperities.


We envision a world where mental health, addictions, and substance use disorders are recognized as a treatable diseases, free of stigma.