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At the discretion of the detaining police officer, adults detained for public intoxication, who have not committed any other crimes, can be taken to the Tulsa Sobering Center for a 10-hour period to "sleep it off" in a safe clean environment. During their stay, participants are provided with food and a cot.

  • Participants must complete the minimum 10-hour period

  • During their stay at the Tulsa Sobering Center, individuals can receive information about and access to counseling and rehabilitation programs for substance abuse at their discretion. If eligible, participants will have immediate and ongoing access to these services available at 12 & 12.

  • Participants can also be picked up by a family or friend at the end of the 10-hour holding period or can have 12 & 12 arranged for transportation by a third-party, to an off-site location of the participant's choosing (within a five-mile radius of the Tulsa Sobering Center).

  • At the end of the holding period, adults are released from Tulsa Sobering Center without criminal charges, court dates or a record of arrest.



  • How long will an individual have to stay at the Sobering Center?

    • There is a minimum 10-hour holding period before someone can be released.

  • My friend was arrested for public intoxication, how will I know if they are at the Sobering Center or jail?

    • You can call Tulsa Sobering Center to find out if your friend is there. However, if your friend has requested confidentiality, you will not be told if he/she is at the Tulsa Sobering Center.

  • When individuals are taken to the Sobering Center, will they have the opportunity to make a phone call or have visitors?

    • Yes, individuals taken to the Tulsa Sobering Center will have the opportunity to make a phone call, but visitors will not be accepted at the facility.




  • Tulsa Sobering Center, 6333 E. Skelly Drive

  • (918) 664-4742

Tulsa Sobering Center


  • Tulsa Sobering Center participants are separated by gender. The facility can house up to 42 participants simultaneously with a maximum of 25 males and 17 females.

  • In collaboration with the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa Sobering Center is operated by 12 & 12, Inc., (12 & 12) a leader in addiction treatment and recovery. 12 & 12 is a Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Center (CCARC) that offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders to achieve individualized recoveries.

  • The Tulsa Sobering Center is a 24/7/365 operation which is utilized at the sole discretion of the Tulsa Police Department. The Sobering Center does not accept participants from any other source and the facility is not open to the public.

The Sobering Center:

  • Connects adults, who suffer with alcoholism or other addictions, to opportunities to access long-term counseling and rehabilitation programs for substance abuse treatment.

  • Serves as a larger community-wide effort to reduce the number of adults with mental illness and substance use disorders who are incarcerated.

  • Generates significant cost-savings for the City of Tulsa based on reduced jail and police expenses.

  • Saves police officer time by addressing the needs of intoxicated individuals quickly so police officers can return to work promptly to address more immediate issues.  

  • Saves staff and operation time for Tulsa Municipal Courts.

  • Saves money for individuals entering the Tulsa Sobering Center by avoiding court costs, fines, and criminal prosecution for public intoxication.

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