Central Kansas Foundation has been using the 12 steps to help addicts since 1967. Located in Salina, a city about 90 miles north of Wichita, and founded by a recovering alcoholic, this residential treatment facility addresses chemical dependency and mental health issues in a therapeutic environment. Through state funding and a sliding scale based on income, no one is turned away due to finances.
Accommodations and Food
The 20-bed facility is housed in a converted office building. Small, basic rooms furnished with bunk beds are shared between two clients and all therapy is done down the hall in one of the three group rooms. Three meals a day are prepared for the clients but the food is pretty basic, with salads, soups, pasta and sandwiches as staples. Food allergies and special dietary requests are taken into consideration; caffeine and sugar are allowed.
The amenities are pretty limited, though there’s an exercise room that with two treadmills and a weight lifting machine. Residents can get outdoors for a quick walk or cigarette break. Cigarettes must be purchased prior to arrival; e-cigarettes and rolled tobacco are prohibited.
Treatment and Staff
Many people who are entering residential treatment need a detoxification phase to stabilize the body. This facility offers a social detox, which can work if the substance abuse issue is not too severe. If a medically monitored detox is necessary, an outside facility must be used. There is no psychiatrist or medical doctor on staff, which means no medication management and little help for physiological issues but a nurse is available Monday through Friday.
The majority of treatment involves working the 12 steps and talking in group therapy. Group topics include anger management, introduction to the 12 steps, trauma, life skills and family dynamics. Individual counseling is once a week with one of two counselors, which is to say that each counselor has a heavy client load. Everything in this program is done on-site, including AA/NA meetings.
Visitation is pretty limited, with a family day offered once a week, where loved ones are invited in for group therapy and educational lectures. Other than that, visitation is not allowed and off-site passes are non-existent.
The program also offers a partial day treatment and outpatient phase. These services act as a step down from residential, providing more freedom for clients. Outpatient ranges from three-hour sessions three times a week to two hours of group therapy once a week.
With a sliding scale based on income, this program is available to almost anyone, regardless of finances. While the staff is pretty limited and clients have to stay on-site at all times, a solid 12-step based recovery can be found here.
Central Kansas Foundation
1805 S Ohio
Salina, KS 67401
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