The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Prairie View opens new addiction treatment center

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  • People who are struggling with an addiction may feel as though they are suffering alone, either unsure where to get help or ashamed to admit they need help in the first place.
    However, Prairie View is offering a safe, healing place where people can come if they are battling an addiction.
    Prairie View is a faith-based, private behavioral and mental health services provider, and the organization recently announced it is opening an Addictions Treatment Center at Prairie View’s main campus at 1901 E. First St. in Newton.
    “The goal of the Addictions Treatment Center at Prairie View is for each patient to understand that recovery is a process of change,” said Jessie Kaye, president and CEO. “We will work with the patient to help them learn how to improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.”
    The center is planning to admit its first patients during the first week in July. The 14-bed residential facility will provide treatment for substance abuse addictions and co-occurring disorders, and it also will offer treatment for other compulsive behaviors, as well. Kaye said Prairie View’s licensed clinicians are trained in multiple addictive disorders.
    The length of stay for the treatment of an addiction can vary, based on individual needs, program and clinical progress in treatment, Kaye said. The average length of a treatment stay will be a minimum of 30 days.
    While Prairie View already offers outpatient individual and group treatment options for addictions, Kaye believes the Addictions Treatment Center will bring a much-needed additional service to the community.
    “Our inpatient/residential program is unique in this region since we provide intensive, clinically-based treatment in our 24-hour licensed facility and because it is part of a comprehensive behavioral health system,” she said. “Our mental health and addictions professionals monitor and treat signs and symptoms of withdrawal and medical complications, as well as co-occurring disorders. Thus, we are able to offer a more thorough, comprehensive and holistic spectrum of care than those facilities which only treat addictions.”
    She said Prairie View’s treatment philosophy is each individual has “a unique journey which must be understood from within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.” Prairie View’s treatment components are based on the understanding of neuroscience and focus on brain functioning and addictions.
    And even if you think addiction isn’t a problem in your community, that may not be the case, Kaye said.
    She reports more than $21 billion is spent to treat substance abuse in the United States every year, and according to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 22.3 million people are classified as substance dependent or substance abusers.  
    Individuals who suffer from a co-occurring mental illness and addiction have an average life expectancy of age 45 — and that’s a trend Prairie View wants to help reverse.  
    Page 2 of 2 - “Prairie View is pleased to be able to expand the range of services available to those individuals and their families who suffer from these disorders,” Kaye said.
    For more information, contact (800) 362-0180 or visit www.prairieview.org.