101 Ways We Grow Recovery at The Caring Center of Wichita

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The staff at The Caring Center of Wichita are non-judgmental, meet everyone where they are at in their journey to recovery or other life changes or difficulties they are facing. Everyone decides what they want to work on with the understanding it is not about, “what is wrong with you”, but rather, “what happened to you” and how you react to it with the right guidance and support.

Peter Ninemire, the owner and director of The Caring Center of Wichita, is a good example of someone who changed the course of his life and is uniquely qualified to work with individuals who have problems with drugs, alcohol and the mental health needs that often accompany these problems.

As an adolescent, Peter began using marijuana and later became involved in the drug related lifestyle of using and selling marijuana and other drugs. This ultimately led to three marijuana-related convictions for cultivating and distributing marijuana, which culminated in a 27-year federal mandatory minimum sentence that he received in 1991. Peter served 10 years of that sentence in federal prison before, on the greatest day of his life, January 20, 2001, former President Bill Clinton commuted the remaining 15 years he had left on that sentence.

Peter specializes in the treatment of addictions and mental health with the emphasis on the family and patients understanding the neuroscience of addiction, or how drugs and alcohol impact the brain and behavior. For three years prior to beginning his own private addictions and mental health practice, he was the supervisor and mental health therapist for the Sedgwick County Drug Court.

For the past 10 years Peter has primarily worked with adolescents, probationers and parolees involved in the criminal justice system. In private practice, he is serving patients from all walks of life. He believes that addiction is a disease that ultimately has to be treated in the environment where the symptoms occur. Mr. Ninemire is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and is also a licensed clinical addiction counselor in Kansas.

Ex-prisoner Peter Ninemire tells his story

Peter was interviewed by Oliver Morrison of The Wichita Eagle in early December 2015. Peter briefly discusses his time spent in prison.

In addition to the video, Peter was interviewed about Koch Industries involvement in criminal justice reform. Click here to read the article.

 Peter on Stossel

Peter has been a tireless advocate for the treatment of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Peter has appeared on both television and in various magazines discussing his experiences in federal prison and his views on what needs to be changed. In July 2012, he appeared on Stossel to discuss mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Click here to watch the video.