Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful, disruptive effects on the brain and behavior to regain control of their lives. We begin this process by giving our patients the basic understanding of the science of addiction and how that has greatly impacted their lives and those that love them. We match the science with their experience. Once patients begin to understand the disease they also begin to realize that it is much more about “what happened to them, than what is wrong with them.” This knowledge and understanding helps begin relieving some of the guilt and shame felt by those suffering from this disease that sadly also keeps them in it. It also equals empowerment in terms of patients understanding and then having more control over their thoughts, actions and behaviors. In this regard, we also teach patients coping skills and how to manage the symptoms (people, places, things) in the environment where they occur. We present a comprehensive understanding of the definitions of both substance use and mental health disorders, as well as collaboratively create treatment plan goals, tasks and interventions to help overcome or manage these disorders.
The Caring Center of Wichita understands that approximately 70% of people who suffer from the disease of addiction have mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, bipolar condition, attention deficit disorder and other substance-induced anxiety and mood disorders that either preceded or followed the substance use disorder. In that regard, we offer medical evaluations through an outside provider to explore the possibility of medication management, as well as medicated assisted treatment with some of the latest medications that help combat triggers and cravings to use alcohol and opiates.