Drug Rehabs in Wichita, KS

The largest city in Kansas, Wichita addiction treatment centers in the midwestern hub must deal with the Opioid epidemic.

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Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Wichita, Kansas

Located in Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas along the Arkansas River, Wichita is home to over 390,000 people. The city’s location at the intersection of major highways I-135 and I-35 makes drug trafficking easy and frequent. Even though problematic substance use affects the local population, inpatient and outpatient rehabs can help residents gain healthy coping strategies and start down the road to recovery.

For years, Meth and alcohol were the most commonly abused substances in the area. At the start of the 21st century, Methamphetamines contributed to 35% of all drug-related federal sentences in Kansas (compared to 14% nationwide). Meth labs became so prevalent in the rural region that Sedgwick County was classified as a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Today, however, Opioids have overtaken Meth in addiction and abuse rates.

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Opioid Epidemic In Wichita

At one point in the US, doctors had prescribed enough painkillers for every American to get a bottle (though Americans hadn’t reported any higher levels of pain). Because prescription Opioid painkillers can become addictive after only 5 days of regular use, rates of Opioid dependence and overdose exploded across the country. In Kansas in particular, youth drug overdose rates more than quadrupled in a decade; prescriptions were easily accessed in homes.

Among adults, individuals between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most likely to be hospitalized for non-Heroin Opioid overdoses. Opioids were the most common cause of all drug-related hospitalizations. According to state data, the most commonly abused prescription Opioids have been Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Tramadol, and Morphine.

Heroin, a cheaper alternative derived from the same Opium plant as prescription Opioids, has also increased in rates of abuse. Heroin use among 12 to 25-year-olds has doubled in less than decade. Heroin has been the third-leading cause of hospitalization/emergency room visits in Sedgwick County. In one year, 19 Kansas residents died specifically from Heroin overdoses (the National Center for Health Statistics believes the true number to be even higher).

Addiction Treatment In Wichita

As Kansas’ biggest city and a center for culture, media, and trade in the region, Wichita offers a variety of treatment options for those seeking to detox from addiction. A number of healthcare providers offer substance abuse services for uninsured, low-income, and Medicaid and Medicare patients. For some, the most difficult aspect of recovery can be selecting a treatment method or rehab center. There’s no reason not to consider all available options; financial concerns, however, do not have to be an obstacle.

Government-Funded Programs

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services works with Comcare to provide some addiction treatment services to the public, including:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Co-occurring mental health and substance use treatment
  • Primary addiction treatment
  • Alcohol and drug education programs

Drug Courts

Wichita’s Drug Court offers residents an opportunity to avoid the traditional punitive measures of the justice system and receive therapeutic treatment for substance use disorders. Drug Court is different in that the judge, prosecutor, defendant’s attorney, probation officer, and treatment provider work in tandem to rehabilitate individuals. To qualify, residents should live within 60 miles of Wichita and not have participated in a Drug Court program already.

Drug Court’s intensive drug and alcohol treatment programs include a one-year minimum of:

  • Treatment
  • Regular court appearances
  • Random drug testing
  • Payment of all treatment and court fees

Drug Diversion Program

Wichita also maintains a Drug Diversion Program for defendants charged with simple possession of controlled substances. Defendants have the opportunity to avoid a conviction marring their record but will still be held accountable. Through supervision, payment of fees, educational programs, and community service (in addition to various other requirements), defendants repay their debt to society.

Traveling For Recovery

For some, recovery is more comfortable and successful when they travel to another state for treatment. Traveling opens up a variety of options for treatment methods, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and various therapeutic amenities (ranging from painting to horseback riding). If you or a loved one is battling addiction, there is hope. For more information, contact a treatment provider today.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Name Location Phone
Wichita Metro Area of Narcotics Anonymous 918 West 2nd St N
Wichita, KS 67203
316-524-7775

College Programs

Wellness & Counseling

Friends University

2100 W University Ave
Wichita, KS 67213

Counseling and Testing Center

Wichita State University

1845 Fairmount
Box 91, Wichita, KS 67260-0091

Counseling Services

Newman University

3100 McCormick
Wichita, KS 67213-2097

AA and NA Meetings in Wichita

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Wlchita Central office 2812 English Wichita,KS 67211 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Wednesday: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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