Treatment Center Setting
Sunflower Wellness Retreat Philosophy
Sunflower Wellness Retreat applies a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment, offering nutrition and fitness alongside therapy and counseling to create an enduring, person-centered treatment plan. Specializing in alcohol and substance abuse, Sunflower Wellness is well-versed in treating those who suffer from chemical dependency issues. In doing so, Sunflower Wellness works with each client to confront and overcome the deeply entrenched issues that have contributed to each his or her addiction, fostering a holistic recovery that addresses maladies of the mind, body, and soul. Sunflower is licensed by the state of Kansas and has a professional staff that includes 2 Licensed addiction counselors and 1 Licensed clinical addiction counselor as well as a full staff of program technicians and other professional staff. This staff has a combined experience of over 50 years in addiction. We teach structured group education, and do one on one face to face sessions with all clients. Our stays can range from 15 days to 120 days depending on the clients need. We accept cash or check, insurance and we can provide some type of scholarship to help pay for part of the client's stay. We provide transportation as necessary and our goal is always to help the client with any and all needs on their road to recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and I owe you my life.
I appreciate the opportunity for this program to get clean and sober and get my life back. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me for me to relate to. Thank you for saving my life.
I want you to know that I’m very grateful for your program. It saved my life and made my daughter’s life better by having a mother again. My new addiction now is working out and staying in shape, thanks to you. Thank you with all of my heart.
Meet the Staff
Licensed Addiction Counselor
Daniel Rasmussen, originally from Nebraska, resides in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Currently, he is serving as Counselor with Sunflower Wellness Retreat residential treatment center. He is there three days per week, hoping to be a full time member of the staff in the coming months. Aside from Sunflower, Mr. Rasmussen is in Private Practice in Kansas and sees clients when not working at Sunflower.
Mr. Rasmussen also played an integral role in the development and expansion of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition. He served on this groups executive board from 2012-2014. In 2013, he was trained in the facilitation of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Technique) and has completed over 15 trainings.
Mr. Rasmussen has completed his Master’s in Counseling Psychology and also has completed his third year towards his Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology. He hopes to complete his Doctoral degree by May 2018. He is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (KS) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (KS). He also has a Licensed Professional Counselor application pending with the state of Missouri.
Licensed Addiction Counselor
Rachael Gallas is a Licensed Addiction Counselor at Sunflower Wellness Retreat. She previously worked at Mirror Inc, as a licensed Addiction Counselor, both in a prison and residential setting. Rachael provides individual, group counseling, family group counseling, and family counseling while clients are present at Sunflower Wellness Retreat.
Joe has many years of experience running residential treatment facilities.
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ABOUT SUNFLOWER WELLNESS RETREAT
Set on 12 private acres in rural Miami County, Kan., Sunflower Wellness Retreat runs holistic residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adult men and women. The rehab also offers medical detox and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Sunflower’s traditional residential program typically last between 30 and 90 days, though, per the facility’s webpage, a two-week program is also available. With treatment based on the 12-Steps, programming emphasizes the community element of recovery. Whether in treatment for drugs, alcohol, or other addictions, clients take part in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based practices across both group and private settings.
Beyond its clinical curriculum, Sunflower offers a rich holistic program of meditation, expressive arts, and exercise. Off-campus trips to local 12-step meetings and a fitness center take place throughout the week, with optional church services on Sundays. On Saturdays, residents go on group outings.
Intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient services are also offered, though the facility does not provide any additional details on these programs.
Sunflower Wellness Retreat boasts a staff-to-client ratio of 1:6. Per the facility’s webpage, the treatment team is comprised of licensed and clinical addiction counselor, recovery counselors, a registered nurse, and qualified program technicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 20-bed facility, and private rooms are available. Photographs published on the facility’s website show bare-bones décor and plenty of green space.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
With more than 100 survey responses shared with Rehabs.com to date, alumni accounts are overwhelmingly positive.
Across the board, alumni thanked the “helpful,” “friendly,” and “amazing” staff for providing them with the tools necessary to lead productive and healthy lives, many of whom unequivocally recommended treatment. “Sunflower Wellness Retreat saved my life,” wrote alum J.H. in a statement representative of more than a dozen others. “The staff is the big reason. They really cared about my recovery and success and I will always be grateful.”
Dana, another alum, shared her success story. “This place rocks!” she exclaimed. “The staff goes above and beyond. I had a full and comprehensive treatment experience at Sunflower and I’m living a new life because of it. Thank you, Sunflower Wellness, from the bottom of my heart. You literally saved my life!”
“I would not be the same person I am today I if was not for the staff and the opportunity to attend this rehab,” wrote L.H., a third alum. “Here you are treated as an equal and a person not just an ‘addict or alcoholic.’”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Though much more limited, feedback provided by a pair of loved ones was mixed. W.S., one reviewer, gave five stars for the treatment effectiveness and quality of food, adding, “Great staff great classes very caring good nutrition.”
Much in contrast, C.I. was mostly disappointed with how the facility handled their son. “My son hadn't had a shower the whole time he was there. I put him there trusting they knew how to deal with someone coming off drugs . If it is left up to the patient to do what is needed then what is the purpose of him being there...this is not a professional place really sorry I put my son there,.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Linda, an employee here, indicated that she had no concerns about the quality of care here: “All clients say they may have been to a different rehab but this is the best one they have been to.”
Treatment costs $250 per day, or $7,500 per month. Sunflower Wellness is in-network with BlueCross BlueShield, accepts Humana, Aetna, and Coventry, per its webpage, and provides loan options for qualified clients through Prosper HealthCare Lending.
Updated March 2017
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