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
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.
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance, encourages individuals to recover and live satisfying lives, and teaches tools and techniques for self-directed change. Its meetings are educational and include open discussions. SMART Recovery advocates the appropriate use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments and evolves as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and I owe you my life.
Meet the Staff
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Maria Ortiz-Towner is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. She has been in the addiction field doing inpatient and outpatient treatment since 1999. She has worked with adolescents, adult and families during this time. Maria started out early in her career as an Intensive Supervision Officer for adults in Johnson, Wyandotte and Sedgwick Counties. While doing this she realized that the majority of her clients were engaging in criminal activity in order to support their ever growing alcohol and drug habits. It was at that point that she decided to work on her Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy. Shortly after graduation she went to work at Hutchinson Maximum Correctional Facility to do therapy with Sexual Offenders. Once again alcohol and drug addiction played a major role in these offenders acting out behaviors. As a result she tested out for her licensed clinical addiction counselor license and began to work in the addiction field. Maria went to work originally in an outpatient substance abuse program as the director of adolescent services. From there she opened up her own private private practice where she worked with individuals and families that suffered from both addiction and other mental health issues. After moving back to the Kansas City area Maria has worked at two different adult outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. While in these positions she has developed the treatment programs both in English and in Spanish. While here at Sunflower Wellness Retreat as the Lead Counselor she is reviewing and adding to an already excellent treatment program adding value to each and every session so as to insure that the clients are receiving the latest and best treatment information and therapy.
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor
Tara N. Haddon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kansas State University. During this time, she specialized and participated in behavioral neuroscience research examining the effects of amphetamine on c-fos levels in the brain’s reward pathway and locomotor sensitivity as well as the effects enrichment during childhood and adulthood has on amphetamine induced hyperactivity. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Ms. Haddon continued her education, attaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Washburn University. She is currently licensed with the BSRB as a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. She began working in Community Mental Health specializing in Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders, and Crisis Intervention. Ms. Haddon also has extensive experience in the corrections setting working with adult and juvenile sex offenders as well as independent private practice experience working with an array of clients with various issues. She has worked with adults, adolescents, children, couples, families, and clients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. When working with clients, Ms. Haddon takes into consideration each of her client’s specific wants and needs, incorporating a therapeutic approach that best fits the client. She is experienced at utilizing the approaches of: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Family-Systems Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Judy Kay graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a BS in Psychology and Social Welfare. She received her MA in Counseling from The Alfred Adler Institute of Professional Psychology- Chicago. Ms. Kay is licensed in Kansas both as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. Throughout her over 35 years of work with all ages in mental health, dual disorders and addictions, she has also completed specialized training and certification as a therapist and clinical supervisor in the Community Reinforcement Approach and GAIN while managing a three-year SAMSHA grant funded program for dually diagnosed adolescents. She has over 25 years of supervisory experience in Community Mental Health Centers and intermediate facilities creating and maintaining programs for dual disorders, women & children’s programs, grant writing, and managing grant funded and Medicaid funded programs.
16 years as Licensed Mental Health Technician before becoming an APPS Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor in 1996. Licensed by the State of Kansas in 2011. Experience in Medical/Social Detox Care and Treatment and Dual Diagnosis
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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 adults. The rehab is also one of the just 14 (7.7 percent) in the state that offers medical detox, as well as one of Kansas' 62 (34.1 percent) facilities with treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Sunflower’s traditional residential program typically lasts between 30 and 90 days, though, per the facility’s webpage, a two-week program is also available. With treatment based on 12-Step 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 in 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. To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Sunflower Wellness Retreat is a 20-bed facility, and private rooms are available. This suggests a typical of attention to the clients, given that the average number of residents in a facility was 18 clients, as of 2016. Photographs published on the facility’s website indicated plenty of green space, and the six individuals polled specifically on the matter praised the cleanliness of the facility.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.2/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
With more than a dozen of 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 at the facility.
“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 wrote. “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!" Overall, the four alumni polled on the matters gave high ratings for the facility's holistic offerings and counseling options.
Counseling Options: 4.3/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.6/5
Praise was similarly high on Google, where the center earned 4.6 out of five stars based on 26 reviews to date. Several alumni credit the facility with saving their lives, and many remarks compliment the facility's cleanliness and excellent food. "The small group size of the center is significant in its ability to really personalize the treatment individually," I.H. wrote in a comment representative of alumni satisfaction with Sunflower's programming.
The same rating of 4.6 out of five stars was awarded by 20 Facebook users at the time of this writing as well, which the facility may manage A.N. wrote, "Awesome staff and great teaching. Would recommend to anyone dealing with addiction."
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
L.F., an employee at this facility, indicated that she had no concerns about the quality of care: “All clients say they may have been to a different rehab but this is the best one they have been to.” She awarded five- out of five-star ratings for the experience of the addiction staff and the overall quality of care.
Treatment costs vary depending on the length of stay. Sunflower Wellness Retreat accepts all major private insurance plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna, Cigna and Coventry. For those without insurance or choose to self-pay, Sunflower Wellness Retreat has scholarships available to help with the cost.
The treatment programs start as low as $5,000, after application of the scholarship, and under $10,000 for a thirty-day residential stay. Sunflower also offers loan options for qualified clients through third-party lenders. Overall, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the facility cost.
Published on May 2019
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