LIBERAL, Kansas – The Southwest Kansas Alcohol and Drug Addiction Foundation in Liberal is the only prevention and intervention program within a 100 mile radius.
“We’re even in Oklahoma. We have a lot of folks coming from Texas County, because it’s the same problem we have in Kansas, there’s not a facility,” said Janet Reimer, Southwest Kansas Alcohol and Drug Addiction Foundation, Inc Administrator. “They will come over here and get help, whatever we can do.”
They offer social rehabilitative services, counseling, education, and more to addicts in the area.
“Some of the demographics and statistics are very disturbing for what’s needed here,” said Clinical Director Dr. Brenda Ridgeway. “We have a high rate of methamphetamine use, high rate of domestic violence, high rate of drunk driving.”
But for a foundation that has been around since the 70s, they felt they still weren’t making a big enough impact.
“I wanted to be out there where the public knew we were here, the public knew we were here to help them,” Reimer said. “So, my idea was let’s go on Main Street.”
The foundation is doing so well in its new location at 504 N. Kansas that they’re already considering another expansion so they can offer even more services to their patients. Plus, they’re gearing up to start out-patient services at the end of this month to further assess clients and help with treatment plans.
“This agency has the potential to be enormous, and I think it’s eventually going to happen, I really do, because this area is in such great need of all of these things,” Ridgeway said.
As they work to build their program they’ll continue to improve lives, one service at a time.
“Our doors are always open, we’re here to help whoever we can, all they have to do is come through the door,” Reimer said.
If you’d like to seek help from the Southwest Kansas Alcohol and Drug Addiction Foundation call 620-624-3616. They’re open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.