A message from our President & CEO

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I would like to take a moment to share with you all a common response to the fact that addiction is a chronic illness. The response is “I do not think addiction is a disease. People don’t choose to have a disease. People with addictions make the choice to start using. They should take responsibility that they started their addiction.” I have heard this many times throughout my career in the field of addiction treatment, and it comes from patients, family of patients, employees, the community, our own families as we discuss what we do for a living, and so on. I appreciate the honest response, and addiction is not without responsibility, but we must educate when we hear this from people. It is not okay to perpetuate the myth that addiction is not an illness. While it can be a complicated discussion with many follow up questions, we must continue to address this head on until popular culture catches up with science. 

 Addiction as compared to Type I and Type II diabetes adds some layers of understanding when considering what constitutes a chronic disease. The function of the addicted brain has both hereditary and environmental components (i.e. nature and nurture) that can lead to a diagnosis of a substance use disorder. An individual with Type I diabetes is born with genetic predisposition to the disease. With Type II diabetes, lifestyle factors appear to play a role. Let’s frame ‘lifestyle factors’ as the choices individuals make in diet, exercise, etc. that can lead to diabetes. Compared to addiction, individuals do have a choice as to whether or not they use substances. But, as we compare the chronic illnesses of addiction and Type II diabetes, the disease can develop further due to choices that are made during life. Individuals with addiction do have a choice in the matter, but they may also feel like they are swimming upstream as they are challenged by their own biology. For more information about addiction as a chronic disease, please review the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction in America.


Telehealth Services webinar

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President and CEO, Shane Hudson, will be giving a webinar on March 10th about Telehealth Services. CKF Addiction Treatment offers telehealth services to our clients across the state of Kansas. This webinar is sponsored by KU Medical Center. For more information on Telemedicine and Telehealth with KU please visit their website or by visiting the CKF Addiction treatment website

CKF Addiction Treatment in the New York Times

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In the January 30th edition of The New York Times, Sabrina Tavernise and Abby Goodnough report on the rise in life expectancy of Americans for the first time in four years. Abby and Shane (CKF CEO and President) visited about how this intersects with the decrease in the rate of opioid overdose deaths and if this is a sign that things are changing in the right direction.

We must do a better job of identifying and treating addiction in health care!

CKF and Project ECHO

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CKF Addiction Treatment partnered with the University of Kansas on Project ECHO to highlight opioid addiction and medication assisted treatment twice in 2018. Project ECHO brings together healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, clinicians, etc.) and community partners through a series of virtual presentations and discussions over a healthcare topic. This was a pivotal point in collaboration within healthcare to recognize addiction as a chronic disease in Kansas.