Where we’re coming from
Mirror was founded in 1972 on the belief that people can and do change. Including you.
We’re a not-for-profit, private corporation providing behavioral healthcare, prevention and wellness, and correctional re-entry services. As a major provider in Kansas, we offer a comprehensive continuum of services and programs for people looking for help.
Our mission is to make a difference for more people, families and communities through comprehensive, integrated health and wellness approaches. We’re committed to empowering people to be the best version of themselves and promoting safe, healthy people in strong communities.
Addiction, in clinical terms
At Mirror, we define addiction as a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. It is also characterized by a high potential for relapse.
Because of the structural changes that occur in the brain and affect functioning, addiction is considered a disease. These changes can be long lasting and lead to harmful behaviors. If left untreated, consequences of addiction can last a lifetime and can result in death due to the effects of use on other organ systems within the body.
Just like many other chronic diseases, addiction can be successfully managed. Mirror’s approach is designed to help you succeed in counteracting addiction’s powerful, disruptive effects on the brain and behavior – and help you regain control of your life. To accomplish that, services are tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual. Emphasis is placed on using cognitive, behavioral and other research-based approaches.