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.
MIRROR IS A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN SEE. AND FEEL. AND LIVE.
At Mirror, we believe in two essential truths that influence our approach.
We’ve faced our truth.
More than four decades of helping people with addictions has driven home one cold, brutally real fact: You cannot force someone to change. You can force compliance, but change comes from within. Compliance may be easier to achieve than change, but it doesn’t last.
Now, face up to yours.
One other fact we’re absolutely sure of is that you are capable of change. No matter how tight a hold addiction has on you. You may not believe it yet, but if you’re here, reading this, we’re convinced we can help you face the truth of your life, and to move forward.
The same is true if someone you love or are caring for is struggling with addiction. Mirror offers change-based help that can change everything.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE. BUT YOU ARE UNIQUE.
Everyone is different, so we tailor a program to meet the multiple needs of each individual in order to maximize the chances of success. We look at every obstacle that could stand between the person and their freedom from addiction – including legal situations, medical realities, transportation needs, childcare, and more.
Mirror works to give the people the tools, the understanding, and the power to make positive choices through a cognitive-based approach.
OUR PERSONAL APPROACH
At Mirror, the person who joins a treatment program is the person who’ll determine which behaviors to address. We help to create a program that offers the greatest opportunity for success, through skill development that focuses on strengths and provides the tools for change.
Whether you are working one-on-one with a counselor, attending group sessions or discussing your goals with a support group, you will find the Mirror approach results in positive change.