KU research center receives local grants to expand addiction program in Douglas County
Two local organizations recently supplied funding to a University of Kansas addiction program to help it expand its services in Douglas County.
The university announced in a news release that its Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation and supplemental funding from the Douglas County government to expand the free program to organizations throughout the county. The combined funding totals a little more than $13,000.
The Cofrin Logan Center is part of the university’s Life Span Institute, which studies behavioral science with the aim of enhancing the well-being of Kansans.
The new grants supply funding for the training of 40 facilitators who can expand the program to community centers, health care settings, correctional facilities and organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence or who are homeless.
“We anticipate being able to serve dozens of community residents per week in a variety of settings throughout the county,” said Bruce Liese, clinical director at the Cofrin Logan Center. “Many of our participants would not otherwise have access to evidence-based addiction services.”
The addiction program currently serves about 20 people who attend meetings at the Lawrence Public Library at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. It welcomes people to address challenges with any addiction, including addiction to alcohol, tobacco, opioids, gambling and sex.
Additionally, the program focuses on “developing and maintaining motivation for change; dealing with urges and cravings; working through thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and living a balanced life,” according to the release.