Railene Ahring, the founder of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services, is originally from LaCygne and has lived in this area for most of her life. She started on the path of Recovery in 2005 and is someone in long term recovery. She began college in 2006 to become an Addiction Counselor and in 2007 moved to Osawatomie and married shortly thereafter.

While working for Associated Youth Services and driving to and from Kansas City, Kansas every day, she saw a need in this community for a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility that people in a rural community could afford.

Debra McKenzie helped Railene start Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services and has been the Clinical Director for this facility since its inception in 2014. She holds a Master's Degree in Psychology and is a licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. She is also a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Debra has dedicated her professional career helping others in the youth and human services arena. She was formerly the Senior Vice President of a youth serving organization in Kansas City, KS. In addition to her continued work with Sunflower, she also oversees community services in Northeast Kansas for a multi-state social service organization headquarted in Kansas.

Debra wasn't the only one to help with the initial startup of Sunflower Substance Abuse and Recovery Services. Mike Stiles (former Chief of Police of Osawatomie) helped by providing a place for treatment in this community. Mike knew that his place, the “OLD” Puddle Duck Liquor Store, would be the perfect place to provide Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services. Kind of ironic, isn’t it? In August 2016 Michael Medina started part-time with them to help provide a more rounded treatment model. Michael works for the Johnson County Department of Corrections and is still a part of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services today.

This facility provides Drug/Alcohol assessments for Juveniles and Adults and includes outpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient care, intensive outpatient care, family and group counseling. They also focus on adolescent and adult counseling and are approved to provide substance abuse education and prevention courses/services.

Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services pledges to provide distinct quality and unparalleled treatment services to all rural communities surrounding this area to include Miami, Linn, Franklin and Anderson County. Their door is also always open to those who may not live in those counties. Not only do they strive to gain the respect and trust of this community, but hope to help equip adolescents and adults alike to make healthy life decisions.

The philosophy of Sunflower Substance Abuse Recovery Services encompasses a multi-faceted approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Their incorporation of different treatment models focuses on the psycho/social/behavioral spiritual health and well-being of those individuals seeking services.

If you or someone you know is in need of services, don’t wait. Time is not forever. Contact them today to set up an appointment.

Special for the Month:

Sunflower Abuse Recovery Services will be hosting a coffee on Tuesday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know Railene and her team and to network with other businesses. Your support for their services is appreciated!