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$2 million gift establishes addictions research center at KU

Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM CDT
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The opioid crisis has brought heightened attention to the effects of addiction on individuals, families and communities.

As health practitioners, politicians and families grapple with solutions, the University of Kansas is establishing a new resource to understand and treat addiction in its many forms.

KU alumnus Daniel Logan and his wife, Gladys Cofrin donated $2 million to launch the Cofrin-Logan Center for Addiction Research & Treatment.

The center will serve as a hub for addictions research, training and outreach, bringing together practitioners and services from KU’s Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center, as well as community partners. It will be part of the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

“The essence of treating addiction is about giving people hope,” Logan said. “Part of what having a center like this does is give the opportunity to have hope that things can be different and you don’t have to be stuck in that place.”

Services will include therapy, support groups and community outreach, with many initiatives already in development.

Therapy will be a key part of the center, in both groups and on an individual basis.

“Addiction therapy involves special skills,” Logan said. “Part of the advantage of the center is getting the professionals the appropriate training so they are adept at dealing with individuals with addiction.”

Several programs focused on addictions ranging from alcohol to drugs to gambling to eating disorders will be launched and announced later this fall.

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