Rehab: Kentucky Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers

The state of Kentucky is in crisis mode. There is an incredible need for quality addiction treatment, but few premiere rehabilitation centers in state.

There’s also the opiate and heroin epidemic, which has hit Kentucky hard.

But there’s good news. In a recent settlement with pharmaceutical giants Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, Kentucky received a $32 million dollar settlement that will help fund the state’s substance abuse recovery efforts.

If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, there are some very important factors you may want to consider prior to commitment to a drug rehab facility in Kentucky.

Drug Rehab in Kentucky – Critical Elements for Consideration

The price of treatment in Kentucky is usually the most important variable in the recovery formula. For a facility to offer a quality inpatient program, it must house, feed and provide highly trained staff.

For those who are uninsured, costs will be entirely out-of-pocket, a term also referred to as “private-pay.” It often shocks the potential patient and family to learn addiction treatment tuition can range from $10,000 to $30,000 and up.

Free programs, also called “state-funded”, do exist. But many of these centers have long wait lists and offer questionable quality. It is definitely a valuable option for those with no other options.

For those who are insured, costs may be substantially less. One of the most critical tips I can offer is this: DO NOT use or rely on the insurance verification services offered by drug rehab centers in Kentucky.

It is best to start by calling your insurance provider and precisely checking your benefits. Even with good health insurance coverage, you will likely have out-of-pocket costs. I typically see health insurance plans in Kentucky cover approximately 60% of the costs of inpatient treatment programs for 10-20 days.

Now most insurance providers refuse to pay for inpatient care until the patient has attempted an outpatient program. Unfortunately, outpatient programs are designed for high functioning persons with substance abuse disorders.  They are not appropriate for those requiring detoxification or with severe addiction.

The quality of treatment in Kentucky is another vital component when considering substance abuse recovery options.

One of the most valuable suggestions I provide families, as they are often heavily involved in the facility decision, is to request a center to provide references. You can ask to speak with program alumni who are NOT employees of the organization.

If a rehabilitation center balks at giving you a list of alumni references, it is best to explore other organizations.

The question of program methods is another crucial component. What methods does the program employ to bring about continuous sobriety? Are these modalities evidence-based, meaning that they are rooted in academic research?

When a center claims “group therapy”, what are the precise therapeutic tactics employed? What research supports these therapeutic methods as effective for the treatment of substance abuse disorders?

If an organization’s admissions representative cannot cite at least five studies to support their program model, it is time to look at other options.

The location of treatment in Kentucky is another factor that often comes up in my conversations with family members. While most facilities operate from the principle that it is ideal to begin a sober way of life far away from home, this is not always true.

For those with family – either a wife, husband, kids or a spouse – it is probably good to start the road to recovery close to home. Here’s why: a quality inpatient treatment program should introduce you to an extensive network of sober people.

The relationships you or your loved one form in treatment with members of the long-term recovery community will replace the old drinking and drugging buddies.

This recovery support network is absolutely vital to maintaining sobriety. It doesn’t make much sense to go enter drug rehabilitation far from home, develop relationships to foster recovery, then return home to start all over again.

For those who have family obligations, it is a good idea to enter a program close to home, no more than a few hours from your hometown.

For those with substance abuse disorders who are under 30 with no wife, husband, spouse or children, or those who’ve experienced chronic relapse, it is ideal to begin recovery far away from home.

But it’s not as simple as entering a 30-day (or longer) program, far away from home, then returning to your hometown. The model I’ve personally witnessed work in this demographic, time and time again, is when the individual commits to starting life fresh in their town of treatment.

The reputation of treatment centers in Kentucky is one of the most underestimated elements in the addiction recovery decision.  The best way to get feedback on how well a rehab facility performs is with their outcomes studies.

Ask admissions staff if outcomes are tracked. Outcomes are simply the results of the program. If measured and researched properly, it presents a picture of how well the program’s patients perform post-treatment.

If a center doesn’t track outcomes, time to look at other places for you or a loved one. Even if outcomes are tracked, investigate how they are measured. All alumni should be included in the study. These alumni should be evaluated frequently, not just once or twice, for a minimum of one year.

My personal favorite way to evaluate a treatment center’s reputation in Kentucky’s is with Facebook. I’ve included the Facebook links to various drug rehab centers in Kentucky in the listings below, provided the center has one (be skeptical if they don’t).

Facebook allows followers of a page to review the organization. Here you can find reviews from actual people, so there’s an enhanced level of credibility. A quality rehab center should have at least 20-30 reviews. Read them all. You can even reach out to the reviewers to see if you can correspond with them over Facebook for further information.

Without further ado, here are the facilities I have vetted based on the guidelines provided in this article.

Drug Rehab Centers in Kentucky

Recovery Works

With locations in Georgetown, Elizabethtown and Mayfield, Recovery Works is an extremely accessible and affordable treatment center in Kentucky.

They operate from a recovery philosophy rooted in custom designed programs tailored to the needs of the patient. With a thorough assessment, evidence-based methods are employed in an effort to nurture sustained sobriety.

Location(s)?

Georgetown, Elizabethtown, Mayfield

Detox offered?

Yes.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

Yes.

Types of insurance accepted?

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Span
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • ValueOptions
  • Medicaid

Visit Recovery Works website.

Visit Recovery Works Facebook page.

Quiet Creek Farm

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Quiet Creek Farms, as its program holds a maximum capacity of 8 residents. But it might be one of Kentucky’s best-kept residential treatment secrets.

The small size of Quiet Farms is a refreshing departure from the rise of large, for-profit treatment conglomerates. Personal connections are a must to bring about continuous sobriety, and their program model certainly suites that objective.

Potential clients should, however, be receptive to Quiet Farms’ emphasis on equine therapy and work with horses as a method for sustained recovery.

Location(s)?

Irvine, KY.

Detox offered?

No.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

Yes.

Free family program?

No.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

No, Quiet Farms is a very reasonably priced private-pay facility.

Visit Quiet Farms website.

Visit Quiet Farms Facebook page.

Liberty Ranch

This place is not a drug and alcohol rehab center, but it does offer an alternative model to traditional inpatient programs.

Liberty Ranch is a sober-living home. They really push long-term (greater than 30 day) stays, which is a good thing. But the lack of qualified staff might concern some families seeking help for a loved one.

For the most part, they are well-reviewed on Facebook. There was, however, a review that was especially concerning, noting questionable staff practices and other issues. I wouldn’t mention this negative review if it wasn’t recent, but it was. It is still accessible via Liberty Ranch’s Facebook page.

Those concerns aside, it sounds like Liberty Ranch is a viable option for families seeking a long-term model without the exhorbitant cost.

Location(s)?

Kings Mountain, KY.

Detox offered?

No.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

No, Liberty Ranch is a very reasonably priced, private-pay sober-living home.

Visit Liberty Ranch website.

Visit Liberty Ranch Facebook page.