Kentucky Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


When a person becomes dependent on an addictive substance, the use of that substance tends to take over the person’s life. He or she will continue to use it even though it’s directly or indirectly causing problems in his or her life, and it will be difficult to stop or even want to stop. The person can end up with financial, relationship, health and other problems from this use.

A treatment program gives a person the tools and support that can make it easier to overcome the hold the dependency has over the person’s life. Recovery programs use medication, counseling and other means to help the person get the drug out of his or her system and work on the patterns keeping him or her stuck in this way of living. The best form of treatment is one that is customized to the individual, and a treatment plan often includes more than one type, such as medical detox, inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment, and sober-living homes or self-help groups.

In 2015, Kentucky experienced its highest rate of drug overdose deaths at 1,248 because of the strong and dangerous prescription painkiller fentanyl, explained an article in the Lexington Herald Leader. This drug, which is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is often added to batches of heroin or sold instead of heroin without the user knowing. People in Kentucky who are struggling with a drug or alcohol problem have treatment options available to them to turn their lives around.

Type & Length of Care:

Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

Some people stay in facilities for up to 90 days of treatment, while specialized programs can last even longer. These long-term programs provide intensive treatment to focus on all aspects of substance use disorder. They can include different forms of therapy, medication and lifestyle changes. These programs are beneficial for people with a serious drug addiction who are ready to truly change their lives.

Short Term Treatment Programs (28 / 30 Day)

A one-month treatment program gives someone the momentum to change his or her life. This short-term intensive treatment can help in cases with less severity or when the person needs to quickly create change. Once people leave short-term facilities, they are often encouraged to continue with more flexible treatment options.

Outpatient / Inpatient

People have the flexibility to choose between inpatient and outpatient facilities. Inpatient facilities help someone get away from the problems and triggers of normal life, devoting himself or herself to the treatment. Outpatient programs provide more flexibility to work around a person’s responsibilities, such as family and work. Outpatient comes in different intensities, from from intensive outpatient, involving more therapy, to less-intensive. Both programs may involve group therapy and one-on-one therapy.

Residential Treatment Services:


A medical detoxification helps a person get through the withdrawal process from a substance in a safe, more comfortable way. It usually uses medical supervision and medication-assisted treatment to ease the process. Once a person has the drug out of his or her system, he or she can continue with rehab treatment. Since not all addiction recovery centers do not offer detox, this is sometimes a separate step and facility.

Sober-living house

When going home after leaving a rehab facility could cause a person to relapse, he or she can choose to live in a sober-living house for a time. It provides a sober environment with encouragement to continue with recovery after finishing inpatient treatment after drug/alcohol rehab. Without such ongoing aftercare support, the recidivism rate of drug/alcohol abuse tends to be higher. Not all drug and alcohol treatment centers will recommend you to stay at a sober living home, however studies universally suggest they help significantly with relapse prevention. (Braucht, Reichardt, Geissler, & Bormann, 1995; Hitchcock, Stainback, & Roque, 1995; Milby, Schumacher, Wallace, Freedman & Vuchinich, 2005; Schinka, Francis, Hughes, LaLone, & Flynn, 1998).

Dual diagnosis

Someone has a dual diagnosis when he or she has a mental health disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder, on top of having a substance use disorder. This combination is common and one problem often worsens the other, so treatment facilities tend to treat both. Not treating a co-occurring disorder with sound medical advice is a recipe for failure, since such disorders are often the root cause of addiction. Drug treatment approaches vary depending on training of the staff, as various modalities and schools of thought are used in such therapy.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs:

Kentucky has had a major problem with prescription medications and heroin. Its main addictive substances of use also include methamphetamine and alcohol addiction. Prescription drug abuse occurs too.

In 2017, 1,160 opioid-involved deaths in Kentucky were reported—30 deaths per 100,000 persons, while the national average was just under 15, putting Kentucky at twice the national rate of opiate-induced deaths.

Marijuana is one of the most significant drug threats in the state of Kentucky. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Kentucky as one of five states in the “Marijuana Belt.” 3,695 people were admitted to Kentucky substance abuse addiction treatment centers in 2010. 62 % of those admitted were male. – Recovery Connection

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) reported In that in Kentucky, about 206,000 people 12 and older (5.6% of this population) had an alcohol use disorder in the most recent year, putting it below the national average. According to the Kentucky Chamber of Work:

  • There were 312 substance abuse rehab programs in Kentucky in 2006; in 2015, there were 482.
  • Medicaid coverage for substance abuse treatment increased demand for the programs, but the data suggests there aren’t enough qualified personnel to staff them.
  • Kentucky falls below the national average in the number of behavioral health professionals for every 1,000 people with substance abuse.
  • A 2013 report on Kentucky’s health care workforce estimated Kentucky needed more than 1,600 additional full-time mental health providers, including social workers and substance abuse counselors.
  • A 2017 analysis by the Council on State Governments calculated state General Fund spending on substance abuse agencies per $1,000 of all state dollars spent and found Kentucky was the worst state in the country by this measure.

Some cities in which recovery centers are located may include: Louisville, Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Prestonsburg.


If you or your loved one is finding it too difficult to stop using an addictive substance, lean on the support of professionals within a treatment program. Treatment can provide the support to help you change your life and overcome the many problems addiction is causing for you. Since there are so many drug rehab centers, you can find one that suits you, especially if you’re willing to travel and get away from everyday influences.

Programs can be paid with a variety of methods from self-pay, to private insurance, work or business insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, and sometimes a sliding scale.

Contact our helpline today to find a program that will work for you.