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  • The state of Kentucky reported 1,316 drug overdose deaths in 2019—a 5 percent increase over the previous year. The synthetic opioid fentanyl was involved in 58% of these overdose deaths, increasing fears that the opioid epidemic is getting worse.

    However, state and local officials are doing as much as possible to connect residents with quality addiction treatment centers throughout the state and across the country. 

    The state of Kentucky is home to roughly 380 addiction treatment centers ready to help you or your loved one begin the path to recovery, several of which are located in Bowling Green, Louisville, Lexington, and other areas. 

    Learn more about substance abuse treatment centers and services throughout Kentucky.

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Kentucky

    Kentucky residents have access to a variety of quality addiction treatment centers. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy oversees addiction treatment in the state and seeks to connect residents battling alcohol or drug addiction with accredited rehab facilities. 

    The following are additional resources available to help you find the best addiction treatment center for you.

    Choosing the drug and alcohol rehab program that’s best for you can be a difficult part of the process. However, many of the top drug and alcohol rehab centers in Kentucky offer a number of key services and characteristics. 

    The following are a few features to look for when choosing the treatment center that’s right for you:

    • co-occurring disorders: the treatment center should offer dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders, such as addiction and mental health disorders
    • continuum of care: a quality drug treatment center will offer healthcare services and resources long after you’ve completed an inpatient or outpatient program
    • licensed drug and alcohol counselors: all addiction treatment specialists at the facility should be licensed by the state of Kentucky
    • evidence-based services: the treatment methods used should be previously tested and proven effective
    • individualized treatment plans: your addiction treatment plan should be customized to suit your addiction and personal needs

    Choosing the right recovery program for you may also involve considering the length of the program and the cost of treatment. These elements can greatly sway your decision making process.

    Kentucky Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs

    The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy offers a variety of treatment options to residents of the state and beyond. These services range from detox centers to specific opiate treatment programs, inpatient treatment, and more. 

    The Kentucky facility to best suit your needs may be based on the level of care you need, which may include:

    • detox services, including medical detox
    • residential treatment
    • outpatient treatment
    • medication-assisted treatment
    • aftercare

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

    Detoxification is a process that is required to enter an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment program. Medical detox is often offered to ensure the process is as safe and comfortable as possible. Detox is best performed at a qualified detox center with 24-hour professional care. 

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Residential programs involve living on-site at the treatment facility until your program is complete. These inpatient treatment services in Kentucky can be used for short- or long-term treatment and involve a combination of therapies and treatment approaches to aid in recovery. 

    The following are a few programs and services you can expect from an inpatient rehab program:

    • mental and behavioral health therapy
    • group therapy sessions
    • counseling
    • wellness, nutrition courses, and holistic care activities
    • evidence-based treatment methods

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Outpatient treatment is typically less intense than inpatient treatment, as it does not involve living on-site at the drug rehab facility. You will be required to travel to and from the outpatient treatment center for your treatment sessions. 

    However, more intense forms of outpatient treatment, like partial hospitalization programs or intensive outpatient programs, may be suggested for more serious addictions. 

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Kentucky involves a combination of the use of medication and behavioral therapies to help individuals lower dependency on opioid or alcohol addictions.  

    Kentucky MAT programs may include the following:

    • individual and group therapy sessions
    • use of approved medication, such as Suboxone or methadone
    • counseling
    • nutritional and wellness education

    Aftercare Support

    Substance use disorder is a recurring disease that can continue throughout your life if it is not treated properly. Quality Kentucky rehab facilities will offer aftercare programs to provide support long after completing residential or outpatient treatment. 

    Examples of aftercare may include:

    Using Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Kentucky

    A large number of addiction treatment centers in Kentucky allow you to use your insurance policy to help with the cost of treatment. This includes Medicaid and Medicare policies. 

    The best way to find out whether or not your insurance policy is accepted by a rehab center is to:

    • contact a specialist at the drug rehab you wish to attend
    • contact your insurance provider to discuss your policy and in-network facilities
    • contact the KY Help Call Center
    • contact the Operation Unite Treatment Referral Line

    Learn more here.

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    The state of Kentucky sees addiction treatment as a top priority. Find Help Now and a number of other organizations, like Operation Unite and the KSP Angel Initiative, serve to help Kentucky residents access treatment even if they do not have health insurance or are unable to handle the cost. 

    Kentucky Substance Abuse Facts

    Kentucky saw a nearly 50% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020. Based on toxicology reports, officials in Kentucky blame the rise in death on opioids, which were involved in 90% of fatalities.

    Other facts collected from the Kentuky Office of Drug Control Policy include:

    • More than 1,964 state residents died from drug overdose in 2020, a 49% increase from 2019 (1,316).
    • Synthetic opioids like fentanyl and fentanyl analogs contributed to over 1,390 deaths, or more than 70% of all cases in 2020.
    • Officials suggest that the 2020 overdose deaths were also made worse by the widespread use of cheap methamphetamine, which was found in 801 deaths.
    • Heroin was detected in 191 drug overdose deaths, and morphine was detected in 504 deaths (the incidence of both drugs increased from 2019).

    Other prescription drugs that were involved in the 2020 overdose deaths include gabapentin, alprazolam (Xanax), and oxycodone.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    Ark Behavioral Health is known for operating some of the top addiction treatment centers in the country. Our recovery facilities are located in Massachusetts, but they are available to recovering individuals around the country.

    The following are the names and locations of our accredited treatment centers:

    Kentucky Addiction Treatment FAQs

    How Do I Access Treatment In Kentucky?

    The state of Kentucky offers a number of resources to help you access treatment. The most prominent source is the KY Help Call Center; however, additional resources include:

    • Operation Unite
    • KSP Angel Initiative
    • SAMHSA’s National Helpline
    • Get Help Lex

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Kentucky?

    Addiction treatment looks different for everyone. A quality addiction treatment center in Kentucky will offer an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your addiction and mental/physical needs. 

    Treatment may include detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, or a variety of other treatment levels.

    Can I Go To Drug Rehab In Kentucky Without Insurance?

    A variety of organizations are available in the state of Kentucky to help you access addiction treatment even if you don’t currently have health insurance. 

    Residents are always able to pay out of pocket for drug rehab services, but organizations like Operation Unite and Find Help Now can help you locate centers for low-income individuals or vouchers to help offset cost.

    Are There Walk-In Opioid Clinics In Kentucky?

    Kentucky has been battling the opioid epidemic for decades. A number of walk-in opioid clinics are available across the state to help you begin your journey to recovery. 

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Kentucky?

    The FindHelpNowKY.org website allows residents to search for Kentucky rehab centers based on the price they are able to pay. 

    A long list of these facilities is available for free, and additional centers can be paid for with treatment vouchers, treatment scholarships, or on a sliding fee scale based on income.

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In Kentucky?

    Drug rehab programs in Kentucky vary based on your addiction and individual needs. Inpatient care tends to be shorter than residential treatment, as you live on-site at the treatment center and receive around-the-clock medical and behavioral support.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Find Help Now KY - Start Here to Find Addiction Treatment Openings
    Kentucky Medical Association - KMA Health Priorities -- Drug Abuse
    Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy - Treatment and Recovery Resources
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Kentucky: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Medication-Assisted Treatment
    Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy - 2020 Overdose Fatality Report

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