Kentucky is at the forefront of the battle against an addiction crisis gripping the nation. Prescription painkillers, heroin, and methamphetamine are destroying lives and leveling communities across Kentucky, making it the fifth leading state in the nation for fatal drug overdoses. Landmark Recovery of Louisville was founded in order to fight back against addiction and restore hope, function, and purpose to the lives and family members of those held hostage by addiction.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Our team of highly qualified professionals offers a comprehensive, 30-day residential treatment program catered to each patient’s individual needs, goals and diagnoses. The program starts with an initial assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner to determine whether detoxification or anti-craving medication is necessary. Treatment continues with individual and group therapy by licensed master-level counselors. Core family members are brought into the process through extensive family counseling and education. At the conclusion of the stay, each patient receives consistent follow-up support from our staff and detailed action plans designed to help them stay well for life.
Kentucky families and communities are all too familiar with the crisis presented by prescription and illicit narcotic abuse. The state continues to rank highly in the nation for drug overdoses along with rates of new Hepatitis C infections. Fortunately, state and federal lawmakers are pushing to make treatment more affordable and effective across the nation, especially in areas that are severely afflicted, like in Kentucky.
In 2017, the state witnessed a record 1,565 fatal drug overdoses
From 2016 to 2017, methamphetamine related deaths more than doubled
Fentanyl was present in more than half of all overdose deaths
Jefferson, Fayette, and Kenton are the most severely afflicted counties
“We are at a tipping point in Kentucky and in our country when it comes to opioids, drug abuse and death.”
Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky
Rate of Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in Kentucky
Inpatient treatment at Landmark Recovery of Louisville is a 30-45 day treatment process where patients remain on premises and under Landmark’s medical care 24/7. This treatment model, also referred to as residential treatment, is highly recommended for individuals with severe chemical dependency issues wishing to get sober and learn the tools for long term recovery. The Landmark curriculum is centered around individual and group therapy where patients are equipped with the skills to understand and cope with the disease of addiction, learn about resources available to them, and build a network of support that lasts beyond our doors.
One of the greatest advantages to pursuing inpatient treatment is that patients are removed from their prior environment and given an objective and sober perspective of their situation. Oftentimes environment can play a role in triggering substance abuse, so it helps to break free and fully focus on your recovery.
In the early stages of recovery, it can be common for many alcoholics to remain in denial about the severity of their affliction. During treatment in Landmark Recovery, individuals will be asked to honestly and openly face their addiction for what may be the first time in their life. In individual and group therapy sessions, patients will learn about the nature of alcoholism, the dynamics of addiction, the effects that alcohol has on the body, and the consequences of continuing to drink. By working with Landmark staff, patients will come to develop the foundation and motivation to stay sober.
Being involved in some sort of treatment program for alcoholism such as intensive outpatient, residential treatment, and even participating in 12 Step meetings has been shown to reduce relapse rates and improve chances of recovery from relapses when they do occur. The foundation of any alcohol use disorder treatment is structure and support, and Landmark Recovery’s curriculum is designed with this in mind, helping individuals understand their disease, maintain sobriety, and build a support system for the future.
In the state of Kentucky, much like the rest of the nation, opioids and methamphetamine wreak the most havoc on individuals and communities. A growing number of individuals who start using prescription painkillers wind up switching to cheaper and easier to buy heroin, which is increasingly turning up laced with fentanyl, the highly potent prescription opioid. To impact the problem, the Kentucky Office of Drug Control & Policy has worked to increase public education and penalties for drug trafficking, along with access to treatment options and the availability of Narcan.
For individuals addicted to either prescription or illicit narcotics, professional treatment can make the difference between short and long term sobriety, and even between life and death. Treatment for drug dependency at Landmark begins with medically supervised detox and is followed by individual and group therapy sessions. Whether patients are participating in residential treatment or outpatient services, they will take part in ongoing sessions utilizing evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, SMART Recovery, 12 Step, and more.
“Fentanyl is the deadliest and most addictive drug our nation has ever seen. People have become powerless… That’s why we have to make every effort to intervene with a comprehensive treatment response.”
– Van Ingram, Kentucky Office of Drug Policy Executive Director
Funding the Fight
In October of 2018, a new bill was signed into law that helped expand state funding to combat the opioid epidemic. The bill is intended to reduce the abuse of opioids, encourage recovery and treatment, provide support to families, and to drive innovation for long-term recovery solutions across the nation.The “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” will provide more than $31 million to help combat the crisis along with an additional $5 million that will be provided to 20 community health centers across the state.
“As long as Kentucky families endure the harsh realities of addiction, I will continue to make fighting this epidemic a top concern in the Senate… I will keep working with families, treatment professionals and law enforcement to confront this crisis and protect our loved ones.”
– Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator, Senate Majority Leader
Don’t Let Them Die
State efforts to combat the scourge of fentanyl include public awareness and naloxone distribution drives. The Kentucky sponsored “Don’t Let Them Die” campaign offers information and resources on substance use disorders, drug treatment options, and naloxone, the overdose reversing agent that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives. As part of “Find Help Now KY”, the campaign also invited high school students to partake in a video competition highlighting the severity of addiction for students.
In 2016 in Kentucky there were more than 1200 infants born to drug-addicted mothers. These children were some of the unintended victims of the drug crisis that have had no voice thus far. The University of Kentucky’s “Beyond Birth” program has been a useful tool to help hundreds of mothers in Kentucky struggling with substance abuse get the treatment and child support services they need. In November of 2018, the University opened the doors to a brand new 11,000 sq. foot facility to help women get comprehensive care for substance abuse treatment.
The Angel Initiative
The Angel Initiative is a program started by the Kentucky State Police in 2016 with one goal in mind: to save lives. Under this initiative, anyone battling addiction in Kentucky can come to Kentucky State Police Stations and get help finding a treatment center, no questions asked. If you or a loved one find yourself battling to escape the chains of addiction, you can call ahead or arrive at one of 16 KSP posts across the Commonwealth and meet with an “Angel” who will help refer you to quality treatment centers and health professionals.
In the last 12 years, deaths from oxycodone and hydrocodone have quadrupled while the in the last 3 years combined more than 2,684 Oklahomans have been killed by some sort of opioid overdose. In an effort to help stem the tide of addiction-related devastation, an organization named FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education) has released “Killing Pain”, a seven-part documentary series on the opioid addiction epidemic within the state. FATE aims to end the crisis through ongoing education about the scope of the problem and the kinds of solutions it will take to help. They worked with government leaders, business leaders, law enforcement, and addiction experts in order to craft this documentary, drawing on investigative journalism and interviews with experts to accurately tell the story.
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