Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

September 26, 2013

Drug recovery center planned for Grayson

From staff reports
Journal-Times

Sept. 26, 2013 — Officials with Pathways announced Recovery Kentucky plans to build a long-term supportive housing and drug recovery facility in Grayson.

 

Representatives met with the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night to confirm that property they were considering for the facility was feasible for the facility.

 

The property in question is near K-Mart and Smithfield, which is currently zoned for commercial businesses. The recovery center would fall within zoning guidelines.

 

If built, the center will serve 100 adult men using a proven four-phase recovery program based on the 12 steps. The facility would cost around $7 million to build, and add short term construction and long term facility based jobs to the local economy.

 

A facility was recently considered in Boyd County, but was unable to gain community support.

 

The Carter facility will be one of four new centers planned statewide, which will bring the number of Recovery Kentucky facilities to 14.



Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort of the Department for Local Government, the Department for Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, which began under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration. The goal is to “help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse, which often leads to chronic homelessness.”



Pathways will provide the programing for the new center, as it does at the Morehead Inspiration Center, which opened in 2007.

 

During that time, clients move through four phases of the program that incorporates a social model of recovery, peer support, accountability, daily living skills, job responsibilities and practical living experiences.



Recovery Kentucky results are proven, according to officials. A study of the state's 10 centers, completed by the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and released earlier this year, say clients reported improvements in substance abuse, mental health, economic status, living situation and involvement with the criminal justice system after going through the program.



Clients were interviewed 12 months after entering the program, and results were compared to their intake interviews. The study found rates of illegal drug abuse dropped 93 percent and 88 percent reported a decrease in criminal justice involvement. At intake, 73 percent of clients reported an arrest in the previous 12 months before the program, at followup this had decreased to 9 percent.



The UK study also estimated for every dollar spent on recovery services, there was a $3.73 return in avoided societal costs including those associated with the criminal justice system.



Recovery Kentucky centers provide treatment at no cost to clients, who are referred into the program via a variety of means. To qualify, clients must be at least 18 years of age, male and homeless or marginally housed with a history of addiction. Clients must have no history of sexual misconduct or violent behavior or an uncontrolled mental illness. They must be able to physically participate in the program, be capable of living in a group environment and not have had any court dates within 30 days.