Sept. 26, 2013 — 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.