How to Find Detox in Kentucky

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Approximately 67,000 overdose deaths occur annually in Kentucky.[1] About 70 percent of these deaths involve opioids and recent studies show that the pandemic has fueled even higher opioid overdose statistics.[2]

While Addiction is a problem plaguing Kentucky and the country at-large, there are resources locally and nationwide to help you or someone you love get help. This article will teach you everything you need to know about accessing withdrawal treatment in Kentucky.

Types of Rehab in Kentucky

Like any disease, the success rate of your recovery depends largely on the type of treatment you receive. In addiction treatment, there are generally three levels of treatment offered: detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment.

Detox focuses on medical stabilization and handling the early phases of sobriety. This means medically monitoring and treating withdrawal symptoms as they arise and the process usually takes about 5-7 days. After that, patients usually attend some form of therapy. This occurs either in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Inpatient treatment requires you to stay at a treatment center for anywhere between 14-90 days. Therapy is provided as well as around-the-clock care. Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, allows you to live off-site and travel to therapy sessions each week.

The table below breaks down the number of facilities offering each type of care in Kentucky:

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 367 87.80%
Regular 344 82.30%
Intensive 171 40.91%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 37 8.85%
Detoxification 34 8.13%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 94 22.49%
Residential (non-hospital) 81 19.38%
Short Term 56 13.40%
Long Term 57 13.64%
Detoxification 33 7.89%
Hospital Inpatient 15 3.59%
Treatment 14 3.35%
Detoxification 15 3.59%
Total 418 100.00%

Paying for Rehab Treatment in Kentucky With Insurance

While addiction treatment used to be a privilege that only those with substantial resources could leverage, affordable treatment is becoming increasingly common. The social and economic impact of addiction has pushed lawmakers and various programs to make addiction treatment accessible to everyone regardless of income, and it appears to be working.

Therefore, here is an overview of the primary payment methods available.

First, you’re still welcome to pay for addiction treatment out of pocket. This will give you the most luxurious experience, and you’ll have access to a variety of amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

However, if that isn’t an option, the first place you can turn to is private insurance. As the uninsured rate in Kentucky hovers between six and seven percent, there’s a good chance you have some form of coverage.[8]

In addition, the Affordable Healthcare Act now requires insurance to cover basic addiction treatment expenses, including medication, board, and other necessities.[9] Private health insurance is also accepted by approximately 66 percent of Kentucky treatment facilities.

Paying for Rehab in Kentucky Without Insurance

If you don’t have private health insurance, you may be eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. Medicaid is available to those that make under $16,971 annually as a single person or $22,930 as a couple (before taxes).[10] If you have children, the income limits increase depending on how many. You can check the website for more information.

Medicaid is also the second most widely accepted form of payment, with an acceptance rate of 67 percent. In fact, it’s second only to cash or self-payment, which is accepted by 93 percent of Kentucky treatment facilities.

Medicare is another option similar to Medicaid available to those with low income who are either over the age of 65 or have disabilities. You can see more information on their website.[11]

Finally, if none of these treatment options are viable solutions, government-funded programs also enable free treatment. These often have applications and waitlists, though they may be your best option if treatment is still too expensive.

In fact, nearly 38 percent of Kentucky treatment facilities offer these programs.

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Below is a full breakdown of all the various payment options in Kentucky:

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 390 93.30%
Private Health Insurance 277 66.27%
Medicare 158 37.80%
Medicaid 281 67.22%
State-financed Health insurance 196 46.89%
Federal military insurance 162 38.76%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 9 2.15%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 8 1.91%
Other payments 6 1.44%
Sliding fee scale 234 55.98%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 158 37.80%
Total 418 100.00%

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Kentucky

While state-funded treatment centers often lack the luxury amenities of many privately funded treatment centers, they are still quite effective.

In fact, a study of approximately 1,100 patients at one state-funded treatment facility in Kentucky showed that they are very successful at reducing relapse.[12] Here’s a breakdown of the statistics:

  • Illegal Drug Use:
    • At intake: 88 percent
    • At follow-up: 36 percent
  • Reported Opioid Misuse:
    • At intake: 49 percent
    • At follow-up: 12 percent
  • Reported Alcohol Use:
    • At intake: 53 percent
    • At follow-up: 29 percent

Above all, about 89 percent of those who completed the treatment would refer it to a friend, and 79 percent said that the treatment was effective.

Nonetheless, if you can afford a private treatment center in Kentucky, there are several benefits to this style of treatment, including:

  • More personalized attention (guest-like treatment)
  • Unlimited timeframe
  • Many private facilities claim higher program completion rates
  • Variety of holistic therapies (art, music therapy, and yoga)


Kentucky Treatment Center Accreditations

The final step to choosing a treatment facility is ensuring it is properly accredited.

By selecting an accredited treatment facility, you know that their staff, facility, and program meets high-quality standards and will give you the best opportunity possible to overcome addiction.

Otherwise, you may not experience the highest level of care, or the treatment facility could be a fraud altogether.

One of the most common accreditation programs is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).[13] In fact, about 130 of the Kentucky facilities are accredited by them, so you can trust that their programs are effective.

However, CARF isn’t the only accreditation organization. The table below provides a full breakdown of each accreditation organization and the percentage of facilities with valid accreditations:

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 388 92.82%
State substance abuse agency 343 82.06%
State mental health department 216 51.67%
State department of health 104 24.88%
Hospital licensing authority 14 3.35%
The Joint Commission 81 19.38%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 130 31.10%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 7 1.67%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 30 7.18%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 4 0.96%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 6 1.44%
Total 418 100.00%

Finding Addiction Treatment in Kentucky

If you’re ready to break free of addiction, help is just a phone call away. Not only is it easier than ever to obtain treatment, but the medication, treatment, and programs are much more advanced and effective. If you’d like to speak with a counselor anonymously, call and start your journey today.