Methadone Clinics in Kentucky

Name rehabsAddressPhone
Bluegrass East Comprehensive Care Center Narcotics Addiction Program 201 Mechanic Street Lexington, KY 40507_________
Bluegrass East Comprehensive Care Ctr Narcotics Addiction Program201 Mechanic Street Lexington, KY 40507(859) 233-0444x216
Center for Behavioral Health - Frankfort 2225 Lawrenceburg Road Building C Frankfort, KY 40601_________
Center for Behavioral Health - Kentucky 1402 Browns Lane Louisville, KY 40207_________
Center for Behavioral Health KY Inc1402 Browns Lane Suite A Louisville, KY 40207(502) 894-0234
Central Kentucky Counseling212 Industrial Drive Suite A Greensburg, KY 42743(270) 932-2348
Corbin Professional Associates 967 U.S. 25 Corbin, KY 40701_________
David Harmon and AssociatesProfessional Centre Building 3934 Dixie Highway Suite 310 Louisville, KY 40216(502) 896-8006
E-Town Addiction Solutions 2645 Leitchfield Road Suite 104 Elizabethtown, KY 42701_________
Interlink Counseling Services Inc8311 A and B Preston Highway Louisville, KY 40219(502) 964-7147

Kentucky follows federal and state laws that regulate methadone treatment facilities to ensure patient safety and ethical standards. These include accreditation, staff credentials, security measures, and strict protocols for methadone prescribing and dispensing.

Certification procedures involve extensive applications reviewed by health departments, facility inspections, policy approvals, and more. Clinics must renew certifications periodically to continue operating legally.

Benefits of medication-assisted treatment using methadone include reduced opioid cravings and illicit drug use, improved health and social functioning, decreased transmission rates of infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis, and lower overdose death rates.

Clinics provide daily supervised methadone dosing, counseling, referrals to wraparound services, and strict oversight to stabilize individuals in treatment for opioid use disorders. This allows patients to focus on recovery goals.

Insurance Coverage

Some nonprofit clinics offer free or low-cost treatment based on patient income eligibility and grant funding availability. Restrictions may apply.

Public and private insurance policies have varying coverage for methadone treatment depending on individual plan details such as deductibles, copays, prior authorizations, excluded services, and network restrictions. Patients should thoroughly review insurance specifics before enrolling in a program.

Drug Use in Kentucky

The opioid crisis was declared a nationwide public health emergency in 2017. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, in 2021 there were 2,250 overdose deaths involving opioids in the state. The number of overdose deaths has increased in recent years, with a 39% rise from 2020 to 2021. Data shows that fentanyl and methamphetamine are becoming more prevalent substances involved in overdoses.

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs provide 24/7 care and monitoring for those overcoming substance addictions. Typical stays range from 30 to 90 days depending on individual needs. Services include medical detox, counseling, group therapy, medication management, and aftercare planning.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs offer addiction treatment services while allowing the person to live at home. Patients attend regular sessions—ranging from once a week to 5 days a week—at clinics, hospitals, or community centers. Services are similar to inpatient but on a less intensive schedule.

Treatment Level Unreported

An estimated 65% of people with a substance abuse disorder in Kentucky did not receive any treatment in 2021 according to national survey data. Barriers include lack of access, cost of care, and social stigma.

Comparison of Treatment in Kentucky vs. Neighboring Major City

CategoryLouisville, KYCincinnati, OH
# of Treatment Facilities163237
Inpatient Beds Available1,2451,822
Cost of 30-day Inpatient Care$15,000$25,000

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

Methadone is an opioid medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs to treat opioid use disorder. It binds to opioid receptors and reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms when taken properly. Many still view methadone treatment negatively, but research shows it helps people recover and reduce harm when combined with counseling and social services.

Methadone Distribution

Methadone distribution is strictly regulated with monitoring to prevent misuse:

  1. Patients must undergo at least 8 random urine tests in the first year to ensure appropriate use.
  2. For the first 14 days, take-home doses are limited to 24 hours’ worth. More take-homes are allowed over time if patients follow program rules.
  3. Interprofessional teams including doctors, nurses, and counselors provide compassionate evidence-based care.
  4. Providers check prescription databases to carefully determine dosage and watch for interactions.

Kentucky categorizes methadone as a Schedule II controlled substance.

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone has been used to treat opioid addiction since 1947. Studies demonstrate methadone is highly effective: those in methadone treatment have 33% fewer opioid-positive drug tests and are 4 times more likely to stay in treatment long-term compared to non-medication treatments. Treatment retention greatly reduces risks of overdose, disease transmission, and unemployment.

However, methadone does carry risks if misused. Dangers include severe withdrawal if stopped suddenly, possible heart issues, overdose when combined with other sedatives, and diversion for misuse. Research shows methadone and buprenorphine are equally capable of reducing illicit opioid use when properly managed. Overall methadone is very beneficial but requires careful administration to minimize risks.

About Kentucky

Kentucky is located in the East South Central region of the United States. It shares borders with 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. The capital and largest city is Frankfort and Louisville, respectively. Kentucky covers 40,407 square miles of land area. Major infrastructure includes airports in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, an inland port system along the Ohio River, and rail systems including CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.

Population Statistics

According to 2021 Census Bureau estimates, Kentucky has a population of 4,486,381.

Demographics:

Gender:

  • 49.7% male
  • 50.3% female

Age Brackets:

  • 22.6% under 18 years
  • 59.8% 18-64 years
  • 17.6% 65 years and over

Occupations:

  • 18.8% management, business, science and arts
  • 26.9% sales and office
  • 22.5% service
  • 31.8% natural resources, construction, maintenance, production, transportation and material moving