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Admission Criteria

We serve individuals:

  • 18 years and older

  • diagnosed with substance dependence and addiction

  • with a history of repeated relapse

  • with a history of overdose

High priority candidates for admission:

  • Pregnant Opioid-dependent patients

  • Patients at high risk of HIV infection due to IV drug use.

  • Patients with life-threatening diseases, such as serious endocarditis and septic arthritis that are made worse by injection drug use.

  • Patients receiving Interferon for hepatitis C

What To Expect

On Intake Day: Every new intake will go through the following process:

  • Fill out forms

  • Initial urine drug screen

  • Pregnancy test for women

  • Assessment by a therapist

  • Nursing intake evaluation

  • Medical evaluation by a physician

With each assessment we create a plan uniquely for you. We offer detox, tapering, maintenance outpatient services with suboxone and methadone. Learn more about each medication option.


Assessment includes determining your history with drug use as well as a physical examination by a doc-tor. You should be asked about medical problems that are commonly associated with opioid addictions, and you may be asked to consent to a blood test to check for HIV, Hepatitis, and other infectious or sexually transmitted diseases. 


Expect questions. You may be asked about your drug use, your physical and mental health, your home and family, and your employment. 


Ask questions. What are you be-ing tested for? What other services are available? Remember, knowledge is power. 
You may be assessed again during treatment to review your progress. 



For safety, your first dose of methadone will be low or moderate. New patients usually start at a dose not to exceed 30. Your dose is then gradually increased until you reach the right dose.  Your dose is right when withdrawal symptoms, drug cravings, drowsiness, and side effects fade. With a correct dose, you should feel more energetic, clear-headed, and able to do the things that matter in your life. Until you have adjusted, make sure not to drive a car or operate heavy machinery. 

Drug Testing 

Routine tests of urine or oral fluids will show whether you have been using other substances and whether you have been taking your methadone. You may have to give supervised samples to ensure they are yours. With continual negative results, you'll be asked to take drug tests less often. If you test positive for other substances, Take home doses may be delayed and for your safety, your provider may ask that you take drug tests more often. 

If you test positive for a drug when you know you haven't used, you can request to be retested. 

Clinical Policy

You Have a Right To:

  • Be informed of the program's rules and regulations

  • Receive considerate and respectful care.

  • Receive services without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or source of payment.

  • Receive confidential treatment. Except for a medical emergency, court order, child abuse or crimes committed on program premises, a program generally cannot release information about your treatment without your written consent.

  • Be fully informed of your treatment plan and participate in its development. This includes setting goals and measuring progress with your counselor.

  • Refuse treatment and be told what effect this could have on your health or status in the program.

  • Discontinue treatment at any time.

  • Obtain, in writing, an explanation of the reason(s) for your discharge from treatment and information about the Program's appeal process. And, if necessary, receive help obtaining treatment at another program.

  • Avoid inappropriate personal involvement with counselors, staff or other patients. Patients have the right to be free from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.


Drug treatment patients are protected by  Federal confidentiality regulations. Information you share and details about your treatment will not be disclosed except if:

  • Shared between your doctor, nurse and clinical therapist.

  • If you consent in writing that your information be shared under certain specified conditions: for example, to forward your records to another doctor or clinic.

  • If your doctor or counselor has reason to think you might hurt yourself or others.

  • If you are facing trial, the court may subpoena your treatment records.

You have the Responsibility To:

  • Act responsibly and cooperate with the staff from your program.

  • Treat the staff and other patients with courtesy and respect.

  • Respect the right of other patients to receive confidential treatment.

  • Participate in the development and completion of your treatment plan, which includes becoming involved in productive activities, such as work or school and not using drugs.

  • Pay for treatment on a timely basis, according to your means.

  • Talk with a counselor about problems that affect your treatment progress and recovery.

  • Offer suggestions on improving program operations.

  • Talk with a counselor before ending treatment; don't just Stop or leave.

  • Ask questions about any part of your treatment you don't understand

What to do if you have concerns

  • Talk with your counselor – most problems can and should be resolved with your counselor.

  • If your counselor cannot resolve the situation, talk with his or her supervisor.

  • If you still need help, talk with the Director of your program.

  • If the complaint is still not resolved satisfactorily,                                

  • You can file a complaint with the Office of the Secretary, Cabinet for Health Services: 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621


No punitive action can be taken against those in treatment for contacting the Patient Advocacy Office.


Monday - Friday

5:30am - 11:00am

Patients are accepted on by appointment or walk-in.

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