Jefferson County is a county that is located in the northern portion of the state of Kentucky. Home to an estimated population of more than 766,000 people as of 2019 according to the United States Census Bureau, Jefferson County is the most populous county in the state. But being this large can have certain drawbacks, particularly amid America's drug epidemic, such as increased rates of drug abuse and overdose. From 2015 to 2017 there were 901 drug deaths in Jefferson County according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the highest total for any county in the state during the time period. This shows just how badly the people of Jefferson County need support from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services to help residents and save lives. But one of the things that can be difficult to understand is why so many people do not get the help that they need, as evidence by the continuing climbing rate of addiction and death. It is important to examine why this happens so that we can do a better job of helping people in the future.
Kentucky Substance Use: Trends, Statistics, & Solutions
TIPS: If you feel you're going to use
- Find a peer support group: Kentucky 12-step meetings and find peer support groups through the addicted.org directory.
- Stay active and distracted—go for walks, find a fitness center or a local community center.
- Access open or free counseling services or contact Kentucky 2-1-1.
- Find an activity that you enjoy—experience Red River Gorge, Kentucky Horse Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, or the Louisville Zoo.
- Avoid risky situations to prevent relapse. Heroin and fentanyl continue to remain widely used drugs.
TIPS: If you want to help someone
- Find local help through Kentucky Health and Family Services or addited.org.
- Be aware of overdose risks—access community resources through the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
- Addiction assessments and screening tools are vital and available through Kentucky Health and Family Services.
- Plan and execute a family intervention with the help of a professional interventionist.
- Avoid enabling anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol.
One of the biggest reasons that people do not get the help they need is because they overdose before they were ever ready to receive help. With addiction, a person usually must go through certain struggles and consequences before they are ready to change. This is because at first, the drugs are actually beneficial to the person. Even though they are toxic and addictive, in the short-term they are solving some problems for the person. This could be anything from physical pain to mental anguish or sadness, but whatever it is, the drugs alleviate this problem by allowing the person to escape an unbearable reality, even if only for a short period. Because they only recently started using, they usually have themselves convinced that they are not addicted and are in control still. They believe that they could quit whenever they wanted to, they just don't want to yet. But by the time they want to, they will have lost so much and will be physically dependent on the drug.
This is why the person hides their drug use in the beginning. They do not want to be stopped and will hide their drug use from anyone who they believe may try to get them to stop. This is always going to be the people who are closest to them and love them the most. The way to help a person like this and prevent overdose is to act on any suspicions that you have and confront them about it. This is done by staying completely calm and not getting angry no matter what. They already know that you do not approve, otherwise, they would just be honest with you. Do not expect them to tell the truth the first or the second time, but as you continue to confront them and ask them tough questions without being threatening, they will eventually be honest. What you are doing is pushing the issue to the forefront and letting them know that you know, and it is not the end of the world. You want to help them. This will speed up a process that otherwise may have ended in disaster. Keep in mind that intervention is your best bet once you are certain they are using drugs but in the event that they are still unwilling to stop or be honest.
List of Treatment Programs in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Here is a list of the different treatment programs in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.