Cumberland River Behavioral Health is a community based not-for-profit organization providing services in mental health, intellectual disabilities and chemical dependency for eight southeastern Kentucky counties. It operates two inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities that also offer support for co-occurring disorders. Female residents participate in long-term treatment at Independence House while men are housed in the Crossroads facility, a 30-day residential program.
Accommodations and Food
Independence House has a homey vibe to make residents feel comfortable. Resident rooms are furnished with either two or three twin beds in each and a shared closet. Private rooms are not available. The facility can accommodate up to 15 women at a time. Four bathrooms are provided, one of which is furnished with two toilets, a sink and two showers. Three to six women share this bathroom. Two women share the remaining three bathrooms. At Crossroads, up to 41 men can be accommodated in sixteen double-occupancy and three triple-occupancy rooms. Six communal bathrooms are available for the men, each one accommodating up to seven men.
Incoming clients in both facilities can bring their cell phones with them but must leave other electronics at home. Phone time begins at 4:30 pm, when residents have free time. They are also allowed to watch TV during that time. Clients at Independence House can use a small weight room on-site. Meals at both locations consist of a protein-based entree, vegetables, two side dishes, salads and bread. Sugar is allowed, but caffeine is not.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment programs at Crossroads and Independence House are 30 and 40 day programs, respectively. Pregnant women can live at Independence House long-term (more than three months). Therapists use CBT to help clients understand their addictions to alcohol and drugs. The program is 12-step oriented, requiring residents to attend on-site meetings. Every resident takes part in three individual therapy sessions per week, as well as several daily group therapy sessions. These are scheduled throughout the day, with an average of five sessions per day for each resident.
A typical day begins at 6 am. Residents make their beds and straighten out their rooms. After breakfast, they complete chores before going to their assigned groups. After that comes free time before lunch. Residents complete more chores after lunch before returning to group work, stopping for dinner. Clients have free time after dinner. Next comes a final group of the day before lights out at 11 pm. Exercise is not built into the daily programming—those who choose to work out must do so during free time.
All clinicians are licensed professional counselors and CADCs. Clients can rely on staff nurses if they need medical assistance. A doctor contracts with CRBH, enabling residents to address their medical issues as needed. Non-clinical support staff are also available to assist clients during the overnight shift, from midnight to 8 am. Medical detox isn’t available at either Crossroads or Independence House, but referrals can be offered if necessary. Dual diagnosis services are available for those with co-occurring disorders.
Residents are occasionally treated to extracurricular activities such as going to the movies or the bowling. Family members can take advantage of the Family Day meeting, held every Sunday from noon to 1 pm. During this meeting, families learn about addiction as a family disease, how enabling works and how to stop it.
All residents can participate in aftercare which consists of attending a weekly alumni group and includes the option of coming to the on-site 12-step meetings. Clinical staff strongly encourages graduates to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Other aftercare activities consist of getting a 12-step sponsor and taking part in outpatient therapy with a provider in their area.
Cumberland River Behavioral Health provides affordable, gender-specific inpatient treatment for residents of Kentucky for just the $400 admission fee. Those from out of state are also welcome, but are required to pay $3,300. While the programs are short-term, they are intense, delivering a high level of treatment in a short time. However, those who are opposed to the 12-step philosophy may want to find another treatment option.
Cumberland River Behavioral Health Locations
3110 Cumberland Falls Hwy
Corbin, KY 40701
Cumberland River Behavioral Health
American Greeting Card Rd
Corbin, KY 40701
Cumberland River Behavioral Health Cost
$3,300 (30 days, $400 admission fee). Reach Cumberland River Behavioral Health at (606) 526-9552 (Crossroads) or (606) 523-9386 (Independence House). Find Cumberland River Behavioral Health on Facebook
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