Karen’s Place is a Christian, all women 12-step rehab located on 30 acres of woods overlooking Yatesville Lake in Kentucky. The area is full of rivers and lakes where the girls spend plenty of time adjusting to their new sober lives. Although it’s technically within the city limits, Karen’s Place is actually 10 miles away from Louisa, Kentucky. Founded by a former prosecutor who’s been sober since 2006, Karen’s Place—which is named after Karen Byrd, who was killed by a drug dealer in Huntington, West Virginia in 2004—first opened in December of 2010 when her parents paired up with CEO Tim Robinson to start the center.
Accommodations and Food
The facility is a lake house with a cabin-like feel to it. It’s all light brown wood on the outside, giving it a serene, relaxing look. The treatment and housing is all in one location and there is a TV in the living room that clients can watch during free time before bed. The rooms hold six to eight girls at a time and have wooden bunk beds with steps (not ladders) attached that give it a sleep away camp vibe. There are 20 clients at Karen’s Place at any give time.
A trained nutritionist makes the menus for the clients every day so the food is more geared towards health than cafeteria-style. All meals are home cooked and offer a family-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sugar and caffeine is allowed in moderation.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment at Karen’s Place is “Christian spiritual enrichment and development” at its core. Clients regularly attend 12-step programs such as AA and NA (both on-site and off-site), as well as Living Free and Celebrate Recovery (Biblical-based recovery) meetings.
There are 12 one-on-one counseling sessions: psychological assessment, master treatment plan, personality test review (TJTA), spiritual inventory, treatment plan review, topical counseling one and two (counseling unique to the client), another treatment plan review, career and skills assessment review, risk factors therapy, relapse prevention and, finally, aftercare and discharge. The treatment also covers 15 hours of group therapy a week and five hours of 12-step work. There’s a weekly mentoring group between new clients and clients about to graduate as well as four to six hours of community service a week and 12 to 16 hours of “life skill building” (cooking, cleaning, gardening, landscaping and laundry).
The schedule is basic: it starts with breakfast and clean up first thing, morning devotions group therapy, PSMC curriculum, two hours of one-on-one therapy, art therapy, group therapy and AA meetings at night. Lights out is at 10 pm and free time is after group therapy and before lights out. There are 14 staff members including an on-site MD and the counselors are CADCs. There’s pretty much an even division of men and women on the staff.
Church services are an integral part of treatment at Karen’s Place. They are mandatory, as is singing in the choir. Clients must bring formal wear for every Sunday. The therapy is CBT and DBT, but does not cover EMDR for trauma. There is also no detox available. They do offer dual diagnosis support, however. After 30 days, clients can see visitors for four hours every other Saturday with one hour of counseling beforehand.
The treatment is unique in the sense that it does not cover the standard 28 or 30-day programs that lots of rehabs in the area go by. Karen’s Place’s programs are 37-day, 100-day and six months.
Exercise is built into the program via yoga videos clients can do in the living room as well as a lake for swimming and beautiful nature paths for hikes. The clients also have access to church gyms.
Once every three months or so, clients go to the movies in town.
If potential clients aren’t put off by the idea of mandatory church services and Christian-based recovery, treatment here could be both calming and effective. It’s not glamorous but this rehab’s heart is in the right place and their philosophy genuine.
Karen’s Place Location
125 N Main Cross St
Louisa, KY 41230
Karen’s Place Cost
Karen’s Place Cost: $5,550 (30 days, though there’s also a sliding scale and Kentucky UNITE Vouchers). Reach Karen’s Place by phone at (606) 244-0345. Find Karen’s Place on Facebook
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