Located in the relatively small city of Radcliff, Kentucky, Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System offers multiple tracks of recovery services for both psychiatric and chemical dependency issues. Its 28-day inpatient program offers intense, 12-step based and dual diagnosis treatment in a hospital facility. While this is the longest possible term of care, many also choose to use Lincoln Trail’s detox services only.
Accommodations and Food
Lincoln Trail is a sprawling one-floor facility with 140 beds, but there are never more than 60 clients participating in their program at a time. The rooms are dormitory style, each with two twin beds, a dresser, a desk and a sink in each room, as well as a private bathroom. All are shared with another resident. Men and women are housed in the same unit, though psychiatric clients are kept separate from those seeking help for chemical dependency.
There is a cafeteria in the facility where residents eat three hot meals a day; the staff also provides snacks and drinks throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
As mentioned, Lincoln Trail offers a medical detox on-site. During this process, clients meet with a medical doctor and are supervised around the clock by Lincoln Trail’s nursing staff; those participating in the detox program only typically stay for five-to-seven days. These residents are housed in a separate wing of the facility, and are also given a basic introduction to the 12 steps. Lincoln Trail’s aforementioned medical staff are also available to those doing the 28-day program—their on-staff doctor makes daily rounds and their nursing staff are always available as well. One of the reasons for this constant care is that Lincoln Trail is a lockdown facility, meaning clients do not leave the premises for any reason other than a medical emergency.
Days at Lincoln Trail are filled with group therapy and individual counseling, with breaks for meals and free time. All clients receive a copy of AA’s Big Book upon entry, and are expected to begin working the steps during their stay. The psychiatric track is formatted largely the same way, except with an emphasis on specific issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Lincoln Trail also works with residents to create individualized dual diagnosis care plans, when necessary. All 12-step meetings are held on-site.
Though clients remain on the premises throughout their entire stay, Lincoln Trail does offer a handful of recreational opportunities on-site. There is a gym on the premises with basic equipment such as exercise bikes, treadmill and a universal weight set. There’s also volleyball and basketball courts and even an activities room, where residents can play ping pong, pool or even video games. Still, much of each resident’s downtime is expected to be spent doing assigned 12-step homework.
Because of the proximity to Fort Knox, Lincoln Trail offers a special program for military members suffering from either psychiatric disorders or chemical dependency issues. The facility tailors this program to allow for easy admission, working in concert with the military to “pre-approve” potential clients in need. It’s also worth noting that much of the staff at Lincoln Trail has either military experience themselves, a family member in the service or just a deeper understanding of the military lifestyle as a result of the proximity to the Fort.
Lincoln Trail’s specific strength may lie in its specific care offerings for military members and families. In all, those who would benefit from smaller client rolls and lower cost may do well to seek out other options.
Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System
3909 S Wilson Rd
Radcliff, KY 40160
Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System: $22,400 (28 days, no detox); $28,000 (28 days, with detox). Reach Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System by phone at (270) 351-9444. Find Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System on LinkedIn
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