Until recently, Kentucky had one of the lowest alcohol and drug abuse rates in the country. This situation has changed as illegal drugs find their way into the state.
The use of cocaine is widespread in many metropolitan areas of the state. The use of meth in Kentucky has also sharply risen with many meth labs. Many meth users are teenagers, with teenage meth consumption averaging 12.7% against the national average of 9.1%.
Club drugs are also found in huge supply. Marijuana is the state’s number one cash crop, mostly grown in forest land. The drug is widely abused and sold in many public places.
There are a number of out and inpatient treatment centers in Kentucky to help quell these issues. One of the most important treatment programs offered in these facilities is detox.
The type of detox that an addict undergoes depends on the extent of his or her addiction. In cases of heavy addiction, the addict may undergo medical detox where medications are used to flush out drug toxins from the body. This is a dangerous process and should be done under the supervision of a physician.
Inpatient treatment centers offer a number of therapies to addicts. Contingency management therapy is a common therapy offered by inpatient treatment centers. This therapy seeks to help addicts overcome their addictions through the use of a low-cost incentives system. The addict is required to submit urine samples free of drugs.
In return, the addict is given vouchers which can be exchanged for movie tickets, food, and other items. Secondly, inpatient treatment centers offer motivational enhancement therapy. This therapy is patient-centered and seeks to help the addict overcome addiction by evoking motivated changes.
The addict undergoes an assessment session followed by a number of treatment sessions. These treatment sessions are overseen by a therapist who encourages the addict to talk about his or her addiction. The treatment sessions are geared towards eliciting motivation to stop alcohol or drug abuse. Coping strategies are also suggested.
The success of MET depends on the nature of the addiction. Research shows that MET is effective in tackling alcohol and marijuana dependency. Other treatment therapies offered in inpatient centers include cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy.