Addiction center provides hope to women in rural Kentucky

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT
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OWEN COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - An addiction recovery center that just opened in Owenton, Kentucky, is the only residential treatment provider for women within 30 miles.

“What we’re generally focused on is addiction treatment and all the elements that accompany that, including the social determinants of health,” Pat Fogarty, senior vice president of operations for The Addiction Recovery Care Center, said.

“So not only are we focused on getting people back on their feet physically from addiction and the diseases associated with addiction, but we’re also in the business of helping people find a purpose in their life and finding a job in their career.”

Addiction affects almost every community in Kentucky and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the state has some of the highest addiction rates in the country. The overdose rate is up 49 percent from 2019.

Opioids aren’t the only issue; alcohol is an even bigger problem.

“Alcohol is never discussed, but alcohol year over year kills around 100,000 people every year and no one really talks about it, but yet we have a report coming out that shows overdose deaths due to opioids was up to 93,000, but alcohol beats that every year, so we’re focused on the disease of addiction rather than just one drug,” Fogarty said.

The ARC Center is also looking to help get the women it treats into the workforce. The center has already received a lot of community support.

“There’s been churches that have united to welcome our women that have come in with gift bags. We’ve got community support coming in from 12 step groups that come do services. We have variety groups from churches in the community coming in to do services in the evening. The support has been fantastic,” Fogarty said.

Currently, the ARC Center is serving 16 women but Fogarty says they see that expanding in the future to 100 women.

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