The CommonHealth of Kentucky

A 13-part KET production aimed at improving the health of all Kentuckians by sharing health and wellness projects from across the state that are succeeding in making their communities healthier.

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a project of KET’s Be Well Kentucky initiative

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The CommonHealth of Kentucky is a 2005 KET production. Produced in partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Program 8

Addiction Recovery

Featured Projects:

Drug and alcohol addiction are intricately linked with issues like mental health and poverty—and often have an effect on wider issues like crime and violence. This program looks at two services that help users kick the habit while providing a wider network of support for treatment, education, employment, and much more:

Lexington’s Chrysalis House—Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women and their children—provides a wide range of outreach services, residential treatment, family services, aftercare, and permanent housing. When a new client comes to Chrysalis House, she is carefully evaluated so that the staff can develop a personalized treatment plan. The two-year Chrysalis program also includes job training and placement.

The Healing Place, Louisville’s largest homeless shelter and addiction recovery center, offers a Sobering-Up Center for intoxicated homeless persons and a free health clinic. It then helps recovering clients stay sober and rebuild their lives through the Family Systems and Child Development Program, which helps children of addicted parents understand the disease of addiction, teaches parenting skills, and helps reunite families, as well as continuing care that ranges from job placement services to assistance with legal and medical issues, housing, and education.


600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 258-7000 (800) 432-0951