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January 2, 2008

Substance abuse recovery

It's all about recovering from drugs and alcohol and the willpower to seek a more productive life.

The Morehead Inspiration Center is a program of Pathways (111 U.S. 60 West, Morehead) that offers long-term residential recovery for adult men seeking recovery from substance abuse.

Admission criteria includes men 18 years old and older, those in need of non-medical alcohol and other drug withdrawal in a safe environment and men in need of acute medical care for any current or long-standing conditions.

The non-profit organization opened Nov. 6 and is an affiliate of the Recovery Kentucky Initiative. A similar center, the Healing Place in Louisville, has housed and provided success to hundreds of men in search of sober living, said Rick Leist, program manager.

“I came here from the Louisville center and know of this program's success. It's just a matter of wanting to get help,” he commented.

The Morehead Inspiration Center can house up to 100 men and offers four levels of recovery, which incorporates a social model of recovery, peer support, accountability, daily living skills, job responsibility and practical living experience.

With 42 clients presently living at the center, each one is expected to follow the six to nine-month program to make a clean and sober transition back into society.

While some clients are court ordered into the program, others enter the center to seek a better way of living, Leist said.

“Some are just tired and eager to change,” Liest commented. “Others might be here while out on parole. But if they don't follow the rules exactly, they know they will be sent back to prison. In fact, our paroled clients are the ones most eager to change.”

As part of the program, all clients are expected daily to take part in what is called “trudging.” Leist said trudging is time away from the center while clients walk to the Morehead United Methodist Church for program classes.

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