Kentucky has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but there is hope. Impact IOP, a treatment program based in the state, provides comprehensive care to those struggling with opioid addiction. With a team of experienced healthcare professionals, Impact IOP offers evidence-based treatment approaches, including medication-assisted therapy, counseling, and behavioral therapies. Clients receive individualized care plans to ensure that their specific needs are met. The program also offers support for families and loved ones impacted by addiction. By providing accessible and effective treatment, Impact IOP is helping Kentucky fight back against the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic.

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Introduction to the Opioids

Painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol are opioids that can be obtained with a prescription. An appropriate time to use these medications would be after a significant injury or surgery or for severe pain associated with health conditions. These medications can also be referred to as Narcotics.

In recent years, the regulations that doctors need to follow when prescribing opioids have intensified as a result of the opioid epidemic. Opioids are highly addictive drugs and should be monitored closely if a physician is prescribing them. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10.1 million individuals misused prescribed opioids within the past year. An estimated 1.6 million people developed an opioid use disorder within the past year. The use of an opioid can lead to physical dependency, which is a key factor in opioid addiction.

The Opioid Epidemic in Kentucky ​

Our current situation with the Opioid Crisis can be traced back to the 1990s when developing pharmaceutical companies said that their medications were effective in pain management, and would not lead to addiction. Physicians trusted the information they were given and prescribed opioids at a higher rate. As time went on, we saw that prescribed opioids do, in fact, lead to addiction.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared that there was an Opioid Crisis. Since then, they have been working to follow through with their 5-point strategy to manage the crisis.
When we look at the statistics we have for the state of Kentucky, you may be surprised to learn that the rate of deaths caused to opioid overdose dropped from 1,160 lives to 989 lives from 2017 to 2018.

Looking specifically at deaths caused by prescription opioid overdoses, we noticed a decrease in the number of deaths as well for the same years; 269 lives were lost in 2017 compared to 140 lives lost.

This downward trend was consistent with what we saw throughout the nation. There was a 4.1% decrease in the number of deaths caused by opioid overdose in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018. The number of lives lost to opioid overdoses is still high; however, the downward trend can provide a glimmer of hope that we may see the end of the opiate epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2018, Kentucky Physicians wrote an average of 79.5 opiate prescriptions per every 100 patients. This is higher than the national average of 51.4 prescriptions per 100 patients.

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The Effects of the Opioid Crisis in Kentucky

The Opioid Crisis has had significant impacts on individuals living in Kentucky. Effects impacted the individuals who were abusing opiates as well as individuals in their lives.

One of the most notable effects of the Opioid Crisis is the number of opioid-related deaths. It was stated above that 989 people died in 2018 as a result of abusing opioids. Almost 1,000 individuals lost their lives. That number may be a decrease from the previous year, but that is still a staggering number for Kentucky.

Individuals who are addicted to opioids are at risk for withdrawal when they stop using for a period of time. It is commonly stated that you cannot die from opioid withdrawal; however, new research is showing that severe symptoms of withdrawal, specifically vomiting and sweating, can lead to dehydration and hypernatraemia. Both of which can lead to heart failure and death.

Individuals struggling with an opioid addiction may experience all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to control their use of opioids
  • Cravings
  • Sleep behavior changes
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased libido

Addiction is known to be an isolating disease. Individuals tend to distance themselves from loved ones and friends who do not enable their use. Many individuals find that they struggle to maintain their daily routine, which often results in difficulties at their workplace. Conflict at home may arise due to mood changes, financial changes, and changes in accountability.

Families of struggling because of addiction are considered a consequence of the opioid epidemic as well.

The CDC estimates that 78.5 billion dollars are spent addressing prescription opioid misuse alone each year. This is not counting the abuse of non-prescription opioids such as heroin. This total is reached by looking at the health care costs, estimated productivity loss, treatment cost, and any criminal justice involvement.



Impact Outpatient Program has an admissions team that is standing by 24/7, ready to help you in finding the best possible treatment for your personal needs. Regardless of your situation, we will help.


Once you have completed the pre-assessment and your benefits have been verified, we will schedule an initial consultation and intake appointment. Once we learn more about your needs, we will work together on your personalized treatment plan.


We will ask you a series of questions to ensure that our program is the best for you or your loved one's personal situation. We will also verify your insurance coverage for lowest out-of-pocket costs.



Once your initial intake appointment is completed, you will begin treatment within 24 hours. Our goal is to get you the help you need as quickly as possible. That's why we offer same-day admissions in most cases.

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Our intensive outpatient program helps those addicted to drugs & alcohol is finding a sustainable path to long-term recovery through continued, long-term treatment.



The outpatient program at Impact Outpatient Program is a step-down level of care program that incorporates the foundations of our core program on a less intense basis.

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Impact Outpatient Program offers multiple pathways to addiction recovery through traditional and evidence-based programming at our Louisville area treatment center.



Our intensive outpatient program helps those addicted to drugs & alcohol is finding a sustainable path to long-term recovery through continued, long-term treatment.

When to Get Help for Opioid Addiction

There are several situations where treatment can be necessary for opioid addiction. The first of which would be an opioid overdose. Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose can include:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Lips appearing blue
  • Low heart rate
  • Shallow breathing
  • Being unresponsive

Narcan is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Its effectiveness is dependent on the number of opioids in the person’s system. For example, a person who has fentanyl in their system would require larger doses of Narcan, or may not be responsive to it at all because it is so strong. Narcan is commonly available in a nasal spray and is simple to use.

After administering Narcan, the individual is still in a health crisis and needs to be seen by a doctor for medical assessment and possible treatment. 

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one who abuses opioids, having Narcan accessible can be a life-saving measure in an emergency.

Common consequences of opioid addiction can include some or all of the following:

  • Irritability
  • Financial difficulties
  • Strained relationships
  • Trouble at work and/or loss of employment
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Legal consequences

There is no cure for opioid addiction, however, treatment can make living a sober life possible and enjoyable. Any individual who is abusing opioids, prescription or otherwise, would benefit from addiction treatment.

As with other addictions, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to stop using. We cannot force anyone into recovery. You may be able to change their environment and limit their access to opioids. However, distorted thinking patterns and cravings will still be present. 

  • External motivators can be impactful. This can include family members threatening to distance themselves, legal charges, or consequences in the workplace. But the challenge with these is that external factors can change, or decrease over time.
  • Internal motivation is when a person decides that they want to stop using for themselves. Rock bottom is commonly viewed as the stepping stone for a person to get to that point of having internal motivation. When this happens, the person would benefit greatly from addiction treatment. 

With opioids, it is recommended that individuals complete a medically supervised detox program. An inpatient treatment program often follows this. The treatment program’s length will vary for each person, as many factors go into deciding what is needed. 

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Our Kentucky Opioid Treatment Program ​

At Impact IOP, we are able to cater addiction treatment to your specific needs. This begins with determining the level of care that would be the best fit for you at this moment. The individuals we work with receive individualized care plans because we believe that everyone’s needs are different. We pride ourselves on being a judgment-free zone, empathetic and supportive. 

We have a Residential Inpatient program that has you live on-site for a few weeks so that we can focus on your treatment program. Inpatient treatment involves both group and individual therapy. 

We offer a Partial Hospitalization Program. With this option, you would be able to stay at home and come to the recovery center for 4 to 6 hours per day, 3 to 5 times per week. 

We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program. Our IOP program is determined case by case, and typically includes 15-25 hours of group therapy and one hour of individual therapy. IOP can help you get your feet on the ground before starting an outpatient program. 

We offer an Outpatient Program that involves group and individual therapy. Similar to other programs we have, your schedule can be adjusted to your needs.

If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at (502) 912-1038. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Let's work together to help you find the best treatment options that fit your individual needs.


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Opioid Addiction Treatment Program ​

At Impact IOP, we are able to cater addiction treatment to your specific needs. This begins with determining the level of care that would be the best fit for you at this moment. Many treatment programs say that they can meet your specific needs; we are able to do so because we offer a variety of levels of care. This way, you truly are getting what you need. And when you’re ready to change to another level of care, we can do that too.

We offer a Medical Detox program, a Residential Inpatient program, and a Partial Hospitalization Program.

We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program that usually includes 15-25 hours of group therapy and individual therapy and Outpatient Rehab groups. The hours you are scheduled for will be specific to you. With this option, you are able to stay home and attend treatment during the day at our treatment center.

After IOP, it is possible to continue on to our Outpatient Program. Outpatient treatment usually involves group and individual therapy. We tailor your treatment schedule to your needs and your availability to get to treatment.

Lastly, we have an After Care program, which serves as one last checking-in point before completing your addiction treatment program. After-care programming consists of fewer treatment hours so it can fit into your schedule as you adjust to life after Outpatient Treatment.

If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at (502) 912-1038. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs and see where we can help you.

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