Karen’s Place

Karen’s Place


Set on 30 tranquil acres in northeastern Ky., Karen’s Place is a gender-specific, faith-based treatment program designed for women struggling with chemical dependency. One of four programs operated by Addiction Recovery Care (ADC), Karen’s Place facilitates a full continuum of phased treatments, including long-term residential, sober living with an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and aftercare that emphasizes continued education. The facility does provide non-medical detoxification services on-site.


Before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial assessment to help clinicians form an individualized treatment plan. Karen’s Place’s continuum of care includes three phases: residential, sober living, and aftercare that focuses on education and employment. Each phase of treatment blends Christian principles with evidence-based clinical approaches to help clients acquire and sustain long-term recovery.

During the residential program phase, which typically lasts between 30 to 60 days, clients participate in highly-structured schedule of weekly programming. After a period of supervised detoxification (if necessary), clients attend 15 hours of weekly recovery groups (AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery), one hour of individual counseling, and a range of specialized group counseling sessions each week. These group sessions address anger management, parenting, relationships, self-esteem, wellness, and relapse prevention. Groups are also available for DUI offenders, G.E.D. preparedness, and spiritual mentoring.

After the residential program, clients transition into the second phase of treatment, which combines the support of a sober living facility with the ongoing treatment of an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Typically lasting between 30 to 60 days, the second phase entails individual and group counseling, personalized case management, ongoing peer-led recovery meetings, and spiritual mentoring. According to the facility’s website, the second phase offers clients the “practical tools and assistance to get back into work and school (e.g. paying bills, finding housing).”

Focused on continued education and employment, the aftercare phase lasts between six and nine months. During this phase, clients can enroll into ARC’s internship program in conjunction with educational classes through Sullivan University. Once completed, clients receive a certificate in Health and Human Services from Sullivan University. This certificate can be rolled into Sullivan University’s 2-year associate or 4-year bachelor’s program in Health and Human Services. Upon completion, clients may also find employment with Addiction Recovery Care.


Karen’s Place treatment staff is comprised of an on-site physician, licensed counselors and certified alcohol & drug counselors (CADCs), pastoral counselors, and trained peer support specialists.


Karen’s Place is a lodge-like facility overlooking Yatesville Lake in Lawrence County. Although specific information regarding living quarters and accommodations are limited, images sourced from the facility’s website showed spacious communal areas and peaceful outdoor patios. Clients have opportunities for recreational activities on the 30-acre grounds.


Although Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback at the time of this writing, secondary sources revealed generally positive alumni opinions. On Karen’s Place’s Facebook page, which may be curated, 76 individuals to date gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, with 67 positive reviews, two mixed, and seven negative.[1] On Google, 18 reviewers to date rated Karen’s Place an average 4.3 out of five stars, with 15 positive reviews (all from alumni) and three negative ones, suggesting mostly positive reaction from alumni. Many reviewers cited the facility’s welcoming, comfortable atmosphere and Christian approach as facility strengths. Alum Beth wrote: “I went to Karen’s Place and immediately felt like it was my home.” Alum Karen added: “I’m a graduate of Karen’s Place and it has changed my life… God is on that hill.”


The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided less enthusiastic feedback of Karen’s Place. Out of five stars, the loved one gave three-star ratings for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training and the facility’s counseling options. They also felt the length of treatment was too short to be effective. “Seemed a bit too easily convinced someone was better, not long enough,” the loved one wrote.

On Google, two loved ones each rated the facility just one out of five stars, both citing poor communications between staff and loved ones and improper medication management as drawbacks.


Karen’s Place accepts some private insurance plans, including Aetna, WellCare, Humana, and CareSource, as well as Kentucky Medicaid.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/KarensPlaceRecoveryCenter/reviews/
[2] https://goo.gl/VJN3Mh

Reviews about Karen’s Place

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  • Isolation from previous contacts Seemed a bit too easily convinced someone was better, not long enough