Addictions have become a significant issue for many people. The problems are not confined to any age, segment of the population, gender, or socio-economic status. The epidemic is prevalent causing hardships for individuals, families, and communities. Henry County has mounted efforts to help support those with addiction issues and their families. The on-going focus has led to multiple efforts by organizations, volunteers, and groups tackling the issue head-on.
- Contact the Tri-County Community Action Agency's COMPASS Program for information and referrals. Local government has collaborated with them to provide experienced and compassionate help with linking to needed services. Call the staff at 502-845-7808 or click http://www.tricountycaaky.org/compass.html
- Celebrate Recovery provides weekly and on-going support for those choosing recovery. A group of local volunteers meets every Tuesday evening at the New Castle First Baptist Church at 6 pm with individuals and focuses on a 12-step approach to sobriety. Call the Judge/Executive's office for more details.
- The HOPE for Recovery Walk is held annually in August at the New Recreational and Services Park for individuals struggling with addiction and their loved ones. The community rallies to show support for these folks and to link them with the service providers that they need.
- Judge Brent's office has initiated a Quick Response Team effort in conjunction with the Sheriff's office to make follow-up visits with individuals following EMS runs for overdose or attempted suicides. A team follows up with the victim and/or families to link them with services.
- A grant obtained through the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) has been used to fund the printing of door hangers to be placed on every home in the county. The multi-focused effort spreads awareness and vital information throughout the community as adults and children determined to make a difference volunteer their time.