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Karen's Place

125 South Main Cross Street, Louisa, Kentucky, 41230
Karen’s Place is a residential treatment center for women suffering from substance abuse located on 30 tranquil acres of wooded area overlooking Yatesville Lake in Lawrence County, Kentucky (10 minutes from US 23 & 30 minutes from Interstate 64). Our program integrates the best practices of clinical drug treatment with a time-tested faith-based recovery model.

Facility Highlights

  • Our Staff Members are Committed Christians
  • State-licensed Alcohol & Other Drug Education (AODE) Residential Program
  • Karen's Place is located on 30 tranquil acres of wooded area overlooking scenic Yatesville Lake in Lawrence County, Kentucky


  • Core Substance Abuse Treatment Program

    Involves 12 Individual Counseling Sessions Psychosocial, Assessment and Initial Treatment Plan, Master Treatment Plan, Personality Test Review (TJTA), Spiritual Inventory and Skill Building Plan, Treatment Plan Review, Topical Counseling 1, Topical Counseling 2, Treatment Plan Review, Career/Skills Assessment Review, Risk Factors Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Aftercare and Discharge.
  • Strong Spirituality Program

    A two-year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found that: Spirituality was the top indicator of long-term recovery. Adults and teens who consider religion to be very important, and who attend religious services weekly or more often, are far less likely to smoke, drink, or use elicit drugs. Individuals who attend spiritually based support programs, such as the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are more likely to maintain sobriety. Individuals in successful recovery often show greater levels of faith and spirituality than those who relapse.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Lon Lafferty
    Dr. Lon LaffertyMedical Director
    Dr. Lon Lafferty serves as Karen's Place's Medical Director. He is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Louisville Medical School. He is a General Practice physician in Inez, Kentucky who operates a Rural Health Clinic. Dr. Lafferty has been approved by the Federal Government agency SAMSHA as a medically assisted treatment provider.
  • Sara Daniels
    Sara DanielsIntake Director
    Karen's Place Graduate 6/11 - Sober since 2/11 Sara Daniels serves as Intake Director.

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Set on 30 tranquil acres in northeastern Ky., Karen’s Place is a gender-specific, faith-based treatment program designed for women seeking treatment for 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 detox 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.

In Kentucky, the residential program phase is one of 48 long-term treatment options, typically lasting between 30 to 60 days. Clients participate in highly-structured schedule of weekly programming. After a period of supervised detox (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 common issues including anger management, which is covered in 83.7% of treatment facilities in the state.

Education plays a crucial role in the treatment process as well. Topics addressed may include parenting, relationships, self-esteem, wellness, and relapse prevention. Groups are also available for DUI offenders, clients preparing for G.E.D. testing, 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.

Focused on continued education and employment, the aftercare phase lasts between six and nine months. During this phase, clients can enroll in 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 two-year associate or four-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. The facility is one of the 28% of facilities in the country accredited by CARF. It is also accredited by AIS and the Kentucky AODE.


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


Rehabs.com has yet to receive alumni feedback. On Karen’s Place’s Facebook page, which the facility can manage, 133 individuals to date gave the facility an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars.[1] Alumni praised the facility's faith-based treatment approach and its effectiveness.

On Google, 23 reviewers to date rated Karen's Place an average 4.1 out of five stars to date.[2] The feedback indicated a 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," while another alum 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 Rehabs.com to date about Karen’s Place provided a mediocre review. 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.


Karen’s Place accepts some private insurance plans, including Aetna, WellCare, Humana, and CareSource. It is also one of Kentucky’s 163 facilities that accept state-sponsored healthcare like Kentucky Medicaid.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/KarensPlaceRecoveryCenter/reviews/
[2] Google Reviews

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