Female Inmates Addicted To Drugs Will Soon Have Treatment As An Option

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some women addicted to drugs and in jail can soon get treatment while they serve their time.

Pike County is starting a women's drug rehab program in the jail.

Pike County Jailers say most of the women inmates are addicted to drugs and keep committing crimes once they are released.

Many also have children.

Jailer Rodney Scott and UNITE Pike members, tired of seeing families broken, are using more than 400-thousand dollars in grant money to start a women's treatment center in the jail.

“If we can help one person inside the jail to get off drugs, then to become a productive citizen, then you know, it is worth it,” Jailer Rodney Scott said.

”It's just phenomenal. It is something that is going to be extremely good for our community,” Barry Chaney said.

The jail has a men's rehab program that jailers say works. Almost all graduates stay clean and out of trouble after their release. Organizers believe the women's program will have similar results.

Counselors say the women's program is not only rehab, but also helps mothers focus on their children and how to be a parent.

Women from local churches will be mentors.

The mentors will stick with the women after they get out of jail and help get them back on their feet and away from drugs.

They hope it saves lives, and families.

Westcare will run the treatment program.

To get in, inmates must apply.

The program will take 16 women at a time and takes six months to complete.


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  • by vicky Location: hager hill on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    I'm estatic that these women will have some direction. Only want to know is the fact remains to get the help , people want the help like any drug or alcohol user..my question is why can't tax payers like myself & my husband getting any assistant , in our need we our about to loose our home only we have went every where to ask for help and only to be turned away .we only need 2,000.00 and can't seem to receive help i got hurt 2 months ago and not able to work my husband has been ill & still fighting ssd trying to get what is rightfully his. Now we are told this is going to be award to women who probly has the officers bring drugs into them .. What is wrong w/ this picture Law abiding citizens being denied and going to loose their home and with a Child of 11 yrs old. If any one should be receiving help it is working AMERICANS..God Fearing tax paying law abiding Americans People have stood by to long and let these things go on
  • by Me Location: Jackson Co on Oct 22, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    Good for them! It's high time someone took notice and actually put actions behind their words! I think every person who is addicted to drugs, alcohol or even tobacco (if they want it in tobacco addicts - I strongly believe the government should provide FREE stop-smoking aids through Health Depts. to ANYONE who wants to quit smoking!) should be given treatment to overcome their addictions in jail (or wherever they are if they want help). Otherwise, what's the point in putting them there? Some addictions are so strong, that it only takes ONE time using the drug to become addicted!! Did you know that?? I'm thinking most people who find themselves addicted didn't know it either! I believe if most addicts knew how their lives and family's were going to be so negatively effected, they would'nt have chosen to use them that first time. Hindsight is 20/20 folks! I'll not be casting stones, nor will I say that would NEVER happen in my family. But, I'll pray it doesn't.
  • by brenda Location: pike county on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    I really think that it is a good thing to have drug treatment for women while in jail. It really gives the mothers time to think about their kids and their future.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Oct 22, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    Guess I was just plain stupid because I thought that the existing "rehab program" was for anyone who wanted to reform. Imagine my surprise at it being only for the male prisoners. [edited]! And this is the county that wants a new court house, new jail, etc.
  • by Sue Location: Ky on Oct 22, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    THESE WOMEN NEED TO THINK OF THEIR KIDS LIVES BEFORE THEY USE THESE DRUGS-- THAT GETS THEM BEHIND BARS TO START WITH-- IT IS A SAD WORLD WHEN WE NEED TO WATCH THEM 24-7 IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THEIR LIVES AND THEIR KIDS!!! I HOPE THIS HELPS BUT I DOUBT IT!!!
  • by Debbie Location: Ky on Oct 22, 2008 at 03:42 AM
    Don't see how this is going to work????
  • by bobby Location: pikeville on Oct 21, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    You make them lay in urine cover floors and detox with out medical attention , after that you want to help some one? ha ha ha

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