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Adult Substance Use

Substance abuse is treatable, however, many people do not seek help. Addiction is a complex brain disorder causing continuous cravings for the drug in spite of very negative consequences. Treatment can help people stop using, avoid relapse, recover their lives and connect with a support system and recovery program for a stable recovery.

Know the Signs of Addiction

  • Continued use of substances regardless of serious consequences such as family and relationship conflicts, legal issues and health problems
  • Increased tolerance of the drug or alcohol
  • Increased time spent using and thinking about alcohol/drugs
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Having a psychiatric illness increases the risk of having a substance abuse problem; this is called a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder

Frequently Used Substances

  • Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects every organ in the drinker’s body. Intoxication and extended use can impair brain function and motor skills. Extended use causes physical, emotional and spiritual damage.
  • Marijuana is a mind-altering drug that changes the way the brain works. Short-term effects include euphoria, distorted perceptions and short-term memory problems. Long-term effects include lack of motivation, social isolation and psychological dependence.
  • Prescription pain medications and anti-anxiety medications can produce physical dependence.

If used improperly, painkillers like Hydrocodone and Oxycontin can affect the area of the brain that controls respiration, leading to death. Anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium can be deadly when used with alcohol. In fact, the number of Kentuckians who have died from prescription overdose has doubled in just the past ten years.

People Can and Do Recover from Addictions

Admitting that alcohol/drug use is a problem takes tremendous courage, but it is the key first step, and recovery is possible. Our Lady of Peace has treated adults with substance abuse for over 50 years. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment and six months of free aftercare services. 12-Step recovery meetings are available on site. We also provide a free weekly education program, “Families Living with Drug/Alcohol Addiction” that is open to family members of patients and anyone in the community. For more information, visit KentuckyOneHealth.org/ourladyofpeace or call 502.451.3330

We’re here to help. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression, please contact Our Lady of Peace for an assessment and assistance with treatment options call 502.451.3333 or 859.313.3515.

Our Lady of Peace - Louisville 
2020 Newburg Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205
Assessment and Referral Center: 502.451.3333 

Open 24/7 - Walk-ins welcome

Our Lady of Peace Assessment & Referral Center - Lexington

KentuckyOne Health Office Park
1401 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A-400
Lexington, KY 40504
Assessment and Referral Center: 859.313.3515


Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Scheduled appointments and walk-ins welcome

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