Kentuckians struggling with drug addiction have a new online tool to help them find treatment.
GetHelpLex.org is a free interactive website that includes information on 130 Kentucky providers.
The website, which does not collect information about searches, takes users through a series of questions to help provide a list of treatment services that might be able to help.
Users can look at a map and a list of programs throughout the state or choose to narrow the list based on factors such as the age and sex of the patient and the type of payment he or she will be using. Searches can show residential versus outpatient services and even show only free services.
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The website does not collect information about searches.
The project was spearheaded by Voices of Hope-Lexington, a group that includes family members of addicts, medical professionals and people who work in the field of drug abuse prevention.
“When you need some place to go, you need to know what exists,” said Shelley Elswick, one of the founders of Voices of Hope.
While she emphasized that the site doesn’t take the place of a professional assessment, she said she could have used the website when her son was caught up in addiction.
“That would’ve been invaluable when we were looking,” Elswick said. “You’re scared and you can’t think.”
She said paper lists of services handed out to families are sometimes outdated, and “when I Google ‘rehab,’ chiropractors come up.”
Elswick said David Maynard, a chemical dependency specialist at University of Kentucky Trauma Services, helped the group get started by providing his list of programs, and several other groups and individuals provided computer programming, design work and other services. The city’s Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Program also provided some funding and support for the project.
Elswick said billboards featuring the website will go up in a few weeks.