PRESTONSBURG – Many families continue to deal with drug addiction daily in Eastern Kentucky. Several resources are available in Eastern Kentucky and Floyd County to seek help in conquering drug addiction. Many individuals convicted of a drug-related crime are court ordered to participate in the Intense Substance Abuse Program. Jarod Hall, from Harold, is required by Probation and Parole to attend the ISAP classes offered by Mountain Comprehensive Care. He gives credit to the ISAP program, the counselors and support from his family for saving his life and helping him battle addiction.
Hall is currently on probation and enrolled in the ISAP program. He was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine.
“There was a time when I felt out of control and I believe I was addicted to the process of making meth more than actually using meth,” said Hall.
Dealing with the struggles of addiction caused Hall to lose custody of his two children. His parents and in-laws at the time were available to assume custody rather than the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Hall credits the ISAP’s strict rules and supportive counselors as two major factors in the success of his recovery.
Wesley Bryant, ISAP counselor at Mountain Comprehensive Care, said participants in ISAP must spend six to 20 hours a week participating.
ISAP consists of three phases. Phase one is for three months, with participants going to three classes a week and passing one drug test a week. Phase two is for two months. Participants in the second phase must come to class two sessions a week and pass two drug tests every month. Phase three is for one month. The third phase consists of one class session a month and one clean drug test a month.
The program is for 60 months with participants going to 56 ISAP classes total. If a participant misses two classes, they are kicked out of the program.
“This program forces individuals to look at themselves in a positive way,” said Bryant. “It gives participants a chance to be proud of themselves once again by giving them a second chance.”
The mandatory classes help participants develop coping skills to deal with whatever problems they may have or had that caused them to fall victim to addiction. Learning coping strategies helps prevent relapse.
“I think ISAP has helped me stay accountable for my actions. It keeps me honest with myself because the alternative is jail,” said Hall. “The counselors have been supportive of me with their confidence in me to make positive decisions that affect not only myself, but also my wife, Jenna, our unborn child, and my son and daughter. I want to be a man they can be proud of and ISAP is helping me to accomplish that.”
Individuals who participate in the program are typically convicted of a felony offense and have been referred by either the court system or Probation and Parole.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.