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The Dr. Will W. Ward Free Clinic

By: Tonia Heineman, Women's Health Services Coordinator; Katie Anderson, Manager of Health Services; Greg Burton, Men's Health Services Coordinator

The Healing Place began as a homeless shelter that provided medical care to those in need thanks to the kindness of Dr. Will Ward and other volunteer physicians. That care continues today. The Will W. Ward Free Clinic at The Healing Place provides free medical care and medication to our clients with the help of […]


My Journey at The Healing Place

By: Brandon Thomas, Peer Mentor Supervisor

My name is Brandon Thomas, and I am an alcoholic. I came to the Healing Place on June 30, 2020. Let me tell you a little bit about my life before I entered The Healing Place. I was brought up to be a respectful, hardworking man. I had a mom who loved me and wanted […]


Providing the Tools for Recovery

By: Shannon Gray, Program Manager

“Trust the Process.” This is a common phrase used in The Healing Place’s long-term residential program. Most people I talk with believe that our clients come to our program to stop using drugs. What separates our behavior modification program from others, is that our clients learn the tools to live life without drugs. The decision […]


How to Host an Alcohol-Free Derby Party

By: Marla Highbaugh, Director of Development and Communications

Derby is a fun time in Kentucky with big hats, fast horses, and garlands of lilies and roses. But with a lot of focus on alcohol, it can be a difficult time for those new in sobriety. While I am not in recovery, I know firsthand that It is possible to have a fun Derby […]


Races, Roses, and Recovery

By: Keith Farah, Transitional Care Manager

As a person who has lived most of his life in what most would consider a mecca of horse racing, it seems paradoxical that I have never had much interest in spending a day at the track or making an “educated” bet on which thoroughbred would outrun the pack. That being said, my alcoholism developed […]


Replicating The Healing Place Model

By: Maurice Ludwick, Director of Special Projects

Many people view The Healing Place as a safety net for the community that helps those who are struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. When every other option has been exhausted, The Healing Place is still there to help them back up. We are very excited to bring that level of compassion to a […]


Outpatient Services

By: Debby Jones, Director of Outpatient Services

The Healing Place is known for its long-term residential recovery program and we have taken its success and created Recovery Louisville, an intensive outpatient program that also provides sober housing. Recovery Louisville provides services to individuals who have been referred directly from The Healing Place, or an outside referral source. Clients do not have to […]


Detox Loved Me to Life

By: Rosalind Jones, Alumni

I am Rosalind, an alcoholic. My sober date is December 29, 2010. I am an alumni of The Healing Place in good standing. I am writing this to say how grateful I am to The Healing Place for opening its doors to me. Thank you to the staff in the detox for receiving me with […]


Meaningful and Worth Doing

By: Jackie Brown, Men's Detox Monitor

The detox units at The Healing Place provide a safe place for those in our community who are addicted and need help in coming off of drugs and/or alcohol. For some, it is quite simply that – a safe environment in which to stabilize. For many others, including myself, our detox can be the new […]


Taking That First Step

By: Courtney Weisshaupt, Detox Manager

Detox is the first step a person takes when coming to The Healing Place. When someone wants to access detox services at the Men’s Campus or the Women’s Campus, all they have to do is walk through the front door. When a potential client comes into detox, they are greeted by a staff member who […]