Knox Unite gets update on addiction treatment options

Picture by Jay Nolan Kristi Burnett (pictured) and Elaine Passow of Baptist Health Corbin Trillium Center spoke at the Knox County Unite February meeting.
Picture by Jay Nolan
Kristi Burnett (pictured) and Elaine Passow of Baptist Health Corbin Trillium Center spoke at the Knox County Unite February meeting.

By Jay Nolan

Publisher

“Our detox unit is seeing five to six patients every single day now,” Kristi Burnett, LPCA, told a record crowd at the Knox County Unite meeting on Tuesday.

Burnett, from the Trillium Center, also discussed some of the in-patient and outpatient services provided there to treat drug or alcohol addiction. She said the Corbin facility does not have a waiting list.

“Almost always we have detox beds open …just go to the Emergency Room for an assessment 24/7, and if needed, you can go directly to the unit,” she said.

The center also has therapist available. Plus, they provide psychological, emotional and medical assistance.

When questioned about how the addiction problem has changed, she and the director of outpatient services, Elaine Passow, told the local group, “The patients we have now are much, much, much sicker. The substances people are abusing are much more dangerous.”

Drug addiction remains the number one problem facing Knox County, according to recent surveys. The Unite program’s goal is to provide programs, raise awareness, and bring together multiple community resources to fight the problem.

Burnett encouraged the local group to tell anyone needing help overcoming a serious addiction to contact her. She can be reached toll free at 800-395-4435 or 606 344-2547.