‘Run for Recovery’ to fight addiction, expand Shepherd’s House services

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A transitional residential treatment program is working to raise awareness on addiction and funding to expand services offered by Shepherd’s House, through their 20th annual Run for Recovery.

“We are a long-term treatment center, actually the first long-term treatment center in the United States. We opened up in 1989. And we were the first ones to provide 24 hour care, 7 days a week for 12-18 months,” explained Jerod Thomas, CEO and President of Shepherd’s House.

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Kyle Nowka, Executive Director of Mental Health, says they focus on long-term treatment because, “Our guys have spent years, sometimes decades, abusing drugs and alcohol. So to try and fix that thinking and behavior in 28 days is just not realistic.”

The wait list to get into Shepherd’s House is six months and continues to grow. In fact, last year, Thomas says they held an honor for a runner who passed away from an overdose while waiting on that list.

“That just tore us up, so we started expanding,” said Thomas.



Two new prison programs in the Fayette County Detention Center are set to open on September 1 which will feed into their long-term recovery program.

To help with the expansion, Shepherd’s House will put on their 20th annual Run for Recovery on Saturday, July 27th at 8 a.m. at Keeneland. It’s a 5K and 1-mile fun walk for both serious and not so serious runners and walkers. It’s open to families and is pet-friendly.

“It’s huge this year. The theme is ‘Who you running for?’ In the state of Kentucky, on the last report from the Office of the Inspector General, we had 1,468 overdose deaths,” said Thomas. “We’ve got to represent these people.”

Those interested in participating in the run, walk can sign up HERE.

Shepherd’s House is a 12-18 month transitional residential treatment program for men 18 years of age or older. It is a structured program that promotes personal responsibility and accountability for those seeking recovery. For more information, click HERE.