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Interlink Counseling Services INC.

Landing Zone

What Is the Landing Zone Safe Off The Street Program?

Landing Zone is Interlinks safe-off-the-streets program for homeless men. Along with providing a safe facility from alcohol and/or drugs, Landing Zone has five beds, is open all day every day, and has constant staff supervision. This inpatient center is located on the Interlink Counseling Services campus in Louisville, Kentucky.

Safe and Comfortable Alcohol and Drug Detoxification

Drug or alcohol detoxification initially begins when an individual stops consuming a substance on which the body has become dependent. Even though the full recovery process from alcohol or drug addiction does not really begin until the detox or withdrawal period has ended, detoxification is the first step in the healing process. Drug and alcohol detoxification should only be attempted in a safe, comfortable environment at a licensed detox center.

Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Detox from alcohol or drug addiction can produce withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe. Some acute drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can even be fatal if not treated medically. Some of these withdrawal symptoms are sweating, shaking, headaches, cravings, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, seizures, and convulsions. Often, without medical help, the more severe withdrawal symptoms can become so unbearable that the person experiencing them will begin using again to seek relief from their suffering instead of completing their detoxification.

Regardless of the substance(s) from which a person is detoxifying themselves, there are several factors that should always be considered when deciding on whether to attend a non-medical detox center. The persons age, current physical condition, how long the person had been addicted to the substance(s), and how much he or she has been consuming on a regular basis is always a concern. Finally, any serious illnesses or conditions that could cause serious complications should be noted before beginning the detoxification.

Although withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and irritating, they are not necessarily dangerous. However, they are often accompanied by the "craving" for more drugs or alcohol, which makes the decision to continue abstinence much more difficult without professional counseling or support. Landing Zone staff is able to decide which level of care is needed. If it is determined that medical detox is needed, the client will be referred to a local hospital.

Im Ready To Enter Detox! Now What?

Please call Interlink Counseling Services at (502) 964-7147, and let the receptionist know that you are interested in the Landing Zone program, and your call will be directed to an intake coordinator. The intake coordinator will inform you if there are any available beds, or place your name on a waiting list and let you know when one becomes vacant.

What Should I Not Bring?

Considering that Landing Zone is a transitional, homeless shelter program for men in recovery, you must not bring any weapons; this includes any cutting instrument like a straight razor, knife, hatchet, machete, hunting knife, etc. You must not bring any alcohol or drugs; the only exception is medications that are prescribed by a doctor. All medications must be in their original container and labeled appropriately.
Inpatient Services

Harmony House Residential Treatment

Clients assigned to Harmony House participate in an intensive, 3 to 6 month recovery program. During this period, clients do not have employment outside of Interlink. They attend daily education sessions on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, and specific life skills. Stabilization of physical and mental health issues is the objective for these residents along with a focus on accepting their level of addiction. Intensive case management supports their journey toward a stable recovery lifestyle. Upon completion, most Harmony House clients are enrolled in the Genesis House Transitional Living Center Phase II program.

Genesis House Transitional Living

Genesis House offers transitional housing for up to 24 months. Clients in Genesis House have access to similar education programs like Harmony House clients, but they receive classes over a longer period of time; many Genesis House clients hold jobs off-campus. Life skills education sessions focus on reintegration with classes that include budget planning, anger management, coping skills, self-worth, goal setting, relationships, and others that assist clients in achieving self-sufficiency. While in Genesis House, relapse prevention sessions help clients identify specific triggers that can lead to setbacks in their recovery. Chemical dependency oriented education seeks to reinforce what each resident has learned about himself and his addiction. Small group and counseling sessions are held after work hours so that ongoing issues are addressed as they arise, which further ensures stability and long-term sobriety. When the clients have completed their rehabilitation, they move into permanent housing within the community. However, they still have an established aftercare plan for follow-up case management in place.

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