A community support group meeting is being held at the Isaiah House on Jan. 5 to discuss the opening of a women’s facility in the organization’s newly-donated property, as well as address potential volunteer opportunities.
The property, which was donated by previous owners by Gary and Anita Johnson, has been appraised at $300,000.
“It’s all been sort of a miracle ride,” said Isaiah House Exeutive Director Mark LaPalme. “We’ve been praying for that property since day one as potential for a women’s facility or a family facility.”
LaPalme said the facility will provide a great opportunity for women who have previously been forced to look elsewhere for help with beating addiction. He said addiction often claims families as victims, instead of just individuals. There are current Isaiah House residents whose wives had to seek help in Louisville or Bowling Green, or are simply waiting for the Willisburg facility to open. The women’s facility at the Isaiah House will provide a chance for couples to get clean together.
“The opportunity to have that family-unit be healed at the same time, with the same mindset, is our goal,” LaPalme said.
He hopes the meeting on Thursday will shine some light on whether or not the community will support the project.
“(The women’s facility) is needed, but that’s not the question,” he said. “The question is if the faith community can help sustain it.”
The director of the women’s facility will be Lois DeLong, and LaPalme said they hope to open the facility by Mar. 1.
The new facility isn’t the only big news around the Isaiah House lately. They received Kentucky state accreditation in December, becoming the first Christ-centered facility to receive accreditation in the state. LaPalme said the Isaiah House has spent a great deal of time trying to reach the requirements and hire staff that meet the standards for an accredited organization.
“We finally got to the point two years ago where we were able to hire people with the degrees we needed, and they’re really smart people who can give these guys and ladies tools that we couldn’t give them before,” he said. “It shows families that there’s a set standard here.”
Also, the Isaiah House was chosen for an FDA clinical trial of a new detox called the NeuroElectric Therapy (NET) device. LaPalme said the device -- which is applied behind each ear of the patient, and sends small electrical pulses to certain areas of the brain -- has been used on celebrities such as Peter Townsend and Mick Jagger, and has shown great improvement among Isaiah House residents.
The method was stumbled upon by a doctor in the 1960s who was doing work with acupuncture. In a sense, the device resets brain activity to the way it was before the patient succumbed to addiction. Isaiah House resident David Johnson said he’s been blown away by the results.
“As far as a craving, or even entertaining the thought (of using), I haven’t had one,” said the 58-year-old Johnson. “My thoughts have completely gone to the other side of the tracks, where my thoughts are on my family now, and my well-being.”
The detoxification process can take weeks, but the NET device is meant to detox an addict in a matter of days. LaPalme said it was by chance that the Isaiah House was selected to be the only facility in the United States to do a trial on the device.
“It’s all just crazy really,” he said. “We had known a guy in Danville, who knew somebody at Stanford, who knew somebody in Scotland. It has since gained state approval in Scotland.”
More information on the NET device can be found at www.netdevice.net.