Karen’s Place celebrates 12 years of changing lives
LOUISA, Ky. — Addiction Recovery Care’s first residential center, Karen’s Place, is celebrating a major milestone. 12 years ago, Karen’s Place opened overlooking Yatesville Lake in Lawrence County, Kentucky, with the mission to save women battling substance use disorders.
The facility is named in memory of Karen Byrd, a Huntington, West Virginia woman who was in recovery when she lost her life tragically due to unresolved issues related to her addiction.
Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) is a leader in its field, combining treatment with vocational training that leads to second-chance employment. ARC’s Crisis to Career approach allows those suffering from addiction to reenter the workforce and lead flourishing lives.
Vanessa Keeton battled addiction for 13 years. She now serves as ARC’s Vice President of Marketing. During a court hearing in 2010, Vanessa’s life started to change. Facing one year in jail on multiple drug related charges, a prosecutor and family friend told her she had a choice: go to treatment or spend one year in jail. She became the first client to ever walk through the doors of Karen’s Place.
“Karen’s Place totally changed my life. The staff loved and nurtured me back to life,” said Vanessa. “The life I could have dreamed of then isn’t as good as the life I have today.”
ARC, Kentucky’s largest addiction treatment provider, served people from nearly all of Kentucky’s 120 counties in 2022. If you would like to interview an ARC representative about treatment and recovery, you can contact Kyle Collier or Kathryn Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org.