Recovery Café Lexington provides resources to the community

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky continues to grapple with the drug epidemic. The Commonwealth ranks second in drug overdose deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The Recovery Café Lexington is a peer-led, non-profit organization that provides much-needed resources for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues.


What do you want to know

  • Recovery Café is a resource network for people struggling with addiction and mental health. It is available in 20 locations
  • Recovery Café Lexington is located at 1109 Versailles Road #200
  • Jody Cain is a Recovery Coach for Recovery Café Lexington
  • Aaron Guldenschuh-Gatten is Deputy Executive Director of Recovery Café Lexington

No lights are dim at the Recovery Café Lexington. It offers a range of resources for people dealing with addiction and mental health issues.

Resources offered by the community include basic needs, recovery coaching, recovery circles, support groups, recovery school and computer lab. Representatives said the cafe invites all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations and gender identities.

As its name suggests, the café offers a bite to eat through community meals every day it is open, Wednesday through Sunday.

Jody Cain is just one of many grateful for her work at Recovery Café Lexington. Cain has struggled most of his life with drug addiction. She clarified that she was shy growing up and used substances to come out of her shell.

Lexington’s Recovery Café is open Wednesday through Sunday. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

“I didn’t think there was a way to recover. I didn’t know anyone who had recovered without going to jail,” Cain said.

On January 13, 2017, Jody Cain achieved what she thought was impossible. She entered recovery after spending 20 years in an active drug addiction.

“Sometimes there are dates, but often I meet their needs as they arise,” Cain said of helping others.

Cain works as a recovery coach at Recovery Café Lexington. It’s a job she’s been doing since December 2021. She’s often the first face people see when they need help.

She helps people at rock bottom with goal setting and connects them to treatment facilities across the Commonwealth.

“That’s when I realized why I did that,” Cain said. “Like I didn’t really recover until this happened to me. Until I witnessed and became part of someone else recovering.

Scot Mallon smiles as he grabs a bite to eat at Recovery Center Lexington. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

Aaron Guldenschuh-Gatten is another face you’ll see around the Recovery Café. He holds the position of Deputy Executive Director.

“Everyone who works here has experience with substance use disorders. I myself am recovering with five years of recovery,” Guldenschuh-Gatten said. “We make room by offering radical hospitality to people that society would not otherwise want to make room for.”

Cain believes that having gone through similar hardships as people who walk through the doors of Recovery Café Lexington allays people’s worries about getting treatment.

“Recovery Café is a great place for me to give back and meet people where I was and help them recover,” Cain said.

Recovery Café Lexington is just one of 20 locations across the United States trying to change the trajectory of the drug and mental health epidemic. The center operates from Wednesday to Sunday. If you know someone who needs their services, you can drop by or call (859) 523-0590.

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