For individuals seeking a no-frills, clinical and evidence-based outpatient program, St. Louis offers the Midwest Institute for Addiction (MIA). MIA is an intensive treatment facility located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, west of the Gateway City.
The program is based on a three-tiered model of recovery proceeding through physical, psychiatric and behavior modification stages. First, doctors address the physical withdrawal symptoms with prescription medication. After that comes psychiatric care in the form of therapy and anti-craving medications. Finally, it focuses on behavior modification for the addict in recovery using family, group and individual therapy. Altogether, MIA’s is a comprehensive approach to drug and alcohol addiction.
Treatment and Staff
Upon intake to MIA’s outpatient detox program, each client meets with the medical staff who determine a course of treatment using pharmacological prescriptions (naltrexone pills or Vivitrol injections) to curb the substance cravings. Clients then commit to a four-to-eight week detox treatment program where they are required to meet with a counselor at least once a week, and attend group therapy two to three times a week.
After detox, the next stop is the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), where clients receive medical and psychiatric attention, one-on-one and group therapy, family and couples therapy and nutritional and fitness counseling. This part of treatment can last anywhere from three to 12 or more months, with 24-hour access to therapists and medical staff all along the way.
The therapy model at MIA aims to educate recovering addicts and their families about the disease of addiction. Therapeutic techniques include CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and solution-focused therapy, which is a collaborative process that examines the present circumstances compared to the client’s vision for their future. In addition to therapy, meditation instruction and health, nutrition and wellness counseling are also incorporated. Though MIA’s programs are not 12-step based, it do support clients’ use of the 12 steps in combination with its treatment.
MIA is staffed with a range of specialists including LSWs, psychiatrists, medical physicians, licensed MFTs and a clinical psychopharmacologist. They have a one-to-four staff ratio, and all counselors work around their clients’ schedules rather than vice versa.
As a show of commitment to long-term recovery, MIA offers free lifetime therapy for those who stay in the program for seven months or longer; this is the foundation of its aftercare and relapse prevention.
MIA respects the fact that many clients also attend school, have work or familial obligations and generally have busy lives to lead. To that end, the goal is to establish an individualized aftercare plan for each of them to help maintain their sobriety.
The Midwest Institute for Addiction works hard in the St. Louis area through local outreach, advertising, PR and community programs to educate the public about the disease of addiction. The recovery program is an evidence-based approach rather than a spiritual one and it strives to support the recovering addict through detox, rehabilitation and extensive aftercare.
Midwest Institute for Addiction
711 Old Ballas Rd #203
St. Louis, MO 63141
Midwest Institute for Addiction: $2,500 (30 days). Reach Midwest Institute for Addiction by phone at (314) 569-2253 or by email at [email protected]. Find the Midwest Institute for Addiction at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
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