Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.
Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.
The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.
Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment
Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.
Vivitrol used for Addiction Recovery
Vivitrol has proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate and alcohol abuse, especially when complimented with an effective rehab program. Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved by the FDA that is used to suppress a person's cravings for a substance.
Naltrexone is often used along with psychiatric counseling and social support to treat individuals undergoing drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.
What does Midwest Institute for Addiction offer?
Medically Assisted Detox
Their St. Louis outpatient alcohol and drug detox is tailored in length to the individual and their needs but typically lasts 4-6 weeks for outpatient alcohol detox and 4-8 weeks for outpatient opiate detox. Outpatient detox for other drugs varies. Individuals in their outpatient alcohol and drug detox do not need the structure and level of care that their inpatient detox provides and have the ability to detox while continuing with their normal lives. Their outpatient alcohol and drug detox is available as a single program but is also included in their intensive outpatient programs for those just entering alcohol and/or drug addiction treatment in St. Louis.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Their IOP program combines the same individualized services as their General Outpatient Program with an intensity of 9 treatment hours each week. The 9 hours each week are comprised of sessions with their psychiatrist, medical doctor, individual therapists, family therapists, group therapists, health and wellness staff, and other psycho-educational service staff. While most programs offer this level of care, it often consists of large groups and limited scheduling. Their IOP program is provided M-F 9a-8p and Saturday 9a-2p to ensure that those in need of quality treatment can still meet life’s many obligations.
MIA’s outpatient programs provide medical, psychiatric, and behavioral components of treatment to facilitate long-term recovery and wellness through a person-centered approach. Their multi-disciplinary team of medical, psychiatric, and therapy professionals maintain communication and corroboration to facilitate quality of care throughout the program and ensure malleability to the needs, circumstances, and preferences of the people we serve.
Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.
They plan, coordinate and communicate our treatments around the unique life factors and health of each individual. This translates into a complete continuum of care that goes far beyond the services provided by other rehabs in St. Louis, which tend to focus strictly on alcohol and drug use alone. At Midwest Institute for Addition, their multi-disciplinary team addresses your physical health, psychiatric health, social health, family health, financial issues, legal issues, and job-related concerns, which can all play a factor in alcohol and drug use. By assessing clients on all these elements, they are able to identify the unique needs of the individual and shape their treatment plan accordingly.
MIA Family Services will provide psycho-educational groups, support groups, family counseling and other opportunities for healing in families that continue to struggle with the effects of active substance use by a loved one. Although a loved one may not be willing to enter treatment, research demonstrates that family members can reduce stress, cultivate healthier relationships and create an environment conducive to recovery separate from the substance user.
Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.
In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.
Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.
Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.
Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.
Midwest Institute for Addiction Highlights:
Their reputation is built on pillars of compassion, responsiveness, flexibility, and effectiveness. At their St. Louis rehab facility, they offer an environment designed to nurture wellness and recovery and wellness. Each and every client is at the epicenter of what they do, and thus the satisfaction of their clients and their families is extremely important to them.
At MIA, they are focused on accessibility and flexibility for both their clients and their families. They understand you have other obligations. This is why they deliver their quality services at times that are convenient to you, during the day, evening, and even on weekends, when most other rehabs in St. Louis are closed. They do this without compromising the care they provide. MIA employs some of most experienced providers in the St. Louis area, who are accessible by phone and in-person. This ensures they are offering the highest level of support possible, regardless of your schedule and other commitments.
The standard of care for pregnant women using prescription painkillers or heroin is maintenance treatment with opioid addiction medications methadone or buprenorphine. Abstaining from drugs without medication is not recommended because of the high risk to the mother of relapse and overdose. While most programs fail to provide care for this population, we have developed a program specifically for this under-served group. Their Healthy Pregnancy Program utilizes the holistic and multi-disciplinary program provided by MIA while working with your Obstetrician to ensure a healthy delivery.
Midwest Institute for Addiction has started a pain management program that focuses on those who also struggle with addiction or those that want a more conservative approach to pain management. Clients will not find a opiate-centered practice while in their care. Their pain management program is provided by pain management physicians who understand addiction disorder and its implications for the management of chronic pain.
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