Treatment Center Reports Increase in Medical Professionals Seeking Help
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — A local treatment center for addictions reports a growing number of white collar and medical professionals are turning to them for help.
At an open house for their new 25 bed treatment facility in St. Louis, Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) President and CEO Percy Menzies says the single largest group he is treating lately is medical professionals who have access to, and addictions to prescription pain relievers.
“Most people, especially high profile people are just terrified about going away for a month or two months. What good does it do? Their confidentiality is lost,” said Menzie. “We sent people back to work literally within a day or two, but they will continue treatment for up to six months or longer.”
Menzies says the treatment involves ongoing counseling, and a prescription to block the patient’s response to drugs and alcohol.
Menzies says they also treat a lot of middle class people addicted to heroin. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that ARCA revenue grew from less than $100,000 in 2001 to $4 million in 2011. Menzies says much of that growth can be traced back to the heroin crisis.
The newly open facility at 5351 Delmar Blvd. is ARCA’s third outpatient facility. ARCA has two more treatment centers at 6651 Chippewa and 17300 N Outer Forty in Chesterfield.