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Midwest Recovery Centers Philosophy
Midwest Recovery Centers strives to provide affordable, honest, and exceptional recovery support to those individuals struggling with alcohol and drug dependence. We maintain the highest treatment standards through utilization of empirically validated practices. Our clients are treated with respect and kindness in an ethical environment.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Jeff Howard, LPN
Jeff Howard is a founding member and CEO of Midwest Recovery Centers. He has been involved in the recovery industry since the late 1990’s and has been instrumental in the development of multiple treatment programs as a founder, owner and Executive Director. He has been a Licensed Practical Nurse and State Certified AL Facility Manager for over 20 years. Through his own process of recovery and incorporation of a 12 step philosophy he has found that he can accomplish his dreams and help inspire others to do the same for themselves. His treatment philosophy has centered on the need for ethical, compassionate, treatment and education in regards to the progressive disease of addiction for the client he serves and their families.
Kevin O'Grady, MS, CRADC
Kevin has been involved in the field of drug and alcohol counseling for over 10 years. Growing up in Georgia, addiction was prevalent in his own household. After his own battle with drugs and alcohol as a young man, he found a natural passion to help others find a way to break away from the misery of drugs and alcohol dependence. This passion prompted Kevin to begin a career studying and understanding the various techniques in which to approach and treat patients with drug dependence. Through his many opportunities working in health care, Kevin has developed the understanding that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated with time, care, and understanding. As a member of long-term recovery himself, Kevin is able to promote the values of honesty and integrity in his daily practice.
Geffen Liberman, CRADC, CPC, LISAC
Professional Relations Consultant
Geffen has been in the field of addiction work for over 17 years. Having gotten clean and sober at a young age, it has been his passion to help other people experience the joy and freedom of recovery. After moving to the Kansas City area in 2004, Geffen quickly fell in love with the people and the sense of community found there. He wanted to be a part of bringing a first class treatment program to KC and is overjoyed at the opportunity to be a part of what Midwest Recovery Centers is doing. Geffen is based in Arizona and will be spending time between both areas, promoting Midwest Recovery to the vast addiction treatment community in AZ and spending as much “on the ground” time as possible in KC.
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ABOUT MIDWEST RECOVERY CENTERS
Midwest Recovery Centers (MRC), in Kansas City, Mo., is a group of long-term sober living residences with extended treatment for men struggling with with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. The multi-stage rehab program is based on 12-Step and evidence-supported psychotherapy. MRC opened in 2016.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residents progress through two phases of treatment at Midwest Recovery Centers. During the first approximately 90 days, men attend at least 18 hours of group therapy and one individual therapy session each week, along with daily 12-step meetings.
The second, less-structured phase lasts up to six months. Residents obtain employment, attending around 10 hours of group and individual counseling each month and continuing with their Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programs.
Among the modalities applied at MRC are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Residents learn about grief, family of origin, nutrition, and anger management. Loved ones are encouraged to participate in recovery through educational and counseling sessions.
Dual diagnosis treatment plans address such conditions as eating disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. Throughout their stay, clients receive medical and wellness check-ups and participate in random drug testing.
For up to a year following residential rehab, aftercare is available in weekly outpatient meetings and continued drug testing.
According to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, Midwest Recovery Centers maintains a 2:1 staff-to-client ratio. The founder and CEO participates on the treatment team as a licensed practical nurse, and the clinical director is a master’s-level certified reciprocal alcohol and drug counselor (CRADC).
MRC also employs a physician with naturopathic training, additional CRADCs, a spiritual counselor with a master’s in religious science, peer support specialists, and a pair of family-focused counselors. Several staff members are also in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Midwest Recovery Centers residences house up to 14 clients. Website photographs feature plushly furnished houses in residential neighborhoods. Clients prepare their own meals and complete daily chores. The facility provides transportation to a local gym as well as area cultural and arts events. Additional community activities include volunteering, yoga, and urban gardening. While at MRC, clients’ outside communication is monitored.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, six alumni have provided feedback to Rehabs.com for Midwest Recovery Centers. Five reviewers commented on the freedom and flexibility of the program as a helpful factor in their recovery. One noted a good balance between openness and structure.
All but one alum also cited the centrality of 12-step fellowship at MRC. Two-thirds of the alumni complimented MRC accommodations, including the fitness program, as well as highlighting friendships developed during rehab. Most reviewers reported that the staff was supportive. All would recommend the program to others as successful.
Elsewhere, alumni feedback was equally favorable. Both alumni who reviewed MRC on Google reviews awarded maximum five-star ratings. In a review representing common sentiments, one wrote: “They actually care about your recovery here,” in contrast with other rehab experiences. Likewise, three individuals rated Midwest Recovery Centers five out of five stars on the facility’s official Facebook page, which its staff may monitor.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones awarded Midwest Recovery Centers maximum five-star ratings on Rehabs.com Both emphasized the value of staff members having experienced recovery personally. They depicted a well-structured program, one highlighting the staff’s “compassion and adherence to their plan.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
All six staffers who provided feedback for MRC to Rehabs.com would also recommend the program. Data from four polled more extensively indicated pride in the facility’s outcomes and fellow staff. Alumni and family programming also received praise, though they tended to agree that the scope of treatment practices was not a key trait of the facility.
Staff’s Level of Training and Experience: 4.75/5
Counseling Options: 3.75/5
Holistic Offerings: 3/5
The cost for one month of treatment at Midwest Recovery Centers is $8,000, according to information provided by the facility to Rehabs.com Out-of-network insurance coverage is accepted, and some financial assistance is available. Overall, individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date felt the facility was affordable.
Published on April 2018
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