Addiction Treatment Specialists
Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA/MIRA) is a comprehensive behavioral health treatment provider operating drug and alcohol treatment centers located in St. Louis, Missouri that specialize in treating mental health issues coupled with chemical dependencies.
We understand the stress and anxiety of seeking treatment for alcohol or drug dependence. The situation is even more stressful when patients are seeking treatment after multiple relapses. The most common question that we are asked is, “How is your treatment program different, and will it work for me?”
We offer confidential, individualized treatment programs—and we mean it.
Each person is unique, and so we tailor each of our alcohol and drug treatment programs to fit the needs of the individual.
Patients and their loved ones are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with us, which can be a same-day appointment. A trained and knowledgeable member of our intake staff will meet with you. We will discuss your situation to gather a detailed understanding of the severity of the problem. We will consider employment and confidentiality issues during our initial assessment. Other factors will include legal issues, or family issues that may have a bearing on your treatment.
Whether you are seeking treatment for the 1st time or the 5th time, you will find that Assisted Recovery Centers of America offers a unique, completely individualized approach.
A majority of our patients can be successfully treated in an outpatient treatment program.
This approach has several benefits.
There is little to no interruption of employment, which results in no loss of income, and preserves confidentiality. This is a major consideration for professionals seeking treatment. The outpatient treatment programs allow patients to return to work within days of beginning treatment.
This approach treats patients in their natural environment of work and family life. The cues and triggers of past alcohol and drug use are overcome in the real world where patients live and work every day. The familiar landscape that was contributing to the addiction now becomes part of the treatment. The measure of success for a treatment program is when patients cease to give in to their cravings when exposed to past cues and triggers.
How is addiction recovery achieved?
Patients are medically detoxified to attenuate the withdrawal symptoms. The medications prescribed by the doctors will weaken the withdrawals and also treat other symptoms like anxiety, and insomnia. Treating the withdrawal symptom is the first and important step on the road to recovery.
The next important step is starting patients on anti-craving medications that block the cravings for the alcohol or drugs.
There are over a dozen highly effective anti-craving medications, and many of them are non-addicting.
These medications blunt the cravings and allow you to focus on long-term recovery. When the turmoil of withdrawal and craving is calmed, the patient can now be actively involved in changing the behavioral aspect of the addiction through individual, group, and family counseling and seeing a psychiatrist.
This important part of treatment can be done with minimum disruption of work or family obligations. The sessions can be scheduled in the day time, in the evenings, or on Saturdays.
We are here to help.
Assisted Recovery Centers of America offers the most comprehensive, science-based treatment program that is radically different from conventional programs. Our program may well be the best option for you to attain and maintain long-term recovery and make a better future for yourself and your family.
Browse the rest of our site to learn more about the inpatient residential, outpatient and transitional living programs that we currently offer in St. Louis.
Meet Our Executive Staff
Mr. Menzies is the President of ARCA Midwest, and an internationally renowned innovator in the addiction treatment community for developing pharmacological treatments for drug addiction and alcoholism. For the past 13 years, Percy has worked closely with various drug agencies and courts to promote, train and evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments of drug and alcohol addictions.
Percy is a Board Member of the American Council on Alcoholism (ACA), and is presently the acting President over Assisted Recovery Centers of America’s inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
Tim Dalaviras, Ph.D.:
Mr. Dalaviras is the CEO of ARCA Midwest, he has been in the behavioral health, addictions and healthcare field over 20 years leading organizations through changes in regulatory, treatment paradigms and Parity reform. Tim has worked nationally with small and large employer groups, State and union populations to develop financially prudent benefits plans and treatment programs that are tailored to their workforce to maximize health outcomes.
Additionally, Tim has led strategic and day-to-day operations of managed care and hospital mental health and addiction programs. He worked with the Missouri Hospital Association planning committee to develop the first Mental Health hospital conference in Missouri and was the Vice Chair of the Behavioral Health Network of Eastern Missouri prior to joining ARCA. Tim received his Ph.D. from St. Louis University.
Andrea Shaw, MSW, MBA:
Mrs. Shaw is the ARCA Midwest Clinical Director. Andrea is responsible for the program development and clinical oversight of ARCA’s inpatient and outpatient services. Andrea is experienced in providing direct services, management and administrative oversight to programs providing care to individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Andrea earned her Masters of Social Work degree from University of Buffalo, NY, and her Masters of Business Administration from Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO. Andrea enjoys spending her time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Mr. Menzies is the Program Director of ARCA Midwest. Suneal oversees daily programming, business operations, international development, and community outreach for the Midwest region. Suneal also serves as a consultant and liaison to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Judy Menzies, RN:
Mrs. Menzies is the Nursing Director of ARCA Midwest. Judy earned her B.S.N. degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Nursing, and a B.A. in Education from India where she taught school.
She and her husband Percy came to the United States to seek help for their severely handicapped child. The search for medical treatment for their son triggered her interest in nursing, and she applied to the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Judy has worked extensively in geriatric nursing, and sees her work with addiction recovery as an extension of her calling.