ARCA opens drug addiction treatment clinic in church
Assisted Recovery Centers of America Founder Percy Menzies Says Medicine Helps Make Addiction Treatment Possible
ST. LOUIS – A church addiction recovery program and medical treatment center combine what they all do well to help people with opioid addictions and others.
Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) and Jubilee Community Church in northern St. Louis share a philosophy. Soon they will share a facility.
Christopher Smith is a church member and ARCA client.
“There were certain avenues they had for me,” Smith said. “I was homeless at the time. They gave me shelter and real support.
Pastor Andy Krumsieg made the announcement during Sunday services.
“ARCA is here and opened a clinic in this building last week,” Krumsieg said. “It’s open. We’re going to have a big opening celebration Friday at 11 am.
Percy Menzies is the founder of ARCA.
“For a patient,” Menzies said, “why do they continue to use? Why do they use drugs over and over, over and over again? This is because the withdrawal symptoms are so intense.
Menzies said ARCA offers a medical approach to recovery that helps relieve these intense withdrawal symptoms. Then the patient can focus on other issues.
“We have a program where you come in and we provide you with medical treatment on an immediate basis,” Menzies said. “Once you are stabilized, once the storm subsides, the patient is inevitably able to talk about rehabilitation, housing and other issues.”
Krumsieg helped open the church on North Grand Avenue in 2005.
“We are at the heart of addiction and mental illness on Grand Avenue,” Krumsieg said. “So to be able to benefit from the help of ARCA giving us a practical helping hand to do what we’ve been trying to do for years is amazing. “
What Jubilee has been trying to do for years is offer addiction recovery, job skills and life training.
“The Vivitrol shot that I got through ARCA is truly a blessing,” Smith said.
Smith said adding drug therapy to the mix was the difference factor, for him.
“That, and the church too,” he said. “Because if you clean yourself up but you’re still on the street, you’re still there. “
Menzies said that many drug treatment programs have a certain length of time. But with ARCA, he said officials in Missouri were prepared to treat drug addiction as a chronic illness and that patients can stay in treatment as long as they are at risk.
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