Midwest Recovery Centers’ Philosophy
The benefits of a 12-step based program like this one are plentiful.
One of the biggest reasons so many people attend 12-step meetings is because they offer a place to share in their recovery. If you have wondered about ways to cope with the stressors of life during rehabilitation, you are sure to find solace in these sessions. The sessions also allow clients to meet others with similar struggles, allowing them to share and learn new ways to further their progress.
One approach that the 12-step method takes is toward behavior and its effects on others. Each client is asked to consider how his actions have influenced the feelings and actions of those around him. Clients also appreciate that they have the opportunity to work toward making up for their actions toward those they may have hurt in the past. By holding themselves accountable for their actions, each client builds a foundation towards restoring and building strong relationships with the people in their lives.
We offer a therapeutic model that is based on the concept of community. We utilize experiential group therapy while also promoting individual work with a therapist. Overall, we believe that recovery is a process that involves the mind, body and spirit.
In order to reach all three components, Midwest uses a variety of recovery tools.
While we are a therapeutic program first, therapy is only part of the package; we also offer a supportive community that nurtures your growth. Much of our philosophy comes from the basic principles of 12-step programs, leading to accountability, respect and recovery.
We have seen that one of the keys to recovery is learning how to establish boundaries. Our program helps clients do this by focusing on their interpersonal skills, forcing them to confront old behavior. It is also important for clients to find new life skills by which they can shape their lives.
Another key component to the success of clients at Midwest is that many staff members also have personal experience with addiction. They are actively involved in 12-step programs themselves, ensuring that they have empathy and compassion for those they work with.
Midwest Recovery Centers can focus on issues involving anger, emotional intimacy, and relationship skills. Finally, residents appreciate that our clinical team customizes a care plan based on each individual’s unique situation. We know that each person is different, and there is no singular path to recovery that everyone must follow.
Our Origin Story
I began Midwest Recovery in honor of my mother, Betty Lou Wallace, who taught me responsibility in life and sobriety.
Mom was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Missouri, a state I’m still proud to call home. She had five children. The youngest were my older brother Don and me.
We knew that the disease of addiction ran in the family, but it wasn’t until Don and I grew older that we realized we were falling into addictive patterns. Through it all, Mom was supportive of her children but firm about one principle: whether the disease was inherited or developed through your environment, you were responsible for your recovery from addiction.
“I will be supportive of your recovery but I will not enable your addiction,” she was fond of saying.
Ultimately, I stayed sober from 1990 to 1997, when I relapsed. With Mom’s support, I was able to get sober again in 2002. Tragically, Don was not so lucky. He passed away in 2005 from complications of an injury and continued addiction.
Mom wanted no parent to suffer from the sorrow and anguish of losing a child, so in 2002, she helped me establish my first treatment center business.
As Mom grew older, she shared with me some lessons she had learned through her affiliation with Al-Anon, a support group for family members of loved ones struggling with addiction. She asked me to stay clean and sober one day at a time and to use the lessons I learned in my own recovery to help others who were suffering.
In 2008, Mom passed away from throat cancer, one day after my six year sober anniversary. I still remember that one of the last times we spoke, she told me she was proud of my recovery.
Mom would be so happy to know that myself, our partners, and our team are carrying on her legacy in her home state. I don’t know if my own recovery process would be intact without her and the lessons she shared. So much of what we share with our clients at Midwest began with Betty Lou.
Above all, Mom imparted several teachings that I carry with me every day: that people are inherently good, and if they fall into addiction, this makes them sick, not bad. She taught me to be patient, tolerant, loving, and kind to myself and to others.
Most of all, she taught me that recovery works if we are able to be honest with ourselves about our own behavior. That’s what she helped me accomplish and that’s what we strive to accomplish with every Midwest client.
On behalf of Betty Lou, I thank you for your interest in Midwest Recovery.