St. Charles Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Detox & Treatment Resources
St. Charles, Missouri, about 25 minutes northwest of downtown St. Louis, has history, charm and family-friendly recreation options. Founded back in the French Canadian fur-trading days, it briefly was Missouri’s first capital. Its sister cities of Ludwigsburg, Germany, and Carndonagh, Ireland, hint at its cultural heritage. Today, its brick streets lead to museums, antiques shops and restaurants. St. Louis magazine gave it a shout-out for its green space (St. Charles and nearby St. Peters together had 41 parks) and for its Old Town St. Charles historic neighborhood.
Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse can take place anywhere. Missouri, like the rest of the United States, has seen record-setting problems with opioids and other drugs that can devastate individuals, families and communities. If you or a loved one are struggling with drug use and wondering about the next step, know that the St. Charles area has resources that can help turn your life around.
While there are several St. Charles drug treatment facilities and St. Charles alcohol treatment facilities, keep in mind that the best option to suit your needs may be farther away. Consulting experts such as those at The Recovery Village can be helpful as you consider your choices.
Finding Help & Recovery in St. Charles, MO
Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in St. Charles, Missouri
Several alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers are available in or near St. Charles and Greater St. Louis. However, a treatment center elsewhere may meet the individual needs of the patient and family. For a discussion of your best treatment options, consider consulting experts at a nationally respected facility such as The Recovery Village for helpful advice. If you’re ready to take the next step toward sobriety, know that help is available. A better life can await you and your loved ones.
Residential treatment with 24-hour daily care for several months is often the first choice for those with serious addictions. One survey of three studies of women’s treatment found success rates of 68 percent to 71 percent for those who stayed in treatment for six months or longer. In residential treatment, patients are removed from influences that may increase alcohol or drug use, as well as those stresses that may contribute to use. In addition to medical care for any concurrent illnesses(ranging from depression and poor nutrition to anxiety), patients receive individual and group counseling, learn substance misuse avoidance techniques and may receive therapies such as art, music or aromatherapy that lend comfort and help them deal with their feelings. This treatment will often be a first step toward a fellowship approach to maintaining sobriety and a lifetime of staying free from addiction.
While residential treatment is perfect for some patients, it may not be possible or desirable for everyone attempting to stop using drugs or alcohol. Partial hospitalization may be more affordable, since the patient lives at home and attends treatment for six or more hours daily. Studies have shown that a partial hospitalization approach can be equally effective for patients who have family or career responsibilities, and who will receive support rather than resistance at home.
A third option is outpatient therapy. Patients who need to remain home as they attend school or continue a career can receive treatment from medical and psychological professionals with regular appointments that offer similar therapies to those in residential or partial residential care. These programs can also be very effective as patients learn why they have used drugs or alcohol, and gain strategies to avoid them. When needed, medical care is also offered at regular appointments.
The choice of treatment options is highly individual, and patients and families can benefit from consulting an expert before making these choices. That being said, getting treatment is a highly valuable first step toward sobriety. Taking that first step can be difficult, but once you’ve made the courageous decision to move forward, you can start the journey to recovery and a life of sobriety.
St. Charles Drug & Alcohol Detox Centers
Before you begin recovery, the first step — even before a rehabilitation program — may be detoxification. With alcohol and many drugs, it can be medically dangerous to attempt detox on your own. Medical professionals at St. Charles drug detox centers and St. Charles alcohol detox centers can evaluate your needs according to the particular drugs you have been using and the severity of your addiction. As your body withdraws, doctors and other professionals will monitor you for side effects such as dehydration, headaches and other aches, shakes (delirium tremens), anxiety and depression. They can help keep you comfortable and ease the detox process with medically appropriate drugs. A detox center is the best route toward getting off drugs or alcohol if your body is addicted.
Recovery Meetings Near You in St. Charles
Once you have successfully completed drug rehab in St. Charles, Missouri or alcohol rehab in St. Charles, Missouri, your doctors will likely recommend fellowship meetings as you work to maintain sobriety. These are free, anonymous and often considered highly successful. Many successful recovering addicts continue attending meetings for their entire lives.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings
Founded in 1935 in Toledo, Ohio, Alcoholics Anonymous is the original recovery fellowship group. Members work through a 12-step program in which they rely on a spiritual power as they examine their behavior, take responsibility for their actions and make amends to those whom they have hurt through their addictions. Then, they commit to helping others make the same journey, including sponsoring newcomers. AA has more than two million members in more than 115,000 groups worldwide. Studies support the effectiveness of group meetings in maintaining sobriety: One study found that those who regularly attended meetings were twice as likely to maintain sobriety and combat alcohol misuse. The St. Charles area has many AA meetings at several locations and times.
St. Charles Presbyterian Church
131 Gamble St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Trinity Episcopal Church
318 S. Duchesne Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63303
St. Joseph’s Hospital
300 First Capitol Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63303
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings
Founded in 1953, Narcotics Anonymous follows the basic precepts of Alcoholics Anonymous, but is geared toward those addicted to drugs. It follows a similar 12-step structure of taking responsibility for actions, dealing more positively with relationships and relying on a higher power for help, and is considered equally effective in maintaining sobriety. Many NA groups are geared toward those who use a particular drug, but others are for any drug users wishing to remain sober. Several Narcotics Anonymous meetings are located within an easy drive of St. Charles.
New Hope Freewill Baptist Church
205 Northeast 14th Ave.
Ava, MO 65608
SMART Recovery Meetings
A more recent type of fellowship meeting, SMART Recovery was founded in 1994. Instead of a spiritually based program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery is based on a rational, scientific approach of weighing advantages and disadvantages of using drugs or alcohol, and then deciding whether to continue using. For those who want to quit, motivational and cognitive-behavioral techniques are offered along with support. Not as much research is available on the program’s effectiveness because it has not been around as long, but preliminary studies show it can be effective. Several meetings are located in cities near St. Charles, Missouri. Online meetings also are available. A 2013 study compared the effectiveness of the in-person meetings, the online program and patients who used both, and found all methods showed promise in helping recovery and continued sobriety.
1000 Executive Parkway Dr.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Happy Brain Counseling
12166 Old Big Bend Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
9890 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Meetings
As a person recovers from alcohol or drug use and becomes immersed in fellowship and a new way of life, loved ones may feel left out or need fellowship to cope with changing relationships. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are both based on the same spiritual, 12-step approach of Alcoholics Anonymous, but are fellowship groups for friends and family of those in recovery after completing treatment at a St. Charles drug rehab center or a St. Charles alcohol rehab center. Ala-Teen meetings are also available in some areas. Virtual meetings are offered as well.
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
300 First Capitol Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Zion Lutheran Church
12075 Dorsett Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
There are various Springfield drug rehab and Springfield alcohol rehab programs, but additional resources are available in nearby cities and states.