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Arca - Assisted Recovery Centers Of America

6651 Chippewa Street, Suite 224, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63109
The Menzies Institute of Recovery from Addiction (MIRA) understands that addiction is an illness. And just like any other illness, it requires comprehensive treatment that is thorough and compassionate. The residential rehab is dedicated to providing clients with effective and comfortable care, including detox and anti-craving medications, as well as psychiatric and behavioral therapy. Treatment programs are individualized to meet each client’s needs and ensure that sobriety will be maintained after the program is completed.

Facility Highlights

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Aftercare Planning
  • Nutritional Counseling


  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
  • Holistic Therapy

    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.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Percy Menzies, M. Pharm
    Percy Menzies, M. PharmPresident
    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.
  • Andrea Shaw, MSW, MBA
    Andrea Shaw, MSW, MBAClinical Director
    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.

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Offering two locations in St, Louis, Mo., The Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) provide evidence-based, intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders. ARCA also offers a specialized IOP for professionals and operates two transitional living facilities for adult men. Medical detoxification is available on an outpatient basis utilizing medication-assisted treatment (MAT). ARCA is one of only 30 facilities in Mo. that offers detox services.


To form an individualized treatment plan, clients first participate in an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment. ARCA emphasizes medication-assisted treatment as an important component of treatment. To minimize withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings, ARCA utilizes a range of addiction medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Naltrexone. Typically, clients are prescribed these medications for an average of six months. In addition, clients with a dual diagnosis receive ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

ARCA’s treatment approach emphasizes evidence-based methods, such as MAT and counseling, over 12-step fellowship. Although ARCA does not incorporate 12-Step into programming, clients are not discouraged from utilizing the practice within the community if they find it helpful.

Along with MAT, clients participate in individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Groups are held in the morning, afternoon, and early evenings Monday through Saturday. The specialized program for professionals also offers testing or monitoring services to satisfy any licensure or employer requirements.

Once a client completes IOP and the six months of medication-assisted treatment, if necessary, ARCA provides ongoing relapse prevention sessions, which are available free-of-charge. ARCA also operates two sober living facilities for men. Residents must remain sober, attend weekly meetings, and perform household chores.


According to the facility’s website, the treatment team includes a master’s level pharmacist, a program director, a registered nurse, and a licensed professional counselor.


The transitional living facilities feature modern furnishings, a computer room, pool table, a weight room, wireless Internet access, a library, and cable TV. Other amenities include a washer/dryer, a backyard grill and fire pit, a work garage, and a library. According to the facility’s website, bedrooms accommodate no more than two residents. Each resident holds an elected position and contributes to the functioning of the home.


The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave mixed reviews of the facility. One alum, L.A.S., who gave the facility only two stars for its overall effectiveness, wrote: "There are few, if any, appointments after 5:00 which is disruptive to those working a full time job," adding, "I wish I had selected a less expensive option."

Another alum disagreed, giving the facility a four-star rating for its overall effectiveness. "The people were knowledgable. Activities were always planned," the alum wrote. One recurring complaint amongst alumni was the low quality of the meals and facilities. Reviews on secondary sites were also mixed. Of the three reviews on Google, two individuals gave the facility a perfect five-star rating, while one individual gave the facility one star. [1]


Two of the three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this gave the facility mostly positive reviews. One anonymous loved one praised the rehab for giving their son “that extra fighting chance to suceed.” The loved one added: “Their main strenght was combining mental physical and medical treatment as a whole.” Patty, the other satisfied loved one, wrote: “I feel this rehab program really cared about the patient as a person not as addict."

However, one loved one reported a negative experience and gave the facility a one-star rating for its overall effectiveness.“My son was worse coming away from the place than before he went in for assistance," L.E.B. wrote.


No information is available regarding the facility's cost. According to the facility’s website, ARCA accepts most private insurance plans.


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