If you are in the medical field and become addicted to drugs or alcohol there is help out there for you. 18 months ago Avera Behavioral Health Services and TLC Tallgrass collaborated to offer the Medical Professionals Recovery Program at Tallgrass. We toured the 10 acre facility tucked away on the fringes of Sioux Falls to see the only residential program of its kind in the upper Midwest.
The TLC Tallgrass campus on the outskirts of Sioux Falls is place where people voluntarily come to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Thanks to collaboration between the Transitional Living Corporation and Avera Behavioral Health a year and a half ago, it also became the only residential recovery program in the region for medical professionals fighting the same demons.
Craig Kindrat says, "The expectations for them (medical professionals) are that there is no room for error. That adds a lot of stress to their high paced life. They think they should be able to handle everything perfectly at all time including their personal stuff and by being human we can't do everything perfectly all the time."
Kindrat says, "They didn't change anything they do. They didn't change their curriculum. What we do is come in and compliments that curriculum with our clinical services with specialty components that are needed for licensed professionals. They don't require different treatment but they have unique issues because of their licensure."
Tallgrass can accommodate 18 adults at a time. Minimum stay is 30 days. Each guest will go through an intensive comprehensive 12-step spiritual recovery program that Doug Bowden knows all too well. He is in recovery and co-founder of TLC.
Bowden says, "The most powerful part of the 12-step program is surrender. In that surrender process you start realizing there is a power greater than me and I'm not it. That there are certain things I have to surrender to and that allows me to change my life. That's really what we focus on."
Most of the time the guests spend in group session and when they aren't they are encouraged to come downstairs to the meditation room and work on self-discovery.
At TLC Tallgrass they say recovery is not a destination, but a spiritual journey. Avera is here to help those medical professionals on that journey get well, get re-licensed and get back to life.
Addicts in the medical field can be from anywhere in the country and still go through recovery at Tallgrass and be treated by Avera Behavioral Health counselors. Like anyone with an addiction you just need to know when to get help.