If you are in the medical field and become addicted to drugs or alcohol there is help out there for you. Two years ago Avera Behavioral Health Services and TLC Tallgrass collaborated to offer the Medical Professionals Recovery Program at Tallgrass. We toured the 10 acre facility earlier this year which is 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, it also became the only residential recovery program in the region for medical professionals fighting the same demons.
Avera Counselor Craig Kindrat says, "The expectations for them are there is no room for error. That adds a lot of stress. 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."
Craig Kindrat is a licensed professional counselor with Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services and is the supervisor of the addiction recovery program.
Kindrat say, "We come in and compliment 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, with a minimum stay of 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 step is surrender. The surrender process you go through during the program is based on realizing there is a power greater than me and I'm not it. 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.