Monthly Archives: August 2011

Don't wait for schools to react to teen substance abuse

Summer can be a risky time for teenagers, as idle hours too often intersect with opportinity for substance abuse.

Obligations such as homework and athletic schedules give way to leisure time. It’s easy – and common – for teens to fill that void with drugs or alcohol.

Even parents who recognize the problem can be reluctant to reach out for help.

“If a parent thinks their child may be involved in drugs or alcohol, the most important thing is to seek immediate help,” said Jason Gorham, administrator of Rosecrance’s adolescent-focused Griffin Williamson Campus.

“Don’t wait until after the school year starts,” Gorham said. “It’s easy to think a return to school is going to automatically fix things. But if substance abuse is already a problem, it’s not going to just go away.”

This close to the beginning of the school year, many parents bypass treatment because they don’t want their child to miss any time from school. But a summer’s risky behavior can turn into months of missed learning opportunity.

“Missing a few weeks at the beginning of the year is better than wiping out an entire semester, or worse,” Gorham said.

Rosecrance’s upcoming training, “Why Families Wait to Intervene on a Substance Abuser,” is set for Thursday, Sept. 29, at no charge. The training is at the DePaul University Student Center.

Click here for more information on the seminar.

For more information about services, call 815.391.1000 (or 888.928.5278).

Win a new Toyota Camry at Rosecrance's "Let Go, Let's Golf"

Tickets are available for the “Let Go, Let’s Golf” Rosecrance Golf Outing for Recovery on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

Sign in begins at 1 p.m. and shotgun start begins at 2 p.m. at Swan Hills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Road, Belvidere, IL 61008.

This event includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a boxed lunch. Skill prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest shot to the pin and longest putt. A new Toyota Camry will awarded to the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. Other prizes will be raffled.

Tickets are $60 per player or $210 per foursome. Space is limited. Proceeds from this event will provide charity care to help area youth and their families who seek substance abuse treatment at Rosecrance.

For more information, please call 815-387-2572 or email Christine Nicholson.

August edition of the Rosecrance eNewsletter now available

The August edition of the Rosecrance eNewsletter is now available.

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Calling all artists for 'The Art of Healing' gallery

Rosecrance Health Network is sponsoring “The Art of Healing” art show at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at CherryVale Mall in Cherry Valley, IL. Works of artists who are in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse will be featured in the show. There will be a special section in the store for children’s art. The store will feature books, CDs and DVDs on health and wellness.

The show will demonstrate how art impacts recovery in behavioral health, help reduce some of the stigma surrounding behavioral health, provide a venue for collaboration for agencies working in healthcare and give the community an opportunity to share in the process.

Artwork accepted will include all media, with the exception of craft items. There is no limit to the number of items submitted. The artwork will be juried and chosen as space permits. Consumer artists can get help with art supplies as the budget allows.

A statement about the work, a signed release and a suggested sale price is required for each item at the time of submission. Rosecrance Health Network will collect 50% from each sale to offset the cost of the gallery.

Call project coordinator Mary Gubbe Lee at 815-720-5097 or email her if you have any questions or to arrange a pick-up.

Artwork will be on display October 1-15. The gallery will be a part of the Mental Illness Awareness Week celebration. The gallery will be a part of ArtScene in Rockford on October 14-15. A premiere showing will take place on Friday, October 14, including an evening reception for artists, their friends and families.

Key dates:
• Call for artists: Through September 19
• Collection and preparation: Through September 30
• Gallery debut: Oct. 1
• Rockford Area Arts Council Fall ArtScene showings: Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Gallery remains open through Oct. 15

Gallery location:
Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall
7200 Harrison Ave., Cherry Valley, IL 61112

Submission sites and contacts:
• Janet Wattles Center:
Mary Gubbe Lee, 815-720-5097

• Mildred Berry Center:
Carol McNeal, 815-332-8003

• Rosecrance Harrison Campus:
Jada Miller, 815-391-1000

• Rosecrance Griffin-Williamson Campus:
Christine Nicholson, 815-391-1000