Monthly Archives: July 2013

Rosecrance takes second place in Run for the Kids 5K in Chicago

The Run for the Kids 5K, presented by Ignite the Spirit and co-sponsored by Rosecrance, was held Thursday, July 18, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Rosecrance took second place at the event, with a team of runners and walkers who braved the heat to help children. Several runners from Rosecrance placed individually as well, including Recovery Home Technician Anthony Hardin, who came in third place in the race. Also, volunteers from the Rosecrance staff helped with registration at the event.

The race is held annually by Ignite the Spirit, an organization that was launched in 2003 by Chicago firefighters in response to the attacks of 9/11 and to help the families of first responders. The organization grew to embrace several causes, with a special focus on those that help children. This year’s event helped Chicago children’s hospitals as well as children affected by the Sandy Hook and Boston Marathon tragedies.

Here are some photos from the event.

For more information about Ignite the Spirit, click here.

Rep. Kinzinger visits Rosecrance to encourage teens in treatment

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th) pose outside the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Adolescent Campus, which the congressman visited Monday, July 15.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th) pose outside the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Adolescent Campus, which the congressman visited Monday, July 15.

ROCKFORD – U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th) toured the Rosecrance adolescent treatment center Monday, July 15, and met with some of the 78 teens in treatment, commending them for seeking professional help and encouraging them to make healthy choices when they return home.

“This is a time of decision for you,” he told them. “By being here, you are taking a huge first step toward having a successful life. “You can do anything you want. You can be anything you want.”

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton showed Kinzinger around the 50-acre residential Griffin Williamson Campus, which has a koi-stocked pond and a Healing Garden, a conservatory, a school with seven classrooms, a full-size gymnasium, fitness facilities and outdoor sports fields. Rosecrance is recognized as having one of the finest adolescent treatment programs in the nation.

Kinzinger, 35, is a former U.S. Air Force pilot who was elected in November 2012 to represent Illinois’ 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Some of the teens told Kinzinger they want to join the military in the future. The congressman encouraged them to stay in recovery because substance abuse is inconsistent with the military’s high standards. He urged them to prepare themselves physically and mentally to “put on the uniform of the greatest country in the world.”

Kinzinger and Eaton spoke at length about heroin addiction among teens and young adults, a growing problem in northern Illinois and one that is being reflected in the patient population at Rosecrance. Several teens told Kinzinger that they are being treated for heroin addiction.

Substance abuse dangers increase during summer

Loose summer schedules mean kids will have less contact with parents and other adults who would notice signs and symptoms of drug use during the school year.

“It’s common for substance abuse to go unnoticed in the summer months,” said Mary Roufa, manager of community services and support for Rosecrance. “Schedules get turned around. Parents are at work while teens are sleeping in. Kids stay out late with friends, coming home late when parents are asleep. People are missing each other.”

In the spirit of summer, Rosecrance offers these tips for parents:

  • Establish a schedule for teens. It may include chores, a job, volunteer work, summer school, park district programs or other healthy activities.
  • Set boundaries and establish a curfew.
  • Insist on daily face time, even if that means staying up late until your children come home. Then talk with them.
  • Make expectations clear and assign responsibilities, then follow through with positive and negative consequences.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, including mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, loss of appetite, changes in friends, secret phone calls and shortages of money.
  • Seek help at the first sign of a problem, before substance abuse worsens.

For more information about adolescent substance abuse treatment at Rosecrance, or to get help, call 888.928.5278 or go to our contact page.

Wisconsin morning show reports on TMS Center of Madison

tmsWednesday’s edition of the WMTV morning show on station NBC-15 in Madison, Wis., included a segment focusing on the TMS Center of Madison and the concept of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Dr. Thomas Wright, Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs of Rosecrance, and Dr. Leslie Taylor of the TMS Center of Madison discussed the uses and benefits of TMS. You can see watch the segment by clicking this link, then scrolling down to the video labeled “Family First: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation AM Interview 7-10-13.” (The station’s site puts newer stories above previous ones, so you have to scroll down pretty far to find the TMS video.)

For more information about the TMS Center of Madison, visit the website at http://www.tmscenterhelp.com/

 

 

Attend free Rosecrance recovery workshop July 11 in Crystal Lake

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Rev. James E. Swarthout, Swarthoutweb2Rosecrance Community Relations Coordinator, will host “A Path to Wholeness: Ordinary Addictions, Exceptional Recovery” in the Parish Hall of St. Mary Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake, IL. The goal of this free workshop is to help attendees learn new ways to work with people struggling with mental health issues and/or substance abuse and their families.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How a family system struggles with mental health issues and/or co-occurring  addictions
  • How to engage the addict with the “Conspiracy of Compassion”
  • How behavioral health issues have an impact on emotions of family members
  • How to understand the biological, psychological and spiritual issues of mental health
    and addiction
  • The best opportunities for future recovery

Rev. Swarthout brings a freshness of insight to his more than 30 years as a parish priest, along with experience in the addiction and mental health field aligned with a sense of humor that opens the pathway to lifelong recovery. These are addictive times. Let’s explore how to be “radically sober” – living usefully in grace and compassion.

To contact Rev. Swarthout for a presentation or information about Rosecrance Health Network, call 815.708.1235 or email jswarthout@rosecrance.org.

Help Rosecrance Run for the Kids in Chicago on July 18

On Thursday, July 18, join Chicago firefighters and paramedics for 2013 Run for the Kids 5K, an event sponsored in part by Rosecrance.

The race is held annually by Ignite the Spirit, an organization that was launched in 2003 by Chicago firefighters in response to the attacks of 9/11 and to help the families of first responders. The organization grew to embrace several causes, with a special focus on those that help children. This year’s event will benefit Chicago children’s hospitals as well as children affected by the Sandy Hook and Boston Marathon tragedies.

The race will be held at Stadium Green/Soldier Field, 1600 Museum Campus Drive in Chicago. Registration fees are $35 in advance, $45 on race day, $10 for the Junior Jog. Race day registration is at 4 p.m.; step off is at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s event will feature teams. Team captains must register first and will create their team during the registration process. Team Members will register after the team captain has registered and created the team. Team members will then select their team name from the drop-down box on the online registration form. Prizes will be given for largest team, biggest fundraising team and other categories.

For more information about the 2013 Run for the Kids, click here.

To register, click here.

 

Rosecrance hosting Alumni Cafe July 15 at Harrison Campus

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