Monthly Archives: January 2014

Former NFL Player finds help with NeuroStar TMS Therapy

As all eyes turn to the Superbowl, one former NFL player tells his powerful story of recovery from depression using TMS Therapy. Tracy Scroggins is among 14,000 Americans treated for depression with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS.)

You can view the video here.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment.

Rosecrance is proud to offer TMS in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin at Aspen C&C and TMS Center of Madison. Our clients tell us similar stories of how TMS has helped them.

Alcohol abuse mostly targeting one age group in Rockford

WREX posted an article/video about Rosecrance’s services for women at the Harrison Avenue facility.

To read the article, click here.

Longtime behavioral health advocate Abate accepts policy watchdog role at Rosecrance

Mary Ann Abate brings 36 years of experience to new position

Mary Ann AbateROCKFORD – Mary Ann Abate of Rosecrance has accepted a new role in the organization that will utilize her deep understanding of substance use and mental health disorders and allow her to influence how the changing landscape of public policy will impact behavioral healthcare in the future.

Abate will become Vice President of Public Policy for Rosecrance effective Feb. 3, 2014. She currently serves as VP for Community Mental Health.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said the role is critical going forward because of the evolving arena of public policy, which includes implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It’s still unclear what impact the ACA will have on behavioral health services and access to care.

“We have many challenges and opportunities before us as we look to further our mission, strengthen our programs and influence the many decisions which will shape and mold healthcare for years to come,” Eaton said.

“Behavioral healthcare is part of the overall mix, and our industry needs strong  advocates like Mary Ann Abate to help inform the discussion and shape the policies that emerge from it.”

Eaton noted that Abate brings 36 years of leadership in mental health services to her new role. She has led the mental health division for Rosecrance since the merger with Janet Wattles Center in 2011, and she was an executive at Janet Wattles directing day-to-day operations prior to that.

“She has led our organization in the creation and implementation of many innovative best practices and initiatives addressing the needs of individuals who live with serious mental illness,” Eaton said.

Abate said she welcomes the challenge of her new role.

“This presents a broad platform through which I can champion issues that are important to people who seek help for mental health and substance use disorders,” she said. “In a public policy forum, I have the opportunity to impact support for important programs and services far beyond the walls of Rosecrance.”

As she changes roles, Abate will assist in the leadership transition at the Rosecrance Ware Center, 526 W. State St. in Rockford, which serves adults needing mental health services. She also will continue to serve on the Steering Committee as Rosecrance designs space and makes plans to move the Ware Center to a new, larger location at 2704 N. Main St. by the end of the year.

Abate is a licensed Illinois social worker who obtained her master’s degree in community mental health from Southern New Hampshire University. She began at the Janet Wattles Center in 1982 and rose to the role of director. She has long been active in community service organizations, including Easter Seals Children’s Development Center, Junior League and Source.

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Rosecrance announces two new locations to better serve residents of McHenry County

Offices in Crystal Lake and McHenry to offer expanded programming

CRYSTAL LAKE – Rosecrance McHenry County recently opened two new locations, one in McHenry and another in Crystal Lake. Both offices offer integrated behavioral health services to clients seeking treatment for substance use and mental health disorders.

Rosecrance moved from the location on Veterans Parkway to expand services at the two new locations. Rosecrance has expanded programming in McHenry County to serve youth and young adults needing treatment for substance abuse.

“The convenience of our clients was top of mind for us as we looked at various locations,” said Chris Gleason, director of Rosecrance McHenry County. “We needed more space as we are expanding services to meet needs in the county.”

The two new locations are:

Clients who have questions should speak with their care providers at Rosecrance McHenry County, or call the office at 815-363-6132.

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Beyond New Year’s resolution, the daily challenge of recovery

A new year presents new challenges, new opportunities and for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, a new chance at recovery. As with all endeavors, that long-term goal has to begin with inches instead of miles.

“An example I use with people in recovery is to think about walking up a huge hill. Where do you put your focus?” asks Melissa Garrison, alumni coordinator for Rosecrance Health Network. “You look at where you are. If you look at the top of the hill, it looks too hard. People who run marathons get that. You can’t look too far ahead at the hill you have to climb.”

Garrison, who coordinates alumni groups and recovery-focused workshops for people who have been through Rosecrance treatment programs, says setting goals is important but the goals must be reachable. “Even if you just start with what your goals are for today, prioritize them and make sure they are attainable,” she says.

Change can affect everyone

Garrison notes that goals can be met and true change can occur once patients decide they want to get clean.

“I never in a million years thought I would have a year clean. Treatment saved my life, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” says Jim Smith (not his real name). “I was near death when I walked into detox, but Rosecrance taught me the tools to continue my recovery after I completed the inpatient program.”

Concerning recovery, the top priority is the improved life of the patient, but there is little doubt that family members and friends benefit from their loved one’s rehabilitation as well.

“They not only saved her, they helped two caring parents understand the challenges of addiction,” says a parent whose child entered a Rosecrance recovery program and wishes to remain anonymous. “We are no longer embarrassed to talk about her addiction, largely because we’re so proud of the strides she’s made toward becoming a clean, productive adult.”

Another parent echoed those feelings. “Our daughter is at home, registered for college and has 11 months clean,” says the parent, who also wishes to remain anonymous. It is such a joy to have our daughter back.”

Looking back, looking ahead

Garrison says it’s important for recovering addicts to take stock of the different milestones they achieve along their journey toward recovery.

“It’s good to focus on the last year and think about what we’ve learned,” she says. “One of the things I hear when talking with alumni is the importance of practicing the tenth step of the 12 Step program, which is: ‘Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it,’ which asks those in recovery to acknowledge mistakes they make and to work to make them right. That’s good advice for anyone, and it especially resonates with people in recovery.”

While goals are important, Garrison acknowledges that beating an addiction can still be a day-to-day struggle, especially when life deals you a bad hand. “Being in recovery isn’t a magic solution for life’s troubles. When ‘life happens,’ and everything that can go wrong does go wrong, people in recovery have to find ways of coping beyond using substances,” she says. “There’s nothing that using isn’t going to make even worse. The best advice is to follow the suggestions of the 12 Step program and work your recovery program. Bad things will still happen, but you don’t have to drink or use because of them.”

Smith, who says he was a substance abuser for 27 years before entering the Rosecrance program, is grateful for his new life and he is confident that recovery is possible for others. “If I can get clean, I want people to know that they can get clean, too,” he says.

Rosecrance offers support and educational workshops through its Alumni Program. Rosecrance Alumni Café meets the third Monday of every month at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus, 3815 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL.  Alumni who live in the western suburbs of Chicago are preparing to launch a Rosecrance Alumni Café in Naperville in the near future. For more information, call Melissa Garrison, alumni coordinator, at 815-387-2537 or email her at