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Young adult program starts this week at Rosecrance Northbrook Office


Rosecrance Northbrook Office

Rosecrance is launching an outpatient substance abuse support program for young adults this month at its Northbrook office.

The program kicks off Jan. 14 and will provide additional support for young adults ages 18 to 26.

Groups will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Services will include peer support, therapeutic intervention, random drug testing, and group, individual and family counseling.

Chris Yadron, Rosecrance’s director of Chicago recovery services, said the program is necessary because the young adult population faces unique obstacles.

“That age group deals with substance abuse to a greater degree than other segments of the population,” Yadron said.

Christine Famiano, an addiction counselor at the Northbrook office, will be the program’s primary counselor.

People can access the program by calling for an initial assessment – even if they’ve never been to treatment or if their substance use doesn’t require more intensive residential treatment. For others, it will be a step-down, transitional level of care after leaving Rosecrance’s residential facilities in Rockford or other treatment centers.

Yadron said the program also will incorporate experiential therapies as it develops.

Substance abuse assessments and consultations for all ages are also offered at the Rosecrance Northbrook office, 1200 Shermer Road, Suite 104. Call 815-387-5615 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

First Midwest Charitable Foundation supports McHenry County Recovery Home

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Allison Gorczowski, McHenry County Recovery Home Supervisor, Gigi Cairo, Senior Vice President, Information Technology Division Manager at First Midwest Bank, Jason A. Chess, Vice President, Commercial Banking at First Midwest Bank.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Allison Gorczowski, McHenry County Recovery Home Supervisor, Gigi Cairo, Senior Vice President, Information Technology Division Manager at First Midwest Bank, Jason A. Chess, Vice President, Commercial Banking at First Midwest Bank.

Anne Boccignone and Allison Gorczowski accepted a $5,000 grant from the First Midwest Charitable Foundation for services and support for women at our newly-opened McHenry County Recovery Home. Gigi Cairo and Jason Chess of First Midwest Bank presented the check to Rosecrance.







Behavioral Health for Firefighters & Paramedics with the Rosecrance Florian Program



The new Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. The program is housed in a designated, eight-bed coed unit at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus, a modern 97-bed adult facility in Rockford, Illinois, that offers a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient services.

Florian, named for the patron saint of firefighters, is the first program in the country dedicated to and specializing in serving firefighters, paramedics and other fire service members who need substance abuse treatment but who also need care for job-related post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues.

A 12-member committee comprised of experienced firefighters and fire personnel from across the nation is helping to advise the Florian Program. Rosecrance started treating clients in the fall.

The Florian Program also will work to train fire personnel across the country to recognize and act on the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Many fire departments, both full-time and volunteer, don’t have the resources for this type of training.

Rosecrance partners with Your Choice to address substance abuse with teens, families

Grant expands prevention education efforts started by Wisconsin family


The Lybert Family – from left to right: Rick, Tyler, Ashleigh, and Sandi Lybert.

Rosecrance has partnered with Your Choice, a drug and alcohol awareness program, to provide more opportunities for prevention education across the region.

Your Choice is a nonprofit founded by the Lybert family – Sandi, Rick, Ashleigh and Tyler. The Lyberts work with families, speak at schools and give presentations about their own experiences involving substance abuse. The family is still accepting speaking invitations for 2015.

Tyler started using drugs in sixth grade as a way to make friends and fit in. He was overweight, and other students teased him about it.

“I wanted people to like me, and I wanted to feel accepted,” he said. “And the easiest way to find that was with people who partied because they don’t care about you at all. As long as you’re partying, you’re good to go.”

Tyler’s drug use escalated, from alcohol and marijuana to pills and heroin. He was in and out of jail. His family life deteriorated from the stress of his drug use.

During presentations, Ashleigh speaks about the pressure to be the perfect sister in light of her brother’s addiction and feeling neglected by her parents. Rick talks about being angry that his son couldn’t conquer his addiction, and Sandi explains how she enabled her son to the point that her marriage nearly crumbled.

“I was the standard enabling mom. I protected him, I tried to fix him. I loved him to death. He stole, he lied, and I didn’t tell Rick a lot of it,” she said. “And in every family that we’ve met with, we always see that division. We are very fortunate. Tyler could have chosen to go the other way.”

Tyler Lybert shares his story with local television station WREX.  Click here to watch the interview.

Tyler Lybert shares his story with local television station WREX. Click here to watch the interview.

Tyler entered treatment at age 21 and has been sober for about six years. The Lyberts are passionate about communicating their story and removing the stigma of teen substance abuse in hopes of helping other families.

“We know what we’re doing is working,” Tyler said. “It’s affecting everybody, and people are finally starting to open up and try to figure out what we can do about this.”

Your Choice received a grant for prevention education from Rosecrance to expand its efforts in 2015. The Lyberts visited 32 schools during the 2013-14 school year, reaching 12,399 youth and 827 parents through those and various other presentations.

Visit for more information, or call Rosecrance Director of Business Development Kelly Dinsmore at 815-222-2946 to inquire more about Your Choice.

Rosecrance's Dr. Raymond Garcia featured in Behavioral Healthcare

Rosecrance’s Dr. Raymond Garcia, medical director at Rosecrance Harrison Campus, was featured in an article on Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s website.

Behavioral health clinicians increasingly are using treatments that combine evidence-based medicine—which incorporates clinical pathways, scientific studies and electronic medical records—with more traditional patient-centered, shared decision-making approaches. But the question that remains is how to balance the two so that protocol is neither a rigid “cookbook” nor dubious “gut instinct.”


Compared to a decade ago, there is more opportunity for incorporating evidence-based medicine because the body of evidence has increased in recent years.


“As the scientific knowledge base in behavioral science establishes firmer ground, there is a wider acceptance among clinicians to use evidence-based practices,” says Raymond Garcia, MD, medical director for Rosecrance’s Harrison campus, in Rockford, Ill. “Using new tools to enhance diagnostic accuracy and determine more specific etiologies for behavioral health conditions, we will be better able to individualize care.”


For example, there are genetic assays that show promise in guiding treatment options based on the individual’s ability to metabolize certain medications. And, he says, clinicians are starting to use the tests to choose specific medications, especially in individuals who have had poor outcomes previously. New technologies can help at the initial diagnosis stage as well.


“Enhanced/functional brain imaging studies can be used in aiding diagnosis, especially as costs come down,” says Garcia.


Click here to continue reading the article on Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s website.

Home is where your story begins


Recovery home technician Denise Johnson cuts apples and chats with residents at Marlowe House in Rockford.

On a quiet October afternoon, Rosecrance Marlowe House taught life skills to teenagers in subtle ways.

Girls chatted with staff about school in the kitchen while snacking on fruit. Laughter emitted from two girls in the living room listening to stand-up comedy on a digital music player.

One girl wrote in a journal and another shared the dining room table using her paint-covered fingertips to finish artwork.

These seemingly normal, everyday activities teach the 14 girls who live at Marlowe how to spend their time productively instead of using and abusing drugs and alcohol. They share the common bond of substance abuse and spent time as inpatients being treated for addiction.

The Rockford home is crucial to their recovery journeys because time spent there
helps them learn how to be independent before transitioning back into the “real world.”

Rosecrance’s foray into recovery home programming dates back nearly two decades. Today the organization runs two recovery homes for adolescent male and female clients and a co-ed home for adults and single parents with children in Rockford.

To support Rosecrance services in McHenry County, recovery homes for men and women opened in October in Woodstock, and plans are in the works to open a collegiate recovery home in Chicago.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton said safe, dignified housing helps strengthen an individual’s opportunity for lasting recovery.

“The principle of the successful operation of a recovery home is clearly structure and
accountability, linked very tightly with a commitment to the 12 steps,” Eaton said. “Absent those three, recovery homes are just housing.

“Stability is essential, whether it is a teen trying to learn what it is to be an adult or a young adult preparing for a career or higher education, or if it’s a mom with a little baby with DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) looking over her shoulder. It’s a tough time for people in that transition. The Rosecrance recovery homes provide that opportunity to move on.”

Recovery comes home

Rosecrance’s recovery home program started in 1996, when the organization received a federal grant through the city of Rockford to offer Project HomeBase. The program provided transitional housing and treatment services for 10 homeless mothers and their children.

HomeBase is now known as Greendale Recovery House, a 10-unit apartment complex for adults and single parents with children. Greendale is near the Rosecrance Harrison Campus, which offers easy access to services through the adult treatment program.

Greendale removes a barrier to safe and supportive housing, an obstacle that can often trigger relapse for adult clients, said Denita Lynde, Rosecrance’s director of housing. It differs from a traditional halfway house in that it provides 24-hour support through outpatient counseling, relapse prevention, 12-step meetings, supervision and by helping residents learn life skills such as interviewing, budgeting and time management.


A Rosecrance Marlowe House resident reads in the second-floor sitting room of the home.

Monarch House, a licensed recovery home for 10 female adolescent clients, opened in 1997. The work was groundbreaking back then and still is today, as Rosecrance is the only organization in the state to operate a recovery home for teen girls.

Sullivan House, a recovery home for 14 girls, opened in 2001, and the residents of Sullivan moved into the renovated Hillman House in 2002. The two homes operated simultaneously until the newly built Marlowe House opened in 2008.

In 2009, Hillman’s interior was renovated and converted for use by adolescent boys instead of girls.

The average age of a Hillman or Marlowe resident is 17. While many hail from Chicago and Northern Illinois, teens come to the recovery homes from across the country. About 80 percent of clients move to the homes after completing inpatient treatment at the nearby Griffin Williamson Campus. Rosecrance also accepts teens into the program from other inpatient programs.

Lynde said Rosecrance specializes in the treatment of adolescents, which many other facilities avoid.

“Kids are hard. They’re emotional, they’re impulsive, behavioral. Some people don’t always know how to deal with kids. I find it really rewarding to watch them change and make great strides within their lives,” Lynde said.

Expansion in McHenry County

Men and women ages 18 and older have new transitional housing options in Woodstock, a recovery home program overseen by Rosecrance’s office in McHenry County.

Rosecrance renovated two duplexes for 16 recovery housing beds total. The homes opened in October.

Chris Gleason, Rosecrance’s director of McHenry County services, said clients likely will live in the homes about six to nine months. Programming will mirror services provided at Greendale in Rockford.

“It’s really an opportunity for them to apply the recovery skills they learned in treatment and give them a supportive, sober environment in which to practice that,” Gleason said.

Rosecrance opened its office in McHenry two years ago and started offering services in January 2014 in Crystal Lake. The recovery homes are a natural complement to the
outpatient substance abuse and mental health services available in McHenry County. Rosecrance hired five new employees to staff the homes.

College and recovery combine 

Rosecrance will strengthen its ties to the Chicago community by opening a new coed collegiate recovery residence in the city. Fundraising is underway for the project, and staff is working to secure a location for the home.

The mission is to help young adults in recovery by providing sober living and creating a like-minded community, said Chris Yadron, Rosecrance’s director of Chicago recovery services.

The collegiate recovery home will be a sober living residence for people ages 18 to 26 who are either attending college or who intend to enroll in college. Residents may attend any academic institution.

This program will fill a need among college-age young adults faced with the challenges of maintaining recovery in the typical college environment plagued by binge-drinking and exceedingly high levels of drug use compared to other age groups. Residents must have completed a treatment program, be in recovery and be practicing a 12-step program.

“Substance abuse has an extremely significant impact in terms of impeding development,” Yadron said. “It’s important to establish positive, healthy relationships in young adulthood. When many of their peers are abusing drugs and alcohol, young adults in recovery can feel a strong sense of alienation being different from their peers and can struggle to form relationships.

“Recovery housing can remove that stigma and create a community built around sobriety principles.”

Rosecrance’s vision is to offer a collegiate recovery residence and integrated behavioral health clinic in Chicago. The clinic will offer psychiatric care, individual and family counseling, and intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse or dual diagnosis disorders.

Written by Melissa Westphal.

This story is featured in the winter 2014 edition of Reach. Click here to read the issue.