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Making the Big Game a Sober Bowl

Big Game gatherings can bring up all types of emotions…

Perhaps the big game used to be a time of heavy drinking and using, going to loud bars, or embarrassing yourself in front of others or waking up the next morning and not even remembering who won the game, or how you got home. Then came the feelings of guilt and shame, or “How could I have behaved that way? I’m never going to do that again.”

Gatherings like the Big Game can still be occasions for fun, but like the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots, each team will go onto the field with a plan. So should we!

1. Be the Quarterback

Have a plan to win the big game. Treat the day as any other 24-hour period of time. Go in with the mind-set of winning and that you will go to “any lengths” to achieve victory over alcohol and drugs

2. Defense. Defense. Defense! Build Your Line!

There are many different 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA). However, in the Chicago area, there are more Alcoholics Anonymous meetings available. Many individuals can go to any of the meetings above, regardless of their drug of choice. The only requirement is the desire to stop using a substance.

3. Consult Your Coach/Sponsor

Talk to your sponsor ahead of time and let him or her know of your plan. Ask what they did when they went to their first Big Game party and draw from their wisdom and experience. Chances are, they have been there before and will be able to offer coaching and guidance.

4. Focus on the End Zone

Now that you’ve prepared yourself adequately for the Big Game, go ahead and enjoy yourself. Find ways you can be of service at the party (pick up some cups, offer to take out the garbage, stay occupied). Root for your favorite team and have a great time. Life’s Waiting!

The greatest gift you can give yourself, your family, and friends during the Big Game is recovery! For more information about Alumni Relations, contact Paul Gilmet at or 815.387.2435

What Causes Addiction? 3 Factors You Need to Understand

There are as many substances to become addicted to as there are reasons. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction as a result of physical, mental, circumstantial or emotional factors, we can help. Continue reading “What Causes Addiction? 3 Factors You Need to Understand” »

Residential vs. Outpatient Treatment

We offer two types of evidence-based drug and alcohol abuse recovery programs at Rosecrance. While both are nationally recognized and focused on rehabilitation, each offers unique benefits. It’s important to understand the differences, so you can choose the program that’s best for you or a loved one.

Whether we treat you in residential or outpatient care, our goal is sobriety and a renewed sense of purpose for those who have found themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol. Continue reading “Residential vs. Outpatient Treatment” »

Signs of Addiction in Teens: When to Get Your Teen Help

More than 40 percent of American teens have tried some type of alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug, which is half of those who were presented with the opportunity — this is a staggering statistic. Rosecrance wants you to understand the signs of teen addiction, so you can seek help before it’s too late.

Rosecrance has a long and successful history of treating adolescent substance abuse. It is our mission to change these statistics — one life at a time. People in need seek our help so they can break addiction habits, develop coping skills and new healthy behaviors and restore their sense of hope and purpose. Continue reading “Signs of Addiction in Teens: When to Get Your Teen Help” »