Category Archives: substance abuse

Rosecrance experts answer questions on local news forum

(From left) Rosecrance's Jason Gorham, Charity Shaw-Moyado, Craig Stallings and Joan Lodge are prepared to answer questions about substance abuse and mental illness April 30, 2012, during a live forum on WTVO-17.

Four Rosecrance managers fielded almost three dozen on-the-air telephone calls from area residents over a 90-minute period April 30, 2012, on WTVO-17.

Anchor Mimi Murphy interviewed Mary Ann Abate, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mental Health Services, during the 5 p.m. news show. Murphy interviewed Joan Lodge, Director of Emergency Services at the Rosecrance Ware Center, during the 6 p.m. news slot.

Taking phone calls were: Lodge and Abate, when they were not on the news set; Charity Shaw-Moyado, administrator of the Berry Campus; Craig Stallings, administrator of the Harrison Campus; and Jason Gorham, administrator of the Griffin Williamson Campus.

Inquiries were split about equally between substance abuse and mental health issues. In most cases, the Rosecrance managers were able to give the callers solid information about finding the right kind of help for themselves or a loved one.

In the news: Rosecrance Flower Day 2012

There were several articles in the news this week about Rosecrance Flower Day 2012.

  • WREX-13 posted a piece about the event here. Samantha Jeffrey’s writes:

    Shoppers raised funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and services just by buying flowers on Thursday.

    Both Gensler Gardens locations in New Milford and Loves Park celebrated the beginning of the planting season with Rosecrance Flower Day. Rosecrance volunteers were on sight to help shoppers find items and help them carry their purchases to their vehicles.

  • MyStateline.com features a video interview with Rosecrance’s Judy Emerson discussing the generosity of Gensler Gardens and the Gensler family. See the interview here.
  • A small brief ran on the Rockford Register Star’s website.

Video: Rosecrance's Jerry Paris accepts the 2012 Castle Award

The 2012 Castle Award was presented to a former Board chairman with nearly 20 years experience at Rosecrance.

Jerry Paris, who joined the Rosecrance Board of Directors in 1993 and was chairman in 2002, is the recipient of the award, which was announced at the 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit on April 14. Presenting the award were Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton and Jean Castle, wife of the late Millard Castle and daughter-in-law of the late Clarence Castle, longtime Rosecrance board members for whom the award is named.

Paris was chairman when the decision to build an adolescent treatment center was made. His leadership during that process was invaluable and proof of his commitment to Rosecrance is evident in the lives that are changed and saved every day on that campus.

May edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter published

The May edition of the Rosecrance electronic newsletter is now available. This month, we’re highlighting Michael Cavanaugh’s return to the Rosecrance Benefit. The newsletter also includes information on Rosecrance Flower Day, giving opportunities, upcoming trainings, news and more!

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Rosecrance Foundation Benefit sets record for funds raised to serve patients in need

Jerry Paris receives Castle Award for service; Michael Cavanaugh perform

Michael Cavanaugh performs Monday, April 16, at 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. The annual event drew a record attendance of 830.

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ROCKFORD – The 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit raised a record $480,000 to provide services to clients who need financial assistance for treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. The annual event also drew a record attendance of 830.

Entertainer Michael Cavanaugh and his band headlined the event on Monday, April 16, at Giovanni’s. The Benefit also featured presentation of the Castle Award to Jerry Paris, a Rockford businessman who has provided distinguished service on Rosecrance boards for almost two decades. A new video titled “Hope in Recovery,” which features Rosecrance alumni, was premiered at the event.

The annual event supports The Kinley Charity Care Fund, named for the late Verna Kinley, a former Rosecrance board member who was dedicated to the principle that no youth in need of treatment should be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for services. Since 1984, The Kinley Fund has provided more than $6 million in care to patients.

John Griffin, chair of the Rosecrance Foundation Board of Directors, expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of corporations and individuals who make the Benefit successful. It is the organization’s main fundraising vehicle for charity care, which each year assists almost 300 families.

“We are so very grateful to everyone who supports the Benefit because they believe, as we do, in the power of every human spirit to heal,” Griffin said. “There is hope in treatment, and our event is all about helping people get the services they need, even if their financial resources are limited.

“Through their generosity, Rosecrance donors change and save the lives of people they will never meet.”

President/CEO Philip W. Eaton presented the Castle Award to Rosecrance Health Network Board Member Jerry Paris, who has helped to lead the organization in various roles for almost 20 years. Paris is a past board chair and currently leads the Foundation’s Endowment Committee.

“He has been there for us as we’ve built buildings, expanded programs and struggled to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people,” Eaton said of Paris. “He asks hard questions at the right time so that we can make the best decisions to move our mission forward and offer the best quality care.”

Paris owns several area Midas Auto Repair Centers. He founded the Rosecrance/Midas Golf Shootout in 1992 and oversaw it for a decade, during which time the event earned almost a quarter of a million dollars to support programs and services.

In addition to his work with Rosecrance, Paris has been involved in leadership at several other community agencies. He received the Crusader Community Health Spirit of Caring Award in 2007 for his deep community involvement.

The event traditionally highlights Rosecrance alumni who have been successful in recovery. A video titled “Hope in Recovery” premiered at the Benefit featuring a dozen alums speaking about their lives since treatment to help them overcome addiction.

Contact:
Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Click here to email Judy

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Hope in Recovery

“Rosecrance: Hope in Recovery,” originally created by Solidline Media for the 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, features Rosecrance alumni discussing the positive effect Rosecrance treatment has had on their lives.

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 announced

The event is set for Thursday, May 10

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 is set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at two Gensler Gardens locations. Event locations are at 8631 11th Street in New Milford and at 102 Orth Road in Loves Park.

Choose from Gensler Gardens’ entire greenhouse selection of annuals, perennials and gorgeous hanging baskets at Rosecrance Flower Day 2012. All proceeds benefit Rosecrance programs and services.

While you visit, be sure to enter out drawing for a chance to win a beautiful garnet ring, courtesy of Busch Jewelers.

Former Chicago Bear Mike Richardson promotes recovery in visit with teens at Rosecrance

Super Bowl winner from 1985 team tells story of addiction and recovery

Former 1985 Chicago Bear Mike Richardson spoke with Rosecrance teens about motivations, goals and the 12 Steps.

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ROCKFORD – “L.A. Mike” Richardson, a defensive back with the 1985 Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears, brought his story of addiction and recovery to the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Adolescent Treatment Center on Tuesday afternoon, March 27.

Richardson was a soloist in the famous “Super Bowl Shuffle” rap video released by the team that year to the delight of millions of fans. He played for seven seasons in the NFL, six years with the Bears and one for the San Francisco 49ers.

Richardson came to the Bears in 1983 as a second-round draft choice out of Arizona State University.

A native of the notoriously tough Compton neighborhood in Los Angeles, Richardson has spoken openly about being introduced to drugs as a young teenager. He later became enamored of the party lifestyle in the professional sports world. His substance abuse led to a string of convictions for drug offenses and a prison stint that ended in 2010.

Richardson, who now lives in Chicago, told more than 80 teens in treatment at Rosecrance that despite all his legal troubles, he had difficulty admitting he had a problem.

“That kept me sick for many years,” he said. “At one point, jails became a way of life for me and then, jails turned into prisons. I had to change or I was going to die – either on the streets or in prison.”

He told the adolescent patients that he started hearing the messages that were being repeated in numerous rehab programs he entered. One day at a time. Keep it simple. Get a sponsor.

Nothing clicked until he faced himself, Richardson said.

“I had to get honest before I could get sober,” he said.

He told the young patients: “If you’re here today, you’re here for a reason. You guys need to get honest with yourselves. Take advantage of every resource
you have here. Talk to your counselors. They are here to help.”

Richardson said he finally “got it” on Sept. 30, 2007, when he got arrested for a probation violation, which landed him in prison.

“That’s the day the officer put the handcuffs on me and said, ‘We are going to take you in,’” Richardson said. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to me – not the day I won the Super Bowl – the day I got sober.”

He urged the patients to use treatment as a new beginning. “If you are sober now, you are a success,” he said. “You don’t have to use any more.”

Richardson is trying to forge a new career in coaching and speaking to youth about the dangers of drugs.

Contact:
Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: jemerson@rosecrance.org

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

In the news: Former '85 Chicago Bear Mike Richardson speaks with Rosecrance teens

Former 1985 Chicago Bear Mike Richardson spoke with Rosecrance teens about motivations, goals and the 12 Steps.

The Rockford Register Star‘s Matt Trowbridge wrote in today’s newspaper about former Chicago Bear Michael Richardson’s visit with adolescent teens at Rosecrance’s adolescent Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus on Wednesday.

Williamson spoke to teens about motivations, goals and the 12 Steps.

From Trowbridge’s article:

Mike Richardson, a starting cornerback on the famed 1985 Chicago Bears, partied his way out of the NFL.

His friends didn’t want to talk to him. His parents and sister shunned him. Still, Richardson refused to admit he had a drug problem.

Richardson didn’t start to change, he told 88 teenagers Tuesday at Rosecrance, until someone asked him for a ride home from a drug rehab meeting. Richardson lied and said his car was in the shop. He didn’t have a car. Or even a driver’s license.

“I had to get honest to give myself a fighting chance to change,” said Richardson, who started 80 games in six seasons with the Bears and sang on Chicago’s famed “Super Bowl Shuffle” video.

“One of the most difficult phases for me was admitting I had a problem. That kept me sick for years.”

Read the complete article here.

Free workshops offer strategies for families dealing with substance abuse

Eight locations set in Chicago area and Rockford

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ROCKFORD – Registration is open for a new workshop titled “What Can I Say to Convince Them to Quit?,” which will be offered free of charge at eight locations in northern Illinois between now and July.

The sessions are designed to help family members and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance abuse. The workshops offer guidance to those who need to seek help for themselves and strategies for intervening with the substance abuser. The sessions feature David Lee, founder of Indiana-based Intervention Services and Technologies, Inc., the largest intervention service provider in North America.

Participants will:
– Learn new ways of interacting with a loved one regarding their use of substances
– Hear a personal story of addiction and recovery
– Gain understanding of resources for intervention and treatment

The schedule:
March 22. Crystal Lake. McHenry County Mental Health Board office, 620 Dakota St. (session offered in collaboration with McHenry County Mental Health Board)

March 29. Romeoville. Romeoville Recreation Center, 900 W. Romeo Road

April 10. Rockford. Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, 1601 University Drive

April 17. Oak Lawn. Oak Lawn Public Library, Lower Level, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.

May 3. Naperville. 360 Youth Services (formerly NCO Youth and Family Services), 1935 Brookdale Road, Suite 119

May 10. Vernon Hills. College of Lake County, Southlake Campus, Room V232, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave.

June 21. Orland Park. Orland Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave.

July 17. Oak Park. Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. (session offered in collaboration with the Township of Oak Park and the Community Mental Health Board)

To register for one of the free workshops, please visit Rosecrance.org/events or call 815-387-5607.

Contact:
Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Click here to email Judy

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.