Adult substance abuse services

Rosecrance believes strongly in the capability and power of you, as an individual, to recover. By choosing to enter treatment, you have taken the essential first step toward your recovery. Your treatment program will include group, individual and family counseling. Group activities include educational/didactic lectures, team building/recreational activities, spirituality, education, counseling and 12 Step education.

We are committed to providing a variety of services to meet the needs of our patients and their families. Your length of stay in all treatment programs is dependent on your progress and accomplishment of treatment goals — as determined by you, your counselor and, when appropriate, your family.

Rosecrance professionals recognize that oftentimes mental illness and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. Psychiatric evaluation and treatment is available at Rosecrance based on individual patient needs. Your treatment team will combine your needs and expectations with a psychiatric screening to determine if a referral to the psychiatrist is appropriate. Inpatient clients have access to psychiatric services on campus. Psychiatric care can include medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).


Uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military can encounter traumatic events in the line of duty every day. To deal with the stress of their jobs, some may turn to alcohol and other drugs.

The Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. Daniel DeGryse, an active-duty Battalion Chief/EMT with more than 27 years of experience at the Chicago Fire Department and 30 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health, directs the Rosecrance Florian Program. He developed the program in collaboration with Dr. Raymond Garcia, a board-certified psychiatrist and addictionologist who is trained and experienced in treating uniformed service personnel for co-occurring disorders.

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The Experiential Therapies Department at Rosecrance Harrison Campus provides evidence-based recreational and art therapy programs specifically designed for the needs of adults with substance addiction and co-occurring disorders. Experiential therapies provide patients with opportunities to experience first- hand, and then process, their physical, cognitive, emotional and social styles as well as to practice new, healthier styles that are conducive to recovery.
Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a treatment service which assists and empowers persons with addictions to maintain or achieve a quality of leisure lifestyle that facilitates personal independence, community leisure skills, well-being, and health. Active involvement in recreation has been demonstrated to improve one’s ability to manage stressors that threaten sobriety, improve social interaction and social networks, and enhance sober lifestyle and identity. Learning and practicing new, healthy coping skills helps the recovering addict deal positively with emotions such as anxiety, disappointment, confusion, and frustration which often occur during leisure activities. Other skills include decision-making, problem-solving, relaxation training, assertiveness training, stress management, and organizational skills.

Under the instruction of a certified recreational therapist, patients receive both education and practical experience in the area of health and wellness. Through use of the state-of-the-art fitness center, patients will be introduced to a variety of training equipment and fitness tools. Patients will also learn the importance of relaxation and stress-reduction through the practice of Yoga and meditation techniques. Other recreational therapy services offered include leisure education groups, team building, recreational activities, community recreation and cultural events. Patients can also be referred to the recreational therapist for an individual therapeutic recreation assessment, leisure counseling and leisure discharge planning. This program is designed to give persons recovering from addictions the tools to include a wellness-oriented lifestyle in their recovery program and to guide them through the process.

Art therapy is a process where an individual or group creates art as a tool of self-expression. Art therapy can help individuals express feelings visually when verbal skills are lacking. Through participation in art therapy groups, patients will experience the benefits of art making, while focusing on the process – not the final product.

Under the direction of a Master’s level art therapist, patients will be encouraged to define important concepts to their lives in recovery with the use of metaphorical and concrete thinking. Directives will be chosen to best suit the clinical needs of each group.

Depending on the environment and population, an art therapist may use a directive or open studio approach. Patients will have the opportunity to utilize various art materials such as; oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolor and tempera paints, clay, paper mache, collage, and more. An art therapist strives to create a safe therapeutic environment using art materials to help their clients process emotions, trauma or other treatment related issues.

Through clinical staff recommendations, patients will meet with the art therapist and decide appropriate treatment plan goals, and/or work through current issues in one-on-one sessions. The art therapist will help guide the patient to interpret the meaning behind his or her artwork. Patients will be encouraged to focus on the here-and-now issues present in treatment while also working on conflict resolution and future ideals.

Patients also will have the opportunity to participate in creative expressive arts groups which may include different experiential opportunities such as creative journal writing, meditation and guided imagery (with or without response art), recovery themed games, and art activities. Through creative expressive arts groups, patients will develop improved coping skills by learning effective relaxation techniques and appropriate avenues for self-care.

The family program provides an educational experience regarding the disease of addiction for family members with lectures, open discussion and experiential activities. You and your family members will look at addiction as a family disease and identify not only how it has impacted the family, but also identify ways you and your family can work together in your recovery from this illness.

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An intervention provides a formal setting to increase the impact of getting a loved one help. Through its affiliate Aspen Counseling and Consulting, Rosecrance will prepare a family how to lovingly confront the behaviors of their loved one.

Addiction, in whatever manifestation it takes, greatly effects the family. An intervention is a process to allow family and friends to gather and tell their loved one how their drinking or drug use has impacted their lives, and to do so in a loving and caring way.

Interventions have classically been used for substance use dependence, but also can be applied to process addictions, as well as certain behavioral problems.

Rosecrance offers specialty focused services for individuals in sensitive occupations, such as aviation, public safety, medical or academics, through Rosecrance Addiction Services Belvidere.

The office provides assessments, individual, couples and family substance abuse-focused counseling, outpatient substance abuse programs, tailored programs, drug testing, breathalyzer screening and more.

The location of the facility provides more anonymity than at a larger facility, allowing professionals is sensitive occupations the privacy they need to fully recover.