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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

According to the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) and the DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) monitoring the drug related emergency department (ED) visits in Chicago show trends regarding Chicago drug problems. The data shows 136,993 visits that are drug related in Chicago. These visits are related to collecting statistics regard illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs and so on. The rate of ED visits in Chicago is much higher than the national average in the year 2006. The rate is especially higher for alcohol combined with illicit drugs. Between 2005 and 2009, the rate of ED visits for illicit drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and stimulants are much higher than the national average, especially in 2006, when the rate was 101% higher.

Heroin use and other related problems are worse in Chicago when compared to other metropolitan areas in the US. Our website is devoted to serving people who are looking for rehabilitation and recovery from Chicago drug problems. We understand that addiction can affect your lives and offer a directory of several centers for treating substance abuse. We focus on providing you with the best opportunity to give you or your near and dear ones a lasting recovery. A better life is waiting just around the corner for you or anyone you know who is suffering from drug related problems in Chicago.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN CHICAGO HAVE TO SAY
Catharine Devlin
Catharine Devlin
Chicago , IL 60657

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

With specialties in 1. eating disorders and nutrition issues and 2. family, child, and adolescent psychology, I provide outpatient psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation to adults, youth, & families.  I utilize an integrative approach that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. Together, we will develop an individualized plan depending on your needs and situation. Some issues with which I can help include (but are not limited to):

  • Self-Harm or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
  • Drug/Alcohol Abuse or Dependency
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger-Management
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Major Depression and other Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, and other Anxiety Disorders
  • Managing Work Stress
  • Coping with Loss
  • Pain Management
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • Life Transitions
  • Unexpected Pregnancy
  • Women’s Health Issues

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

There are several indicators. If one or more of these is true, therapy may be for you:

1. You have tried to address the issues in your life in other ways and haven't been able to.

2. You are in a significant amount of emotional pain.

3. You are experiencing difficulties in fulfilling your responsibilities, functioning in your relationships, or completing your routines.

4. It feels like other people don't understand.

5. The problems feel out of control.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I focus on primary helping clients address problem behaviors and patterns, gain insights, change perspectives, and learn to tolerate emotions more effectively. The end result is a more balanced way of being, fewer symptoms, and a better relationship with yourself.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I care deeply about really helping my clients with their issues. Therefore, I am strongly committed to evidenced-based practice - which means doing what has been demonstrated to work in the literature. I am incredibly pragmatic and straightforward in my approach to therapy. I consistently evaluate and revise treatment plans when things aren't going well. I believe in giving a lot of feedback to clients, even if it is hard to hear.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Dual diagnosis is incredibly common. The relationship is complex. Substance abuse problems can lead to mental health problems because of how drugs and alcohol affect the brain. Additionally, underlying emotional problems (particularly issues with regulating affect) lead to substance abuse due to self-medication. Because both variables cause the other, the relationship is also cyclical, wherein more substance use leads to more mental health problems, which leads to more substance use.

In my practice, I often work with clients with both substance abuse histories and eating disorders or other emotional problems.

Catharine Devlin, Psy.D. is a Chicago-based Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Eating and Nutrition Issues and Disorders with an office in Lakeview, Illinois. For more information, please call (773) 417-9349.

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Catharine Devlin
1300 W. Belmont Ave, Suite 116
Chicago , IL 60657
Dr. Mel Kimmel
Dr. Mel Kimmel
Chicago, IL 60601

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I try to tailor my approach to the client's needs, although I tend to lean more toward a cognitive behavioral than a psychodynamic approach.  My primary specialties are adolescents and couples counseling, although I see clients in all age ranges.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Based on my experience, I believe that therapy is right for anyone who is not adjusting as effectively to their life experiences as they would like, and they accept the fact that a trained third party might be able to help them work on their issues.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The goal of therapy is to address and alleviate whatever problem(s) for which they sought therapy

What is unique about you as a therapist?

My educational training in clinical psychology,conflict resolution, life-span development, and marriage and family therapy, and my work experience in private industry, the federal government and private practice provides me with a unique set of tools for working on a variety of issues with people of varied backgrounds.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse generally negatively affects an individual's emotional well being and ability to effectively deal with life's challenges.

Mel Kimmel, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (312) 344-1082.
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Dr. Mel Kimmel
333 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 711
Chicago, IL 60601
Emily Burchfield
Emily Burchfield
Chicago, IL 60640

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with individuals, couples, families for a range of emotional and/or behavioral issues, including, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, trauma, addiction, relationships issues, work stress, and grief and loss. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Person-Centered approaches.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

There are a variety of reasons that might bring someone into therapy, including difficulty managing stress or anger, feelings of anxiety or depression, transitions, relationship difficulties, work challenges, self-esteem issues, trauma, body image issues, addiction, grief and loss, and spiritual conflicts. Therapy is a viable option for those who are experiencing a high level of distress, or for those who are behaving in destructive and/or unproductive ways.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy can help one to increase insight and awareness, gain coping skills, increase confidence and self-esteem, and improve communication.  Therapy is collaborative, but it is most effective when the client or clients take responsibility for doing the work both inside and outside of the therapy room.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Prior to receiving my graduate degree in family counseling, I studied English and Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received my B.A. in May 1999. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spent several years working in the field of publishing. People are often surprised to find out that I underwent what, on the surface, appears to be a dramatic career change. While the responsibilities and daily tasks of each vocation differ greatly, the essence of the two fields of study is very similar. That similarity lies in the uniqueness of each person’s story and the themes that emerge along the way. Therapy gives individuals the opportunity to share their narrative in a warm, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. It affords one the opportunity to examine their patterns, search for meaning, and identify conflicts and resolutions. I believe that therapy is akin to a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel. There are multiple options in life, and therapy allows you to explore those options and make decisions that are right for you.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse often appears with a co-existing mental health issue, such as a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder, or trauma.

Emily Burchfield, LCPC is a pyschotherapist for individuals and families in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (773) 343-2781. Also, check out her second office location at 330 S. Wells St. Suite 400D, Chicago, IL 60606.

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Emily Burchfield
1945 W. Wilson Avenue, Suite 6115
Chicago, IL 60640
Georgia Angelakos
Georgia Angelakos
Chicago, IL 60618

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

In our practice, we are able to apply multiple theoretical approaches such as person-centered, Gestalt, choice theory, and strengths-based, to name a few. Our ability to utilize multiple approaches is beneficial to our clients as we believe each person has their own set of needs. Forcing a person into exposure to a specific therapeutic intervention when it may not have significant efficacy, with regards to their issue, is not supportive of best practices.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I and my colleague, Michael C. Martinez, LCPC are able to help people facing a vast range of issues including, anger expression, sexual identity, self exploration, depression, relationship issues, anxiety and trauma. I believe one of our specialties is in working with people who struggle with anger. Historically anger has been viewed as something which needs to be managed. Instead we use the iceberg model. Our approach asserts that anger is a manifestation of feelings we experience without full self awareness. These feelings may later manifest into a display of anger, or what we refer to as the tip of the iceberg, which is only visible on the surface. In therapy, a person learns to become aware of these feelings which are below the surface. Next they learn how to become assertive in the process of getting their needs met, while always keeping awareness of what is happening below the surface. Over time, the iceberg melts away.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The best way to determine if therapy is right for a given individual is through exposure to the process. Knowing when it is right or a good fit may take a few sessions as the client needs to, at some point of the process, feel comfortable sharing with the therapist. Sometimes this occurs right away, while in other instances a sense of safety and vulnerability with the clinician takes longer for the client to develop.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

This can vary significantly from person to person as each client presents with different issues. Generally speaking, the client can expect to develop a template they can later apply in their own environment on a daily basis. The training process occurs within the therapy session. Ideally application takes place the second the client leaves the office.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

After much consideration I realize that this is a question I believe is best answered by my clients or anyone who has been exposed to the work I do, which I prefer to refer to as an art form.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse may indicate the presence of life stressors which are not being addressed in a healthy manner. This directly relates to the status of a person’s mental health, as substances often are used as a way to cope with anxiety or stress. Once the use of substances begins, biochemical reactions occur which may result in physical addiction to the substance. This can create a whole new problem of substance use and impulse control that is very difficult to overcome physically, mentally, and spiritually. We support our clients as they tackle the challenge of reducing undesired use of substances while utilizing healthy methods of coping.

Georgia Angelakos, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (773) 234-8133.
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Georgia Angelakos
3808 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618
Leo Loukas
Leo Loukas
Chicago , IL 60654

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in solution focused therapy.  This mean we create a plan and push for change each and every session.  This type of therapy gives you results and quickly and effectively as possible.  

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

When you are ready for therapy, take some time and interview a few therapist.  See who you are comfortable with and someone you feel you can trust.   

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy can help alleviate pain.  Knowing therapy is right for you is when you have decided you no longer want to live with that pain.  It about finding peace and happiness in your life.  

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Because I specialize in solution based therapy we become partners in finding you peace and happiness in your life.  It an equal partnership where change happens.   

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There has always been a link between the two.  Therapy has to address both issues simultaneously, teaching you the skills necessary to move past both issues.  

Leo Loukas provides counseling for individuals, couples and families at Chicago Therapy Solutions in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (312) 324-3100.

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Leo Loukas
325 W. Huron St, Suite 304
Chicago , IL 60654
Lise Schiffer
Lise Schiffer
Chicago , IL

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a solution-focused therapist with 30 years experience helping people improve their lives. I believe therapy must produce tangible change in order to be considered effective. My approach is to listen deeply, conceptualize issues, offer feedback, and suggest ways to change unproductive patterns.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am interactive, compassionate, cognitive, and, if need be, challenging.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

As the former director of a substance abuse program, I have a tremendous amount of experience treating addicts, co-dependents and substance abusers with co-occurring mental health problems. Many addicts use substances to self-medicate for undiagnosed and/or untreated emotional or psychological issues. Therapy can be very helpful for getting a recovery plan that works and then dealing with those issues, which in turn reduces the chances of relapse. 

Lise Schiffer, LCSW provides Solution-Focused Counseling and Psychotherapy in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (773) 508-5301.

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Lise Schiffer
6900 N Campbell Ave
Chicago , IL
Michele Studl, Ph.D.
Michele Studl, Ph.D.
Chicago, IL 60601

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My approach depends upon the needs of the individual.   It includes supportive insight, cognitive –behavioral (CBT), and mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral (MBCT).

I treat a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, stress management, anger management.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

There is more than 1 path to navigating life’s challenges. Seeking help from experts is a sign of strength.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The benefits of therapy depend upon how you use the process.  They can include getting support, learning coping strategies, learning communication and problem-solving skills, managing emotions, finding resolution to the problem for which you sought treatment.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am experienced and have training in a wide variety of treatment approaches.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Persons who have a mental health disorder are twice as likely to have a substance abuse disorder and visa-versa, so they often co-occur.  The nature of this co-occurrence is not yet fully understood.

Michele Studl, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please call (847) 441-7774. Second location: 545 Lincoln Ave Winnetka, IL 60093 

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Michele Studl, Ph.D.
180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2201
Chicago, IL 60601
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