Substance Abuse Treatment Helps Restore Lives, Careers and Dignity
Society’s disapproval for alcohol and drug abuse finds no greater recipient for stigma than an addicted professional including physicians, pharmacists, lawyers, pilots, executives and others. Positive Sobriety Institute (PSI), based in Chicago, Illinois, treats these individuals and their specific addictions including any co-occurring issues such as mental health disorders in a culturally sensitive environment conducive to healing and recovery.
Most clients are referred to PSI by employers, peer assistance groups or licensing and regulatory agencies. Through exhibited behaviors, these individuals have raised concerns among their peers and family about their ability to function with the professional judgment and safety sensitivity required by their positions. After a thorough evaluation and assessment has been made, PSI addiction experts offer comprehensive substance abuse treatment plans that take into account the day-to-day lives and responsibilities of professionals.
PSI in Chicago also offers addiction recovery evaluations and assessments to highly motivated, non-professionals struggling with substance use disorder and who fit the milieu.
Chicago Substance Abuse Addictions We Treat
PSI substance abuse programs offer treatment for all types of drug and/or alcohol abuse, including:
What is the Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction?
The concepts of substance abuse and addiction are often used interchangeably, but there are key differences between the two. Substance abuse precedes substance dependence or addiction, and the two should not be confused. Not everyone who abuses drugs and/or alcohol will necessarily develop an addiction.
Substance abuse is the use of any illicit drugs (such as cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, methamphetamines, ecstasy and others) or the inappropriate or overuse of prescription medications (such as opioids and benzodiazepines). Repeated substance abuse can lead to addiction. Addiction begins because the drug being abused works to target the reward center of the brain, flooding the brain with dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Our brains are programmed to respond to feelings of pleasure and reward; this repeated stimulus changes the way the brain is wired, causing the user to crave more and more of the substance they are abusing. Over time, these cravings become unmanageable, interfering with daily life and leading to negative and sometimes devastating effects on career, family life, finances and overall health.
Everyone is affected differently by addiction and there are many factors that play into the severity of an individual’s illness, such as whether or not a mental health disorder, co-existing medical problems or other biopsychosocial factors are present.
Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction as a Brain Disease
PSI believes that addiction is a chronic brain disease, affecting the brain’s wiring and neurotransmitters. As such, our experienced team of addiction experts incorporates evidence-based neuroscience approaches into your personalized substance abuse treatment plan. Based on a confidential assessment, taking into account mental and physical health, substance usage, family history and work environment, we’ll get to the root cause of your addiction and set you on the right course to sobriety.
Substance Abuse Treatment Levels of Care
PSI specializes in treating addicted and impaired professionals and others through the following substance abuse treatment levels of care:
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Ambulatory and Inpatient Detox
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Independent Living Program
- Impaired Professionals Program
Our seamless continuum of care addresses every stage of the substance abuse recovery process. From detox all the way through to outpatient care, individuals are provided with the highest quality medical treatment, support, resources and life skills to effectively overcome their addiction and get back to their careers and family.
Substance Abuse Treatment Plans at PSI
Our substance abuse treatment plans incorporate neuroscience-driven treatment using a multidisciplinary approach with the latest holistic modalities at world-class facilities located in the Chicago area. Our renowned team of addiction experts consist of board certified physicians, registered nurses, credentialed clinicians, addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, recovery counselors, nutritionists and behavioral therapists who collaborate to create individualized substance abuse treatment plans. Wherever our clients are in their recovery process, PSI addiction experts ensure that our substance abuse programs offer the latest comprehensive approaches to substance abuse treatment and care.
Our substance abuse treatment plans include:
- Comprehensive addiction assessment
- Assessment for co-occurring mental health disorders
- Integrated medical management and care
- Medically supervised detox
- Medicated assisted treatment
- Evaluation for trauma
- Individual and group therapy
- Family therapy groups
- Exposure to the 12-step program
- Life skills training
- Nutritional therapy
- Holistic therapy (including meditation, exercise and yoga)
- Continuing care and relapse prevention strategies
Why Substance Abuse Treatment is Successful at PSI
Our substance abuse programs are based on proven recovery models that produce highly successful results. PSI’s substance abuse treatment approach addresses the full spectrum of our client’s recovery needs so that they can return to their personal and professional lives feeling strong, productive and inspired as they lead their new life in health and sobriety.
Individuals Who Enter Treatment at PSI
- Learn healthy ways to manage depression, anxiety, anger and frustration.
- Learn to identify triggers that bring on cravings to use drugs and/or alcohol.
- Address any underlying emotional problems that contribute to substance abuse.
- Participate in daily individual and group therapy.
- Participate in family therapy to heal broken relationships due to the stress drug and alcohol abuse has caused within the family unit.
- Develop healthy sleep, nutrition and exercise habits to heal the brain and body.
- Receive medication management and close monitoring by clinical staff.
- Receive treatment for any co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Undergo evaluation and treatment for medical conditions, including those that cause chronic pain which may have led to opioid abuse.
- Develop a strong recovery support network through 12-step work and other recovery group therapy workshops.
- Develop relapse prevention skills to ensure lasting sobriety.