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A Client Story Where Treatment, Support at Core of Sobriety

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August 17, 2017
After getting arrested for drug possession, Maria was willing do whatever it took to stay out of jail. As a first offender, Maria was offered the Kane County’s Deferred Prosecution Program, which meant having to complete a drug and alcohol assessment and following through with any recommendations. When Maria first came to Renz Addiction Counseling Center, she did not think her marijuana use was problematic. Through counseling, Maria revealed she smoked marijuana to help ease anxiety and stress brought on by family obligations and an alcoholic father. After Maria’s mother passed away in an accident, as an only sibling she felt compelled to care for her father after extended family turned him away due to his excessive drinking.
     While reluctant at first, Maria finally decided her marijuana use was contributing to her unhappiness. She embraced the idea of recovery and leading a healthier lifestyle. She began to make changes by finding a healthier job and parting with friends who were a poor influence.
Through the Center’s outpatient program, Maria began to understand how she was self-medicating her depression and anxiety with marijuana. She had spent years caring for her father and neglecting herself. Only when abstinent, did Maria realize her relationship with her father was unhealthy. Through individual and group sessions, Maria learned how to better care for herself and her father. She established healthy boundaries with her father through appropriate detachment…caring instead of caretaking, and forcing him to deal with the consequences of his actions. Maria learned that by owning her addiction and not enabling others, she was a happier, healthier person. Through group sessions, Maria also was able to connect with other people in similar circumstances…she realized she was not the only one in the room who felt lonely, embarrassed about her arrest, and her codependency with her father.
When Maria completed treatment at Renz, she had obtained 8 months of sobriety and was attending 12-step meetings for support. She had a healthier relationship with her father and boyfriend, and made new friends she could rely on for support. Today, Maria continues with abstinence. She has a great job, enrolled in college, and has finally found the confidence she had been lacking most of her life.

September marks National Recovery Month, a time where people throughout the country pay tribute to individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are now living drug-free.  This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” encourages communities to be socially inclusive, offering those in need of recovery support the chance to seek help, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders.
To help strengthen the community and honor of National Recovery Month, Renz Addiction Counseling Center is offering free substance abuse assessments during September to community residents who think they may have an alcohol or drug problem.  The assessment involves completing a questionnaire and meeting with a counselor.
      “Communities can improve the lives of those in recovery by extending opportunities for meaningful daily activities, such as jobs, schools, volunteerism, or family caretaking,” said Renz Addiction Counseling Center’s Executive Director Jerry Skogmo. Community residents can play a significant role in supporting those in recovery as they gain the independence, income and resources necessary to fully participate in society.”
     Free assessments are only available during the month of September at Renz Center’s Two American Way in Elgin facility.  Appointments are necessary.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (847) 742-3545.
     Renz Center provides a continuum of care dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. Services range from prevention programs for youth in the schools to outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults.  Priority is given to pregnant women and women with dependent children. Offices are located in Elgin, St. Charles, and Streamwood. 
     Renz Addiction Counseling Center is a non-profit organization funded in part by the federal government, Fox Valley United Way, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Hanover Township, Geneva, and St. Charles 708 boards and other local community organizations. To find out more about Renz Center’s programs, call 847-742-3545 or visit www.renzcenter.org. 
Contact:
Deb Howe, Director of Marketing & Development
dhowe@renzcenter.org, (847) 742-3545 ext 236