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Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center

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Causes: Counseling, Crime & Law, Drunk Driving-Related, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: The vision of Above and Beyond is to build an individualized treatment experience that is available to anyone in need regardless of their economic status. Our clients and clinicians create therapeutic alliances that design and execute personalized programs of recovery that co-exist side-by-side personal development and growth goals. We believe that recovery is a process that requires meeting individuals where they are at as well as addressing their environmental life circumstances such as: education, employment readiness, interpersonal relationships, and social reintegrative abilities and activities.

Target demographics: those with substance use disorders who have no means, no money

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 human beings

Geographic areas served: a ravaged neighborhood of West Chicago (between hotspots)

Programs: state-of-the-art addiction treatments (REBT, Rage Management, Trauma, OP & iOP, DUI Counseling, Acupuncture, Yoga, Art, SMART Recovery & AA)

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 smileyguy

Board Member

Rating: 5

To stand in the lobby and watch the lost, sick, and nearly dead clients enter these programs is to witness true miracles, one after the other, as they exit clear-eyed, and with a new purpose and meaning to their existences. The programs are the best that can be found and they are delivered free of any charge to the people who need them the most.I am a member of this organization because of how proud I am to be affiliated with such top-notch world class professionals who give of their life, experience, and time so freely. This is truly a "paying it forward" organization, offering free addiction treatment services to those of us who need it the most (homeless, uninsured, vulnerable, and invisible populations).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The whole experience I have had at the A/B center has been wonderful and I have learned how to control my emotions and behaviors through the REBT groups and SMART meetings. Everyone who works there are kind,respectful, and give you the tools that help you help yourself, without PUSHING ANYTHING on you that you don't agree with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is the best outpatient treatment center in the city of chicago! The staff is amazing and the clients are like a breath of fresh air. They love the different types of services offered to them like music therapy, and accupunture therapy. This place is amazing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is an amazing place to work. I am grateful to be a part of the team here at Above and Beyond. In the short time I have been at this place I learn so much from the clients and I am passionate about what I can offer the client in order for the client to move forward in their lives. I am grateful to be here making a difference in the lives of others.

1 sober1995

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is an amazing place to work and to change your life. All are services are free, you can just be walking by and walk in and change your life if your willing. I love working here being a part of a life changing experience is priceless. All the staff understand what our purpose is too serve. We're one of a kind, I've been in recovery 22 years and never seen any place like Above and Beyond.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is a very special faculty, it's one of a kind where lives are changed. I love working here . The staff is committed to the people we serve . We offer things that the people we serve would not be able to receive any where else at no cost. Everyone here is dedicated to helping others 100% , Above and beyond is more than just a name it's what we do!!!!

1 Melissa357

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach a "come as you are" trauma-informed yoga class that is accessible to all ages, levels, and mobility every Monday at Above and Beyond. I have been teaching this class at Above and Beyond for a year now and am impressed by the innovative services in recovery they are providing and the genuine commitment of the staff. As a contractor, I feel fully supported and valued in my role at the center and am proud to be part of the team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond creates an atmosphere that is not only beautiful aesthetically but invites individuals to come in and share in a recovery environment that is not rigid in how treatment is "supposed" to be.

2 Bruce59

Client Served

Rating: 5

A&b has different means of helping men and women learn and sustain sobriety. for the first time in my life I'm able to see living my life with out the use of drugs or alcohol.A&b accommodates and covers all that's needed for those who want to recover.Theres AA, Rebt,and Smart recovery methods.All of which leads to sustainable sobriety.My life has changed for the better from attending groups and fellowshiping with A&B staff and clients my deepest thanks.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is differently a second home for a majority of our clients. Not only do they cater to the clients needs, but they go that extra mile too ensure quality services for all walks of life! Their treatment plan is designed to help the client's here navigate toward a successful goal. As a Intern here at AnB, I can say that I'm proud to be a part of this exciting journey!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have notice that sense I been here at Above and Beyond I have learn a lot and I feel that at the clients can benifit from this program and it would be a great place to work.

2 Michelle72677

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. I am approaching 90 days clean & sober as of Monday, March 27th, 2017.

Life as I knew it was forever changed on Wednesday, December 28, 2016... That was the day I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. That was the day I decided I was going to get clean and stay clean for the rest of my life. That day I brought myself to Haymarket Center in Chicago, IL. I completed 8 days in their Women's Medically Monitored Detox Program and then moved forward in my recovery process and completed an additional 45 days in their treatment program, T.W.L. ("Transforming Women's Lives"). Upon completion and certification of treatment I was accepted into Haymarket's Women's Residential Recovery Home, "Sangamon House".

As a resident of "Sangamon House" I am required to complete 75 hours of additional addiction treatment through an I.O.P. ("Intensive Out-Patient") program. Naturally, Haymarket Center, attempts to send all in-house recovery home residents to their own I.O.P. program. Unfortunately, prior to moving into "Sangamon House" I found out my insurance was not accepted by HMC.
After finding out I wouldn't be able to continue my recovery treatment at HMC I became disappointed. I was told by my Recovery Coach she had found a facility off-site for me to complete my I.O.P. So it was with an open mind and an open heart I headed to Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center in Chicago, IL for my initial Intake & Assessment to begin treatment there.

My initial disappointment was immediately nullified! From the very minute I walked through the front doors of Above & Beyond I was embraced and welcomed by the staff & counselors and comforted by the warm atmosphere their facility offers. This recovery center is by far the best therapeutic environment I have ever encountered in all the years I have been seeking help!

Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center offers individualized treatment to anyone in need regardless of economic status. They currently offer a wide-array of therapeutic groups which include, but are not limited to: Acupuncture, Anger & Rage Management, E.F.T., R.E.B.T., Trauma, Women's Issues & Yoga. There is something for everyone and in every group I've attended I have found someone or something I could relate to and help me in my recovery.

The counselors & staff at Above & Beyond are warm, friendly and loving and make me feel at home every single day that I have been here for the past month or so. After only my first week there I asked if I would be able to continue attending groups upon completion of my I.O.P.! I was told by my Counselor, Trisha, "Once you are part of the Above & Beyond family you are always a part of the family... Keep coming back!"

In addition to therapeutic groups and counseling Above & Beyond also provides special resources for clothing, employment, housing & life skills. They also conveniently offer daily AA and Smart Recovery Meetings - Monday through Friday. There's always a friendly staff member or counselor available to help me any time I need help or have a question. Their list of resources & services seems endless! When they haven't been able to help me they have gone out of their way to find someone who could!

Above & Beyond has changed my life! I know what I want to do with the rest of my life and where I need to be now! The counselors & staff have helped to encourage me into the next steps of my recovery - 1.) Where I want to be in a year of my recovery, 2.) What I want to do for a career and 3.) How I am going to do it. I am not only inspired by the counselors and the staff at Above & Beyond, but also by all the clients. Everyone who walks through the doors at Above & Beyond come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. I am surrounded by so much individuality and diversity at this facility it amazes me every single day I am there!

Above & Beyond has inspired me to go back to school at 39 years old. I am now determined to obtain a degree in Social Work and Counseling, where it is my intention to use it to become an Addictions Specialist and/or a Substance Abuse Counselor someday in the not too far off future. I am now also interested in learning more about obtaining certifications for facilitating a variety of therapeutic groups and meetings.

Above & Beyond opened the door to my recovery and is making it possible for me to make all my dreams come true. I love being a part of this place! I love knowing that without a doubt I now have a future. I love knowing that being a part of this place makes a difference in other's lives. Above & Beyond has made a difference in my life and continues to do so everyday. I am forever a part of the family at Above and Beyond and my life will forever be better because of it!

Michelle Kieca
Client, Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center - Chicago, IL

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond assists those in need with the skills that are conducive to embark on new lives! It's not just a name they chose for the organization; the faculty as well as staff members literally go above and beyond to create an environment that is warm and inviting and makes everyone feel as though they are a part of a family. Above and beyond is a special kind of place where you are given a genuine opportunity to learn, leave, and launch! I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is probably one of the best treatment facilities that i have ever been to. They care about the people they help, and want nothing more then to be a tool for their success. I cant explain the gratitude that i have for that place and every one in it. Thank you so much for helping me get on track Above and Beyond. You guys are the best.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond is not only a great program but a caring one. Patients know and feel the warmth and unconditional acceptance that exudes from staff. As a professional I am even energized by the warmth and kindness that is present at Above and Beyond.

2 Siri H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yes, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, far exceeds expectations! From the generous, kind and courteous staff, to the amazing warm ambiance of the facility, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is a place that makes you feel like family. There is always a smile on someone's face. The clients are happy and are very comfortable mingling with each other and the staff. This is truly a place that cares about its employees, and is very passionate about the services they provide to the community and their clients. I have only worked here a short while and I can say that I am very impressed. I have worked in many corporations with various cultures and I can honestly say, that Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is at the top of the Five-Star list of great nonprofit companies!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well from the time i walked in the door it was an amazing experience, the staff was warm and inviting as well as genital. Each staff i encountered was pleasant and attentive. the ED is well knowledgeable to the needs of the clients. I enjoyed the space it was very pretty and enjoyable. It is an amazing place to be and I love it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cant believe that they provide us with service the way they do. I was treated with respect day in and day out. They helped me look for jobs, create a resume, and apply for housing. I completed 25 hours of treatment which is called out-patient. They provide us with coffee (good coffee, lol) breakfast in the morning, and a hot lunch after group in the afternoon. The staff is friendly and smart. I hope that they continue to grow because everyone should have a chance to go there if they struggle with drug addiction.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff, service, and atmosphere are not like anything i have ever experienced before. I was a client a couple months back and i can honestly say that because of the encouragement and expertise they gave me i will stay sober and change my life. I have been clean now for 11 months and i expect to keep going. I want to thank everyone there, Brenda, Kyle, Dan, and everyone else because without them i dont know where i would be today. Thank you guys so much.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is as good as it gets. The people here lover you.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Above and Beyond a place where not only the patients that we serve are allowed to change their lives, but so do the staff. I come in to work everyday and i see miracles, people who once were degenerates to the rest of the world, have now become respectable well spoken members of a family. I work primarily in the administration department which is awesome because i am learning how to become a manager as well as a clinician which is useful since i want to be a clinical director of a substance abuse center one day. My career has just started and thats all because of the chance that Above and Beyond granted me 6 short months ago. Today i am a Certified Associate Addictions Professional, as well as a certified SMART recovery facilitator. Honestly a year ago i wouldn't have even believed someone if they told me this is where i would be now. Every single coworker i have is amazing, the clinical director is one of the most down to earth humble people i have ever met and i consider him a friend. It hasn't been easy but with the guidance of my coworkers, i am now on the path i knew i could be on.

I don't know how to put my experience so far into words because i'm in shock every single day that i am living this life, but i want everyone to know that i wont ever look back now and i owe a lot of what i know and will know to everyone who has made such a big impact on me at work. I still cant believe that i'm a part of something so amazing and so big. Gosh i love my life today.