My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, Chicago, IL, USA
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!
Client, Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center - Chicago, IL