Professionals Program

Our nationally recognized Professionals Program is located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, Illinois. The Professionals Program includes a number of specialized program services. The program is based on a Partial Hospitalization Day Program (PHP) schedule (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.). Upon completion of this level of treatment, patients are transitioned into the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for a shorter treatment day for an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

First Step: Schedule an Assessment

Before an individual can be admitted to the program, an assessment with an intake coordinator must be scheduled. An Individual Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a physician or a certified-addiction counselor to determine what level of care is most appropriate for the individual.

The program specializes in the treatment of high-accountability professionals from the health and business community, including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and lawyers.

Available at this location:

The Lincoln Park location is easily accessible from Lake Shore Drive, as well as O'Hare and Midway Airports.

Specialized Services:

  • Family Week Program - An intensive treatment experience for family members of patients in the Professionals Program.
  • Independent Living Community (ILC) - A supportive living environment in sober-living homes to provide a residential living option for patients while participating in the day treatment program. In this residential setting, patients are able to live in a highly supportive community with peers sharing similar concerns and issues.

About the Program

The program is based on a Partial Hospitalization Day Program (PHP) schedule (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.). Upon completion of this level of treatment, patients are transitioned into the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for a shorter treatment day for an average of 2 to 4 weeks. Most patients live in an independent living community. This provides an intensive 24-hour integration of the treatment program into a daily living routine that emphasizes self-responsibility for all daily living activities, as well as accountability to peers.

Program Components

  • Physician involvement and leadership in daily program activities
  • Interactive group psychotherapy
  • Emphasis on meditation and mindfulness
  • Individual therapy and case management
  • Daily community meetings
  • Physical fitness/wellness groups and activities
  • Special focus groups addressing mood disorders, dual diagnosis issues and process addiction (including eating disorders and sexual compulsivity)
  • Comprehensive approach to chronic pain
  • Recovery/re-entry groups (Caduceus)
  • Extended program (Phase II) that provides transitional treatment in preparation for return to home and professional life
  • Didactic workshops
  • Family groups and a separate Family Week Program
  • Advocacy with medical and licensing boards for patients in recovery
  • Independent Living Community (ILC)
  • Emphasis in self-reporting, individualized treatment planning and evidenced-based therapies

Treatment Length

The treatment length is individualized according to need. Most health care professionals will be in the day hospital program a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks, followed by an extended period of less intensive treatment for at least 2 to 4 weeks.

For further information or to schedule an assessment for the Professionals Program, please contact Joel Neuberger at 847-493-3500.

Treatment Schedule

All patients begin in the Partial Hospitalization (Day) Program (PHP) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for 4 to 6 weeks. Upon completion of this level of treatment, patients are transitioned into the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for a shorter treatment day for an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

The IOP continues the treatment process begun in the PHP phase but on a reduced schedule which ends by 1:00 p.m. depending on individual assignments.

After completing the program, patients will be a part of Continuing Care, which continues for a minimum of two years. Continuing Care is set up in the patient's home community.

Typical Daily Schedule

Each day's schedule begins at 9:00 a.m. with a community meeting of all patients. This meeting includes a time for meditation and reflection on spirituality.

Therapeutic treatments and group therapy continue throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. daily.

What to Expect

Program participants will discover that being in the treatment program is an unparalleled opportunity to create new and positive relationships with others in like circumstances. A willingness to listen to others, to share one's own experiences, and learn about the disease of chemical dependency is the primary requirement for the program to be successful.

What is Treatment Like?

The primary approach in treatment is small group therapy. Educational sessions, specialty groups, individual assignments and a patient workbook on Positive Sobriety are included in the schedule. Physician and counselor 1:1 sessions are individually scheduled during the week.

The First Few Days

The first few days can often be challenging for most participants as they are encounter new ways of thinking and coping. Discussing feelings and sharing openly with others is usually foreign and hard at first. Resistance to change is normal and is usually encountered in those first few days as participants are asked to adopt new daily habits, rituals and are assisted in establishing realistic, appropriate and attainable goals.

Like preparing for a marathon, until the body adjusts to the rigors of a strict running and workout regimen, it can be painful and frustrating. However, as participants progress through the program and begin to see personal progress, they often embrace and enjoy the support of a group and the accountability that goal setting provides. And, like marathon or race training, what was at first difficult, soon becomes a normal and even welcome part of daily life.

Most insurance plans cover outpatient substance abuse treatment. Please call the program for more information on treatment costs and your insurance benefits.

Self-pay plans are individualized and can be tailored to the individual's ability to pay for treatment.

Call 877-RES-INFO for Nurse Advice, Doctor Referrals or Class Registration Monday - Friday 8 am to 8 pm • Weekends 8 am to 4pm

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