From without hope to Champion of Hope

Glenda Burns arrived in Rockford discouraged and downhearted. Knowing life needed to change, she entered treatment at Rosecrance and discovered the hope of recovery. Inspired by caring staff, Burns recognized that her sustained recovery could be a professional asset and decided to pursue a career in behavioral health. She eventually returned to Rosecrance and has … Continued

Help! My child is behind: Coping with the stress of social and academic struggles in an unpredictable school year

The first semester of school brought its share of challenges as students and educators readjusted to in-person learning environments. As classes began, it became clear that two interrupted years left many youth falling behind in academics and social learning skills. A lack of face-to-face interaction and an increased dependence on less-personal virtual learning hindered the … Continued

Impaired Driving Prevention Month a reminder that substance use treatment services are available at the holidays

While holiday festivities make December merry, they also can be a time of grief because of the impact of drug or alcohol-related deaths on America’s roads. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month calls attention to the increase in driving deaths from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 … Continued

Rosecrance adolescent services meeting the mental health needs of youth impacted by pandemic stress

Yesterday, the U.S. Surgeon General called attention to the mental health crisis among youth that has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Vivek Murthy’s report noted that prior to the pandemic, 20 percent of children and adolescents had a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder. In the decade before COVID-19, the number … Continued

Finding connection during the holidays

The holidays can present a steady stream of challenges for people with mental health or substance use disorders as they seek fellowship throughout the season. In addition to the loneliness of loss, there may be a rush of triggers that can cause isolation, or the lack of a strong community support base for individuals new … Continued