“Ornaments of Recovery,” by Fr. Jim Swarthout

As I was hanging up the ornaments on the Christmas tree a few weeks back, I began thinking about the messages or ‘ornaments’ of recovery. I’d like to share them with you as a gentle reminder of joy and peace this holiday season! Experience – As the heart muscle gives life to the whole body, … Continued

Bringing the 12 Steps of Spiritual Recovery into Everyday Life

by Father Jim Swarthout, Director of Alumni and Clergy Services The greatest gift you can give yourself, your family, and friends during the holidays is recovery The holidays can bring up all types of emotions, sometimes we miss our family and friends, sometimes we aren’t sure how to act around them, and other times we … Continued

The Effects of Drug Addiction

Of course, it comes as little surprise to hear that substance abuse comes with negative consequences. Still, it’s easy to underestimate the severity of drug addiction, or to simply believe you or your loved ones are immune to these negative effects. Drug addiction is very real, and the long-term and short-term effects can be severe … Continued

10 Mental Health Signs You Should Never Ignore

It’s easy to believe that a mental health disorder could never happen to you or your loved ones. But the reality is that millions of Americans are diagnosed with a mental health disorder every year. They’re more common than you may realize, but help and hope is here at Rosecrance. Reach out to our team … Continued

Treatment works! The recipe to recovery and storytelling as medicine

By Dr. Tom Wright, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer When I was training to be a child psychiatrist many years ago, I had a mentor who was one of the most well-known and beloved child psychiatrists in Illinois:  Jay Hirsch, MD. Jay had many sayings, quotes, and “clinical pearls” … Continued

What Happens During a Mental Health Assessment?

How well you do you think, reason and remember? A mental health assessment evaluates these cognitive abilities to provide your doctor with a complete picture of your emotional state. This exam may be conducted by your primary care doctor, a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker. What happens during a mental health assessment? You may have had brief mental health … Continued

Rosecrance 12 Step Program for a Better Life

If an addiction to alcohol or drugs has taken over your life, help is here, hope can be found and recovery can be achieved through the 12 step program at Rosecrance. Developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the 12-Step program is designed to give a process to comprehend and manage your addiction. And … Continued

Making the Big Game a Sober Bowl

Big Game gatherings can bring up all types of emotions… Perhaps the big game used to be a time of heavy drinking and using, going to loud bars, or embarrassing yourself in front of others or waking up the next morning and not even remembering who won the game, or how you got home. Then … Continued