Seoul Korea World Conference on Social WorkNew Hope Recovery Center is proud to announce that Jeff Zacharias, our Clinical Director and President, spoke in Seoul, South Korea at the 2016 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.  Jeff's discussion was on “Addiction, Mental Health & Trauma in the LGBTQI Community: Providing Hope for an Under-Served Population”.




Today, July 8 Jeff is speaking in Denver at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Convention on“How to Erase Stigma in the LGBTQI Community “. 

NCADIn August, you can hear Jeff speak at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) also in Denver.  His talk “Chemsex in the City:  The Intersection of Drugs, Sex, Technology and HIV/AIDS”  will be presented at the conference: August 18-21, 2016.

CCSADAnd later in the year, Jeff is speaking at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD) in Hyannis, MA from September 8-11, 2016.


NAADACAnd at The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference (NAADAC) in Minneapolis, MN – October 7-11, 2016.



For more information call 888-707-4673(HOPE) or email us at

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Greg Cox New Hope Recovery Center

Greg Cox, Primary Counselor, LCSW, CADC

New Hope Recovery Center's Greg Cox was recently interviewed for the Summer 2016 edition of Recovery Campus Magazine.  Greg discusses the importance of spirituality in recovery and the difficulty emerging adults have in understanding the importance of spirituality in their lives.  Greg states: "Spirituality is a critical component of addiction recovery because it focuses on growth, change and evolution....To fully recovery from our addiction, we must reconnect to our spirituality, our search for purpose in our life and connections beyond ourselves."

Spirituality often gets confused with religion, but they are very different things.  As Greg mentions, "Some find it helpful to think of religion as rules or practices agreed to by a number of people, whereas spirituality is completely related to one's own individual experience and connections."

Greg understands the unique issues confronting today's young adults: social and general anxiety, shame, low self worth and constant electronic stimulation, among other things.  For young adults struggling with addiction, shame can become overwhelming and lead to an addiction spiral: using to feel better and then feeling shame about using, using to feel better.....Greg helps our young adults break free from this cycle and begin work toward their goals and dreams.

You can read Greg's full interview in the 2016 Summer Issue of Recovery Campus Magazine.

You may also find these related articles helpful:

Why Spirituality Is Important In Recovery

Religious Trauma and LGBT Addiction

Emerging Adults – Time of Stress, Change, and Possibly Addiction

Long Term Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use on Emerging Adults

5 Steps for a Successful Transition Back to College After Rehab

Alcohol or Drug Addiction? Healthy Boundaries for Parents

Student Drug Abuse: 19 Warning Signs

5 Things Parents Need to Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

Helicopter Parenting: Recipe for Alcohol or Drug Addiction?

Parents’ Guide to Prevent Heroin Use and Addiction

New Hope Recovery Center has extensive experience helping Emerging Adults with alcohol and drug addictions. For more information call 888-707-4673(HOPE) or email us at

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WGN Radio 720

Tonight you can hear and see Jeff Zacharias, New Hope Recovery Center's President and Clinical Director, speak live on WGN Radio.
He will be speaking  with Patti Vazquez about the aftermath of Orlando and trauma, depression and anxiety in the LGBT community. Jeff will also be speaking directly to listeners who need help and will offer suggestions and resources to promote healing.
You can hear him from 11pm-12:30am Central Time TONIGHT June 13, 2016 on WGN Radio 720 AM.
It's a livestream show, so you can listen & watch.  Call or text to speak with Jeff at 312-981-7200 during the show.

Jeff Zacharias, New Hope Recovery Center President and Clinical Director, was recently interviewed by Addiction Blog on the subject of LGBT Addiction and Recovery.

You can read the Interview on Addiction Blog.  In the Interview, Jeff discussed addiction treatment possibilities for LGBT individuals, trauma and addiction, and challenges and barriers LGBT people may face when seeking help with addiction.


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New Hope Recovery Center is located in Chicago and offers individualized alcohol and drug addiction treatment in a loving supportive environment.  The New Hope with Pride program focuses on the needs of LGBT individuals.  Contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707- 4673 (HOPE).

Ever hear a term used by a friend or loved one and not know what it is? Do you suspect someone may be using a drug but unsure of what substance? Below is a list of “street names” for five of the most commonly abused drugs: Oxycodone, methamphetamine, crystal meth, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.

1. Oxycodone (Brand name Oxycotin)  Common Drug Street Names

  • Oxy

  • O

  • OC

  • Cotton

  • Oxy 80’s

  • Kickers

  • Cotton

  • Hillbilly Heroin

2. Methamphetamine

  • Meth

  • Beanies

  • Speed

  • Crank

  • Chicken feed

  • Cinnamon

3. Crystal Meth

  • Crystal

  • Tina

  • Cris/Cristy

  • Glass

  • Tweak

  • Shards

  • Ice

  • Quartz

3. Marijuana

  • Weed

  • Pot

  • Ganja

  • Grass

  • Herb

  • Skunk

  • Blunt

  • Hemp

  • Joint

  • Puff

  • Splif

  • Mary Jane

  • Hemp

  • Herb

  • Purple Haze

4. Heroin

  • Smack

  • Thunder

  • Horse

  • H

  • Dope

  • Junk

  • Black tar

  • Mud

  • Brown sugar

5. Cocaine

  • Blow

  • Snow

  • Coke/Cola

  • Blizzard

  • Powder

  • Sniff

  • Nose candy

  • Dust

  • Toot

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New Hope Recovery Center is located in Chicago and offers individualized alcohol and drug addiction treatment in a loving supportive environment.  Contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707- 4673 (HOPE).