New Hope Recovery Center recognizes the unique addiction treatment needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population. Having a successful treatment stay means discovering what lies at the heart of the addiction. Through addressing a variety of issues – all forms of homophobia, gender identity and expression, the coming out process, trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual compulsivity – an individual can begin to examine the role of drugs/alcohol in their lives and develop healthier coping skills.

naswilOn October 20, 2016, New Hope Recovery Center President and Clinical Director, Jeff Zacharias, will be speaking at the 2016 Business of Social Work: NASW Illinois Chapter Conference at the Hilton in Lisle, IL on how to start and run a private practice.

Jeff Zacharias Social Worker of the Year

Jeff Zacharias

Read Jeff's article summarizing some of the basics that will be covered in Jeff's talk.

What does it take to run your own private practice business? What do you need to know to increase your chances of success?  What are the best ways to market yourself? The pros and cons of insurance?

If you are interested in learning more about starting or running a therapy private practice, sign up for the conference by visiting NASWIL.  In addition to Jeff's talk, Bradd Easton, New Hope Recovery Center's CEO, will be available to offer insights and tips about running a small business at the New Hope Recovery Center booth at the 2016 Business of Social Work Conference.

 

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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.  New Hope Recovery Center is an independently owned treatment center that is certified as an LGBT-owned business enterprise by the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.   Contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707- 4673 (HOPE). nglcc-logo

 

LGBT Addiction RecoveryNew Hope Recovery Center is proud to sponsor this year's Chicago Roundup.  The 2016 Chicago Roundup is next weekend, September 9 - Sept 11, 2016 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613.

There is still time to REGISTER.

The Roundup is a weekend long event of LGBTQIA and allies celebrating recovery and for those interested in finding out what a life of recovery has to offer.

This year's Roundup features  thought-provoking panel discussions, engaging speakers, entertainment and fellowship opportunities to enhance spiritual, emotional and sober life,  It is the perfect opportunity to meet other recovering people from all of the world and make some wonderful new friendships in the process,

Chicago Roundup, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization for the celebration of 12-step recovery from alcohol and drug addiction within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community. It produces engaging events in a safe environment, affording participants the opportunity to have a spiritual awakening.

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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 LGBTQIA individuals.  Contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707- 4673 (HOPE).

NCADJeff Zacharias, New Hope Recovery Center President and Clinical Director, recently spoke at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) on the Intersection of Sex, Drug and Technology.

Behavioral Healthcare Magazine summarized several main points of the talk to help clinicians when working with LGBTQI clients:

  • Social Media is the new drug dealer with the GPS phone as the new corner spot
  • Understand that most chem-sex clients have experienced trauma
  • Trauma in the LGBTQI community often begins early in life
  • Help the client feel safe and calm

You can request the Powerpoint of Jeff's talk but emailing info@new-hope-recovery.com

LGBT addiction treatmentNew Hope Recovery Center and its New Hope with Pride Program have extensive experience working with the LGBTQI individuals and the community. For more information call 888-707-4673(HOPE) or email us at info@new-hope-recovery.com.

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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”.

 

 

NAMI CONFERENCE

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 info@new-hope-recovery.com.

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LGBT WGN Radio

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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, http://wgnradio.com 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).

On behalf of our staff, clients, alumni and friends, we thank the Supreme Court for granting marriage equality to all US citizens.

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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).

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New Hope Recovery Center was again the Top

Fundraiser at Chicago Roundup Annual Bowl-A-Thon

We are so grateful to those who helped support this great event.

New Hope's Team, "The Incredibowls" were the top fundraiser at the RoundUp Bowling event.  (Yes, we got to wear capes!)

Thanks to our generous contributors we raised more than $1600.

 

A HUGE Thank You to all our Contributors:

 

Andrea Varol
Brian Ludden
Megan Campbell
Ben Goldberger
Russell Hilliard
Scott Skinner
Dr. Marla Kushner
Rocco & Valerie Mandela
Sutton Burke
Bradd Easton & Jeff Zacharais
Megan Flynn
James Gailey
Duple Meter
Barb Laukitis
Gina Wynkoop
Paul Gottschalk
Laura Fenster
Don Bell
Kelcie Becker
Sarah Buino
Chris Klaene
Nadine Rauch

Eric Vironet

 

Visit Chicago RoundUp to learn more about this year's Roundup, August 14-16, 2015.

The Roundup is an incredible one-of-a-kind event:
  • A weekend-long gathering of LGBT’s celebrating recovery and those interested in finding out what a life of recovery has to offer.
  • Provides thought-provoking panel discussions, engaging speakers, pure entertainment and fellowship opportunities intended to enhance your spiritual, emotional and sober life.
  • Offers the perfect opportunity to meet other recovering people from all of the world and make some wonderful new friendships in the process.
  • Is hosted in the heart of Boystown at the largest LGBT Community Center in the Midwest, Chicago’s state-of-the-art Center on Halsted.
  • Begins on Friday, August 14th and ends on Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Also visit  Crystal Meth Anonymous Chicago

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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).

 

Jeff Zacharias, New Hope Recovery Center President, recently spoke at press conference with Equality Illinois on law banning conversion therapy for minors 

 

Because of the incredible, long-lasting harm that can be result from this ineffective treatment, Jeff spoke supporting the recent bill to ban this harmful practice.

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LGBT Family Acceptance ProjectRecent work by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director of the Family Acceptance Project, shows that a family’s behavior and actions have long term impact on LGBT children and teens.  Her work has found that LGBT youth from loving, supportive families have drastically fewer suicide attempts and are much less likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol.  Conversely, LGBT youth who were rejected by family suffer much higher rates of suicide and addiction.

According to the Family Acceptance Project research, there is a staggering difference between the health and wellbeing of LGBT youth who felt supported and those who felt rejected.  Gay and transgender teens who were highly rejected by their parents and caregivers were at very high risk for health and mental health problems when they become young adults (ages 21-25).

Let’s look at some of the findings:

Family Rejection Has Long-Lasting effects

Highly rejected young LGBT people were:

  • More than 8 times as likely to have attempted suicide
  • Nearly 6 times as likely to report high levels of depression
  • More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and
  • More than 3 times as likely to be at high risk for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases

Suicide Attempts:

Use of Illegal Drugs:

LGBT Addiction and rejection

These two images show the serious impact of high levels of family rejection on gay or transgender young adults.  Their parents tried to change who they were. Their parents or caregivers tried to prevent them from being gay or transgender. Or they showed their disappointment or shame in having a gay or transgender child in other ways.

So if you love your child, it is important that your entire family, friends and larger community (such as churches and schools) not subject your child to rejecting behavior, but instead show acceptance and support.  It is also important to stand up for your child and not allow others to reject, bully or act hostile toward your child.

What Behaviors Should a Family Avoid?

According to Dr. Ryan, families should avoid the following behaviors:

  • Hitting, slapping or physically hurting your child because of their LGBT identity
  • Verbal harassing or name-calling because of your child’s LGBT identity
  • Excluding LGBT youth from family and family activities
  • Blocking access to LGBT friends, events & resources
  • Blaming your child when they are discriminated against, harassed or bullied because of their LGBT identity
  • Pressuring your child to be more (or less) masculine or feminine
  • Telling your child that God will punish them because they are gay
  • Telling your child that you are ashamed of them or that how they look or act will shame the family
  • Making your child keep their LGBT identity a secret in the family and not letting them talk about it

What Behaviors Should a Family Embrace For the Long Term Health of Their LGBT Child?

Dr. Ryan found the following family behaviors enhanced the long term health and wellbeing of LGBT children and young adults:

  • Talking with your child or foster child about their LGBT identity
  • Expressing affection when your child tells you or when you learn that your child is gay or transgender
  • Supporting your child’s LGBT identity even though you may feel uncomfortable
  • Advocating for your child when he or she is mistreated because of their LGBT identity
  • Requiring that other family members respect your LGBT child
  • Bringing your child to LGBT organizations or events
  • Talking with clergy and helping your faith community to support LGBT people
  • Connecting your child with an LGBT adult role model to show them options for the future
  • Welcoming your child’s LGBT friends & partners to your home
  • Supporting your child’s gender expression
  • Believing your child can have a happy future as an LGBT adult
You can make a huge difference in an LGBT person's life, by showing them acceptance and demanding that others in their life do the same! 

Acts of acceptance, caring and support can have an enormous impact on an LGBT individual years after they reach adulthood.  LGBT young adults who felt accepted have a more positive future outlook.

LGBT acceptance and health

Please visit the Family Acceptance Project to learn more and to see how you can help LGBT youth in your life and in your area.  As you can see, the stakes are high with long term consequences.  Whether you are a family member or a concerned adult, showing acceptance and support can truly change someone’s life.   The sad statistics of LGBT homeless youth show that up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBT, even though it is estimated LGBT youth make up less than 10% of the population.  These young children and teens are often thrown out of their family homes and need support and acceptance from other than their families, or they will likely face serious lifelong physical and mental health issues.

Please do what you can to help.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center