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Banyan Treatment Center Philosophy
Banyan Treatment Center's mission is to help struggling drug addicts and alcoholics reach their goal of a healthy, happy and productive sober life through an array of treatment services provided by our licensed clinical and medical professionals.
Our drug and alcohol rehab programs provides an alternative to traditional inpatient / residential treatment or as a step down from a higher level of care. We emphasize and try to instill the importance of consistency, accountability, and responsibility along with the vital importance of a 12 step program in everybody’s daily lives to achieve the goal of permanent sobriety.
After going through his own difficulties battling the disease of addiction Bob Reynolds, Banyan's Director, spent many years working in the recovery community trying to give back by helping other suffering addicts and alcoholics. It was Bob’s vision to start an honest, clean and supportive community for people to recover in. This vision became a reality when he teamed up with a young investor who also had a passion for helping young adults gain the tools they need in order to succeed in life.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
Meet the Staff
James Cunnar, M.D.
James Cunnar M.D. did his undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1990. He completed his medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1994. His residency training was performed at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, after which he became board certified in Family Practice in 1997. Dr. Cunnar’s clinical interests include adolescent care, adult wellness, and diabetes. Dr. Cunnar is actively involved within the greater community of family physicians on both the national and state level. Dr. Cunnar resides in Aurora. Dr. Cunnar is brings an enthusiastic approach to the collaborative model of treatment Banyan champions.
Suzette Papadakis MS,LCPC,NCC,GCT
Suzette Papadakis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Since 1996 she has worked in mental health and substance abuse service industry providing mental health care to individuals, couples and families. Suzette has worked with a wide range of issues such as, addiction and recovery, affairs, domestic violence, trauma, and parenting issues. Suzette is a Certified Gottman Therapist and has an expertise in treating couples with addiction issues. Suzette is trained in EMDR therapy (level 1 and 2) by the EMDRIA Institute. Suzette is a certified facilitator in the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program. Suzette recently was selected for inclusion in Trademark Who’s Who Honors Edition for Professional Excellence. Her educational credentials are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a minor in Religious Studies. Suzette graduated with Magna Cum Laude recognition with her Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling at National-Louis University in Wheaton, Illinois. She has also received recognition by the National Honor Society for Human Service Education. Suzette has received recognition for her contributions for her work in mental health. She is listed in Cambridge Who's Who for Executives and Professionals. She was a collaborating researcher in the DSM-5. The American Counseling Association has also acknowledged Suzette for her trauma work with students at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech tragedies. Suzette is an empathic, licensed clinical professional counselor that utilizes research-based approaches to help people to improve their lives. Her treatment philosophy is based on the fundamental importance of the therapeutic relationship, which provides a safe environment to explore past patterns and interpersonal dynamics. She has the belief that meaningful and healthy relationships with oneself and others are what bring purpose and meaning to life.
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ABOUT BANYAN TREATMENT CENTER — NAPERVILLE, IL
Banyan operates three outpatient treatment centers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Florida, as well as a detox facility in Florida. The Illinois facility offers outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse, and is located in the downtown neighborhood of the Chicago suburb of Naperville.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Banyan describes itself as a psychiatric and medical facility. The medical side of treatment is primarily covered through Vivitrol injections, available once a month. Vivitrol is a medicine that blocks brain receptors that are activated by opioids; it can be used to reduce the likelihood of relapse on opioids or alcohol. The therapeutic side of the program consists of group, family, couples’, and individual therapy. The programs also emphasize long-term recovery and preventing relapse.
This center offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient care. The PHP involves at least 25 hours of programming per week, and the IOP a minimum of nine hours per week. Clients attending outpatient care outside of these treatment tracks attend one 90-minute group per week, plus more programming as required.
The center is open five days a week, and sessions are scheduled to suit a variety of schedules, including those who have daytime commitments. There is dedicated programming at all intensities — PHP, IOP, and general outpatient — for professionals, such as teachers, healthcare professionals, business executives, and legal professionals.
Upon completing treatment, all clients are welcome to join the alumni program, which helps them to stay connected to one another and the recovery community.
Staff includes a physician, a nurse practitioner, and master’s level counselors.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
“I have nothing to share,” was the only comment left by the single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded exclusively positive commentary, with 13 five-star ratings (out of five) on Facebook, where the center can manage its own page, and two five-star ratings on Yelp.  These positive comments tended to be quite vague, praising the effectiveness of the program and the team’s dedication. “Banyan has been a huge help in jumpstarting my recovery. They are extremely accommodating and has the tools to explore addiction and how to manage it,” Dan wrote in a representative review on Yelp.
According to Banyan’s website, the organization accepts insurance from more than 60 carriers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, MultiPlan, and ValueOptions.
Published March 2017
Published on April 2017
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