Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Positive Sobriety Institute Philosophy
Positive Sobriety Institute specializes in expert-delivered addiction assessment, rehabilitation and recovery services to healthcare and other professionals. Positive Sobriety Institute offers professionals a Comprehensive Assessment Program that focuses on a compassionate advocacy-based evaluation while determining issues like fitness for duty and need for treatment interventions. Through our intensive partial and outpatient programs, independent living and mandatory after care, the Positive Sobriety Institute is able to get clients back to their careers and back to life.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
Meet the Staff
Daniel H. Angres, M.D.
Daniel Angres, M.D. is a national expert in psychiatry, addiction, and physicians’ health programs. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute as well as Chief Medical Officer of RiverMend Health Addiction Services. Dr. Daniel Angres has been a top, nationally recognized, expert in addiction and dual disorders evaluation and treatment medicine with a specialty in working with addicted professionals for 30 years. Dr. Daniel Angres has lectured at major academic medical centers across the USA. Dr. Daniel Angres’ work has helped change the field, addiction treatment methods and outcomes. Dr. Daniel Angres has been published in peer reviewed journals, referenced by other leaders, and has authored three ground-breaking books on the subject of chemical dependency, addiction treatment and recovery including, “Healing the Healer,” “Miswired” and “Positive Sobriety.” Dr. Daniel Angres has been active in teaching and research in Chicago and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Gaurava Agarwal, M.D.
Dr. Gaurava Agarwal is a board-certified psychiatrist with a special interest in mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, addiction, positive psychiatry, and healthcare professional wellness. Currently, he is an instructor in both the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as an inpatient unit director for Stone Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the course director for a professionalism and wellness course for medical students called “Personal Transition to the Profession.” Dr. Agarwal is a nationally recognized educator who has won the prestigious Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Award and is the first psychiatrist to win the George H. Joost Award for outstanding clinical teacher from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He has served as a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials for cutting edge pharmaceuticals studying the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Dr. Agarwal has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented national workshops on issues of physician and medical student burnout, resilience, engagement, and professionalism.
Daniel Allen Kobosky, LCSW, NCAC1
Daniel Allen Kobosky, LCSW, NCAC1 is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor with 20+ years experience providing individual and group counseling in communities ranging from homeless populations to professional level staff with chemical dependency and mental health issues. Dan Allen Kobosky started his education at Illinois State University before deciding to relocate to Chicago and continue his education at University of Illinois at Chicago. Daniel Allen Kobosky obtained a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology. He obtained his Masters in Social work from Loyola University in 1996. Since that time Daniel Allen Kobosky has worked with many populations including a children in residential treatment for behavior disorders, developing Chicago’s only HIV+ addictions program with Heartland Alliance and providing in home therapeutic services to at risk pregnant women with the city of Chicago prior working with Dr. Daniel Angres in Oak Park providing treatment to addicted professionals. Recently, Daniel Allen Kobosky obtained his National Certification for Addiction Counseling as well as completed training with the University of Washington’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. During this time, Daniel Allen Kobosky provided individual and group DBT therapy with Group Health to reduce inpatient hospitalizations of high risk and high need populations. Daniel Allen Kobosky returned to Chicago in 2013 to work with Dr. Daniel Angres and now is the program manager at Positive Sobriety Institute.
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ABOUT POSITIVE SOBRIETY INSTITUTE
Based in the heart of downtown Chicago, Ill., set on Lake Michigan, Positive Sobriety Institute (PSI) is a high-quality treatment facility offering a partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), sober living facilities, and aftercare for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. The institute is part of the Georgia-based RiverMend Health Family of Recovery Programs.
Unique to the facility, PSI offers a well-regarded comprehensive assessment program, and subsequent treatment, for impaired professionals in accountable roles. The institute provides both inpatient and ambulatory medical detoxification.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in an psychobiosocial assessment to determine an individualized treatment program. The Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Assessment Program (M-CAP) thoroughly evaluates professionals (e.g. pilots, attorneys, and business executives), who often are referred to Positive Sobriety Institute by their employers. These professionals not only come for substance abuse; they may also arrive due to anger management, sexual boundary issues, and cognitive impairment. There are one-day, two-day, and three-day M-CAPs, which employ drug screenings, psychological assessments, and neurological testing. The results are sent to the referral source.
According to the facility’s website, it treats addiction as a brain disease, and thus uses the latest “evidence-based neuroscience approaches” to address the root causes of addiction. While approaches differ by intensity level, treatment programs incorporate addiction education, life skills training, individual therapy, and group therapy. Clients may also be introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step, and a three-day family program is available for loved ones.
From M-CAP to mandatory aftercare, the specialized continuum of care for impaired professionals is designed to satisfy state and federal requirements for relicensure. Unique to the facility, this specialized treatment continuum may incorporate caduceus professional recovery groups and fit-for-duty assessments. Throughout treatment, the institute stays in contact with the organization and/or referring provider to make treatment recommendations. A three-day family program is available for the loves ones of clients.
Clients enrolled in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP) may be encouraged to reside in the institute’s transitional living facilities. The length of IOP can vary between four to twelve weeks, depending on the individual’s need. IOP consists of psychoeducational classes and group counseling sessions. The mandatory, two-year aftercare program for impaired professionals consists of weekly group therapy and 12-step involvement.
Positive Sobriety Institute employs a team of board-certified physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and licensed professional counselors. The facility’s medical director has worked in the addiction field for over 30 years and is well-published in addiction recovery approaches.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility offers 26 private beds for independent living and inpatient detoxification. While there is limited information regarding independent living arrangements, the facility does boast several amenities including a swimming pool, spa, and tennis court. Yoga and acupuncture sessions are also available on-site.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised many aspects of the facility, particularly its staff. Although alum M.W. felt the lack of residential treatment was a facility weakness, they cited the “Helpful experienced, trained staff” and family program as a strength. Offering a perfect five-star rating for the facility’s effectiveness, alum Lee agreed, writing: “The Dr. is one of the best in the business and has created an incredible program.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date supporting alumni opinions, offering a four out of five-star rating for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training. The Dr. is one of the best in the business and has created an incredible program,” the loved one wrote. They also submitted a four-star rating for the facility’s counseling options and five stars for the inclusion of holistic treatments. However, the loved one gave three stars for the level of family participation.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one employee polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this, Daniel, also praised the facility, awarding five stars for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders. They felt the “improved success rate due to 2 year aftercare program” for professionals was a facility strength. Daniel also gave five stars for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training and the facility’s exercise and leisure opportunities.
Positive Sobriety Institute offers a free consultation to potential clients and accepts most private insurance. According to its website, the facility provides an array of payment options.
Updated January 2017
Published on January 2017
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