About Positive Sobriety Institute
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.
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.
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.
- Intensive partial and outpatient programs, independent living and mandatory after care
- Treats non-professionals as well.
- A RiverMend Health recovery program
Daniel H. Angres, M.D.Medical Director
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.Show Bio
Anish John, M.D.Associate Medical Director
Dr. Anish John is the Associate Medical Director for the Positive Sobriety Institute, where he oversees care for patients in the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, Dr. John conducts patient evaluations, develops treatment plans based on bio-psycho-social clinical formulations, co-leads a multidisciplinary team and develops new programs to continue to enhance patient care. Raised by parents who were nurturing physicians, Dr. John realized early on that he had a strong inclination toward the field of medicine – an interest matched only by his passion for music. While growing up in New York, Dubai and during his years living in India, he honed his skills on the guitar, piano and vocals while pursuing a career as an MD. During medical school in India, in addition to rotations at the university, Dr. John worked and volunteered in impoverished, rural villages with little to no access to healthcare. He interfaced with teams that educated residents about preventive methods, treated children and adults and provided clinical care in the front lines of vector-borne disease epidemics. A fascination with the neurobiology of the brain and the intricate mind-body connection drew him to psychiatry. After earning his medical degree, he returned to the United States for a series of externships. He first worked with indigent patients with chronic psychiatric and substance abuse issues on the south side of Chicago, and later worked in inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency units at two New York City hospitals. Dr. John completed his psychiatric residency in New York, with clinical responsibilities at multiple sites including Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. During his training he worked along the continuum of acute to chronic psychiatric illnesses, with a strong focus on psychodynamic therapy, in addition to pharmacological modalities. He served as chief resident at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and was the recipient of the Conrad Apgar Herr Resident of the Year Award. Appreciating the strong interplay between psychiatric and addiction issues, he furthered his proficiency in both fields by completing a clinical fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. John has research interests that include emerging behavioral addictions such as gaming disorders and utilizing neuro-modulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to influence the outcome of psychiatric and addictive disorders. Dr. John views addiction as a complex disease, not a personal or moral shortcoming. He takes a holistic approach to healing, considering past traumas, personality profiles and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions while developing individualized treatment plans. He strongly believes in creating a professional alliance with patients and families, encouraging education, self-awareness and empathy. He also practices elements from the field of positive psychiatry, which promotes well-being by reminding patients of their unique strengths instead of focusing only on what is pathological.Show Bio
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ABOUT POSITIVE SOBRIETY INSTITUTE
Set on Lake Michigan in the heart of downtown Chicago, Ill., Positive Sobriety Institute (PSI) provides outpatient treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, specializing in treating impaired professionals such as pilots, executives, physicians, dentists, athletes, and lawyers. Treatment is also available for non-professionals. The center collaborates with local Northwestern University to provide cutting-edge care.
Those who also need a safe place to stay can opt for the center's corresponding transitional living facilities. PSI also provides ambulatory (i.e. outpatient) detox, available at just 8.4 percent of facilities in Illinois, and can arrange for inpatient detox through collaborations with local hospitals.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in a comprehensive assessment, including a physical, a complete medical and diagnostic history, and a psychiatric evaluation. Professionals can take the MCAP, a fitness-for-duty evaluation that can be reported back to their place of work. Staff use the results of all assessments to put together an individualized treatment plan.
PSI offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which use evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Clients are also encouraged, but not required, to participate in self-help groups such as 12-step fellowships.
The goals of treatment are to increase the motivation for change, teach coping skills and relapse prevention techniques, and involve the family in the addiction recovery plan, partly through a three-day family program. A lot of treatment is carried out in group therapy, but clients might also participate in individual therapy, life skills training, and addiction education sessions.
The IOP varies in length between four and 12 weeks, depending on the client's needs. And the mandatory aftercare program for impaired professionals consists of weekly group therapy and 12-step involvement, as well as ongoing psychiatric care for any co-occurring disorders.
The specialized continuum of care for impaired professionals is designed to satisfy state and federal requirements for relicensure. Throughout treatment, the institute stays in contact with the organization and/or referring provider to make treatment recommendations.
Positive Sobriety Institute employs a team of board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and licensed professional counselors. The two individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff's level of experience and training gave it a four-star and a perfect five-star rating.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The transitional living facility offers 26 beds in upscale, gender-separate apartments with some private bedrooms. Residents must abide by a curfew and house rules and complete daily chores. During their stay, residents enjoy recreational activities and group outings, as well as a swimming pool, spa, and tennis court, yoga, and acupuncture. The two individuals polled Rehabs.com to date on the center's cleanliness and exercise and leisure offerings gave four- and five-star ratings in both categories.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Both of the alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave very positive feedback, both awarding PSI five stars for its treatment effectiveness. "The Dr. is one of the best in the business and has created an incredible program," Lee wrote, and M.W. added: "Helpful experienced, trained staff, family program."
PSI has mostly very positive feedback on secondary sites, with six perfect five-star ratings and one one-star rating spread between Facebook (where the center can manage its own page), Google, and Yelp.   The reviewers repeatedly emphasized the warmth and care offered by the center's staff, and described their treatment at PSI as a turning point. "PSI is not just a rehab institute, but a family (both literally and figuratively), who welcome each client with warmth, support, and empathy. The program at PSI provides not only amazing support for their clients’ recoveries, but also important education centered on successful recovery," Vanessa wrote in a typical comment on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date would recommend PSI. "Thoughtful, caring staff that ensures that people meet their goals," they wrote, echoing alumni posting on secondary sites. They gave PSI five stars for its holistic offerings and four stars for its counseling options and ability to treat co-occurring disorders, but a mediocre three stars for its family participation.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single employee polled by Rehabs.com to date also praised the facility, giving PSI five out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness, its holistic offerings, its family participation, and its treatment for co-occurring disorders. Daniel particularly praised the "improved success rate due to 2 year aftercare program."
According to the facility's website, Positive Sobriety Institute offers a free consultation to potential clients and, like 67 percent of Illinois-based facilities, accepts private insurance. The two individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave it a three-star and a five-star rating.
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AprilTOXIC PROGRAM My husband returned from PSI in far worse shape than he arrived. He did return sober and has maintained strict sobriety. But afterward he was much more depressed with worse PTSD. It went south when, in the daily small group, he made the mistake to mention that his personal information was conveyed to those outside of PSI by the medical director's wife and it came up at an off-site AA meeting days later by a couple of guys he'd never met. The small group is supposed to be a safe place to bring up one's most personal of details. Perhaps HIPPA does not apply to PSI. At noon that day he was called in to meet with the medical director who raised his voice to him and actually asked if he was going to "assasinate [his] wife". Yea...WTF? The meeting was recorded. My husband was already suffering from depression and PTSD and they made him worse to such an extent that after that meeting I had to convince him not to jump in front of a bus and come home! It was that bad! By the way, he was just 5 days short of completing the six week program and had done everything they requested. From other patient's and comments about PSI this experience was apparently not unique. Folks do not trust this place as it is toxic.
MWStrengths: Clinician education & experience, location Weaknesses: no residential treatment Helpful experienced, trained staff, family program
Anonymouscaring staff. Thoughtful, caring staff that ensures that people meet their goals.
Danielimproved success rate due to 2 year aftercare program, Parking is expensive for individuals attending treatment and commuting. Our program focuses on licensed professional individuals. Doctors, attorneys, pilots, police officers or others in safety sensitive positions.
LeeA great facility for those looking for a confidential recovery experience. The Dr. is one of the best in the business and has created an incredible program.
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