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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Published on November 2018
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